St Helen's Primary School

St. Helen's Primary School


Physical Education

At St. Helen’s Primary School, PE is taught through a bespoke curriculum, which has non-negotiable skills for each year group, providing continuity and progression linked to the national curriculum.

Through PE lessons, pupils develop fundamental movement skills which enable them to develop their aptitude in a range of sports. We also encourage games values of passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork along with developing personal challenges.

Children are given the opportunity to swim during KS2.

Pupils can take part in a range of tournaments and sports festivals both within school (Intra-competitions) between year groups and with other schools (Inter-competitions).


The intent of teaching Physical Education at St. Helen's is to give children the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact in their own physical health and well-being. We want all children to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills. PE can challenge and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. It can teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.


St. Helen's PE curriculum has been designed to be a bespoke curriculum for our pupils. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Children gain experience of a variety of fundamental skills. This has a focus on agility, balance and co-ordination. Children take part in individual skills, group skills and team games. It is structured to provide a range of sports experiences which every child participates to develop their fundamental movement skills and learning through specific focussed activities and through individual and team competitions. Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support to enable them to take part and gain confidence in skills, understanding and motivation.  During KS2 children will have a series of structured swimming sessions. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being. 


At St Helen’s, we help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. The children develop their fundamental movement skills in order to apply these skills to a variety of sports. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They develop the knowledge of how to live healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE from physical skills to life skills such as passion and self-belief.