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    P.E. at St Robert Bellarmine


A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.



At St Robert Bellarmine, we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning.

Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives

We believe PE has the potential to make a significant contribution to children’s development: increasing confidence and self-esteem, developing leadership, team working, concentration and problem-solving skills, and developing identity and improving social cohesion within the school and wider community. We want our children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in PE, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. We work hard to ensure that learning is built upon each year, all children have the opportunity to engage with progressive PE.

Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our

whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is

planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly

challenged as they move up through the school.


PE at St Robert Bellarmine is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve mastery and depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key skills of each theme and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group and across every child’s journey from EYFS to Year 6.

The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short-term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. The PE subject leader works this out in conjunction with teaching colleagues and pupils in each year group. Together we create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting for our children to learn through. Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit. The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area.

Our children are provided with the knowledge they need at the beginning of a new topic and have opportunities to continually refer back to this throughout the year. Expectations are high and through our planning approach of basic, advancing and deep knowledge activities all children have opportunities to deepen their learning at an individual level.


At St Robert Bellarmine, we ensure that PE has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is fundamental in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. Our staff are committed to ensuring they dedicate specific time each year to allow them to develop their own subject knowledge and become better PE teachers for the benefit of our children. We plan and implement our approaches to ensure children are getting the most from the subject.


Cross curricular outcomes in PE are specifically planned for where they are relevant. Key subjects are linked and planned into the long-term curriculum for each year group to ensure there is provision for our children with relevant links and context and a more meaningful understanding.  Our PE lessons involve giving children opportunities to engage in processes as well as celebrating our achievements. At St Robert Bellarmine, class teachers are actively encouraged to always consider how to enrich the learning opportunity for pupils in other curriculum areas through PE. A curriculum map and medium term plans are kept centrally for reference and monitoring.


At St Robert Bellarmine PE learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have high expectations as well as children and they strive to reach their full potential with confidence. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of PE and its place within the wider physical education context. PE at St Robert Bellarmine extends children’s interest and knowledge beyond their immediate experiences, The Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic approach to teaching and learning is fundamental in all our curriculum provision.

Children will begin to make relevant links from PE to other curriculum subjects, such as English, maths and science.  They will develop the ability to be able to compare their work with pupil’s previous work, to be able to select appropriate materials, develop their organisational and collaborative skills, respond to the visual curriculum and be able to make judgements of their own and other’s development.

Assessment is crucial in improving learning. Formative assessment is used regularly to inform teachers of ongoing progress and allows adjustments to be made that reflect the learning needs of all children in our school. Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE, both by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons, and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum and recorded using the Get Set 4 PE assessment software. We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each Key Stage. Teachers are supported with resources to know how to prepare children for their next phase of education.

These resources include the Get Set 4 PE progression of skills document, progression ladders and knowledge organisers. Feedback is continually given to children which leads to better outcomes in PE. In line with our school assessment policy, summative assessment in the form of teacher assessment is carried out at the end of each topic to inform the overall progress made by each child on a yearly basis.


We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about PE therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future and be able to understand the part they play in it. All children in the school will be able to communicate confidently about their PE learning, skills and knowledge.