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At St James’ we aim to develop pupils who will be physically active and can flourish in a range of different physical activities. We aim to offer wide ranging opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved. We aim to deliver high-quality inclusive teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equality of play to embed life-long values. We also seek to sign-post pupils to extra-curricular clubs, both in school and out of school, to help provide further opportunities for pupils to engage with and enjoy physical activities, now and in the future, and celebrate the success of all pupils.


Physical Education is not simply sport or physical activity. PE should develop a web of fundamental knowledge and skills beyond just the physical. Our curriculum has been designed around these factors following the Head, Hand, Heart model.

Head - The thinker; confident, deep learner and decision-maker.

Hand - The physical being; physically competent; physically active and competitive.

Heart - The behaviour changer; developing socially and emotionally, involved and engaged, developing character and values, leading a healthy active lifestyle. 

Any outcomes of the activities and units that the children take part in are with these in mind and our assessment statements correspond to these.

Pupils at St James’ participate in weekly high quality PE and sporting activities.  Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports and activities to ensure all children develop the confidence and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. 


Teaching of PE in the Early Years

In our Early Years there is a focus on the development of gross motor skills, coordination, core strength and collaboration. These skills are developed through two sessions of PE a week, where the children take part in a range of skill based activities and games, as well as introductions to gymnastics and dance. These fundamental skills are also developed through our Early Years curriculum and our Early Years environment. In Early Years our children are given opportunities to enjoy physical activities and energetic play on a daily basis. As well as planned activities, we provide a range of equipment that children can move safely and cooperatively to create their own structures and activities. The EY area has rope swings, a trim trail, trikes, balance bikes and a range of games equipment. This enables the children to practise different skills, move in different ways and at different speeds to improve coordination. They also have opportunities to balance, throw, roll, kick and catch.


Key Stage 1

Our KS1 pupils are taught a range of key knowledge and skills - focusing on the fundamental movement skills and those that are needed to participate in sports later in their schooling and into later life. An emphasis on full participation is made - lessons are planned to ensure children are mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination. Children are also given opportunities to be taught by visiting sports coaches for specific sessions.

Children work towards mastering initial skills in gymnastics and a range of dance styles. The opportunity to be active is also given at break times where a range of equipment is offered and a sports leader is employed to coordinate games. Children in KS1 are also offered opportunities to compete against other schools in various PE events through our School Sports Partnership.


Key Stage 2 

KS2 pupils build on the key knowledge and skills developed in KS1 to participate in and learn a range of sports (football, hockey, netball, tag rugby, handball, tennis, rounders, cricket and athletics), as well as continuing to develop and refine their knowledge and skills further in gymnastics and experience a range of dance styles. The range of sports have been carefully selected to ensure that a wide range of knowledge and skills can be refined and developed, and have also been mapped out and repeated in multiple year groups, so that the children have the opportunities to repeat sports and apply and enhance the knowledge and skills they have.

Children are provided with opportunities to be active at break times, where a range of equipment is offered and a sports leader is employed to coordinate games.

We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school. Clubs include hockey, dance, football and karate. In addition, we enter a range of competitive inter-school sporting events and hold our own in-school inter house tournaments each term. These encourage an inclusive approach to encourage not only physical development but also well-being, social skills and self-confidence.


The long term aim of our PE curriculum is to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St James’, not only through the sporting knowledge and skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Our hope for the impact of this is that children are motivated to utilise this knowledge and skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. 

The quality of our PE curriculum has encouraged a high level of participation and enthusiasm from our children during lessons, break times and sporting events. We have been awarded the Silver Sportsmark in recognition of this. Our extra-curricular sports clubs are very well attended by a wide range of ages, and St James’ sports teams have been highly successful in competition sports, particularly hockey, who have recently represented the Havant area at the Hampshire School Games.


Please click here to view our PE long term overview.

Please click here to view our progression of knowledge and skills in PE.