St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School


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Our P E Curriculum

PE Statement of Intent


Physical Education Statement of Intent


At St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim or ride a bike with care.  We also want to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children at St Winifred’s, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.


  • PE at St Winifred’s provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.
  • Our curriculum sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
  • Pupils participate in two high-quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in a varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunchtime sports clubs are available once a week to every class from Year 1 to 6. Children can also attend breakfast and after-school sports clubs.
  • Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach that 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 is invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunchtime clubs, our annual Sports day, and any other Sporting activities.
  • Children participate in workshops covering a variety of sports throughout the year, for example, outdoor and adventure, golf, curling and skipping. These provide the children with an opportunity to develop new skills, improve their fitness and to try something new.
  • Children in Years 5 and 6 have 10-hour long swimming lessons over the course of two weeks.
  • On a day when children do not have PE, each class takes part in the “Daily Mile”, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
  • Children in Year 6 are invited to attend a residential trip where they will undertake various outdoor activities such as climbing, abseiling, canoeing, orienteering, sailing and archery.



The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and carefully planned provisions are designed to support children’s physical development. We offer daily playful opportunities for children to engage in physical activity both in and outdoors. Our children have access to free-flow play for sustained periods of time and are encouraged to use our large outdoor environment including kitchen, play equipment and sandpit. We access this environment all year round, and in all weather conditions, to support the development of gross and fine motor control, balance, coordination, confidence and problem-solving skills. We explore relaxation techniques and share a range of healthy snacks to develop our understanding of the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.


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. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.




Physical Education Policy




Sedentary living patterns and unhealthy dietary habits are becoming more prevalent in our society and there is strong and consistent evidence that doing regular, moderate-intensity physical activity provides a range of physical, intellectual and emotional benefits for everyone.

By participating in physical activity before, during and after school, students can gain a range of physical, social, emotional and intellectual benefits. Physical activity opportunities can be provided through health and physical education activities, sport, recreation and games.

Therefore, physical activity is an important dimension in students’ broad scope of development during their years of schooling.

It is important that children are given opportunities to participate in a range of enjoyable physical activities and good nutrition habits  at an early age so they will be more likely to continue being physically active throughout the rest of their lives.


St Winifred’s has developed this policy to provide school staff and the school community with guidelines on what is required to achieve maximum levels of student participation in physical activity.


  • To provide students the best possible physical activity experiences regardless of race, age, ability or location, so as to encourage a lifelong healthy lifestyle pattern.
  • To provide a supportive environment for enjoyable participation in a wide variety of physical activities, through the development of skills and good codes of behaviour.
  • To provide the safest possible environment for all participants.
  • To provide for the allocation of appropriate resources and facilities.
  • To provide equitable opportunities for all students to participate.
  • To develop and apply skills in a cooperative manner using appropriate levels of experiences and/or competition as required.
  • To provide talented and gifted students the opportunity to reach their potential and provide an age-appropriate participation pathway.
  • To encourage participation in community sport and physically active recreation as well as inter and intra school competition, such as Bonus Pastors’ Indoor Sports Hall Athletics competitions.
  • To encourage participation of the whole school community in supporting physically active experiences.
  • To uphold and promote the Olympic and Paralympic values, as part of the London 2012 Olympic Legacy.
  • To encourage and empower those less active children to take part and enjoy physical activity through connections to Change4Life sports clubs.

Participation in physical activities at St Winifred’s is characterized by:

  • Maximizing the educational opportunities of all students through an emphasis on access, diversity, equity and a supportive environment.
  • An emphasis on enjoyment and fun.
  • Use of appropriate age-related modified sport, facilities and equipment.
  • A suitable level of physically active experiences and/or competition according to the age, maturity and ability levels.
  • A safe, healthy, challenging and physically active environment that encourages a sense of personal achievement, identity and satisfaction.
  • The recognition of participation, development and improvement.
  • The valuable contribution that can be made by members of the school community (teachers, parents, students) as role models and supporters of the benefits of physical activity.
    This policy applies to all students attending St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School, regardless of race, age, ability or location and to all members of the St Winifred’s community (teachers, coaches, administrators, parents or guardians, volunteers).ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    St Winifred’s has a responsibility to ensure that every student is presented with the opportunity to participate in good quality physical activity experiences to enhance their learning and development. Coaches and teachers play a major role and other members of the school community are also encouraged to become involved in PE.The following roles and responsibilities encompass areas such as participation, competition, safety, community linkages, communication with parents/guardians, costs, equipment and behaviour.PARTICIPATION
    Coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community involved in PE need to:encourage enjoyment;
    cater for varying levels of ability by providing every student with a ‘fair go’;
    provide equal encouragement to all students to allow them to acquire skills and develop confidence;
    ensure the program is available to all students by catering for groups with special needs such as:
    students with disabilities/impairments;
    students from non-English speaking backgrounds; and;
    athletes with exceptional talent.
    Prepare and conduct sessions based on sound coaching and teaching principles;
    set realistic standards and objectives for students;
    ensure a safe and productive environment;
    ensure consequences of inappropriate behaviour are clearly understood and promoted;
    encourage students to participate in games before, during and after school, and;
    act as a good role model of sporting behaviour.

    Coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community who take on a coaching responsibility are also encouraged to:

    become accredited with the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) through state sporting organizations; and
    keep up-to-date with coaching developments.

At St Winifred’s provision is made for a healthy level of competition for all participants.
Competition occurs at the intra-school and inter-school level as well as on a less formal, social basis and is conducted at a level that is appropriate for the age and experience of the students.

Coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community involved in PE need to ensure all students participating in the sport program are aware that, although everyone likes to win, participating is equally as important.

Medals and trophies won will be celebrated and placed in prominent positions, in order to share these achievements with the whole school community.

Coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community involved in PE are encouraged to establish closer cooperative links with sport, recreation and community organizations by: (Already Linked to Bonus Pastor and Dalmain football club ) liaising with community groups and encouraging the use of school facilities, both during and outside of school hours; and integrating their physical education and sport program with those of local sport and recreation organizations.

The provision of a healthy and safe environment for students and teachers in the school is essential.

Coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community involved in PE need to ensure safety issues are addressed and follow school model taken from Safe Practice in Physical Education & Sport 2012 edition (Copy held by headteacher) and also where applicable:

Recognize the difference between student and adult physical and emotional characteristics;
Understand the short and long-term medical conditions of students (this includes previous and existing illnesses and injuries);
Ensure that the equipment and facilities are safe and in good working order; enforce the use of recommended protective equipment required for a particular game or sport;
Provide access to appropriate first aid facilities and equipment.


Coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community involved in PE need to:
Inform parents or guardians of their child’s involvement with the physical activity program and give them information about the program. This information should include:
names and contact details of all teachers/coaches involved; and days, times and dates of all practices and competition games and recreational activities that involve their child.
Provide parents or guardians with a progress report of their child’s involvement in physical activity. The report should include:
general comments made by the student’s teacher; and, where appropriate specific comments by the physical education specialist on areas of identified need or ability.
Allocate time for parent-teacher interviews when the end-of-year reports are issued. A parent-teacher interview may be requested at any time during the course of the term by either the teacher or the parent
Notify parents or guardians and ask for their consent for any travel arrangements organized by the school for students participating in any physical activity including sporting events.

Students, coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community involved in PE need to:
Ensure students are aware that their behaviour is expected to be consistent with behaviour expected at school or home, before, during and after any sporting event or recreational activity.
Manage students who fail to comply with the above codes of behaviour as set out in the school’s ‘Behaviour Management’ policy. We will continue to encourage and praise positive responses, hard work and resilience.

It is just as important for spectators to behave in an appropriate manner at any physical education or sporting event.
Coaches and teachers need to:
Provide guidelines/expectations of behaviour to spectators and parents and other members of the school community.

Coaches, teachers and any other members of the school community involved in PE need to ensure all equipment used is appropriate for the age group and be in good condition, as well as educate students on how to correctly and effectively use the equipment available. Students who fail to use the equipment for its correct purposes run the risk of losing their privilege to use it at all.

Children enjoy the feeling of being part of a team, and, where possible kit should be provided. They should be clearly labelled.
Coaches and teachers need to:
Inform parents and guardians whether kit will be provided by the school or whether they will need to be supplied by the student. If students cannot afford to purchase items of a particular kit, an arrangement will be made between the school and family concerned.

St Winifred’s physical activity
This policy acknowledges that physical activity can occur in a variety of ways at school. Activity may be formal or informal, part of the school curriculum or extra-curricular, such as before/after school clubs or coached lunchtime sessions.

Health and Physical Education is a key learning area. It is an important dimension in a student’s broad scope of development during their years of schooling.
The Health and Physical Education Years 1 to 6 Curriculum states that this key learning area “offers students opportunities to develop knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes necessary for making informed decisions about:

promoting the health of individuals and communities;
developing concepts and skills for physical activity; and
enhancing personal development.”

At St Winifred’s we conduct health and physical education for each class for 2 days per week.
Activities include:  Gymnastics, Dance, Games, Swimming, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Athletics.

Intra-school activities may be house-based lunchtime or sport afternoon competitions. It is encouraged that staff and community members be involved in these events.
At St Winifred’s we offer:
Football, Gymnastics, Basketball, Dance, Athletics, Cricket, Multisport and Tennis, over the three terms.

Students have the opportunity to gain representative selection in a number of sports throughout the year, through our links to Bonus Pastor, Dalmain and Glendale.

School Sport days at St. Winifred consist of students participating and competing in various sporting activities in mixed aged teams.
The students are encouraged to have fun and develop their physical skills, perseverance, determination and resilience.

At St Winifred’s teachers are encouraged to incorporate physical activity across their teaching and learning program.
Examples include:

Using timers and stopwatches to time Athletics
using throwing and catching to investigate measurement and evaluation;
throwing a ball and measuring the distance of each throw and why a ball curves in the air;
using the mathematical process to measure out running tracks or jump distances.

By participating in physical activity either through physical education, sport, or general play in the playground, students learn many leadership qualities (e.g. team work, cooperation and understanding). These opportunities for students and are offered during:
lunchtimes, school sport days, clubs, and tournaments.


The PE Curriculum Framework will serve as a record of the broad topics covered in each activity area for subsequent teachers to refer to. In line with overall school policy, teachers should make notes of significant achievement. During swimming lessons distances achieved and National Swim Awards passed should be noted and celebrated within assemblies. However end-of-year reports should remain firmly focussed on qualitative judgements based on observation of achievement and progress made.

PE Kit at St. Winifred’s

Indoor lessons:
Students are expected to wear short sleeve white t-shirts, and dark plain coloured shorts, with either bare feet or plimsolls.

Outdoor lessons:
Students may wear long sleeve tops and dark coloured tracksuit bottoms, with socks and trainers.

Non-participation in PE lessons

Whereas students are always expected to take part in PE lessons, there may be special circumstances when they cannot. They will be expected in such rare circumstances to observe the PE lesson and complete the form shown on the next page.Physical Activity Policy


 Name: _______________________________

During the PE lesson, answer the following questions by observing the activities that occur. You will need to use the back of this sheet to record some of your answers.

1. The reason I am not taking part in PE today is:

2. Where did PE take place today?   (indoors/outdoors).

3. Write down the warm-up activity/activities done during the beginning of the lesson.

4. In today’s lesson we are learning about: (write down name of activity or skill being taught).

5. Does the activity seem easy to learn/play? On the back of this sheet, explain in your own words why or why not?

6. Pick one person to watch throughout the lesson. Do not identify them by name. On the back of this sheet, describe some of the things they are doing best.

7. What do you think they need to improve most?  How might they achieve this?

8 Write a short paragraph about what you know about today’s activities. Tell about strategies and/or skills involved in the activity, if you have played it before, your like/dislike for the activity.