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The P.E. Curriculum at St Thomas


At St Thomas’, we deliver a rigorous, progressive and balanced P.E. curriculum based on conceptional knowledge and key skills that aims to challenge and inspire our children. Through our P.E. curriculum and after-school provision, we aim to broaden horizons by diving deep into a range of sports to allow children to experience life in all its fullness. With a progressive, knowledge and skills based approach, we inspire pupils to be the very best version of themselves enabling them to assess and improve their own performance. We explicitly teach subject-specific vocabulary for children to learn and apply during our lessons. Through our intra and inter school competition, we offer our children valuable opportunities to engage and excel in competitive sport.  Our carefully sequenced P.E. curriculum, with foundations skills at its core, is organised coherently ensuring children build upon their knowledge and skills year upon year. In St Thomas', we promote excellent outcomes for all with swimming and gymnastics at the heart of our curriculum. With extended provision, we ensure all children meet swimming expectations whilst providing elite performers opportunities to thrive. Our aim is to inspire our children to lead healthy and active lifestyles. 



How is P.E. taught at St Thomas?

Structure of the lesson


Retrieval (Activate):

Children will take part in a short, independent task where they will be required to retrieve previously gained knowledge and skills. The children may have acquired this knowledge in a previous lesson, unit of work or even a previous year group. This task is designed to strengthen our pupils’ memories of key knowledge and skills, enabling them to permanently remember and make progress across the curriculum. Each lesson will be begin with a warm-up or an ‘activation’ task. This will allow the children get themselves ready for physical activity with relevant tasks to the topic of the lesson. Most units begin with a ‘show what you know’ warm-up where teachers will be able to assess prior knowledge/ experience of the children.


Children will be introduced to key vocabulary (STAR words) at the beginning of the lesson. Children will be challenged to learn the meaning of these words and apply them correctly during the lesson. Teachers will provide children with actions to match each of these words, to support the children in remembering them.


Teach (Acquire):

Children will then be taught the skill necessary in the lesson. The children will explore the skills and assess their progress while the teacher will utilise this time to model and spotlight children’s progression.


Independent task (Apply):

The application within game phase is where we provide pupils with the opportunity to challenge themselves further, putting the learned skills into action while under pressure of time, in competition with classmates or as a performance.


After-school and intra/inter school competitions

Our children will be offered a range of after-school sports clubs ran by school staff as well as third-party specialists i.e. football coaches. These clubs will change on a termly basis to ensure children have vast opportunities to become fluent in a range of sports. The clubs will be scheduled to prepare for upcoming competitions, as an extension to our P.E. curriculum or for fun!


As a school, we are a part of a local community of schools called MADCOS. This means we are involved in all competitions organised by MADCOS that take place throughout the year. We are particularly proud of our swimming and gymnastics achievements. These competitions allow us to have a chance at competing in level-3 tournaments and beyond.

We also regularly organise in-house, intraschool competitions, where children have the chance to compete against their peers outside of their P.E. lessons.


Use of resources – The P.E. lead and class teachers are to ensure that they have all of the required resources to teach lessons. This may include: a range of sporting equipment and supplementary CPD resources for each unit.  Teachers to discuss with P.E. lead if any extra resources are required.


Assessment – Assessment of P.E. should continuously be used to inform teaching. Retrieval tasks should be used to address gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills.  Teachers should assess children on knowledge and skills goals after every lesson (a tick against each goal if a child has achieved on P.E). After each unit, the pupils will assess their own performance on a self-assessment grid.



By the end of Key-Stage 1 our pupils will:

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.

 By the end of Key-Stage 2 our children will:

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

 Pupils will be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres and use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


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