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St Bartholomew's

Catholic Primary School


Our PE Curriculum:


' Physically educated persons are those who have learned to arrange their lives in such a way that the habitual physical activities they freely engage in make a distinctive contribution to their wider flourishing.'

James MacAllister


Our vision for physical education:

At St Bartholomew’s Catholic Primary School our vision for Physical Education and Sport is that every child will have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent.

We believe it is vital for all learners, including SEND/Disadvantaged pupils, opportunities to be active and to develop their skills progressively throughout the St Bartholomew’s journey. We aim that, through the many sporting opportunities and physical activity we provide, our children will develop a love and passion for sport and continue this beyond their primary years. St Bartholomew’s Primary School promote excellent outcomes for all with key skills at the heart of our curriculum. We recognise the importance that Physical Education makes to a child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Our PE curriculum is inclusive and ensures that pupils of all abilities develop physical literacy and develop their skills progressively throughout the year, by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all, in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.


The skills of a great PE student:

  • Demonstrate flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through a variety of physical activities.
  • Engage in competitive and co-operative sports and activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Use and initiative and problem-solving skills across a range of physical activities.
  • Develop resilience to overcome personal barriers.
  • Critically evaluate their own performances and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Lead healthy, active lives.


About Physical Education at St Bartholomew's:

We believe a high-quality PE curriculum is an integral part of the whole school curriculum and one that staff, pupils and parents understand and can contribute to. To ensure for consistency and progression in key concepts and knowledge, we use and follow Get Set 4 PE schemes of work, this allows us to present pupils with opportunities to be creative, competitive and co-operative across a wide range of sports and activities.


Our PE curriculum is planned and sequenced by Key Stage groups and key skills over a two-year cycle. It is challenging and provides the pupils with opportunities to revisit previously taught skills before building on them, for example, the skills of catching and throwing are revisited each year before they are built on. During PE lessons, pupils are encouraged to overcome challenges as individuals, small groups or teams and will learn to adapt their thinking to a variety of tasks.