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Holy Family Catholic Primary School



At Holy Family, our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.  

The aims of PE are: 

  • to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination; 
  • to encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations; 
  • to develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities; 
  • to increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance; 
  • to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise; 
  • to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination; 
  • to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success. 


Our school uses The PE Hub as the basis for its curriculum planning, which we have adapted to the local circumstances of the school. All children engage in two hours of high quality Physical Education each week, one with their class teacher and one with a professional sports coach from Signature Sports. All children also engage in swimming lessons in their time at Holy Family Primary School, which are taught by qualified swimming coaches. 

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the National Curriculum. Teachers assess children’s progress in PE by making assessments as they observe them during lessons. At the end of a unit of work, teachers make a judgement against the units objectives. 

Extra-Curricular Activities  

Our school provides a range of competitive and non-competitive activities for the children during and after the school day. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of areas. Our school also plays regular fixtures against other local schools and schools within the Emmaus Catholic Cluster. This introduces a competitive element to team games and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and co-operation amongst our children. 

The school provides an annual Sports Week to celebrate athletic achievement with parents and pupils. Every other term concludes with an inter-class tournament between their house groups.  

Safe Practice 

The general teaching requirement for health and safety applies in this subject. We encourage the children to consider their own safety and the safety of others at all times. We expect them to change for PE into the agreed clothing for each activity area and there are spare kits provided for those who need them (this also applies to swimming).  The policy of the governing body is that no jewellery is to be worn for any physical activity. The governing body also expects the teachers to set a good example by wearing appropriate clothing when teaching PE too.