St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

"to inspire, to learn, to love with God"

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Hill Top, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire WS12 1DE

01543 227225


Physical education at St Joseph's


At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we recognise and understand the importance of high-quality primary PE and the role it has to play in promoting sustainable, long term, healthy lifestyles. The intention of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to experience success and achieve their potential and for pupils to understand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to be fit for life. We aim to inspire our pupils through fun, purposeful and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all and for them to develop a lifelong passion for some kind of physical activity or sport. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills, such as respect, humility, graciousness, teamwork and communication skills, and for them to have a positive, meaningful and memorable outdoor and adventurous residential experience, as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.


The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Ped Pass medium term planning allows teachers the flexibility to design sequences of lessons tailored to each specific cohort and provide challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure. Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two different areas of PE every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports and activities are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs three evenings per week. Each term a group of key stage two children are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities. At the start of the academic year, subject leaders from across the cluster meet to develop the sporting calendar for the year. A variety of events and competitions are organised by the team and children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children. Past events and competitions have included: Cross country running, netball and football tournaments (and leagues), cricket, rounders, hand ball, tag rugby and swimming galas.  Children begin their swimming lessons in Year 3 at the local swimming baths and learn a range of water-based skills with some children progressing to personal survival sessions.

All children benefit from working with specialist coaches (West Midland Sport) each week and Key Stage 2 have a specialist dance teacher who teaches the children on a rota basis.


All pupils leaving our school will…

Have the fundamental skills in PE to be able to participate in a wide range of physical activities and sport. 

Have a lifelong passion for some kind of physical activity or sport. 

Understand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and be fit for life.

Have a positive, meaningful and memorable outdoor and adventurous residential experience.

Have the chance to compete in some form of competitive sport.  

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