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P.E at St Peters Primary School

At St Peter’s we believe physical education is an essential part of a child’s development. Through physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.

Curriculum Intent:

St Peter’s strives to demonstrate through the teaching of Physical Education (PE) how an active healthy lifestyle should be placed at the heart of the curriculum as a whole child and whole school improvement tool. We believe that all children should have plenty of opportunities and positive experiences in both school sport and being physically active, to encourage and build a lifetime habit of participation. Physical activity offers children and young people so many benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing; St Peter’s Primary school’s intent is to offer a curriculum with a wide range of activities that will teach children to become physically confident, developing the whole child so that each of our pupils leaves us with the ongoing ability and knowledge to meet life’s challenges with confidence and resilience. St Peter’s  also intends to give opportunities for children to excel in competitive sport with the purpose of building character and embedding important values such as fairness, respect, responsibility and determination to succeed.


Curriculum Implementation:

Studies have confirmed the direct link between physical literacy and the impact this has on pupil behaviour, attainment and achievement.  Our school wholeheartedly endorses and complies with the DfE Vision Statement for The Premium:

All pupils should leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.


The national curriculum for PE 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


In EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage):

The Early Learning Goals for Physical Development involves providing the opportunities for children to be active and interactive; to develop co-ordination, control and movement. Children will be taught to understand the importance of physical activity and also making healthy choices in their diet.

Moving and handling: children will be taught to gain control and coordination in large and small movements (gross and fine motor skills). They will learn to move confidently, negotiate space and handle equipment and tools safely and efficiently.

Health and self-care: children will be taught to know the importance for good health through physical activity, a healthy diet and talking about ways to keep safe. They learn to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully.

In Key Stage One (Year One and Two):

Pupils first and foremost will be provided with opportunities to develop and master the fundamental (core) movement skills. Children during this time will become increasingly competent and confident in agility, balance and coordination both individual and combined. They will be encouraged to engage competitively against themselves and classmates.

Our pupils are taught to:

  • Master the basic movements including running, jumping, throwing, catching, hopping, galloping, skipping, leaping and kicking.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics to attack or defend
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

In Key Stage Two (Years Three to Six):

Children will continue to apply and develop the skills learnt in Key Stage One and will develop a broader range of skills, learning to use them in different ways and link them to perform actions or sequences of movement. Pupils will be encouraged to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. They will be taught how to improve by learning to recognise their own success as well as evaluate where they could do better.

Our pupils are taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination (e.g. combining skills of run, jump and catch to be successful in sports like basketball)
  • 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

The long term plan sets out the PE skills which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Pupils participate in high quality PE lessons each week. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports activities are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs three evenings per week.

  • Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
  • Each year a small group of Year 6 children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities.
  • Children participate in residentials covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example archery, outdoor and adventure, again providing the children with an opportunity to develop, improve their fitness and to try something new.
  • Children swim once a week for half a term.

Curriculum Impact:


As well as the range of sports and opportunities pupils have in the day-to-day delivery of the curriculum, we have already seen, through use of the funding, an increase in participation of extra-curricular activities.

Our school regularly holds inter and intra competitions in a number of sports and promotes a positive view of taking part in competitive sport through use of our School Games Organiser in the South Birmingham Area.

Achievements over recent years include:

  • We achieved the Bronze Award for School Games 2019/20
  • Online School Games participation award during Covid lockdown 20/21
  • An inclusive sports week for all involving a variety of competition and athletics skills.
  • Fit kids days to promote healthy lifestyles and ways to keep fit.

(Please also see impact statement on website for sports premium for further details on annual impact)


Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Peters, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport.



Get Set 4 P.E

Since last year, St Peter's have invested into the Get Set 4 P.E platform - a program which will enhanced our PE curriculum, empower teachers and improve PE progression across the key stages. 


Please follow the link to our sports page to find out more!

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