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Physical Education: Intent 


At St Andrew’s, we highly value physical education, as it is essential for a healthy and active lifestyle. Exercise is fundamental to perfect growth and development for children. Accessing at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily is vital for children’s development as that will improve concentration, understanding, and memory, relieve stress and develop physical health for all our children. Through our PE sessions at St Andrew’s, our children are also able to develop their social interaction with others through team games and exercises. They learn to show aspects of the fruit of the spirit by developing their kindness and goodness through collaborating, engaging and working alongside others. Within our PE curriculum, we aim for our children to develop a love and joy for sport and physical activity. We believe our children should demonstrate positive values such as honesty, determination, respect, patience, self-belief and goodness through sportsmanship. These are developed in lessons and competitions within our PE curriculum by keeping the standards of national curriculum of England as our foundation. 


Physical education is a distinguished from other curricular areas by its primary focus on the body and on physical experience and is an integral part of the educational process, without which the education of the child is incomplete. In At Andrew’s International Primary School, by implementing a diverse range of experiences that provide regular, challenging physical activity, the balanced and harmonious development and general well-being of every child can be fostered.

Through our physical education programme, our children can experience the joy of physical exertion and the satisfaction of achievement while developing skills and positive attitudes that enhance self-esteem. Physical education provides opportunities to develop desirable personal and social attributes: the concept of fair play, the acceptance of success and failure, and the ability to co-operate in group situations. These opportunities contribute to the understanding and promotion of a healthy life-style. Physical education, as an integral part of the total curriculum, provides vital opportunities for the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the children in our school.

We aim to provide Physical Education opportunities which meet the physical needs of each child and their need for movement experiences, challenges and play. We aim to develop a desire for daily physical activity in all of the children through encouraging constructive and active use of free time, so that children will be motivated towards participation in physical activities in adult life. To fulfill these needs, our Physical Education programme is built on the principles of variety and diversity. We aim to provide a wide variety of movement activities appropriate to the level of development of each individual child. 

With our firm belief that knowledge is transferable, our pupils are given every opportunity to participate in a wide range of learning experiences beyond their classroom. Children are reminded that Physical Education is a vital part of life. Not only do they learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, they are also encouraged to practice a healthy lifestyle. We encourage walking or cycling to school and attending extracurricular clubs. We also provide our children with the opportunity to learn how to swim as we recognize its importance as a life skill

We endorse the aims of the primary school curriculum for physical education:

  • To promote the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the child

  • To develop positive personal qualities

  • To help in the acquisition of an appropriate range of movement skills in a variety of contexts

  • To promote understanding and knowledge of the various aspects of movement

  • To develop an appreciation of movement and the use of the body as an instrument of expression and creativity

  • To promote enjoyment of and positive attitudes towards, physical activity and its contribution to lifelong health-related fitness, thus preparing the child for the active and purposeful use of leisure time.


Broad objectives:

The physical education curriculum should enable each child to

Social and personal development


  • Experience enjoyment and achievement through movement

  • Interact and co-operate sensitively with others, regardless of cultural or social background or special needs

  • Develop qualities of self-esteem, self-awareness, confidence, initiative and leadership through movement

  • Develop an understanding of fair play and team spirit through participation and competition

  • Develop positive attitudes towards participation in movement activities

  • Experience adventure and challenge

Physical and motor development


  • Develop strength, speed, endurance and flexibility through engaging in a wide variety of activities

  • Develop agility, alertness, control, balance and co-ordination through movement

  • Develop personal competence in the athletic skills of running, jumping and throwing

  • Perform dances with confidence and competence, including simple folk and western dances

  • Develop personal competence in arrange of gymnastic movements

  • Develop personal competence in the game’s skills of sending, receiving and travelling using a variety of equipment, and to apply these skills in games situations

  • Apply the skills needed to live and move with confidence in the environment

Knowledge and understanding


  • Develop an understanding and general knowledge of movement activities and derive benefit as a participant and as a spectator

  • Develop an understanding of travel and weight-bearing as the basis of efficient body management and control, both on the floor and using apparatus

  • Experience and develop an understanding of the use of space, speed, effort, direction and level in the performance of actions

  • Develop an understanding of the appropriate basic rules, tactics and strategies of movement activities

  • Observe, discuss, analyze, interpret and enjoy the performance of movement

  • Gather, record and interpret information on achievement in movement activities

  • Be inventive, make decisions, solve problems and develop autonomy through movement activities

  • Participate in and develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of cultural activities through movement

  • Develop an appreciation of and respect for the environment through participation in activities outdoors


Creative and aesthetic development


  • Use the body as a means of expression and communication, using arrange and variety of stimuli

  • Create and perform simple dances

  • Create and play simple games

  • Develop artistic and aesthetic understanding within and through movement


Development of health-related fitness


  • Maintain and enhance health-related fitness through vigorous physical activity that helps to promote a healthy lifestyle

  • Understand and practice good hygiene and posture

  • Appreciate the benefits of relaxation and cope with challenges


Development of safety


  • Adopt safe practices in all physical activities.

Aim of Physical Education 

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