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St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

Physical Education: Curriculum Statement


St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School recognises the value and importance of Physical Education (P.E).


We fully adhere to the aims of the National Curriculum for Physical Education to ensure that all pupils:


  • Develop competence and wisdom in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Learn and master core skills.
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time throughout the day.
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities showing respect to officials and other competitors.
  • Lead healthy, active lives.



P.E. is taught at St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School as an area of learning in its own right, as well as being integrated where possible within other curriculum areas. PE is taught twice a week - with one outdoor and one indoor session. We use Get Set 4 PE to support our planning and the key knowledge and skills required for each topic are mapped across each year group ensuring children develop their knowledge of games, dance and gymnastics and (from KS2) athletics progressively. 


The skills in these areas are developed systematically, with the programme of study for each year group building on previous learning whilst preparing children for subsequent years. Knowledge and skills are informed and linked to enable achievement of end of key stage points, as informed by the 2014 National Curriculum.


At St. John Fisher, we teach lessons so that children:

  • Develop and master fundamental movement skills
  • Become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others whilst showing love and respect.
  • Engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations
  • Apply using their wisdom and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
  • Enjoy working collaboratively, communicating, and competing with each other.
  • Show growth mindset, courage and self-managing skills by developing ways to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Lessons are planned to utilise cross curricular links and to provide children with rich experiences. The varied curriculum is designed to enable all children to love physical activity, to work both individually and in a team and to experience success in a range of sports. An extensive extra-curricular provision, which is available to all children, also provides further challenge and access to a range of physical activity. All children have the opportunity to participate in PE at their own level of development, with teachers and coaches ensuring that all lessons cater for individual needs. As well as securing and building on a range of skills, children develop knowledge of the basic rules of a range of games and activities. They experience positive competition and a focus is placed on developing good sporting attitudes. Children learn in a safe environment and have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.


Children end each key stage with a high proficiency in every aspect of PE. Children are made aware of the links between physical activity and being mentally and emotionally happy and understand its significance as part of a healthy lifestyle. Pupils at St. John Fisher have many opportunities to take part in intra and inter school competitions and have historically performed extremely well in Borough competitions. As a school, we have formed close links with a range of local clubs providing children with many rich experiences. Children are signposted to join local clubs therefore allowing them to develop their skills further and compete at a higher level.


The Leader for P.E is Sian Lucas.