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The 2014 National Curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all children:

  • 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

P.E is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that when taught well and the children are enabled to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. 

During their time at St Mary’s, all children have access to specialist sports and dance coaching, as we fundamentally believe that a high-quality physical education curriculum, inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Teachers teach with sports specialists to ensure their skill set remains high. Children in key stage 2, have the opportunity to swim which we believe is a skill for life. These sessions are delivered by Impulse Leisure.

At St Mary’s, we provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and further embed our key value of respect.


At St Mary’s, our PE curriculum is varied and long-term plans ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils receive at least two hours of high-quality PE and Dance using the outside space or school hall.  

Our PE curriculum is sequenced appropriately to ensure the progression of knowledge and skills throughout the child’s education, which enables children to build upon their prior experiences and apply these with confidence. Children also have the opportunity to further these skills at after school sports clubs in a variety of sports.

Inter and intra sports competitions are a developing aspect within the school and we are a part of the Thurrock SSP, who arrange inter school competitions in a variety of sports. The children also take part in a yearly Sports Day, which includes a celebration of all the children’s sporting achievements across the year. Although we promote the competitive nature of sports, we also have an inclusive approach and value the importance of physical and mental well-being.

Children take part in a range of invasion, striking & fielding or net & wall games, we aim to promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance as well as provide opportunities for athletics using both indoor and outdoor environments plus outdoor and adventurous activities. Children have swimming lessons in Year 4 and are delivered by specialists.