Physical Education (PE) and Sport

Aims & Objectives

At St Mary’s we believe that the physical development opportunities we provide form an essential foundation for the growth of the whole child through the teaching of PE. As well as academic learning, pupils will be provided with the opportunity to develop their personal and social skills by promoting character building, cooperation, team work and self-esteem. We value Physical Education and Sport through lessons, extra-curricular clubs, break times and lunch times. The Physical Education curriculum at St Mary’s inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physical activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We are committed to quality provision in Physical Education and Sport.

The objectives of teaching Physical Education and Sport at St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary academy are: –

  • To acquire and develop skills: explore skills, actions and ideas with increasing understanding, control and coordination
  • To learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas
  • To lead activities and focus on improving aspects of their own performance
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of fitness and health: know how important it is to be active
  • Recognise and describe how their bodies feel during different activities
  • To develop pupil’s competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • To ensure pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • To engage pupils in competitive sports and activities

How the Subject is Planned

We use the National Curriculum scheme of work as the basis for our planning in Physical Education and Sport. We have worked alongside the Stockport SHAPES partnership and our sports coaches to plan opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills across the different strands of Physical Education and Sport. We have planned for progression and development, so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

Foundation Stage

In Nursery and Reception, physical education is delivered through the continuous access of the outdoor environment and equipment. This gives children the time, opportunities and space to practice the skills set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Children are encouraged to take risks, be active and make healthy choices. Staff support children to develop their fine and gross motor control, co-ordination and how to handle equipment and tools effectively in positive, relevant ways. The children have continuous opportunities to ride bikes, climb, balance, move to music and develop basic ball skills daily. This lays the physical foundations for our youngest children, which they will continue to develop through more formal sessions in Key Stage 1.

 Key Stage One and Two

See whole school overview document for overview of units of work and topics covered in Key Stages One and Two.

Teaching Approaches

The learning environment in Physical Education and Sport is managed in such a way as to facilitate different styles of learning.

Opportunities are made for pupils to:

  • Undertake activities which need different approaches and ways of thinking
  • Develop their ideas in a creative way
  • Set targets for themselves and compete against others, individually and as team members
  • Understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others’ success
  • Respond to a variety of challenges in a range of physical contexts and environments
  • Become skilful and intelligent performers
  • Discover their own aptitudes and preferences for different activities
  • Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives
  • Develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity

Marking, Feedback and Reporting

Feedback is an integral part of all lessons; it is an essential tool to enable pupils progress. A range of feedback used during physical education and sports lessons:

Peer Feedback – Within all lessons, pupils are given an opportunity to feedback to each other, whether it is during skill development activities or matches. Pupils are given the opportunity to discuss with each other about their own performance and others.

Teacher Feedback – Verbal feedback is given throughout all lessons. Teachers are giving feedback to pupils as they continually assess their learning. This is evident whether performers are in small groups or in competitive situations.

Self-Assessment Feedback – Pupils are encouraged in every lesson to self-assess. Targeted questions are given to the pupils to help them analyse and assess their own performance and identify areas for further improvement and development.

Termly assessments are made of pupils’ progress in Physical Education and Sport in order to establish the level of attainment and progress and to inform future planning. Data is used to track progress, extra-curricular activity and leadership opportunities. Assessments are conducted by class teachers, swimming coaches and sports coaches. PE levels are reported to parents in children’s annual reports.


Staff are encouraged to develop cross-curricular links with Physical Education and Sport and other subjects to provide a relevant and meaningful curriculum for pupils.

Links to Community, Locality and Trips

  • We have strong local clubs links with clubs such as Brabyns Tennis Club, Marple Athletics, Marple Cricket Club and Stockport Harriers.
  • We have opportunities for visitors from local clubs and teams to enhance and contribute to our Physical Education and Sports provision eg. assemblies and coaching sessions.
  • We ensure that there are opportunities for pupils to attend other schools and venues for Level 2 and Level 3 competitions.

Role of the Subject Leader

The Subject leader has a variety of roles. These include:

  • Taking the lead in policy development and quality assuring Physical Education and Sports planning, delivery and assessment
  • Supporting colleagues in their development and implementation of Physical Education and Sport
  • Monitoring progress in Physical Education and Sport  and advising the Senior Leadership Team and Governors on action needed
  • Using release time to support colleagues and disseminate information
  • Auditing resources, monitoring and directing the spending of the PE and Sport premium grant
  • Identify and organise extra curricular clubs and competitions for pupils
  • Liaise and manage outside sports providers who are delivering lessons and running clubs in school
  • Keeping up-to-date through research and continuing professional development and attendance at Physical Education and Sport co-ordinators meetings
  • Produce an impact form each year to report the impact of the PE and Sport premium grant spending.