St Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Welcome toSt Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School

Physical Education

Our Subject Leaders for PE are Mrs Gemma Thwaites and Mrs Carole Quill

Core Values - Friendship, Trust, Love, Forgiveness, Faith, Honesty


St Martin & Mary Church of England Primary School believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being.

A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils.

Through the selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that pupils, irrespective of their innate ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential. The activities offered and the teaching approaches adopted seek to provide pupils with opportunities to develop their creative and expressive abilities, through improvisation and problem-solving. 


Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness. This work is closely aligned with the school’s policy on Health Education. Whilst retaining its unique contribution to a pupil’s movement education, physical education also has considerable potential to contribute too much wider areas of learning. It is considered important that physical education is integrated into the whole school’s planning for the development of pupils’ communication, numeracy, PSHE and ICT skills.

Physical education is an essential part of all children’s social and physical development.  As a school we are committed to providing all the children with the opportunity to discover and develop their individual level of physical ability and motor skill.

Through gym and dance we will create an exploratory environment where the children’s control and aesthetic understanding will be extended. Through the delivery of the curriculum we hope to develop positive attitudes to physical activity and encourage the children to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle.

The school will further offer opportunity for social and emotional development by structuring activities where the children can plan and lead activities, work with others and make judgements about their own and others’ performances and actions.

In Year 6, children are offered a six week Junior Sports Leader programme. This teaches the children the qualities of a coach and the impact that a coach has on its pupils and their overall enjoyment of a sport. It shows children how to set up safe and fun activities and how to adapt them according to ability. The children pull together lesson plans and are observed coaching younger children. The Leaders then volunteer themselves for break time & lunch time coaching & refereeing duties. We actively promote a wealth of 15 sporting opportunities both in and out of school’s hours.

Through PE, the children of St Martin & St Mary Church of England Primary School will be made aware of their own and other strengths and weaknesses and will develop an appreciation of and empathy for other’s abilities and differences.

Core Principles and Skills Development

EYFS & Key Stage 1 PE Curriculum Information