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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. 

National Curriculum 2014 

Curriculum Intent 

At St Patrick's Catholic Primary our PE curriculum 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 


Curriculum Implementation 

Our teaching and implementation of the Physical Education Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, ensuring a well-structured approach to the subject. Alongside teachers at the school, Crossbar Coaching support the delivery of the PE timetable and provide CPD opportunities for class teachers.  
Detailed long and medium planning is in place to ensure engaging curriculum content and 
provide pupils with a variety of skills.  


In Key Stage 1, the focus of the curriculum is to ensure pupils develop basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching so that they are able to apply these in a range of activities and games.  Pupils have opportunities to participate in small-sided team games, where they learn and practice tactics for defending and attacking.  


Pupils also perform dances by experimenting with movement patterns and improving their balance, agility and co-ordination, key transferable skills for the activities and games they participate in in both key stages.  


In Key Stage 2, pupils focus on participating in small sided and modified versions of invasion games including basketball, football, hockey and tag-rugby and striking and fielding games such as cricket, rounders and tennis. As well as further improving their tactical awareness, pupils have opportunities to develop key skills specific to each sport they take part in. 


Dance, gymnastics and athletics are also important activities in our curriculum where pupils develop flexibility, strength, technique and balance.  


Below is on outline of our curriculum offer in Physical Education from EYFS Year 1 to Year 6. 



EYFS follow the Early Learning Goals for physical development, focussing on gross and fine motor skills as outlined below. These skills are developed throughout the week during continuous provision, including child-initiated and adult led activities. Reception also have 1 PE lesson weekly.  


Gross Motor Skills  

• Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others. 

• Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing. 

• Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing. 

Fine Motor Skills  

• Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases. 

• Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paintbrushes and cutlery. 

• Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing. 


Key Stage 1 

 Invasion games 

  • master basic movements including running, throwing and catching and begin to apply these in a range of activities; 

  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending; 

Striking and fielding games 

  • master basic movements including throwing and catching and begin to apply these in a range of activities; 

  • participate in team games, developing skills for striking and fielding. 

Dance, gymnastics and athletics 

  • master basic movements including running and jumping 

  • Developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities; 

Key Stage 2 

Invasion games 

  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example basketball, football,  hockey, netball and tag rugby], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. 

  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. 

Striking and fielding 

  • Use throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. 

  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, cricket, netball, rounders and tennis]. 

Dance, gymnastics and athletics 

  • Use running and jumping in isolation and in combination. 

  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. 


Curriculum Impact 

Throughout each block of study, class teachers and Crossbar Coaching plan to embed and assess the children’s knowledge using a range of formative assessment strategies. These include teacher and pupil led assessments focusing on what pupils understand and have achieved both individually and as part of a team.  


Importantly, pupils have opportunities to compete against each other in PE lessons, in whole-school events such as Sports Day. We are also members of the Telford and Wrekin School Sports Partnership and attend a range of inter- school competitions and attend CPD. We have achieved the Sportsmark Gold status.  


We measure the impact of our curriculum through a range of activities across the year including; interviewing pupils about their learning, lesson observations, learning walks, staff meetings, professional dialogue, use of ‘seesaw’ to record lessons and annual reports to parents. Assessment data is collected once a year and is analysed by the PE Lead.