Physical Education (PE)

Purpose of study

At St Joseph’s we will provide a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum in which every child will have an equal chance to achieve their best.  We endeavour to create a culture of learning in which children feel secure and highly motivated to work and succeed.  We believe that P.E. can develop children’s confidence and self-esteem and that every child should have equal access to develop their fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination, co-operative and creative skills in a safe environment. We plan to ensure that all pupils develop competence in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives. P.E. is an integral, vital and valuable part of the curriculum and to the development of the whole child now and in the future.

Through PE we aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing confidence and competence in a range of physical activities. We aim to improve health and well-being, promote active participation and lifelong learning, and for each child to fulfil their potential. We aim to ensure that the children’s experience of PE is positive and motivating and that children’s attitudes to a healthy lifestyle are firmly embedded in our curriculum.

Our PE curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Its 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.


St Joseph’s curriculum for PE ensures 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.


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Yearly PE Overview