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Subject Lead - Mr. Smit

My name is Stephen Smit and I am the Physical Education Lead for Holy Trinity CE Primary School. It is an honour to lead this subject as I see sport, fitness and exercise as an important part of developing a happy and healthy lifestyle. I also believe in trying to give the young people in our school the opportunity to apply their skills in competition. You can see me in the photo participating with our Year 3 children at the Highland Games in September 2022.

Curriculum Intent- This is what we want the children to learn.

At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, we aim for Physical Education to be understood, enjoyed and celebrated in order to assist the children in developing a life-long love for learning. Topics are informed by the National Curriculum and progressive skills are included as part of the children’s development (See PE Progression of skills document). The P.E curriculum at Holy Trinity C of e Primary School is planned and structured to ensure that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In our P.E curriculum we strive to create opportunities which will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about sport that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. In line with the National Curriculum out school aims to:

  • Maintain and stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in P.E./Games and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.
  • Develop the use of correct terminology, broadening the children’s knowledge of PE and sport specific vocabulary.
  • Enable pupils to see P.E and Games as a major feature in our lives related to leisure, employment and culture.
  • Enable pupils to see P.E and Games as part of a wider body of knowledge and skills that can be applied in all subjects.
  • Understand the short and long-term effects of exercise on the body.
  • Employ a variety of teaching methods and resources that allows all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc) to have equal access to P.E and Games, and to experience success and enjoyment in their P.E and Games work.
  • Develop skills with greater fluency within P.E and apply these within games scenarios.
  • The life skill of swimming to be taught in order for the children to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • Develop the needs of the children who have been identified as gifted or talented by identifying the needs of the individual student and provide a challenging, stimulating and innovative learning environment within and beyond the PE curriculum.
  • Promote the core values of the Olympic Games and our school values of Honesty, Love and Respect.

Curriculum Implementation - This is how we will do it.

As part of our cross curricular approach, our units will be taught via a combination of external sports coaches (during the enrichment days) and other units by the class teacher.  Some specific sports will be repeated within a two - year cycle but with a clear progression required (See PE Progression of skills document).

Each unit of learning will be planned based on key P.E skills that we aim to develop throughout the child’s P.E learning journey. The skills covered through topics of work will include:

  1. Enable pupils to see P.E and Games as part of a wider body of knowledge and skills (E.g. interpersonal and problem-solving skills).
  2. Promote an understanding of safe practice and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others’ safety and well-being.
  3. Employ a variety of teaching methods and resources that allows all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc) to have equal access to P.E and Games, and to experience success and enjoyment in their P.E and Games work.
  4. Develop a skilful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination, and fluency (acquiring and developing).
  5. Develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics, and compositional ideas via game scenarios (selecting and applying).
  6. Improve the observation and evaluation skills and the ability to describe and make simple judgements on their own and others work, and to use their observations and judgements to improve performance (improving and evaluating).


Teachers and coaches have identified the key knowledge and skills of each unit and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group. Schemes of Work approved by the Enrichment Lead can assist the planning and delivery of the units.


Within the Foundation Stage, lessons are delivered using the guidance stated in the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships, and thriving. These are the prime areas: The three areas of communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. These three areas are to be evident within P.E sessions taught.


In Key Stage One, in line with the National Curriculum, children will develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They will engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


In Key Stage Two, in line with the National Curriculum children, will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will be expected to communicate, collaborate, and compete with each other. They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


By the end of Year 6, swimming lessons are to be taught externally at Cygnets Leisure Centre by an instructor who has the required qualifications to teach swimming and a validated life -saving guard. Pupils will also be expected to use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke) as well as perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Outcomes of units are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. Additionally, an end of term pupil survey is used to monitor pupil engagement and identification of skill taught.

Curriculum Impact - This is how we measure it.

Throughout the P.E units children are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt throughout the sessions including the skills in which they have developed. In P.E. lessons, teachers place emphasis on a global context of sport, including implementing sporting values and the whole school values of Honesty, Love and Respect.  Lessons are to offer high engagement to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles as well as a love for sport and having a secure emotional well- being.


Get in Touch

Holy Trinity C. of E. Primary School
Trinity Road, Gravesend, Kent,
DA12 1LU

01474 534746