Physical Education


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Physical Education Intent 

At SJC Federation, we believe that all children should have access to a high

quality, skills-based PE curriculum that ensures all pupils develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to excel in a wide range of physical activities. Our PE curriculum provides opportunities for children of all abilities to access a range of sporting activities on offer and stay physically active for sustained periods of time. We recognise the role that PE has to play in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and ensure that our PE curriculum is complemented through our PSHE and science curriculum to develop a holistic understanding of healthy living.

To engage children and ensure PE is relevant, SJC Federation takes advantage of its locality that includes world class sporting hubs such as two globally recognised, Premier League football clubs, Manchester Aquatics Centre, Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Club and Manchester Regional Gymnastics Centre to name a few. This opens us up to a wealth of enriching opportunities and inspiration for leading active lives that draw upon the local world around our children. Alongside professional sporting organisations, we have strong links with local high schools and engage in competitive activities with other primary schools. Thus placing PE in the wider context and building it as lifestyle habit. We celebrate the diverse range of sporting heroes from different backgrounds, sports and communities to reflect upon the diversity within the Federation, so that children can be inspired and aspire to achieve like others from their locality.

Throughout their time at St John Chrysostom Federation we aim to provide children with the skills, knowledge and values to be able to lead a healthy active life, now and in the future. We strive to ensure children become physically literate by developing the fundamental movement skills in a progressive and age/ability appropriate manner whilst recognising the individual needs of SEND or disadvantaged children. Physical Literacy is universal, regardless of language which ensures all children within our diverse community are included and have the opportunity to excel physically. Being located in Manchester we can collaborate with Manchester PE Association and promote the core values of respect, determination, honesty, passion, teamwork and self-belief. Therefore these values become embedded within our children and the Federation to join a common vision across the city.

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.



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


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.

Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].


Subject content



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



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


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

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