PE and School Sport Vision Statement

‘Victory is having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.’

(Bill Bowerman)

At St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School we want every child to have left our school:

  • equipped with strong fundamental skills and the knowledge of how to apply them to different activities
  • having had regular opportunities to reach their ‘personal best’
  • with a good understanding of how to live out the School Games Values
  • committed to maintaining a healthy active lifestyle

Curriculum Intent            

The PE curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas. 

We want to equip them with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the physical education National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  In Year 5, children will visit CHET to experience outdoor and water based orienteering and team building activities as part of our quest to subject our pupils to as many different mental and physical challenges as possible. In Year 6 children have the opportunity to apply their OAA skills to a contrasting locality in (Wales) and take on a number of team challenges including dam building, orienteering over longer distances and shelter building. We also endeavour to promote mindful approach to health. In the Spring Term, we offer children a ‘Mindfulness Day’ in order to expose children to activities such as meditation, yoga and orienteering within the school grounds. To further demonstrate our commitment to providing broader experiences of a range of sports and activities, we offer a range of extra-curricular clubs including traditional sports alongside new Inclusion Clubs (offering Boccia, New Age Kurling and Seated Volleyball) and a Multisports Club (which offers a new sporting activity each week to targeted pupils). Each year, we try to engage children in new sports by hosting exciting themed weeks and explosing the children to activities such as Quiddich, Dodgeball, Speedstacking and Fencing.

We want our children to use the vibrancy of our great city to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate what they have. We achieve this by providing a strong SMSC curriculum, with British Values and our core values placed at the heart of everything we do. This often feeds into the PE curriculum. For example, we have attended a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ event at Anfield which was hosted by Liverpool F.C. In the autumn term, Year 6 were inspired by former Royal Marine and Amputee Record Holder Andrew Grant (a former pupil) and Paralympic athlete Beth Munroe, helping our children to understand both the importance of determination and resilience and to understand the barriers overcome by those with disabilities.

We enrich their time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities which are normally out of reach – this piques their interests and passions. Our children have also been lucky enough to visit Aintree Race Course (prior to the Grand National Event) and meet Jockey’s competing in the event. In summer 2018 some pupils were lucky enough to attend the Netball World Cup for the day, an event they will not forget. Throughout the year we are proud to have one of the highest rates of attendance within South Sefton Partnership competitions, allowing us to offer a range of competitive opportunities throughout the year for as many children as possible. We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children. 

Curriculum Implementation

In November 2019, a complete audit of the PE curriculum was conducted by the coordinator alongside teaching staff. On the back of the findings from this audit, the PE curriculum was collaboratively rebuilt and the learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group organised to ensure progression and repetition to embed key learning, knowledge and skills. 

Our curriculum is designed to provide children with essential fundamental movement skills and the experience of a range of activities activities which are revisited year on year. The 6 main areas are:

  • Fundamentals in Years 1, 2 and 3 which underpin all sports and activities and prepares them not only for future PE units but for movement in life.
  • Games which moves from introductory units and ball skills in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 into a range of sports in Key Stage 2 such as football, hockey, dodgeball and tennis. This is to prepare them for the opportunities and experiences of competitive sport across classes, year groups and in our South Sefton Sports Partnership and Merseyside competitions.
  • Gymnastics to build on fundamental movement skills and also provide opportunities that would be normally out of reach as few of our children have the opportunity to attend gymnastics clubs outside of school.
  • Athletics to build on fundamental movement skills and provide children with a clear application of their fitness skills alongside games units as well as being a discipline in its own right which is celebrated by every child each summer in our Sports Week.
  • Dance to teach children that not all PE is set in rules but can be expressive and personal and can support mental and physical well-being alongside other areas of activity.
  • Team Building in Key Stage 1 leading to OAA in Key Stage 2 to teach children determination and resilience and prepare them for the experiences of later life when working with others as part of team to solve problems.

Across the key stages we also made the decision to embed two new units: Fitness and Yoga. This choice was made to provide our children as many different mental and physical challenges as possible. Fitness is an essential component in PE and we believe children should understand their own fitness and its importance to their mental and physical health. It is now a dedicated unit as well as being referenced in each PE lesson. We also intend to promote a mindful approach to PE. Through our Mindfulness Week and Yoga units we will encourage children to understand the importance of a slow, mindful approach to health alongside traditional sports.

Physical Education’s subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared with all stakeholders. These characteristics underpin all work in PE and form a focal point for display areas and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and pupils. These characteristics are:

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE
  • A knowledge and ability to demonstrate the School Games Values of: honesty, determination, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork in PE as well as other lessons across the school
  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve a personal best level of performance
  • A high level of physical fitness
  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.
  • The ability to be resilient to setbacks and problem solve in different activities to overcome barriers and achieve a personal best
  • A willingness to build a healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly (linked to PSHE and Science teaching)
  • The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others for example as coaches or leaders within lessons and extended into extra-curricular areas when applicable
  • Good levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography in dance and gymnastics
  • Knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance through self and peer assessment
  • The ability to work independently for age-appropriate periods of time with minimal guidance or support
  • A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport
  • The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water

Each time we audit, we empower our staff to organise their own year group curriculums under the guidance of our subject leader. Teachers are best placed to make these judgements. Staff develop year group specific long-term curriculum maps which identify when the different subjects and topics will be taught across the academic year. The vast majority of PE subjects are taught discretely but staff can and do make meaningful links across subjects. In addition, we hold themed weeks to enrich our curriculum learning and allow children to apply PE skills learnt in lessons. For example during our Harry Potter themed Big Write Week the children played Quiddich and Mindfulness Week in January they took part in Yoga and OAA challenges.

Our planning utilises the Getset4PE website to which we have a long term subscription. The planning was trialled and approved by the South Sefton co-ordinator and school PE coordinator. Lesson plans are well structured to maximise activity levels and have inbuilt progression from week to week and assessment focuses as well as including adaptations for AGT and SEN pupils to ensure all children make progress at their level. Staff are encouraged to use their own judgement with regard to lessons (when to move forward/when to repeat a lesson) rather than following the plans to the letter. The children are always our guide when planning week to week.

Our staff  teach PE twice a week. This helps to ensure sufficient time is allocated to PE and that PE subject matter can be revisited frequently. We believe that by crafting our curriculum this way, we improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, to alter their long-term memory and thus improve the rates of progress they make. 

Curriculum Impact

We use ongoing formative assessment within every PE lesson using key questions and success criteria which has been carefully organised into our planning. Staff use this formative assessment to inform their short-term planning and feedback to pupils. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the SEND and the more able children to help them reach their personal best.

These formative assessments lead to a summative assessment of each PE unit on a half-termly basis. These assessments are placed on the Getset4PE website under each class file. This supports teachers in future planning. For example when they revisit a similar unit in games they can look back at the assessments and adapt planning and teaching accordingly.

Assessment markers for each unit of teaching have been carefully mapped out and further broken down for each year group on a progression of skills document. This means that skills in PE are progressive and build year on year. These judgements are collated and support staff making a PE judgement at the end of the year for pupils, parents and future teachers. 

A review of assessment information across the school is part of a monitoring cycle which is developed at the beginning of each academic year. This process provides an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the quality of education in PE.

Monitoring in PE includes:

  • Lesson observations/learning walks for select year groups (this will be done annually from the 2021/22 year with dates decided within the observation cycle under the advice of SLT)
  • Pupil Voice (September 2020)
  • Staff Voice (October/November 2020 in line with Autumn CPD Staff Meeting)
  • Online assessment review (July 2021)

All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

Fundamental Skills

The St Elizabeths Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Programme is part of a wider and established culture in the South Sefton Partnership that promotes the building of a solid base of fundamental movement skills from which to build an understanding and love of physical activity and sport. Our expectation is that every child will benefit from quality PE provision, leaving our school with basics firmly in place in order to feel confident applying their skills in PE and Sport activities in secondary school and beyond.

At St Elizabeths we invest in the PE and School Sport Provision, applying it to all areas of school life and seeing it as an important part of our school culture and ethos to ‘Live, Love, Learn’. The research and evidence is clear, School Sport develops the ‘whole person’ and helps us to build a culture of personal and collective success within our school community



Personal Best

At St Elizabeths, our whole community celebrate and encourage full participation in competitive opportunities, both with ourselves (yes- staff included) and others. Competitive sport isn’t an optional extra; it is an essential building block key in building pupils’ self-esteem, confidence and the school ethos. It is part of a broad curriculum and all pupils are expected to participate to their personal best.

Competition is part of life helps to shape character, brings our school community together helps us to realise our full potential- not just physically but mentally. Life is tough and sport can sometimes be too but this is something we encourage our children to face head on, not to shy away from. How better to prepare pupils for the setbacks that life will inevitably throw at us? Winning and losing is part of the human experience and life is all the richer for it.

We endeavour to guide our children through challenges in order to achieve their personal best, nurture whatever their personal skills and talents may be and grow into strong and well-rounded adults.






Living out the School Games Values

We believe deeply that the School Games Values of determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork – which are at the heart of the St Elizabeths PESSPA Programme- are values for both sport and life. The aim is for these values to be applied in all aspects of school life, including in pupils’ academic studies, whilst having positive effects on behaviour and attendance.

Committed to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle

St Elizabeths is committed to championing the health and wellbeing of its pupils and staff through physical activity.We strive to maximise opportunities for children and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity (not just in PE lessons and through competitive sport opportunities). This includes within our curriculum, within our extra-curricular offer, across our school environment and through links with the wider community.

This year we have launched our ‘Active 20’ Strategy, with the aim of ensuring that every St Elizabeth’s pupil is physically active for at least twenty minutes during every school day on non-PE days. This is being achieved by ensuring every curriculum subject has embedded within it either active breaks or active learning. Our active sessions provide daily opportunities to improve strength and fitness through a variety of activities used to engage children and ensure that purely sedentary lessons are a thing of the past.

Through what is provided at school and outside of school, our hope is that every St Elizabeths child will meet the four UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines* and will go on to continue to enjoy healthy, physically active lifestyles when they leave us.

 * UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines:

  • Under-fives: 180 minutes (three hours) each day, once a child is able to walk.
  • Children and young people (5-18 year olds): 60 minutes and up to several hours every day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity. Three days a week should include vigorous intensity activities that strengthen muscle and bone.

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