St Charles RC Primary School

Welcome to

St Charles RC Primary School

  1. About Our School
  2. Curriculum
  3. PE


Aims and Objectives

 The national curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.


Rules, vocabulary and game skills such as attack, defence and fielding will be taught. Staff encourage pupils to recall and apply their knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar situations.  During P.E. lessons, staff can refer to work in other curriculum areas when appropriate.  In order to progressively develop, children should follow written and verbal instructions accurately.


Purpose of Physical Education

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils 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



By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Early Years

Pupils should be taught:



  • Spatial awareness
  • Basic motor skills
  • Co-ordination and control
  • Aiming, predicting and estimating



  • Using their imagination in art, design, music, dance, imaginative role-play and stories



  • Travel around, under, over and through balancing and climbing apparatus


Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.


By the end of Key Stage 1

Pupils should have developed their fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination –
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


By the end of Key Stage 2

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. 


Swimming and water safety

At St Charles’ swimming is provided by the Local Authority. Children from Year 3 upwards swim throughout the academic year to ensure that they meet the National Curriculum requirements by the end of Year 6. SEND children and children who are unable to swim 25m confidently, swim throughout the year until their curriculum level has been achieved.

Pupils are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres –
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.