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St Pancras Catholic Primary

St Pancras
Catholic Primary School

Physical Education

‘Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, you don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it’ - Michael Jordan



Our intent is to inspire all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. PE develops children’s knowledge, skill and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. We aim to grow children’s understanding of the importance of being active, leading a healthy lifestyle and to engage all pupils in regular physical activity, developing their resilience and willingness to take risks. We aim to ensure that the children’s experience of Physical Education is positive and motivating and that children’s attitudes to a healthy lifestyle are firmly embedded in our curriculum. Further, our intent is to provide opportunities for children to experience competitions, working together as a team and having the opportunity to take positions of leadership. Through fostering a love for sport and physical activity, we aim to create engaging and fun opportunities for children to grow and develop.


At St Pancras, each child receives 2 hours of PE on a weekly basis that is delivered by specialist coaches and class teachers. We have adapted the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work to suit the needs of our children, ensuring progression of fundamental skills across a broad range of activities. Children in year 3, 5 and 6 attend swimming lessons at Fore Street swimming pool, where they are taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25m using a range of strokes. In addition to PE in curriculum time, we also strive to provide opportunities for children to access extracurricular physical activity through a wide range of sporting clubs and competitions.

All areas of the national curriculum are covered. In KS1, children are taught fundamental skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching and developing balance. These are then applied and developed in KS2, where the children are introduced to a range of sports and activities that allow them to use these skills in isolation and in competitive situations. Lessons are taught so that all children have fun and can be successful in sport, while experiencing competition that reflects their personal level of development. Children acquire PE vocabulary and knowledge that will assist in future PE at KS3 and beyond, through developing their speaking and listening skills. The children are encouraged to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


The impact of our curriculum reflects with our school drivers (communication, emotional awareness and possibilities). Pupils have the opportunity to be involved in competition outside of PE lessons with local schools through IPSSA and SGO. We have entered a variety of competitions including football, rugby, cross-country and quad kids. Allowing children of differing abilities to access these opportunities. We have achieved a Gold School sports games award for our high level of participation in local events and daily engagement in 60 minutes of physical activity. We have high pupil participation in extracurricular clubs across the school and all children are engaged in competition through inter house games every half-term. We have instilled a love and ethos of sport and activity through displays celebrating successes, such as sports day. We also share sporting events with parents and guardians through our weekly newsletter.


Breadth of Study

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 

Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending. 

Perform dances using simple movement patterns. 

Swimming and water safety: take swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.  

Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball, rounders, cricket, hockey, basketball, rugby and tennis and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. 

Take part in gymnastics activities. 

Take part in athletics activities. 

Perform dances. 

Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team. 

Swimming and water safety: take swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. 

PE Curriculum Overview