PE Curriculum


At St Philips we want each child to aspire to be the best that they can be. We believe that a huge part of this can be achieved through physical activity during PE lessons and break times, where exercise can contribute towards an active and healthy lifestyle.

Our intent is to provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferable life skills. We want our PE curriculum to provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We also strive to encourage the children to think about the science behind physical education and the effects that exercise has on our body.

Our curriculum meets all aspects of the National Curriculum and is inclusive, challenging and enjoyable. It aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


PE at St Philip’s school provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including invasion games, net & wall games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, health and fitness, outdoor and adventure and swimming.

The whole Year 4 class has swimming throughout the year. Pupils participate in at least 3 hours of high-quality PE lessons each week, covering dance, gymnastics and games split into three lessons a week. Years 3, 5 and 6 have a weekly lesson with a professional MUFC coach who teaches high quality lessons once a week. Years 1 and 2 have this for half a year each. Reception has an MCFC a coach who comes in once a week who specialises in Early years Physical Education.

The Long-Term planning for each class 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. This is tracked by the PE Co-ordinator and used as handover for transition at the end of the academic year so that the new class teacher is aware of what the class has already been taught and to identify any areas that need further development. All staff can access the Medium-Term planning and half termly assessments for each class throughout the academic year. Teachers use and adapt planning and resources to ensure lessons across years show progression. Children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. We provide inclusive and enjoyable clubs which increases children’s physical activity. Clubs are offered to both KS1 and KS2 children. Children are encouraged to stay active at break times and can access a variety of equipment to use.

All Year 6 children can become Play Leaders for the school. The Play Leaders develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with and organising games at break times.

Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area and beyond. This is an inclusive approach which 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 children.


Our curriculum is designed so that children are taught a variety of activities throughout their key stage and there is a progression journey through all of these. Each area of PE also has a progression ladder which shows progression from EYFS to Year 6. Children also deepen their understanding of PE, year on year, by being introduced to specific vocabulary which is also mapped on a vocabulary pyramid for each area. Children have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities and demonstrate their new skills in intra and inter sports competitions. All children also have the opportunity in the summer term to take part in a sports day. Children will become confident within the different strands of PE and show resilience when tackling new skills.

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