St Nicholas Church of England Primary School

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Our Wholesome Curriculum encompasses: • Heart- Feelings and responding • Head- ‘sticky knowledge’ • Hands- physical skills •Health- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental


Within Physical Education at St Nicholas CEVC Primary School, we strive to be the best we can be and to encourage all children to join in learning and play.

Our PE and sport is all SMILES:


Safe with

Maximum participation


Learning, with

Enjoyment and 



The skills of Physical Education are essential skills for life-long learning. Through our Wholesome Curriculum, we aim to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future.

Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.

It is our intent to inspire children to discover life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.

Our intent is to ensure that the we create a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all children, particularly disadvantaged pupils and including pupils with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life as well as fulfilling the requirements of the national curriculum for PE including:

  • developing competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • being physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engaging in competitive sports and activities 
  • leading healthy, active lives.

We aim to embed this securely and consistently across the school, supported by cross-curricular links and reference where appropriate.


Every year group in Key Stage 2 will attend swimming lessons for a term in order to meet or exceed the requirements for swimming as set out in the National Curriculum 2014 (namely to achieve a distance of 25m, effect a safe self-rescue and to use recognised strokes). We believe that swimming is an important life skill and a way for children to engage in a broad range of water based physical activities throughout their lives.

How is our Wholesome Curriculum reflected in PE?

How is cultural capital developed through our PE curriculum?

Children are aware of athletes from a wide variety of countries, cultures, religions and races through whole school events such as the Mini Olympics, the World Cup and visiting athletes. Children are encouraged to celebrate their own personal sporting successes through Celebration Worship, covering a huge range of sport, dance and gymnastic achievements.  Children should understand many moral messages through turn-taking, partner and team co-operation as well as understanding the need for applying rules to games so that it is safe and fair for all those participating. Children realise the importance of good ‘sportsmanship’.

PE overviews:


PE skills progression:

PE Assessment:

What does impact look like in PE?

  • By the end of each key stage, children will know, apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
  • Children should be confident in many areas of Physical Education across dance, gymnastics, games and swimming.
  • Children can use social skills to participate with partners and in small or larger teams through co-operation.
  • Children will understand the need to play fairly and within set rules and be able to explain some of these rules and how to apply these rules to a game.
  • Children will be able to demonstrate skills and use of equipment safely and confidently including getting out and putting away.
  • Children understand the need to keep fit and healthy and know how to do this in a safe, enjoyable and responsible way.
  • Children can explain what impact exercise has on the body and mind.