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Physical education

Physical education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skill, physical development and a knowledge of the body in action. Physical education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams.

It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness.

Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to get involved lifelong physical activity.

Our Physical Education Intent

At St Francis, we aim to instil a lifelong enjoyment of a range of sport and physical activity through high quality Physical Education lessons and extra-curricular opportunities. The Physical Education curriculum has been developed with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding, as set out in the National Curriculum Physical Education Programmes of Study.

The PE curriculum provides inclusive opportunities to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding across a range of physical activities. Children understand the positive impact, both physical and metal, on their development and demonstrate a keenness to improve, sustain and compete in a variety of sports and games.  The Physical Education curriculum has a clear and comprehensive scheme of work, in line with the National Curriculum, showing progression across all key stages within the strands of PE. Children have access to key knowledge and vocabulary in order to understand and readily apply to their learning in PE and across the wider curriculum.

Effective teaching and learning of two lessons per week, ensures progression across all key stages within the Physical Education curriculum. This is supplemented by specialist coaches/teachers which include opportunities to experience a wider variety of sports and activities. Pupils are enabled to develop competences to excel/improve their performances in a broad range of physical activities. They are able to demonstrate resilience and communicate what it is they need to develop and improve, in the goal to achieve their personal potential. Pupils are encouraged to employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography. Through a range of opportunities, pupils become young leaders, organising and officiating, motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others. A range of pupils, in KS1 and 2 have the opportunity to engage in competitive sports both internally and within the locality.

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End of Key Stage 2 Swimming Outcomes

Information of Outcomes in Swimming (End of Key Stage 2)

Academic Year Percentage of Pupils reaching Expected Standard in Swimming
2018 86%
2019 88%
2020 96%
2021 Unable to assess due to pool closures during pandemic
2022 80%
2023 83%

Further Information

Our Physical Education Overview                                                                                                Our Physical Education Intent Statement 

School Sports Premium Funding