Welcome to the PE page. It is our aim to provide the best experiences for all our children at Grimsargh St Michael’s through our PE curriculum. This is also ‘fed into’ chances to take part in after school sports clubs and the chance to represent school in a diverse selection of sporting events.

Purpose of study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


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 and active lives



Introduction to Physical Education at Grimsargh St Michael’s

To embed physical literacy skills, key game principles, sportsmanship and positive mind-sets.

To enrich and nurture children’s interest in sport, physical wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.

To excite through a broad curriculum, opportunities/experiences (clubs and school teams) and engaging teaching.

Our Curriculum

Throughout children’s time at Grimsargh, our students will develop in 6 main categories. To be able access some of the categories, children will need to have greater focus on some area’s to be able to access the broad PE curriculum both here and further into their lives at Secondary School and beyond. 


Physical Literacy

Underpinning all Physical activity is the ability to move fluently in a variety of ways. As children start school in Foundation and in Key Stage 1, there will be a huge focus on this area. Physical literacy can be split into 2 sub categories:

  1. Basic movement skills – these are sometimes referred to the ‘A, B, C’s’ (agility, balance and co-ordination). Children will practice and attempt to master the skills of travelling (running, turning, chasing, side-stepping, skipping, travelling in multiple directions/plains, climbing, jumping/landing) and body control (stillness, balance, change of direction/levels, weight on hands).
  2. Generic game skills – chasing, avoiding, throwing, catching, rolling, kicking and striking.

Children will need to develop basic movements skills first, and will continue to develop those skills alongside the generic game skills in time.

 It has been shown that the development of these skills has a cross-curricular link with children’s handwriting.

Health and fitness

Children will develop an understanding of what it means to be healthy and how that differs from being physically fit.

Each lesson will be planned so that there is a high emphasis on sustained activity. Children will learn the importance of being and staying active throughout their lives, and how maintaining physical literacy will benefit them long into the future.   This area has cross-curricular links with PSHE.



Through all year groups, children will experience a wide variety of games. Through these games children will learn the value of sportsmanship, the importance of following rules, communicating the others and adapting to challenges.

As children progress into their later years, opportunities to score, officiate and umpire.  This area has cross-curricular links with personal development in PSHE.


Learning to practice and compete

Children will learn to practice on their own to try and improve their personal skills as well as learn to work with others in various group sizes. Students will learn to compete in various forms including self-competition, playing games/sports against other teams and taking part in tournaments.

Children will experience failing at skills/losing and how to deal with this emotionally and the lessons that can be learnt from adapting their skills/tactics. Similarly, children will enjoy succeeding after being challenged and how to win and lose with pride and dignity.   The aim of this area of is to develop learning behaviours that will translate into all forms of life and the curriculum.

Swimming and water safety

During Year 3 and 4, all children are given the opportunity to demonstrate their competence at swimming. are taken off-site for supervised swimming and water safety training. in 2021/22, there will be 2 blocks of 10 daily intensive sessions for Y4- and one block of 10 intensive sessions for Year 3.

Specific Sports

This section is split into subcategories. 

  1. Dance – Children perform dances from a range of styles with various movement patterns. 
  2. Gymnastics – Throughout their time at Grimsargh, children develop their strength. Flexibility, technique, control and balance in Gymnastic activities. Children will learn progressively more challenging skills and link those skills together to perform routines.
  3. Athletic activities – In the lower years, athletic activities are developed in every lesson as part of physical literacy. During the summer term this is then linked to sports days. Children in key stage 2 learn to adapt their basic physical literacy skills into more formal athletic events. Children will work on personal bests and be given the opportunity to compete against others.
  4. Invasion sports – traditional invasion sports are explicitly taught from Year 3.  Children discover and progress their knowledge and skills in sports such as Basketball, Hockey, Netball and Tag Rugby throughout their years in Key Stage 2. The game principles taught here will help them access Secondary School PE.
  5. Net & wall games – During Years 3-5 children learn about tennis. Children will learn how to score and play tactically in Net and wall games, as well as further developing their hand-eye co-ordination
  6. Striking and fielding games – during Key stage 2, children will build upon some of the game principles taught in Key Stage 1, and use those skills in both Rounders and Cricket. 



We are in the process of buying into a new exciting way of delivering lessons and assessing children’s achievements in PE. The Lancashire APP is a portable Physical Education planning, assessment and tracking tool designed to enable all Lancashire Primary School teachers to deliver enjoyable, active and high quality sessions through the Lancashire PE Scheme of work. Within the PE APP schools have access to the Early Years Scheme of Work 2020 and the updated 2020 Key Stage 1 & 2 schemes of work. Each lesson contains clear, progressive learning objectives; differentiated activities and other resources including videos to support the delivery of PE. Teachers can quickly assess and monitor the progress of each individual easily within the curriculum whilst coordinators can track children’s progress.

    • Measuring Impact – the APP will allow all staff to store videos and photographs to evidence the impact of teaching and learning. The perfect tool for monitoring and an invaluable tool for moderation and CPD.
    • Tracking – Simple assessment of the child’s assessment against the Lancashire core tasks including skill development, application of skills and character development. The APP will build a profile of the individual’s attainment and progress as well as progress across year groups and the whole school.
    • Videos and diagrams – Short, simple video clips and diagrams supporting lesson delivery with primary age children performing have been added to the APP and these will continue to be developed and added for specific skills and examples of core tasks.