Physical Education

Physical Education Curriculum Intent Statement

 At Our Lady and St Joseph we recognise and value the important contribution of physical education to the physical, cognitive and emotional development of all children. We also value the role of physical education in relation to a child’s social, moral and cultural development.

 Physical Education is an integral part of the curriculum to be enjoyed by all pupils. We provide opportunities to consolidate and work on values of persistence and excellence that underpin every aspect of school life.


 We aim to provide a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum. The curriculum aim is to cater for the different needs and preferences of each child using individual and group activities through a range of different sports. This is particularly important in considering access and opportunity for pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities (SEND).  In addition to this, we know it is important that pupils develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play and teamwork. We provide a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. 

 Our key curriculum aims are for pupils to:

  •       Develop physical ability and self-confidence through the development of a range of fine and gross motor skills.
  •       Be aware of the different shapes and movements that can be made with the body.
  •       Develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to recall, repeat and refine their actions with increasing control and accuracy.
  •       Become aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and the importance of developing strength, endurance and flexibility.
  •       Appreciate the value of safe exercise.
  •       Develop the ability to work independently and communicate with, and respond appropriately towards, others using verbal and non-verbal communication.
  •       Develop a sense of fair play, decision making and problem-solving skills.
  •       Develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.
  •       Enable performance evaluation and the ability to act upon constructive criticism.


From the early development of gross motor skills and basic movements in the Early Years, we provide pupils with the opportunity to develop and refine physical educational skills such as upper body strength and balance.

 Planned activities are progressively more challenging and develop increased skill, co-ordination and ability across year groups. Through high-quality sports education, pupils are inspired to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. They are provided the opportunity to explore a range of different sports and disciplines. 


EYFS: In the early years, (Reception Year), children will be provided with opportunities to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement through moving and handling activities. This will involve the use of a range of equipment and different spatial experiences. In the Early Years PE work mainly involves physical development as defined in the early learning goals.  At this age a lot of work involves building up upper body strength. Reception class have extensive play equipment designed with this in mind. This is constantly updated with the new EYFS 2021 Framework referenced. e.g. height of swing bars and balance activities.e plan our activities form the new Early Years Framework 2021 – Physical Education.

 KS1: The curriculum focuses on fundamental movement skills to develop agility, balance and co-ordination. Curriculum content includes ball skills, athletics and team games, We aim to provide a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum to support and increase pupils’ self-confidence in relation to their capacity to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movements. gymnastic and dance activities. For example, the pupils learn to pupils learn to sustain balance and concentration when performing a variety of core movements.

 KS2: The pupils will continue to apply and develop a range of skills and units of work, which include a range of invasion, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming. Pupils’ experiences will also be enriched through opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities. A range of resources will be used to support progression across the curriculum including specialist coaching sessions for different sports such as cricket, basketball, dance and football.

 The school offers a wide range of sports including:

Gymnastics, dance, cricket, hockey, netball and basketball skills, football. athletics, tag rugby, yoga and cycle training for Years 5 and 6.

Years 4 and 5 go swimming on a  Friday and approximately 66% can swim at least 25 metres by the end of Year 5. 

The school has an annual sports day and participates in a wide range of local and Hackney borough sports in the Summer term (post pandemic).

Year 6 go on a Residential Trip which specialises in outdoor activities.

After school activities include Multi-sports Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all year on rotation.

Irish Dancing KS2.

Karate Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Year 1 - Year 6.

Yoga on Thursday and Friday with Year 1 and Year 2.

Tennis in Summer.


 Year 6 Swimming Ability: 

62 % of children swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.

 2 children use a range of strokes effectively

 0 Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situation.

Years 4 and 5 go swimming regularly at Kings Hall Leisure Centre on Fridays. Every child in the school gets the opportunity to swim for 3 terms.

From this cohort of pupils in 2019 66% could swim 25 metres.