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Physical Education

'Work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.'

Colossians 3:23-24



Mission Statement

Our mission is to work to develop the full potential of each individual in an environment where the Gospel values of love, peace, truth and justice are lived out.

The Aims of Physical Education at St Mary’s are:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives.


Our P.E curriculum is delivered P.E specialists (P.E and Sport Hub) alongside Class Teachers. P.E is taught at least two times a week using the P.E Passport scheme of learning provided by P.E and Sport Hub. The scheme of work is used from Reception – Year 6 to ensure a wide range of practical skills are explored and developed through games, athletics, gymnastics and dance. Additionally, P.E Passport offers a topic-based approach with their dance units to support children’s cross-curricular learning. A steady progression plan has been built into the P.E Passport, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent physical development. By using the P.E Passport as the basis of a scheme of work, we can ensure that we are fulfilling the aims stated in the National Curriculum.

All units involve:

  • Physical development
  • Social development
  • Competition

Curriculum time allocation

In line with Government guidance, each year group has up to 2 hours of physical education per week in every half term. In each half term, they have two different units of work, focus on a type of game and dance or gymnastics. Swimming is carried out in Years 3 and 4 across the year. 

Cultural Capital

The rich, creative and cross-curricular nature of PE enables all the children at St Mary’s to develop the cultural capital they need to succeed in later life. The cultural experiences and knowledge the children gain through the PE curriculum, extra-curriculum clubs and Sport and Health week enables the children to become physically literate and play a full and active part in society. Through promoting the School Sport Values (Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Determination and Teamwork) we strive to ensure that the children leave St Mary’s with a strong sense of of sportsmanship and can adapt these values in other areas of life. The many and varied opportunities the children have been given through all their cross-curricular work enables them to have a deep appreciation for physical education as a whole.


British Values

Our whole school approach to P.E and School Sport successfully promotes fundamental British Values and SMSC development, as we intend to develop a range of life skills and values in our curriculum. Our children, through Gospel values and British values, have a deep-rooted sense of what is right and wrong. They have the opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help embed values such as fairness and respect. They are taught to understand rules, different roles and responsibilities of each sport and are encouraged to use them in different environments. Our Sport Council and Play Leaders promote democracy, the freedom to share their views and build respect within the school.