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Intent, Implementation and Impact


Curriculum Intent

During the course of your child’s time at The Trinity Catholic Primary school we aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum, which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in activities. Our curriculum has been developed to fit the needs of the school and local area with consultation from the children and adapted to fit the needs of the children in the current climate.


Curriculum Implementation

Pupils start off in P.E by developing fundamental movement skills such as; running, jumping and throwing. This is to aid the children to become increasingly balanced, coordinated and agile. They will also start to compete in co-operative and competitive physical activities. This will include attacking and defending and also simple dance patterns.


As children progress into the Upper Key stage pupils will apply their skills and develop them into sequences of movements. For example, the running, throwing and catching they learnt in Key stage 1, they will build on these skills when playing games. Children will have exposure to a variety of games such as cricket, football, netball, rounders and tennis. There will also be a more in-depth focus on developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. They will do this through dance, gymnastics and athletics. Children will also be given opportunities to develop and evaluate their performances. Swimming lessons are provided for Key stage 2.


Curriculum Impact

We use both formative and summative assessment information in every PE lesson. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able. At The Trinity, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. 


Physical Education programmes of study: Key Stages 1 and 2

Purpose of study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide 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 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


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].


Subject content – 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.


Subject Content – 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.


Swimming and water safety

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.


Extra Curricular activities


We offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs. This year, Y6 have after school football sessions with Mrs Maher and Y4 have a multi-sports club with Mr Daley which takes place on a Monday after school. We have a ‘street dance’ coach who comes into school, a ‘modern dance coach’, a fitness coach and coaches from Liverpool FC who provide football coaching for our Y3's. We are also looking to provide rugby coaching through Rugby tots.



The Daily Mile


The Daily Mile is an initiative aimed at improving the physical, social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing of children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. We began trialling the Daily Mile at our school in the last academic year (2020/21), it has been a whole school activity since that time.


During the trial period we found a positive effect on not only the children’s fitness but also on their emotional well-being. Children were happy whilst participating and developed new social relationships with running buddies. After the daily mile, they focused quickly in lessons and were able to concentrate for longer. On 'wet play days', the daily mile seemed to reduce any behaviour problems in the afternoons. We feel it helps our children to develop learning qualities such as perseverance and determination, which are important qualities to have in all aspects of school life.

The Daily Mile has numerous benefits to children, whether they run, jog or walk.


  1. Within 4 weeks, children who do The Daily Mile become fit.
  2. The 15 minute break from lessons is invigorating and leaves children (and teachers!) more focused and ready to learn. Even if the mile is during English or maths time your child will still receive the full hour of teaching required by the National Curriculum.
  3. The time spent outside, in all weathers, helps children become better engaged with the outdoors and aware of their surroundings.
  4. The Daily Mile is non-competitive, fully inclusive, and the children have fun!
  5. The Daily Mile is also a social occasion, and improves relationships, giving children the opportunity to talk to their peers and teachers in a way they might not in the classroom.
  6. The Daily Mile builds teamwork and leadership skills, with children helping and encouraging their peers.
  7. Children bring the benefits home, eating and sleeping better and encouraging their families to get active together.
  8. The Daily Mile builds self-esteem and confidence, improving children’s perception of exercise for life.
  9. The Daily Mile is critical to reducing childhood inactivity and obesity.


All children in Key Stage 2 are offered a residential ‘outdoor adventure’ activity break:


Y3 – CHET (2 days)

Y4 – CHET (2 days)

Y5 – Kingswood Colomendy (3 days)

Y6 – Acorn Adventures based in South Wales (5 days)

PE Long Term Overview