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Welcome to the PE Curriculum Page 

At St Laurence, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 not only enjoy, but which 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

Physical Education Curriculum Implementation

Children receive two PE lessons per week and are taught by teaching staff and sports instructors from the Erewash School Sports Partnership (ESSP). Staff use the Complete PE scheme of work and follow a progressive curriculum, which ensures that children develop their skills as they move from reception to year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in sporting events with other schools in the area and after school clubs. 

For more information regarding Complete PE, please visit this link: Complete PE

In 2023-2024 every child in year 4 will attend swimming lessons taught by qualified teachers at West Park Leisure Centre. School sports ambassadors supervise sports activities at lunchtime. 

The National Curriculum for Physical Education


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.

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 and
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

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 and
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Please contact Mr Hallam if you have questions or would like to talk about any aspects of PE at St Laurence.