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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 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 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 equity of play to embed life-long values. We seek to sign-post talented athletes and players to extra-curricular clubs and celebrate the success of all pupils.


Physical Education is not simply sport or physical activity. PE should develop a web of fundamental 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

Through the EYFS Curriculum and our environment, EY children are given opportunities to enjoy energetic play daily. We provide a range of equipment that children can move about safely and cooperatively to create their own structures. The EY area has rope swings, trikes and 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. The EY children have two planned sessions of PE a week, which include development of gross motor and core strength as well as introductions to gymnastics and dance. 

Key Stage 1

Our KS1 pupils are taught a range of skills - focusing on 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(often linked with topics). 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 participate in the Golden Mile and are offered opportunities to compete against other schools in various PE events through our School Sports Partnership.

Key Stage 2 

KS2 pupils use their key skills developed in KS1 to participate in a range of sports including football, hockey, netball, rounders and cricket as well as continuing to develop and refine their skills further in Gymnastics and experience a range of dance styles (usually linked to topics). Children are given opportunities to participate in the Golden Mile regularly and a team of Sports Leaders are appointed from Year 6.

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 tournaments each term. These encourage an inclusive approach to encourage not only physical development but also well-being, social skills and self-confidence.


Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St James’, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of your own health and fitness. Our hope is that the impact of this is that children are motivated to utilise these skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. An impact of our PE curriculum is a high level of participation and enthusiasm from our children and we have been awarded the Silver Sportsmark in recognition of this. St James’ has been highly successful in competition sports, particularly hockey recently, and represented the Havant area at the Hampshire Games often.


Please click here to view our PE long term overview.

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