At SS. Mary and John, we believe that being physically active is key to ensuring that our children grow into active adults with good general health and well-being. It is this belief that means that Physical Education (P.E.) is an important part of our Curriculum. We strive for excellence in all that we do and we aim to deliver P.E. lessons that enable children to learn new skills in a supportive and challenging environment that is inclusive and engages all pupils. We aspire for children to acquire, develop and refine their practical skills and techniques as well as further their knowledge and understanding of PE concepts and principles thus developing their overall competence.

We ensure that our children are able to develop their swimming competence, a life saving skill. Our aim is that they will leave our school being able to swim at least 25 metres unaided.


Our carefully planned progressive P.E. curriculum ensures that every child has access to high quality physical education that inspires, engages and enables them to succeed. The curriculum enables children to develop skills, knowledge and understanding which will allow them to improve their physical health and well-being. The lessons enable the children to develop not only their PE knowledge but also develop their knowledge of ways to make healthy life choices.

We want them to enjoy, and excel in, a broad range of sports and physical activities therefore our long term plan ensures that our children are taught a range of gymnastic, dance, games, athletics and outdoor and adventure activities that meet the National Curriculum requirements. Children are taught P.E. for two hours each week providing the children the opportunities to develop key skills and improve their fitness levels each week.

Children in Early Years have access to their own outdoor areas where a range of physical activities are available for children to develop their fine and gross motor skills on a daily basis.

In addition to our weekly lessons…

  • we know that it is important that children experience competitive sports therefore we provide opportunities for individual and team competitions both as part of the curriculum and as extra curricular opportunities.
  • we attend additional inter competitions with other schools through our School Sports Partnership.
  • we have a yearly sports day where children compete for their house team.
  • we have trained KS2 play leaders who provide physical activities for younger children at lunchtime.
  • we work with external providers such as Wolves Foundation and Soccer 2000 to offer additional activities to enhance their sporting experiences.


Our progressive curriculum ensures that our children leave our school with a lifelong love of physical activity. They are equipped with the skills to participate in a variety of sports and are able to lead happy and healthy lives.