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Physical Education

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Read more about the PE curriculum here:

Physical Education Curriculum Intent: To develop a broad range of skills and learn how to apply them in different ways. Pupils will be challenged to achieve their personal best and see the best in everyone. Our PE curriculum aims to give all pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. 

The Physical Education Curriculum: Our Vision


At St Matthew's. our PE curriculum is extensive and progressive in order to develop our children’s abilities as athletes. The importance of sports in primary school cannot be underestimated, and getting children involved in sports at a young age can make them healthier and happier too. We teach our children the specific knowledge, skills and physical literacy they need to become proficient within different sports alongside teaching them the core values of sportsmanship and behaviours associated with successful athletes. Pupils will be challenged to achieve their personal best and see the best in everyone, whether in lesson or at competitions. At St Matthew's, we value and celebrate the importance of honesty, determination, teamwork, self-belief, passion and respect. 


In EYFS/Key Stage One, children 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 are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


In Key Stage Two, children 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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Through the teaching of the PE curriculum, children at our school are able 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.
  • 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.