St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

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


PE Curriculum

Mission Statement 

At St Polycarp’s, we aim to provide the highest possible standards of education for all of our pupils, within a caring, happy and safe environment, where all individuals who work in and with the school are equally valued. We recognise the important role that physical education plays in the social, physical and cognitive development of children. It provides the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to the all-round development of the child. All pupils leaving St Polycarp’s should be physically literate, with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.



The purpose of PE in our curriculum is for it to be of high quality, inspires all our to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for children to become physically confident whilst supporting their own health and fitness. It should also allow our children opportunities to compete in sports and other activities, whilst help build a child’s character and help them to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

The national curriculum for PE ensures 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"

 In PE there are expectations that children should demonstrate. They should demonstrate healthful sportsmanship and always be prepared to participate safely in physical activities, to the best of their abilities. Children are expected to arrive on time for class, have appropriate water bottles, PE uniforms or sports clothing to allow the children to move freely, no jewellery. Children should respect themselves, the teacher & others. To always try and give the best effort. Follow directions when given. Pay attention, participate and ask questions. Preserve a positive learning environment and take responsibility for their own actions.

Therefore, the overall aim of PE is for a child to develop through natural total-body activities using play, movement, physically but also mentally and socially.


For Teachers:

  • To develop an ability to plan a range of movement sequences, organise equipment and apparatus, and begin to design and apply simple rules.
  • To develop an ability to remember, adapt and apply knowledge, practical skills and concepts in a variety of sports
  • To promote positive attitudes towards health, hygiene and fitness.
  • To foster an appreciation of safe practice.
  • To develop motor skills through a range of relevant movement-based activities.
  • To develop a sense of fair play and sportsmanship.
  • To develop communication skills, encouraging the use of correct terminology, to promote effective co-operation.

For Children:

  • To participate in a range of psycho-motor/movement activities in order to develop personal physical skills. (Practical attainment)
  • To develop an awareness of simple physiological changes that occur to their bodies during exercise.
  • To be given opportunities to develop imagination and co-operation to achieve shared goals.
  • To be given opportunities to develop personal characteristics like initiative, self-reliance and self-discipline
  • To be given the opportunity to develop areas of activity of their choice in extra-curricular time.


We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.


 Our values

Implementation of PE Curriculum


    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 been trained in outdoor learning and plan many lessons using the outside environment to enhance learning.  

    Year Group Specific OAA


    Expedition to Morley Road recreation ground, walk there and then exploring large adventurous equipment


    Trip to the local wood to participate in scavenger hunt


    Trip to Alice Holt for a day of outdoor learning


    Hike in Selborne as part of Gilbert White Trip


    Hike to Farnham Park and adventurous activities at park


    Extended day at Thames Young Mariners to participate in water sports and adventurous challenges


    A week at PGL Adventure- Osmington Bay


    In addition:

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

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

    KS1 and KS2 are timetabled to use our specific outdoor active areas which include 2 trim trails, 2 outside table tennis tables, a MUGA area, a basketball area, running track, the field and an Active Zone area at break times. 

    Additional Curriculum Events Within Curriculum Time

    Additional days are arranged for the children throughout the year for example themed active days, workshops led by professional dancers, Olympians , para- Olympians. In addition, the children have the opportunity to participate in development workshops such as the Wellbeing Warriors Active Surrey Programme and the Chelsea Foundation diversity programme . Our whole school sports festivals that coincide with world and national events such as the Olympics, the Euros and the World Cup are planned for and linked to curriculum work.



    Visits from inspiring Olympian and Paralympians

    We like to inspire our children by bringing in sporting stars to talk to the children about their experiences, journeys to success, how they overcome obstacles and the resilience they needed.

    Beth Tweddle, the British Gymnast has visited with her medals and performed some gymnastics for the children.

    Pete Waterfield, the GB diver and former synchro diving partner of Tom Daley not only talked to the children but had them joining him in warm up exercises. 

    Duncan Goodhew, former swimming Olympian, inspired the children with his story of overcoming dyslexia as well as sharing how he became an Olympic star and joining the children in the Daily Run.

    Paralympian Rachel Morris came to talk to the children about her journey to sporting success and the need for resilience.

    Kylie Grimes, Paralympian Rugby Gold Medallist, talked to the children about how she  achieved her dream of being a successful sports woman. She also talked about the   sustainability concept of the Tokyo Games as ''Be better, together - For the planet and the people'. The children got to handle her Gold Medal and were fascinated to find it was made of melted down mobile phones. They were even more amazed to hear about the cardboard beds that the Olympic athletes slept on.

    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.

    EYFS and KS1 Sports Days

    Both EYFS and KS1 sports days involving a mixture of fun sporting activities and competitive races.  Parents and Governors will be invited to watch. 

    KS2 Sports Days

    The children have a mini -Olympics for field events and a competitive track sports day.  In recent years we have changed the KS2 sports day to a lower KS2 sports day and an upper KS2 sports day to enable the children to participate in more races. Parents and Governors will be invited to watch. 

    Inter - House Tournaments  

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

    Competitive Sport

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    Active School

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