St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School

PE Curriculum

Our intent is to ensure that all of our children are physically and mentally fit in order to promote healthy lifestyles and resilience for life. In order to fulfil this, we aim to create an active school culture.


Daily run

All children will have a 15 minute daily running session.                           

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

At St Polycarp's we believe in using the outdoors as much as possible to enhance all our curriculum areas where possible. Our staff have all been trained in outdoor learning and plan many lessons using the outside environment to enhance learning.  
In addition:

YR and Y1 have outdoor activities planned into their curriculum every day.

Y1 have a trip to Gostrey Meadows where they use the large outside play equipment

Y2 have an annual trip to Alice Holt for a day of outdoor learning

YR, 1 and 2 are timetabled to use the trim trail adjacent to the KS1 playground at all play times.

KS1 send children for Forest School days organised by the local confederation.

Y3,4 and 5 are timetabled to use the trim trail adjacent to the KS2 playground at all play times one day a week. Y3 are timetabled to use the trim trail two days a week at all play times.

Y5 have a day at Thames Young Mariners where they take part in water sports and adventurous challenges.

Y6 spend a week at PGL Adventure at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight.

Surrey Outdoor Education come in to school to provide outdoor learning sessions in the summer term to groups of children.


In the summer term of Y3 all children have a swimming assessment session where they are assessed against the National Curriculum. Any children unable to swim 25 metres on both their back and front  or lack water confidence will receive swimming lessons in Year 4. These lessons take place on a Thursday afternoon. They will be assessed again and if necessary continue swimming until Year 6.

Talented swimmers from Y3 to Y6 are trialled and given the opportunity to train with our elite swim squad. This training takes place  before school on a Monday led by two qualified  swimming coaches supported by teaching staff and an assistant swimming coach. At present the squad consists of 30 children. After the February Swimming Gala the Y6's will be replaced by talented Year 3's. Some of the squad will compete in the District School's Annual Swimming Gala.

Additional Curriculum Events Within Curriculum Time

Additional days are arranged for the children throughout the year for example there are annual themed dance workshops led by professional dancers from the Don Rae Academy for the Movement of Arts. The themes coincide with world and national events such as Salsa or Carnival dance workshops when international sports events are held in a Latin American Countries. A dance day was held as a celebration for our Queen with each year group performing dances from around the former commonwealth. 

Visit from an Olympian

Sport for Schools’ come in to run a sports day where the children will be given circuit training challenges and targets to raise their cardiovascular rate. A sporting star always visits as part of this day. In recent Years Beth Tweddle the British gymnast and Pete Waterfield the GB Diver  (Tom Daley’s synchro. diving partner) came  into school  to give an inspirational talk about their sport and particular events they have competed in such as the Olympic Games. They bring in their medals to show the children. Children are always given a session to ask  the Olympians questions. Duncan Goodhew recently visited school and not only joined in the Daily Run but led a whole school assembly on the benefits of participating in sport.

Theme Days 

The school has theme days linked to major sporting tournaments such as the Olympics, World Cup or European Championships. Part of these days involve each class in an inter phase sports tournament.

Mini Olympics

KS2 will have an inter house mini Olympics morning. Every child will compete. There will be twelve teams ( four for each house) made up of children across the key stages. Year 6 will act as sports leaders for this event.

Infant Sports Day (YR and KS1)

An afternoon of competitive races that parents and governors are invited to watch.

Junior Sport’s day (KS2)

An afternoon of competitive races that parents and governors are invited to watch.

Inter - House Tournaments  

Each term there will be an inter house tournament for different sporting events.

Competitive Sport

For information see Active School Tab

Active School

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