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Curriculum Leader - Mr Declan Kerr



At St. Mary's C of E Primary Academy we want all our children in PE to:

  • Learn as much as possible through exploring a wide range of activities as part of our PE curriculum. During their time at St Mary’s children will gain positive learning experiences through Games, Athletics, Swimming, Dance, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventurous activities
  • Children will be able develop in a plethora of key fundamental skills as well as develop an enjoyment for communicating, collaborating and competing, which will enable them to take on the world, beyond their school life
  • Ignite curiosity through linking children’s success to sporting role models, as they will be able to ‘dare to dream’ of a possible future career within PE and sport
  • Through PE and our school vision we aim to help pupils in developing lifelong skills such as problem solving, teamwork skills, creative thinking and confidence building. As a school we want to encourage all of our pupils to go on to lead healthy and active lifestyles.


At St. Mary's C of E Primary Academy we believe that Physical Education, delivered safely and in a supportive environment, is essential to ensure that children attain optimum physical and emotional development. The lessons in good health will be embedded so that our pupils continue to follow them beyond school and into adulthood. 

High-quality teaching and learning opportunities delivered by sports specialists (Mr Kerr) will inspire all children to succeed in physical education. Our children will learn life skills needed to keep them safe, healthy and to have fun including swimming, fitness and competitive sports. 

Through  PE curriculum promotes include:

  • Skills in co-operation and collaboration to be an effective team
  • Understanding fairness and equity of play
  • Skills in self-reflection to assess their own and others’ performance
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Respect for others

Pupils participate in 1 high-quality hours of PE each week. One hour is taught by a sports specialist and one hour by the class teacher. A dance specialist also teaches half an hour of dance to pupils in Years 1-6 for half a term each year. 

Skill areas (gymnastics, dance,  invasion games, net and wall games and striking and fielding games) are taught annually or within phase year groups ensuring a progression of knowledge and skills. Swimming is taught in Year 4.  All resources and equipment needed for PE lessons are used in accordance with ‘Safe Practice in PE’ (AfPE).

Pupils are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities including lunchtime clubs run by members of the St. Paul’s Sports Crew. Pupils are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area organised by the Watford and Three Rivers School Sports Partnership. This inclusive approach encourages both physical development but positive mental well-being. In Years 5 and 6, some pupils will be selected to be sports leaders. They attend training to promote sports within the school and may lead games for other year groups.



By the end of Year 6, the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met and pupils are equipped to compete in age-appropriate levels of the different sports (see curriculum map).

Our pupils will be motivated to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun.

They will learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness and be equipped with the necessary skills to enjoy competing in sports.

Lessons in good health will be continued in their journey to secondary school and into adult life.