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St Augustine’s PE Vision 

To ensure that all children will be physically active and find enjoyment and fulfilment in physical activity.

At St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School we aim to develop positive attitudes towards physical education and activity, and promote healthy lifestyles through a balanced programme of dance, gymnastics, games, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities – and ensure safe practice through promoting high standards of behaviour during indoor and outdoor physical education.


Purposes and Aims


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.


These aims are:

  • That all children will find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in physical activity
  • To develop children’s self-esteem and confidence
  • To teach children various skills e.g. motor skills, hand and eye co-ordination, and strategies and tactics in individual and team sports
  • To develop children’s balance, poise and control – and emotional response – to music in dance
  • To develop a range of swimming strokes and greater confidence in the water 
  • To develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour including perseverance, fair play and sportsmanship
  • To develop children’s ability to cope with failure and promote a fair response to winning and losing, in a competitive environment
  • To teach children about personal safety in relation to their bodies/clothing and dangers in using equipment inappropriately
  • To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the human body and its capabilities

Purpose of study 

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. 



Key stage 1

Pupils should develop 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. 

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. 



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. 

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. 



Key stages 1 and 2 Swimming and water safety 

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be 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.

National Curriculum 2014