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Physical Education

The National Curriculum expectations for physical education in primary schools can be found here:

We have used this curriculum to develop our own bespoke approach at St Bartholomew's based on the following intent, implementation and impact statement:


Physical education (PE) is an integral part of our curriculum, one that is inclusive and engages all children. We want children to develop the knowledge, skills and competence to excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. Children will participate in competitive sport; our aim is for them to transfer their St. Bartholomew’s values to all sporting activities, ensuring they do their best and display good sportsmanship. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and to be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives.


Children participate in high-quality PE lessons twice a week, focusing on one indoor and one outdoor sport per term. Our curriculum ensures that children participate in a variety of sports; outside PE lessons, all classes participate in a daily mile and use BBC Super Movers or GoNoodle fitness videos on a daily basis to help keep them active. In Years 4, 5 and 6, children attend swimming lessons. We provide opportunities for children in all years to experience new sports throughout the year; recently, these have included hula-hooping, fencing and dance workshops. Children participate in a variety of competitive sports outside of school, and the school attends sports festivals for Key Stage 1 and 2. We also provide children with opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that are inclusive, enjoyable and increase children’s physical activity.


Our PE curriculum is progressive, allowing children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to achieve their personal best. Our children are physically active, which has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. Children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity that many pursue outside of school. All children understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. Year 6 children leave school with the skills to self-rescue in the water and swim 25 metres competently.


Please find our whole-school curriculum overview below: