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Physical Education & Sport

Curriculum PE Overview


We aim for all children at St Joseph's to be physically active and have a good understanding of healthy lifestyles. Physical Education (PE) at St Joseph's is age appropriate and children are challenged to develop their skill acquisition in a range of sporting activities. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a high level of fitness, activity and knowledge of healthy lifestyles.

We intent to do this by:

  • Ensuring a high quality PE curriculum
  • Support the curriculum with the Sports Premium Grant
  • Offer children a range of extra curricular activities
  • Develop a positive culture of sport and recognise this with the School Games Mark
  • Develop the whole child - physically, mentally, socially, and creatively



Long, medium and short term planning that challenges pupils to develop physically in a wide range of sports and activities. In Year 4, children will develop their water confidence and water safety in a year long swimming programme.

All teachers:

  • Will participate in CPD to develop their understanding of the new scheme to support the teaching of PE
  • Use the SMART principle to develop PE activities and ensure differentiation takes place within a lesson
  • Have high expectations of pupils within the lessons
  • Work with Wakefield SSP to deliver high quality PE lessons and conduct assessment of pupils' ability



  • Accurate records of assessment, including, swimming data, AND Golden Mile fitness data, show the level of participation
  • Recorded data shows the increase in activity/fitness as pupils progress through the school and children should be accessing a range of sporting opportunities
  • With the opportunities provided to the pupils through curriculum and extra curricular planning, pupils will speak openly about the positive experiences they have had within primary school
  • Staff will feel confident in delivering high quality PE, which is differentiated and challenges all abilities
  • Develop physical skills, habits and interests that promote healthy lifestyles
  • Develop positive attitudes to physical endeavours including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour, and the ability to cope with success and failure
  • Learn how physical exercise affects the body
  • Understand the need for safe practice in physical activities and know how to achieve this.




Sports Premium Funding  

Since September 2013, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School has received extra sport funding through the Sports Premium. We intend to use the money to improve the confidence amongst staff in the delivery of high quality PE lessons across school, broadening the range of activities offered to pupils and improving our resources. We feel that this is the most effective and efficient way for the funding to have a long lasting and positive effect on future learning and physical development of our children within our school. The money will be used so that all children benefit regardless of sporting ability, that children are given the opportunity to compete in sporting activities and that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development.

In order to use the funding effectively in our school we are committed to developing Physical Education and competitive sport. In our school we are using this funding by working with a series of professional partners including our feeder high school, St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College and Premier Sport.

Sports specialist teachers and coaches are working alongside class teachers in lessons and also with provision sports for after school clubs. In this way, our children are gaining new skills and experiences and teachers are learning new techniques and knowledge to aid their professional development in teaching sport and PE.


  • Increase the amount of competition sport in which our children participate;
  • Make links to other community sports providers;
  • Develop additional clubs and activities for children, outside the curriculum;
  • Encourage our children to improve their leadership skills through sport;
  • Give extra support in PE to our more able and talented children and include those with special needs in sport;
  • Focus on supporting Pupil Premium pupils to benefit by supporting their attendance at after school clubs.

The long term aim is higher quality lessons and improved learning for all children.

 See the PE Action Plan for how we specifically intend to use the extra monies from the sport premium.


PE is an integral part of the National Curriculum and all pupils must participate unless there is a medical reason why they should not. In the case of a medical reason, we need a medical certificate for permanent exclusion from P.E and a written note for a temporary reason for non-participation. Wherever possible, children who cannot take part should still be involved in the lesson. This may be via simple observations or preferably by more active means e.g. by keeping score, refereeing and officiating, answering questions etc. If a child consistently forgets their PE kits, parents will be informed via a standard PE kit letter.


Children in Year 4 and 5 take part in swimming sessions at St Wilfrid's High School.

On swimming days, pupils need to come to school equipped with a swimming costume, towel and goggles (if required).

Swimming takes place throughout the school year, with both years going on Tuesdays.


Extra Curricular Clubs

For details on current extra curricular activities and sports clubs, please speak to the office.

PE Kits

See also: School Uniform.

PE kits are encouraged to remain in school Monday to Friday each week. Pupils are required to wear the school PE kit. Kits can be stored in pupil cloakrooms and children are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for it.



Inter-school competition

We take part in a wide range of inter-school sports. This includes a variety of partnership events and festivals for pupils in Years 1- 6, we have sent teams of pupils to represent the school at boys and girls football, netball, cross-country, cricket and athletics.

Fixtures and Results

For the current academic year's fixtures and results, please click the following link:

2017 - 2018

For previous years results, please click the following links:

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

Residential Visit

See also: Robinwood.

Year 5 are given the opportunity to participate in a three day (two night) residential visit to Robinwood Activity Centre. During the visit they are given the chance to sample a number of outdoor activities including caving, canoeing and climbing.

Enhancing the Curriculum

We offer a number of after school clubs, many of which have a sporting emphasis. Our Catholic Partnership encourages sporting activity and achievement across the primary years by arranging a variety of events and competitions over a wide spectrum of sports eg handball, tag rugby, multi-skills, mini-Olympics etc.

Northern Ballet

As part of our curriculum enhancement, we work closely with Northern Ballet. Each year, there is a cross curricular focus ensuring Physical Education is embedded within the wider curriculum. Over the last few years, the focus for the sessions have been Maths and English - explore number through dance as well as creating a stimulus for writing.


Through this link with Northern Ballet, one of our pupils Year 4 pupils was talent spotted and has received a short term scholarship with Northern Ballet. This has the potential to become a long term offer. We are all very proud of him!

Skipping School

Annually, we participate in the 'Skipping School' project for Years 2 and 4. Pupils have the fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and develop these skills as they progress through to Key Stage Two. Both year groups participate in the cluster heats in order to represent the BKCAT family of schools and the regional finals.

Balanceability and Bikeability

Working with the local council, pupils in Years 1 and  Year 2 partake in an intense and thoroughly enjoyable three days of 'Balanceability'. Children begin their journey of riding a bike on balance bikes develop the posture and the core strength to remain balanced. By the end of the three days, the majority of the children have progressed from balance bikes, to riding bikes with stablisers and finally without stablisers.


In Year 6, in preparation for transition to High School, pupils work with the Bikeability coaches to develop their confidence of riding in the local area. A fantastic progression across the key stages and a wonderful way for the pupils to become, 'High School ready'.


Sporting Values & Spirit of the Games

Through our PE, Sport and Competition, we aim to teach our children to demonstrate the following sporting values:

Self-belief: You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best.

Honesty: With others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation.

Passion: Giving it 100 per cent, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity.

Determination: Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back!

Respect: Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.

Teamwork: Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other’s success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life.

School Games Day

Our annual School Games day is one of the highlights of the school calendar. Well attended by parents, pupils compete in their Houses over a series of events.