For all children in St Joseph’s Pontefract to experience high-quality physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to life-long participation.

At St Joseph’s, planning for the PE curriculum sets high expectations and provides opportunities for all pupils to achieve, regardless of their previous experiences or abilities.

All pupils benefit from high quality PE provision contributing to a healthy, active lifestyle, improving emotional well-being and mental health, increasing attendance and developing key skills such as confidence, social skills, team building and leadership skills. Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to enjoy.

Our high-quality PE curriculum develops physical literacy and allows pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the personal development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and evaluation, creative skills, using their imagination and social skills such as teamwork and communication.

“Develops the key abilities children need to be successful within PE and Sport and across the curriculum”

Physical education encourages pupils to be active and supports them in their understanding of how to participate safely and effectively. They understand the barriers to participation and work to overcome these for themselves and others. Our PE curriculum is inclusive and ensures that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.


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


Pupils at St Joseph’s participate in weekly high-quality PE and sporting activities to develop their fundamental skills. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in PE, we are currently implementing a new PE programme ‘real PE’ that is progressive throughout the whole school. Teachers plan lessons using ‘real PE’ and our school progression of knowledge and skills document. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding increases, new skills are introduced through direct teaching. Teachers also demonstrate how to use equipment safely as well as using the fundamental skill based videos on the platform to use either before, during or after

“real PE gives EVERY child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life”

We work alongside many specialist coaches, including Wakefield Trinity, School Sports Partnership SSP, Leeds United, Sky Try and Elite Kids Coaching, providing opportunities for our children to participate in a wide range of sports and activities.

We work closely with our feeder high school St Wilfrid’s, which provides opportunities for our children to compete against other schools in a range of different sports and activities. During COVID, these competitions have been completed virtually.

St Joseph’s will be expected to:

  • Deliver 2 PE sessions per week.
  • Allow children to experience competitive situations through competitions, in and outside of school.
  • All staff will be good role models in leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
  • All staff will display good subject knowledge in areas of PE which they deliver.
  • All staff will differentiate, taking into account the needs of their children.
  • All staff will continually formatively assess across each half term.
  • Offer opportunities for staff to develop their CPD whereby they can learn from experienced coaches.
  • Offer a range of extra -curricular clubs for children.
  • Encourage children identified as inactive within school to take part in more physical activity.
  • Celebrate sporting achievements regularly

St Joseph’s has many sport links in our local community and continues to grow. Our pupils attend our local swimming club, Pontefract Squash Club, Yoga, Martial Arts club, ‘Funtrition Sessions’ and Ackworth School, which promote the ‘Tim Henman Foundation’. We work with Cycle North, providing opportunities for our children to learn how to ride a bike without stabilizers and complete their cycling proficiency

Teachers use ‘real PE’ programme and work alongside specialist coaches to carefully plan lessons which inspire and challenge all children. Areas covered include a wide range of activities to develop pupils’ fundamental skills which can be adapted to any physical and sporting activity or competitive sport, such as, football, netball, rugby, gymnastic, dance, cricket, tennis etc.

The children enjoy taking on leadership roles and evaluating their own performances as well as encouraging others during PE lessons, playtimes and afterschool clubs and work with specialist coaches to develop these leadership skills, such as communication, organisational and team building skills. They learn and develop technical vocabulary and understand how the human body works and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. ‘Funtrition’ sessions are implemented across the school to support children in developing an understanding where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare healthy meals, again preparing children with the life skills they need.

Throughout the academic year we provide a variety of opportunities for Physical Education enhancements to the Curriculum. Competitions and tournaments for KS1 and KS2 pupils are held at St Wilfrid’s High School, including swimming gala for years 5 and 6. These tournaments encourage our children to compete against other schools, developing those sportsmanship and fair play skills, learning and preparing them to win or lose games and being able to deal with their emotions. We have weekly afterschool clubs, PE provision during lunchtimes and whole school sports day.

We also have visitors that come into school regularly to deliver assemblies or inspirational talks to promote healthy lifestyles, tackle racism in sport, supporting emotional and mental wellbeing and many more.


Department of Education- Early Years Framework 2021

“Physical Development is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence”.

As part of the EYFS statutory framework Physical Development is separated in to two parts: Gross Motor Skills and Fine Moto Skills.

Physical Development ELG: Gross Motor Skills

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;
  • Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;
  • Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.

ELG: Fine Motor Skills Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases;
  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 1

Pupils should 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 should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be 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

National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 2

Pupils should 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 should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be 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

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.  In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Assessment of children’s learning in Physical Education is an ongoing monitoring of children’s understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher and discussions with specialist coaches, throughout lessons. An assessment tool is used using ‘real PE’ when assessing our pupils at the end of each learning focus. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.

Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. This is recorded on Insight Tracking.

Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the National Curriculum.

Physical Education is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year, communicating with class teachers, specialist coaches, looking at outcomes and pupil interviews to discuss their learning and understanding and establish the impact of the teaching taking place. Meeting with the PE council members, organising competitions and tournaments and liaising with St Wilfrid’s PE leaders, attending PE meetings, participating in PE premium school games kitemark award and working from the PE premium action plan and manage PE premium money spent.

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Physical Development and their progress is tracked termly. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.

Y3 Athletics at St. Wilfrid’s

Basketball coaching session