We believe that Physical Education in a safe and supportive environment is a vital part and unique contributor to a pupil’s physical and emotional health, development and wellbeing. Our Physical Education programme aims to provide for our pupils an increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations.

A balance of team and individual, co-operative and competitive activities aim to cater for each pupil’s abilities and needs. Our programme bases itself on progressive objectives, which combined with flexible and varied teaching styles enable us to provide appropriate, stimulating and challenging learning situations for all pupils.

Through Physical Education, pupils gain both enjoyment, fitness and an understanding of the benefits of exercise. They develop an understanding of the skills necessary for developing independent self-challenging work, teamwork, confidence, tolerance and perseverance. They also begin to appreciate their own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of others.


At SSPP, we believe that high quality physical education, alongside the core PSHE curriculum of staying healthy, is vital for our children to learn great habits that will be used throughout their lives. The curriculum will develop physical fitness, stamina and understanding of their bodies during exercise. This encourages them to be physically confident and develop a positive lifestyle. Opportunities for pupils to compete in sport enables children to build character and feel a sense of personal success in an atmosphere of healthy competition.

Characteristics of an Athlete

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
  • 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 exceptionally high levels of performance.
  • High levels of physical fitness.
  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.
  • 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 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.
  • Excellent levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of 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.

National Curriculum

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.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that 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.

Physical Education Curriculum Explained

SSPP PE overview explained

School Sports Mark



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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Emotional Education in PE

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