PE 2023 - 2024



At St. Stephen's we have a real passion for PE!  The children are offered a wide range of subjects and extra-curricular clubs to support their physical and mental well-being as well as their physical fitness.  We have strong links with local sports clubs, including Preston North End Football Club and our staff are committed to ensuring that the children get the very best from their lessons - regardless of their ability.

See what has been happening in PE lessons on the class pages! 


At St. Stephen’s we intend to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It will also provide opportunities for pupils to support their health and fitness. We intend to provide a wide range of physical activities each year through specialist teaching in dance; gymnastics; target games; fielding and striking games; swimming; target games; net/wall games and invasion/territory games. Through these opportunities, we aim to build the notion of resilience, persistence, concentration, fairness and respect. Our curriculum has been devised to encourage pupils to be physically active, for sustained periods, and engage in competitive sports and activities.


Children experience both indoor and outdoor PE lessons on a weekly basis and, where appropriate, cross-curricular links are encouraged. For example - testing heart rates in science. Competition is encouraged through class games, school events such as sports day and the opportunity to compete on a school-to-school level through our network links and after school clubs.
Where possible we invite experts into school to support the teaching of physical education. We are fortunate to be linked with Preston North End Football Club, who provide lessons for our children, the Sports Partnership at Christ the King High School and Preston Hockey Club. Swimming is statutory for all pupils, usually in Year 5. Catch-up swimming, for those who do not meet the expected standards, is then offered in Year 6 as appropriate.
The Lancashire Passport for PE is not publishable on our website. Any questions about this app and its contents can be directed to our PE Subject Leader.

During the Foundation Stage, the focus is on developing fine and gross motor skills. We follow the Five Fundamental Movement Skills developed by Lancashire Advisory Service in order to achieve this. These skills, along with opportunities to develop a wider range of physical skills, will ensure they are ready for the KS1 PE curriculum.
During this phase, children will carry out a baseline of Ten Fundamental Movement Skills as they enter KS1. From this baseline, the PE curriculum will be adapted to address areas that children are less proficient in and up-level their progress. Over these two years, children will continue to develop the children’s FMS, especially their weaker ones and teachers will teach children how to apply these skills in a context. The children will develop their knowledge of simple tactics in game activities and create simple sequences of movement in gymnastics and dance. At the end of KS1, the children will be assessed again, and the impact seen in their progress through the FMS. After which, this information will be shared with their Year 3 teachers.
During Years 3 and 4, children will improve their attacking skills in games through a range of different sports and activities. These skills will then be taught using uneven sides (3v1, 4v2). Children will also develop their knowledge of simple attacking tactics, which are transferable across similar categories of games (target, invasion, net/wall, striking and fielding). In dance and gymnastics units, children will develop their performance and sequencing skills.
During Year 5 and 6, children will build on their attacking skills whilst working as a team, and develop their knowledge of defending strategies. These will be delivered through modified versions from uneven to even sides (5v3, 5v4, 4v4 , 5v5 etc.). In gymnastics and dance, the children will build upon their knowledge of performance and compose longer sequences of work with a partner or group.

Our school Christian Values are implemented through character education in PE, where we teach how honesty, perseverence and trust are used within the curriculum.  


At St Stephen's, we ensure that our PE curriculum is inclusive and progressive and allows all children the opportunity to acquire and develop fundamental knowledge and techniques and apply these to a wide variety of different sports and activities. PE lessons are fun, enjoyable and challenging and all children can achieve, to the best of their ability, in a supportive, safe and stimulating environment.  Our pupils are physically active, and this has a positive impact on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of regular exercise and activity for their physical and mental wellbeing. We aspire for all children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity, which hopefully becomes part of their future life outside of Primary School. Children have opportunities to participate in sport after school which means they can also represent the school at sporting events from local to county level.

Equality and Diversity

At St Stephen’s, our values are to love and to respect. "For we are the handiwork of God, born in Christ Jesus to do good works that God has pre-planned for us to do" Ephesians 2:10. As a school, we seek to live out these values and incorporate them into our curriculum.
Through PE and Sport we aim to provide children with a range of role models, free from discrimination regarding gender, race, faith or disability. All children are actively involved in PE lessons and by using the STEP (space/time/equipment/people) methods of support, all children are able to work towards lesson objectives.

Access for All

All children are actively involved in PE.  We use the STEP principles (space, time, equipment, people) to scaffold and support children to allow them to fully take part in lessons.  More able children are given further challenges to move their learning on. If children are unable to physically take part in a lesson, they are given other tasks, such as observation, support and feeding back to their peers. Other adults are used to support children when needed. 



Spirituality is important to us at St Stephen's as we aim to implement our school values when taking part in PE by demonstrating our Christian values through sport.  We use a variety of resources including audio visual, texts, visits and visitors to enable pupils to understand the world they live in and to reflect on their own identity as well as that of others. A sense of awe and wonder is developed through sport and a celebration for that which enriches the world for all. 


Assessment in PE is carried out through observation of children along with questioning throughout the lesson. We use the PE Passport App to record assessments along with photograph and video evidence. Core tasks are used to assess the application of this and end of topic assessments are made. Children's voice is also collected at the end of each topic. 


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