Physical Education

Physical Education at SMC

Subject Leader: Alexander Purdon

Outside Provider: First Grade Sports – Jacob Bourne

Fitness Personal Trainer: Claire Archer

P.E. helps promote a long-term, healthy lifestyle that is both enjoyable and fulfilling.

We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all of our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically demanding activities.

We want to provide opportunities for our pupils to become confident and physically literate in a way that supports their well-being. Additionally, we aim to provide opportunities for children to compete in sports and other activities in order to build resilience and embed values such as teamwork, fairness, and respect.

Our PE and sport aspire to build self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership skills enabling each child to be the best they can be by:

  • Improving health and well-being
  • Providing high-quality opportunities and outcomes for all
  • Encouraging community involvement
  • Promoting active participation and competition
  • Raising achievement and supporting excellence.

​We pride ourselves on the extensive range of further sporting opportunities for pupils.

In collaboration with First Grade Sports, we work towards giving our pupils the opportunity to experience as many sports as we can. Throughout the year, there are many and varied opportunities for children to represent the school in Inter-School competitions. We aim to enter every event possible and to invite as broad a range of pupils as possible to take part.

To find out more about the Physical Education Curriculum at SMC, please read the PE Policy below.

As our children move through the school, the skills and key knowledge they are taught will build upon their previous learning and be applied in more varied and challenging contexts.

In Early Years Foundation Stage, provision should enable children to:

  • be able to move in different directions showing ABC (agility, balance and co-ordination);
  • perform a variety of motor skills alone or with a partner in a non-competitive environment;
  • show good control and coordination in large and small movements;
  • move with confidence and coordination on simple equipment.

In Key Stage 1, pupils should be taught to:

  • travel in a variety of ways;
  • link more than two actions to make a sequence;
  • begin to perform sequences of their own composition with coordination;
  • run over different distances;
  • jump for distance from a standing position with accuracy and control;
  • throw different types of equipment in different ways.

  In Key Stage 2, pupil should learn how to:

  • apply tactics to increase chances of success when attacking and defending;
  • use a range of passes and tackles;
  • create their own complex sequences involving the full range of actions and movements;
  • move rhythmically and accurately in dance sequences;
  • manipulate the ball effectively (height, direction and power);
  • use a range of passes and tackles in competitive situations.

To find out more about the PE Curriculum at St Margaret Clitherow, please read our PE Intent Document below:

Physical Education and Sports Premium

The government provides all Primary schools with funding to support physical activity through Physical Education and School Sport Premium. The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE, physical activity and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

To find out how we spend our Primary PE and Sports Premium, please read the Evidencing the Impact of Primary PE and Premium document below:

Fitness with Claire at SMC

At St. Margaret Clitherow, we use a proportion of our Sports Premium Grant to provide all of our Key Stage 2 children with weekly fitness sessions with qualified personal trainer, Claire Archer (formally Regan). During these weekly sessions, children are encouraged to discuss healthy lifestyles and how physical activity makes them feel and the impact on their mental health.

To find out more about the Fitness Curriculum at SMC, please read our Fitness Intent Document below:

What children say about Fitness at SMC

Find out more about the Physical Education Curriculum at SMC

How to encourage Physical Education and activity at home

One of the best ways to increase the amount of physical activity in our children’s daily routine is active transport. If you can walk, ride or even scoot to school in the morning or afternoon you can add regular activity to your child’s day. There are also some exciting and engaging games and websites to encourage physical activity.

Joe Wicks – The body coach. Check out his PE with Joe section for some great workouts!

GoNoodle. Some great songs, dances and workouts to try, be warned some are very catchy!

Change4Life. Disney activities, recipe ideas and guidance for parents.

Local Clubs

In Nottingham we are very lucky to have a huge variety of sporting opportunities right on our doorstep. Below are some links to websites of local clubs and sports providers as well as the Active Notts website that lists all clubs that are registered in Nottingham.

Active Notts. A list of all different clubs and organisations in Nottingham.

Nottingham Moderns. Local rugby club with boys and girls junior sections.

Nottingham City Swimming Lessons. Swimming lessons for all abilities at a range of different sites.

National Ice Arena. Ice skating lessons for all abilities.