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Physical Education at St Oswald's



At St Oswald’s, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides 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 PE 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




Each child receives 2 hours of curriculum time PE on a weekly basis which is carefully planned and mapped out to ensure a broad and full range of skills and activities. These sessions are either delivered by specialist coaches or class teachers during PE lessons. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 attend swimming lessons at Haven Point swimming pool, where they are taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25m using a range of strokes. In addition to PE in curriculum time, we also strive to provide opportunities for children to access extracurricular physical activity through a wide range of sporting and active clubs. at both KS1 and KS2 but is embedded further throughout the school day, utilising the children’s language development and allowing for further opportunities to develop language skills across the whole curriculum. We teach lessons so that children:

• Have fun and experience success in sport

• Have the opportunity to participate in P.E at their own level of development

• Secure and build on a range of skills

• Develop good sporting attitudes

• Understand basic rules

• Experience positive competition

• Learn in a safe environment




As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:

Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.


Key stage 1

Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are taught 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 enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics 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.




Each year group in Key Stage 2 will attend swimming lessons for either one full term or half a term, usually from Year 3.


Curriculum Impact


By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. At St Oswald’s we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. Each part of the PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader.

Throughout our curriculum and extra-curricular activities, we aim to provide the children with a broad range of experiences and opportunities, no matter their circumstances, increasing the culture capital the school is able to provide to the students. The above long term plan highlights the varied activities taught by staff and assisted by experienced specialised coaching over the next academic year. 


Additionally, the school provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities for all age groups to receive a variety of experiences with expert coaching.  From Multi-skills and Little Mover sessions in KS1 and Dance, Athletics and Cricket in KS2. 


We have also made links within the community, providing a cricket engagement day alongside Durham CC and South Shields CC. The school has also worked alongside to ActiveKids to open the school during the school holidays to provide a fully funded summer camp, which was open to all pupils in from Year 1 to 6. The free summer camp allowed the children to have a free lunch, alongside taking part in a variety of sporting and artistic activities. 

PE At Home


Being fit and healthy is very important to us at St Oswald's as it not only sets us up for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy future, it keeps our brains active as well, so that we can get the best out of ourselves every day.


Below are some fantastic resources that are available for us all to use, especially during times when we can't get out, as we all know it can get a little bit strange being in the house all day and not being able to use some of our energy.

Sports Network



“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”

John 10:10

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