Physical Education

What makes a good PE student at Sacred Heart?

A student with an ability to work successfully as an individual but also someone who contributes effectively within teams and looks to support others while developing self. A hunger for trying new games, activities and skills, with a willingness to make mistakes in order to improve.

About Physical Education

Physical Education at Sacred Heart has transformed over the last few years. The children at Sacred Heart love their weekly PE lessons and many take part in a wide range of extra-curricular clubs, including yoga, dance, cheerleading and Kimball, with many more to run throughout the school year.

Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others.

In Key Stage 1, pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination.

In Key Stage 2, pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills. 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.

Aims of Physical Education

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.


Why do we teach PE?

  • Children learn to understand the importance of exercising for a lifetime.
  • Children learn the fundamental motor skills that enable them to develop the competence that creates confidence and leads to safe and successful participation in a wide range of sports.
  • Children are encouraged to improve their fitness levels during PE lessons, including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.
  • Children can learn valuable lessons about accepting responsibility for their personal development leading to greater self-discipline.

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Pupil Voice

“PE is important because it provides us with a healthy active lifestyle and it’s very fun!” – Elsie, Year 5

“I think PE is important because you get to exercise and be active. You can play lots of sports too.” – Kara, Year 4

“PE is important because it improves your mental health and keeps you fit. It is also important because you learn new skills.” – Emma, Year 6

“PE is important because you can do lots of exercise and play lots of new games.” – Jaden, Year 2