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Physical Education


Physical Education at St Mary’s is taught by Mr Ellis, an experienced fitness professional. PE is taught on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon, in addition to our highly popular PE themed extra-curricular club provision. 

Our offer is enhanced by Worcester Warriors, Worcester CC and P and E coaches who  provide opportunities for children to experience specialist coaches in rugby, cricket, gymnastics and dance. 


EYFS are taught important gross motor skills with the employment of a balance ability specialist. Pupils are taught to ride a bike and improve their balance skills. 


In the Autumn term KS2 pupils attend swimming lessons at Evesham leisure centre. The national swimming charter is followed to ensure pupils gain the key skills needed to be confident swimmers. We also aim to achieve the national curriculum standard of children swimming 25m at the end of year 6. 


Marathon kids is used to improve the fitness of the children in school and use this on a Friday morning. We also use Gym Run Colours to assess the physical development of the children. 

We have a range on extra curricular clubs which also provide the opportunity for the older children to develop their leadership skills.

We attend local cluster tournaments and are active in the local school games events.  We have won the local football cluster league two times in the last three. We have achieved the gold award for our sports provision for the last three years. 

The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport will be allocated to primary school Headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Our over arching objectives to improve PE and sport are to: 

  • Continue to improve the quality of PE teaching across the school, ensuring progression and differentiation across the school.

  • Improve all teachers' subject knowledge and teaching skills in PE and sport.

  • Continue to improve the quality of swimming teaching across the school. 

  • Continue to maintain and increase high levels of participation in extra-curricular sporting activities, especially for pupils who do not usually participate. 

  • Continue to ensure children have opportunities for personal, inter and intra school sports competition. 

  • Improve and facilitate physical activity in break times. 

  • Continue to improve the quality of sports and PE resources used in school. 

  • Ensure all children understand and adopt healthy lifestyles - being aware of and tracking their own physical fitness and well-being. 

  • Increase the activity levels and participation in sports of the less active pupils.

KS1 Aims :

We hope that when pupils arrive from their Reception year that they have developed 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 arange of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be 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.

KS2 Aims :

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 should be 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.

Swimming and water safety: 

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be 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.

Competitions across the County


St Mary's takes an active part in competitions against other schools across the county. Throughout the academic year, children have various opportunities to showcase their sporting abilities across a range of events against other children from schools in South Worcestershire. Some of these competitions include:


  • The School Games; which include a variety of competitive events such as: Tri Golf, Quicksticks, Tag rugby and cross country.
  • The local Bredon Moles Cluster; which include events such as: Football (league and cup), Netball (league and cup),  Swimming, Cricket and Athletics. 


At St. Mary's, we offer a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities which vary throughout the school year. If you would like further information about the current clubs and activities, please contact the school office or visit the clubs section of our website.

Gym Run Colours September 2019