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PE – Intent, Impact, Implementation




At St John XXIII we aim to deliver a wide range of different sports and PE lessons tailored to the needs of the different Key Stages, classes and individuals and groups who need to be mindful of.

The PE curriculum aims to prepare children physically and psychologically to the sporting world outside the sphere of St John XXIII. We encourage children to develop skills, technique as wells as fitness, balance and coordination so that they are able to apply themselves in any given context. This could be during PE lessons, competitive fixtures, sports clubs outside school or any other recreational activity.  We want children to enjoy exercise but also develop key life skills such as teamwork, respect, learning to deal with winning and losing, facing nervous moments and understanding strategies in a real range of different contexts and environments. We want our children to be healthy and enjoy fitness but also to apply their skills so they can develop all as individuals and in a team environment.


Whilst we want children to have opportunities to be exposed to many of the different sports that are available to teach in PE, the strategy we will try to employ will focus on three main sports  a year which will be taught in termly (Football, Rugby, Cricket),   we will also be able to rotate three different sports a term into their second taught PE lesson (Athletics, Netball, Badminton). This will give the children the continuity and ability to master the core sports whilst also being able to use their skills developed in these sports and apply them to learning other games that might have different or similar techniques and strategies.  This way we can rotate and revisit a small number of core sports throughout the year but also allow the children to adapt and enjoy new sports which can be up to our discretion as we see fit. This can help the muscle memories required in each sport to develop and give them more time to harness their techniques especially in the Lower Key Stage 2 areas.


We will give the children the chance to master skills and techniques, gain knowledge of rules, tactics and strategies by:


  • Opportunities to practice outside PE lessons
  • Opportunities to receive coaching in small groups outside PE lessons.
  • Planning lessons and units that foster progressions through the year groups that will be tracked and assessed
  • Planning to include tailoring for inclusion, depth, and mastery


Coaches, teachers and PE coordinator will monitor how the PE curriculum is being implemented and delivered to make sure all children are given opportunities to thrive at St John XXIII with excellence being at the heart of our thoughts and actions. Staff to liaise on what is working well and act when changes need to be made to make sure that knowledge learned in one sport is transferred and used in other areas of the PE curriculum, so that children can see links between them.




Given the school’s belief in teaching for depth and mastery it is important that similar expectations filter across to foundation subjects such as PE.

Although National Curriculum statements will be adhered to form the basis of our planning, coaches and teachers will be able to use their experience and expertise through to deliver high level quality coaching and training sessions that engage the children but also foster a culture that offers fast progression. Children will be challenged during sessions to try advanced techniques and skills whilst also building a sense of resilience and determination over time. 


As techniques, fitness and skills are developed we believe thinking and strategy will also follow suit and children can be able to calculate ways of playing sports and how psychologically to react to different situations. Through this and knowledge of the rules children can begin to develop mastery but not just on the technique alone. Having that ability to apply what they know and learn from one sport and transferring it to other areas is a sure sign of children gaining a sense of greater depth and finding their road to mastery in PE.


Coaches and teachers will plan for the following:


-A cycle of lessons for each subject which plans for progression and depth having consulted what is required for children to meet the three possible grades (WT, E, GD).

-Children to have an assessment sheet which they can tick off when they achieve a skill/technique

- Challenge questions on the decision making processes. When to apply certain techniques and strategies (team and individually), how can children be more for example technically elegant, streamline, or more efficient when they swim.

-Sports trips – QPR visits, interviews with mystery sports guests…..

-Coaching tips manual on each sport for children to take home and keep on each of the sports with some new techniques to consider.


PE coordinator/ PE Coach can offer groups training to TA’S or teachers who lack in confidence to deliver effective PE.

All staff to identify any pupils in need of a ‘healthier’ approach to life, with the child’s welfare and wellbeing being at heart.

Inclusion sessions and lunchtime clubs allowing children with emotional, SEN or health difficulties be given opportunities and a space to develop new skills and build strength and an awareness about the positive attitudes towards fitness.


Curriculum maps to be introduce to track sports being delivered across year groups and phases to encourage revisiting of PE  lessons and coaching to help consolidate and build balance, agility and muscle memory.

Assessment used daily by teachers and pupils to track their progress which assists planning of where challenge is needed and where furthermore support maybe required with individuals and groups. Target tracker is used as well as our own personalised tracking system designed for each sport and the needs of the children.




We measure the impact of the curriculum through:


In session feedback

Corrective teaching/groups work with coach and TA in following session

Smaller groups to work with TA or coach to consolidate skills taught whilst learning new ones

Lunchtime and in school coaching sessions designed for children to practice and consolidate techniques not quite secure.

Partnerships with local clubs who maybe keen to scout children

Success will be apparent through fixtures and tournaments against other schools

Assessment grids for each child

Samples taken after each sport covered to track percentages that fall into the three categories.








PE encourages children to develop teamwork skills

Core values of respectful attitudes towards each other always encouraged in PE and sport with children of all abilities encouraged to develop and succeed with equality being at the centre of the school expectations. This will be reinforced by their Catholic beliefs.

Fair play encouraged with a focus of sharing equipment and taking turns.

Children encouraged to celebrate sports and teams from their own heritage, with focuses being made in assemblies.

It allows children the chance to meet other children with similar talents at regular competitions.

Children encouraged to help eachother when learning new sports with teachers and pupils aware of people’s feelings and emotions.

Children encouraged to think about sportsmanship and what is right and wrong in the sporting arena.

 Children celebrated the World Cup with an assembly from Year 2

And a Lunch time football competition.

The children are able to develop good relationships with staff at school who model respectful attitudes to children, referees and staff from other schools with the ‘respect’ campaign always in mind. QPR coaches as sporting role models.

Children encouraged to respect and enjoy playing against other children from other schools with a focus on enjoying a handshake at the end.

Children also aware of unwanted behaviour from individuals within the school or from other schools with discussions about what is expectable in numerous context.

Children are asked to think about how they can improve their behaviour in PE lessons and how they conduct themselves when they are representing the school.

Children encouraged to enjoy different sports like Gaelic Football

PE lessons developing skills for children to use and work and try out in the playground with the use of our equipment and help of the QPR Coaches.

Children asked to reflect on their experiences in lessons and competitions. Winning and losing is a part of sport but can they think of how they can improve next time technically, psychologically and through positive attitude.

Children asked to sign and discuss FA respect campaign rules for playing football and encouraged to speak with staff about any problems that arise rather than retaliating to any unwanted behaviour from other participants, parents and coaches.

Children encouraged to play the more traditional English sports like tennis and cricket with references to how they evolved as sports with links to the British Empire.

Reflections will be made about which sports are played world wide and why some sports have sustained interest from particular countries across the world.

Children learn to understand the value of winning and losing together as a team whether it be in small sides games, athletics events or team sports like Mayor’s Cup.

Children fundraising for charities linked to the Catholic faith. Lunchtime events and competitions.

Have respect for others’ needs, interests and feelings, as well as their own



Develop a desire to explore their own and others’ views, and an understanding of the need to review and re-assess their values, codes and principles in the light of the experience.

Children from particular countries have parents who play lots of sports like Basketball locally and so we try encourage their children to also enjoy those sports in PE and clubs.

We have found children develop inner confidence through sport which can have an effect on self -esteem and assist in building social skills

Opportunities given to gain sense of purpose and belonging in sports setting and a feeling of connection and identity with their peers.



Children are encouraged to develop their talents and help is given to children who want to join a local club outside school.




Children enjoying building fitness levels to run 1 km three times a week together, as a class with healthy competition between them.




An effort for children with needs to participate fully in the sporting curriculum making clear the need for inclusion and all times.




Charity football competitions