St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

Being a sportsperson

Physical activity, education and sport at St Mary's


Our approach to Physical Education encompass our school’s spiritual values, the ethos of REAL PE  and builds on the requirements of PE National Curriculum so that our pupils, through rich and varied physical activity programme:


  • Develop competences and skills to excel and aspire in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time learning that to do this sometimes they need to show courage and resilience.
  • Engage in a range of competitive and non-competitive sports and activities. In doing this learn about and develop the skills to work alongside and with others from within and beyond our school.
  • Learn the value of and are encouraged to lead healthy, active lives so that they have the knowledge and understanding to improve their physical and mental life chances


At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that Physical Education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being.  It provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and promotes character building, co-operation and self-esteem.

Our broad and balanced physical education curriculum aims to provide for pupils’,  increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.  



To support the structure and content of "learning through the physical" the PE curriculum is built around lessons and progressions in REAL PE. This is, first and foremost, a philosophy and approach to teaching and learning through physical activity and sport. It aims to transform how teachers teach PE so that they include, challenge and support every child to develop physical literacy skills.

In addition REAL PE aims to use physical activity and sport to develop wider emotional and thinking skills that are applicable to achieving in physical education, sport and in life.


Specifically REAL PE focuses on developing the school’s core values of (Love, Hope, Courage, Resilience, Aspiration and Respect) through the development of key attributes linked to Physical Education, within sport and across the curriculum and life of the school. These key attributes are presented as the interlinking ares of:


  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Healthy competition
  • Cooperation

The school's Lead Athlete or PE Subject Leader  is Kate Dunmow

PE Curriculum

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.


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 are 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


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 are 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.


As part of our PE curriculum, we use the 'Real PE' and ‘Real Gym’ schemes of work, funded by our Sport Premium Funding, which promotes physical literacy in the children. These schemes promote high quality physical education learning and will ensure continuity and progression in our teaching of the subject.

To find out more about 'Real PE', please click here.



Swimming and water safety

The National curriculum states that all schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. At St Mary’s, this takes place in Year 4.


Pupils are 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.

Sporting Leadership at St Mary's

At St Mary's, children have the opportunity to be leaders and role models for the school community. We have Year 6 pupils who are Sports Ambassadors, along with children who have had the opportunity to attend Young Officials days to give them the confidence and ability to assist with the refereeing of matches, etc. Year 5 & 6 pupils also apply their skills by leading Sports Day for the KS1 pupils every year. 

Sports Ambassadors  To find out more about this role, please click here.


Sporting Clubs at St Mary's


We have a variety of after school sports clubs for children from Reception to Year 6. These change on a termly  basis.

For a full list of the current clubs this year, please click on the links below. 

Term 1 After School Clubs

Sporting Success at St Mary's

Please come into School and view our Sports Board to find out more information about any of the following. 


Sports Day 2019

KS1 sports day was won St Patrick’s

KS2 sports day was won by St David’s



Sporting Fixtures and Tournaments

As part of the Chippenham Schools sports partnership, children at St Mary’s regularly take part in events in a range of sports and activities including:

  • Football
  • Girls Football
  • Football for Fun
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Tag Rugby
  • Kwik Cricket
  • Chippenham Dance Festival
  • Chippenham School Games.


 In addition, Year 6 children are able to participate in the 'Bikeability' scheme


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