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Holy Family Catholic Primary School



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Physical Education

At Holy Family, our aim is to provide an in-depth PE curriculum, which embraces a vast amount of physical opportunity for the children to participate in.  We want to inspire the children to become physically skilled, driven and educated, in order to lead and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. We believe if the children are given opportunities to compete in a variety of competitive sports, they will continue to develop a wide knowledge of dominant values such as respect and honesty.  



During Key Stage 1, we focus on developing the children’s fundamental movement skills, confidence and capability through accessing a broad range of opportunities to extend the children’s agility, balance, coordination and co-operation; independently or within a group. Challenging situations will allow the children to grow in learning how to become involved in self competition, as well as competing against others.

Objectives to achieve by the end of KS1:

  • 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


During Key Stage 2, we continue to deliver an array of physical activity to ensure progressive development of a broad range of skills, knowledge on how to use them in various ways and how to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. The determination of the children will allow them to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other, in and out of school. They must advance in understanding improvement and evaluation of their individual performance - through different physical activities and sports - to be able to recognise their own success.

Objectives to achieve by the end of KS2:

  • 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

We recognise as a school that knowing how to swim and being safe in water is a paramount skill to learn and have as a child. At Holy Family, we provide swimming lessons for all children in Key Stage 2.

Objectives to achieve in Swimming:

  • 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.

To see the full Physical Education National Curriculum, click here


 Our Physical Education Long Term Plan is outlined below. Please take a look at what your child will be learning each half term at Holy Family. 


Our Physical Education, School Sports and Physical activity (PESSPA) policy is outlined below.

Mark 9:23 - And Jesus said to him, 'If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.'