Physical Education

In Physical Education, the intent of our curriculum is to inspire children to maintain a healthy life balance, both mentally and physically. Physical Education is a vehicle which allows our children to succeed academically. We want our children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. This is embedded throughout all of our school values: friendship, creativity, honesty, peace, responsibility, compassion, justice and perseverance and ‘letting our light shine.’

The aims of the PE Curriculum follow that of the National Curriculum, ensuring children have secure understanding of not only sport specific knowledge but also the skills of communication, collaboration and evaluation. High expectations are set for all learners regardless of their background or attainment level.

The PE Curriculum is designed so that taught knowledge and skills are built upon each week, term and year, with strong links to our local clubs, such as Warrington Wolves.  This helps our children to know more, remember more and do more. To aid children’s retention of knowledge and skills we regularly revisit previous learning, as well as ongoing formative assessment and feedback. Through the use of our Jasmine platform, a holistic approach to Physical Education is taken; whereby the children journey through ‘cogs’ of development. Our children are proactive in each PE lesson, identifying how their previous learning supports the understanding of new concepts and skills. In addition, children have the opportunity to regularly identify which fundamental movement skills are being developed, as well as refining strategies, tactics and techniques. Concepts are further strengthened and developed through the use of relevant high quality equipment, the teaching of subject specific vocabulary to help children explain their understanding and the link to our 10 big ideas, which thread the whole curriculum together. Furthermore, the children’s character and personal development is nurtured through exposure to significant athletes and inspirational figures. Enrichment activities are a core strength of our extracurricular offer; whereby children are provided with a plethora of opportunities ranging from clubs that enhance their understanding of healthy eating, to clubs that develop positive mindset and attitudes within PE and sport. Our dedication and commitment to high quality PE and Sport delivery is commended through the accolades of the AfPE Quality Mark and the Kitemark.  

Children are an active part of assessing their own learning, through regular feedback in lessons. At the end of each unit, teachers assess children’s progress against the objectives of the National Curriculum for core knowledge and fundamental skills, using a rigorous assessment tool. These assessments build an accurate picture of each child’s overall progress as they move from year group to year group, to ensure they are ready for the next stage of their learning. Our children will have the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sports and life.


St Barnabas CE Primary School

Collin Street, Warrington,

Cheshire WA5 1TG

01925 633606