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PE & Games

PE and Games at St Mary’s considers the whole child, not just the physical health, but also mental health.

Aims & Objectives

Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities.  These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities.  Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action.  It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.  Thus we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.

The aims of PE are:

  • to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination;

  • to encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations;

  • to develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities;

  • to increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance;

  • to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise;

  • to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;

  • to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.


PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum.  Our school uses the national scheme of work as the basis for its curriculum planning in PE as well as Striver, a PE/Games programme, which also provides dedicated wellbeing lessons for each year group. We have adapted the national scheme to the local circumstances of the school.  As required, we teach dance, games and gymnastics at Key Stage 1.  We also follow the non-statutory guidelines for Key Stage 1 in relation to swimming activities and water safety.  In Key Stage 2 we teach dance, games and gymnastics, plus two other activities; swimming and water safety, and athletics. 

We plan the PE activities, with the support of Striver, so that they build upon the prior learning of the children.  While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area, there is planned progression built into the scheme of work, so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.

Key Stage One •master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities •participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending •perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key Stage Two •use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination •play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending •develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics] •perform dances using a range of movement patterns •take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team •compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

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