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Physical Education




When pupils leave Cathcart Street Primary we want them to have the knowledge and understanding of how to lead a healthy and active life, enabling them to make positive choices in relation to healthy eating and exercise.


Our Curriculum intent-

Our pupils will demonstrate improved resilience and the ability to perform basic movements skills consistently such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. Before they leave the school, we want our pupils to develop an interest and love of sport and physical activity, leading to longer term engagement. Our curriculum will support the development of a broad and varied range of transferable physical skills that allow pupils to access any activity or sport with confidence. The PE curriculum will focus on providing opportunities for all pupils to succeed and aim to raise the profile of physical activity through the celebration of achievements and the use of local and national role models. As a school we value the impact PE and Sport can have on other challenges including, developing social skills such as an ability to communicate effectively with others and developing links with the local community to support out of school activity. PE and Sport will also be used to support positive behaviour within the school.  For our pupils, the curriculum will have additional focus on developing good sportsmanship and cooperation in PE and wider activities. Pupils will be encouraged to use the correct vocabulary within lessons and to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others.

Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. We provide the broad and balanced programme of physical education we believe every child should have; with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity is encouraged. The range of physical activities is wide and includes athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and outdoor education. 

PE is delivered by class teachers with a high-quality programme designed to satisfy the needs, abilities and interests of all individual children. A wide range of after-school clubs are also available for all children from years 1-6 to participate in. 


Cathcart Street’s aim to improve the standard of PE across the school is outlined at the beginning of each academic year with a robust action plan and a spending plan to align with the budget allocated to the school. It is paramount that the budget is allocated carefully to the aim of the PE curriculum.

We aim to improve the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles. We will do this by providing a range of physical opportunities for all children through a broad PE curriculum through after school and breakfast clubs. We ensure that there is adequate training for TA’S for active play and how to implement through the play leaders and promoting activities at lunch time. Expanding opportunities for physical activity outside of the allocated PE lessons. Lunchtime staff ensure that there is someone overseeing the activities the play leaders are undertaking, there has also been additional sports equipment for school ordered to ensure all can access equipment.

We also aim for profile of PE and sport to be raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement. There are teacher surveys completed to assess the needs of training for delivering the PE curriculum. An ongoing aim of Cathcart Street is to increase participation in competitive sport and have children actively engaged in competitive sport whilst promoting the expected standards within sport.

We aim to develop children's confidence and competence to take part in a range of sports and physical activity. The year is split into 6 half terms, and all teachers throughout the school teach all the content thoroughly and at a speed that allows pupils to get a good understanding. To support this, only 5 series of lessons have been planned for each academic year. Traditionally it would be one series per half term and there would be parts of lessons missed out as a new topic started. This approach will ensure teaching of the content for a series finishes when the pupils are ready and teachers can then move on to the next topic. A range of sports are taught across a child's time at Cathcart. These include;

  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Tag Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance

As a school we also aim to give children opportunities to take part in many sports and are working with external agencies to provide sports days in order for our children to participate in sports they may not usually have the opportunity to do.

 Key Stage 1

Pupils are developing fundamental movement skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Children engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. We adhere to the national curriculum and pupils are able to;

  • 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.


Key stage 2

Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They continue to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They are continuing to develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. We adhere to the national curriculum and pupils are able to;

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate through badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball and tennis, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through athletics dance 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.

In KS2 Games the content for the entire key stage is organised into themes or topics. These themes are key aspects of generic games teaching and there are 3 themes for each year group. Teaching games in this way (skill focused over sport focused) encourages a focus on skill development with clear progression across year groups instead of pupils learning how to play a specific game. This links nicely to your intent around developing a wider range of activities and encouraging pupils to get involved in more both in and outside of school and preparing them for PE and Sport in high school.


Progress in PE is measured over time, and not necessarily in individual lessons, and can be demonstrated in pupils knowing and remembering more from the curriculum. Throughout the year key content is reinforced and memory built through short assessment. PE is assessed using teacher judgement based on the outline set out in the national curriculum. This is assessed and monitored by the subject leader in order to implement any actions that may need to take place.

Our aim this year is to engage the children in competing in different competitions across the year. Our partnership with Everton in the community will also aid in accessing a lot of competitions that they are organising throughout the year.