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St Clare's Catholic Primary School

With Jesus we learn to love and love to learn


Why do we teach Physical Education at St Clare's School?

At St Clare's, we want to encourage a lifelong love of physical activity. Ensuring that you are physically active provides plenty of health benefits such as greater self-esteem, physical and mental wellbeing. Physical Education (PE) provides an opportunity for children to find a passion to be physically active.

PE at St Clare's can be the starting point for our children to enter the professional sports industry as an athlete, coach, official or other sports based career. 


Our curriculum is designed to holistically develop every child through six cogs which develop their social, cognitive, physical, creative, personal and health and fitness. Throughout these lessons, children are given the opportunity to develop and refine their fundamental movement skills, whilst participating in competitive opportunities against other children and comparing their own personal bests.

As a coastal town, swimming is a vital life skill for the children we serve. Children are taught how to use a range of different strokes and work towards swimming twenty-five metres unaided by the end of year six. Most importantly, children are taught safe-self rescue in different water-based situations.  

Mission Statement

With Jesus, we learn to love and love to learn

Our Vision

To holistically develop the whole child by learning cognitive, physical, social, personal, creative, health and fitness skills in PE, dance and gymnastics.

To create a lifelong love of physical activity and provide opportunities to allow talented players and athletes the opportunity to reach elite levels.

To ensure that all children at St Clare’s have the opportunity to swim with confidence and competence, whilst being able to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Our Values







Physical Education

Our Intent

To ensure that every child has access to an inclusive physical education, that allows children the opportunity to lead physically active lives and to lay the foundations, for some, on the path to elite athlete levels. Staff understand that school is often the only place for some children to be physical active. They value the importance of physical activity on psychological and mental wellbeing, which include positive self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and stress. We also understand the impact physical activity has in reducing chronic diseases, morbidity and mortality. PE provides children with opportunities to gain employment within the sports industry as athletes, coaches, officials etc. Being a coastal town, swimming is an essential life skill for all children at our school.     


  • Delivering inclusive, child first PE, Dance and Gymnastics lessons.
  • Ensuring that all children master fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, co-ordination and speed) in the fundamental movement skills stage.
  • Ensuring that all children learn specialised movement skills in the transitional stage – the first stage of the specialised movement stage.
  • Provide competition through comparing performances to previous performances and beating personal bests.
  • Ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate in competitive sporting opportunities at intra-school and inter-school level.
  • Teaching all children to achieve the three swimming points of the National Curriculum for PE: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres; use a range of strokes effectively; perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


  • PE at St Clare’s will allow all children to develop a lifelong love of physical activity, which aids better psychological wellbeing and reduces the risk factors for chronic diseases.  
  • PE will provide the opportunity for children to become elite athletes.

Children will:

  • Master fundamental movement skills.
  • Learn specialised movement skills in the transitional.
  • Experience competitive intra-school and inter-school competition.  
  • Improve performances.
  • Competently and confidently swim 25m, using a range of strokes.
  • Perform safe-self rescue.