PE, Sport and Healthy Living

Physical Education Curriculum Overview

Physical Education at St. Joseph’s is a key part of our children’s learning experience.  It is essential that all children take part in some form of physical activity every week.

We aim for every child to have 2 compulsory hours and 2 optional hours of physical activity every week.  This is split into 4 categories:

  • 1 hour of PE lessons
  • 1 hour of Active learning
  • 1 hour of extra-curricular activity to take place on the premises
  • 1 hour of sports activity to take place off site via a link from school.

In order to be of benefit to all concerned, P.E. needs to be experienced in a safe and caring environment in order for it to contribute to all pupils’ development. Our P.E. programme provides opportunities for pupils to increase their self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves, with a skill-based approach rather than sport-specific lessons.  Children aim to beat their personal best, rather than try to be the best performer.

All lessons incorporate a fitness element, giving the children the opportunity to build up physical fitness gradually over their time at St. Joseph’s.

PE and Sport Funding

Overview and Rationale

In April 2013, the Government announced annual funding of £150m for primary school PE and Sport. Over the next 3 years each school will recieve approximately £9000. This money will be spent on improving the provision of PE and Sport. Rationale During the first year of funding, we aim to develop 3 areas; 1. Improve the provision of the P.E. curriculum across all year group support 2. Increase opportunities for all children to access competitive and non competitive physical activity. 3. Increase awareness in school in regards to health and well-being. The website will be updated with details of how the funding is being spent and the impact it is having.


The DfE has made the following statement:

“The DfE understands that schools are keen to know how much funding they will receive so that they can plan for the next academic year, and are seeking to communicate high level principles in preparation for the new academic year. These will be announced in due course, however, we can confirm that all schools will see an increase in their premium allocation.”


PE Sport and Health Governor

Mrs Tara Murray is our nominated School Governor for school sport, P.E. and health.

Mrs Murray has been on the governing body for over 4 years, and has always been passionate about sport.  She is a keen trampolinist and pole vaulter and also takes interest in completing endurance events including triathlons.

She meets regularly with our PE co-coordinator Mr McGovern (who is also on the governing body as a Teacher Governor) to discuss current and new ideas to improve our PE provision.

She also regularly attends school sport events and is passionate about sport being inclusive and accessible for all children at St. Joseph's


Links to local community sports and leisure clubs

TRFC in the Community (dance and football

Flickers and Fliers (Trampolining)

Thorndale Tennis Club

Cheshire Cricket All-Stars

Steen Sports (gymnastics and free-running)

WESPA (Elite Sports Academy)

Edsential (Multi-sport curriculum and extra curricular support)