Physical Education (PE)

“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.”


- Muhammad Ali


A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

  • are physically active for sustained periods of time

  • engage in competitive sports and activities

  • lead healthy, active lives

Our Intent

At St Michael’s we believe physical education is an essential contributor to the development of the whole child. Through a high-quality physical education programme, pupils will develop physical competence and confidence and are given opportunities to be physically educated and become physically literate. Through a combination of entitlement and choice of activity, the physical education provision will contribute to the personal development, health and wellbeing, enjoyment, success and achievement of all pupils across the whole curriculum and beyond, enabling each to shine brightly and stand out.

Our implementation

The PE curriculum has been carefully planned so that skills and knowledge are progressively built upon from the foundation stage, into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Our aim is to develop competency and increase confidence when taking part, by revisiting and building upon the skills taught, leading to high levels of enjoyment, long-term retention and participation beyond the school gates.

A whole-school overview clearly sets out units taught to maximise progression of skill and knowledge, ensuring children can transfer skills from unit to unit and from year group to year group. 

Through our PE curriculum, children will experience/learn:

  •  A broad balance of physical activities for al pupils, every week.

  • A range of Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Athletics through dedicated lesson time.

  • A swimming programme in upper Key Stage 2 ensuring all children can swim 25m by the time they leave Y6.

  • Blocks of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in Key Stage 2.

  • To be concerned about their own and others safety in all activities, including the safe movement of equipment and resources.

  • The importance of fair play and how to officiate a variety of different sports.

  • Cross-curricular links to deepen their understanding of other subjects.

  • Opportunities to take part in competitions, both in and outside of the school setting.

  • Participation in the range of Out of Hours activities made available in school.

We will do this by:

  • Teaching two sessions of high-quality PE a week, one led by a PE specialist and one led by the class teacher. This is extended further by block sessions, classroom activities and curriculum-time festivals.

  • Planning for, and assessing all areas of PE and monitoring by the PE Lead.

  • Teaching PE on the whole as a separate subject and where appropriate linking to the wider picture of ‘Healthy Lifestyles’.

  • Supplementing the PE curriculum by providing a wide range of learning opportunities for both Key Stages in clubs run before and after school.

  • Employing highly skilled coaches to run Out of Hours learning and support class teachers where required.

  • Provide active playtimes and lunchtimes where children have a responsibility for equipment and organisation.

  • Establish links with local sports clubs and highlight holiday opportunities for keeping active.

Our Impact

Through high-quality Physical Education at St Michael’s, pupils are provided with the opportunities to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges. They work as individuals, in groups and teams, further developing the school values of fairness, endeavour, service, respect and of personal and social responsibility. PE promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy and active lifestyle.

Pupils learn how to think in different ways and make decisions in response to creative, competitive and challenging activities. They will take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, officiating and coaching. They learn how to reflect on their performance, plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve the quality of their work.

Throughout their time at St Michael’s, pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make informed choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity, ensuring a legacy of enjoyment and participation.


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PE curriculum overview 07th Jan 2024 Download
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