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A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in sport and other physically-demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health, fitness and well-being. Competing in a range of different sports, including competitive and team sports, builds character and helps to embed values such as justice and respect.


At St Paul’s, the pupils have the opportunity to take part in many different sports and activities including street dance, badminton, swimming, football and gymnastics. We feel it is important to expose pupils to a variety of sporting activities to encourage their enjoyment of physical activity.

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


In order to provide the children with a broad range of physical activities and competitive sports, we use outside specialist providers, alongside lessons being taught by teachers. Year 3 and 4 take part in swimming lessons throughout the year to ensure that pupils:

  • 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


Pupils also take part in an initiative called ‘Skip2bfit’. The aim of this initiative is to improve fitness levels, self-esteem, concentration and well-being of all pupils. Pupils take part in an official weekly two-minute skipping challenge with the aim to improve their previous score and focus on self-improvement.

PE Overview

GymRun Curriculum

Each week, a class takes part in gym run which encourages self-competitive improvement in fitness for every child and their ability to move quickly and accurately, to engage their core muscles, to support their bodyweight, to squat and jump effectively, and to jog for five minutes without stopping.

Please encourage your child to use the GYMRUN fitness approach at home to improve their performance