Being a Sportsperson:

Being a Sportsperson is:

  • mastering basic movements as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination.
  • participating in competitive games both individually and collaboratively.
  • knowing the principles of being healthy in mind and in body.


At St. Mary’s, we ensure that our children have learning experiences that supports not only the physical well-being of our children but also their social, moral, emotional and spiritual development too. PE is not a stand-alone subject and ensures that all of our children feel part of a team, believe in their own potential and thrive therefore supporting the development of the whole child.

As a school, we have adopted the Get Set 4 PE Curriculum, which is being taught from EYFS through to Year 6. It is a coherent and progressive framework that provides opportunities for a wide range of skills delivered using a sport-based approach. Each class accesses 12 different units of work throughout the year that are each aligned to the National Curriculum. In addition to the curriculum PE, which is taught, we offer further opportunities that include lunchtime club provision, after school extra-curricular club provision, leadership scheme and roles, intervention and sporting competitions organised by our local county School Games Team.

PE skills, in particular, that are taught at an earlier age are revisited, built upon and further developed throughout their time in primary school and beyond. It is intended that when children leave St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, they will be able to continue to develop their competence in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time and can lead healthy, active lives further beyond that of their schooling.

Subject Overview:

Why is PE important to our children?

“It is good to run around and have fun.” Harper EYFS

“It helps us to get stronger because we do it lots.” Daisy Y1

“PE is fun because we do lots of activities to help our body and mind.” Khadeejah Y2

“We learn new things and practise hitting, throwing, catching, running, jumping and kicking.” Seb Y3

“It is very important because we learn and experience lots of new sports.” AntonioY4

“PE is all about exercise and this is very important to us because it makes sure that we are fit and healthy.” Ellis Y5

“We get to learn about lots of different sports, making sure that we get better at each one by practising our skills.” Courtney Y6

School Games Mark:

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.


We work with Inspire+, who are a sports charity, aiming to improve the lives of Young People through sport and healthy active lifestyles.

They provide a comprehensive package including specialist sports coaching that supports up-skilling teachers in delivering high quality PE & school sport, teacher training, programmes for Gifted & Talented pupils, mentoring programme to help those pupils who like sport but suffer with low confidence and much more.

They also have a number of inspirational ambassadors who make regular visits to our school and work with the children around various aspects which helped them succeed in their sporting achievements and overcome challenges they face growing up at school.