St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

P.E specialism

Physical Education at St Bernadette


At St Bernadette School we endeavour to develop a positive approach to physical education. We believe that every child should enjoy a range of experiences within physical education and sport.  Regardless of their ability, our children receive equal encouragement and are offered the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of sporting activities.  We believe that physical education not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development.  Exercise has a positive impact on academic achievement, emotional stability, and interaction with others.  We want to instil a passion for sport in our pupils and encourage them to develop a deep understanding of why exercise and sport is important, so that they participate throughout their lives.

Our Aim


Our aim is to create healthy habits for life, increase pupils’ fitness, engage more challenging pupils and decrease child obesity.  Pupils should leave us physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to lead a healthy, active life and life-long participation in physical activity and sport.


Our PE provision and Curriculum

The UK Chief Medical Officer’s physical active guidelines for children and young people (5-18 years) state that:

  • Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. This can include all forms of activity such as physical education, active travel, after-school activities, play and sports.
  • Children and young people should engage in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscular fitness, and bone strength.
  • Children and young people should aim to minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary, and when physically possible should break up long periods of not moving with at least light physical activity.

We value the importance of sport and pupils have two hours of PE timetabled per week within which we develop the six areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum: Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Athletics, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and Swimming.  The PE curriculum is either taught by the class teacher, or a specialist PE teacher and sports coach.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children begin to explore a range of basic skills, actions and responses to music and other stimuli.

In Key Stage 1 we harness the children’s natural enthusiasm for movement to enhance their skills. The children are given the opportunity to develop basic throwing and catching skills and then practice these skills in small sided games. During gymnastics and dance they explore movement and develop these movements through observation and repetition. 

In the Key Stage 2 the children continue to enjoy using their creativity and imagination in physical activity. Within gymnastics and dance they learn new skills and link them to compose sequences of movement. The children are taught to analyse performance and develop their understanding of why physical activity is important to their health and wellbeing. 


Programmes of Work

To enable us to do deliver high quality PE provision, we use schemes of work called 'real PE', ‘real Gym’ and LCP Dance.

The ‘real PE’ & ‘real Gym’ programmes have been developed to give all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life. The programmes allow children to follow personal learning journeys based on Fundamental skills and a multi-ability approach to teaching and learning; they have a unique, child-centred approach.  The programmes focus on the fundamental movement skills of a child's physical development: Agility, Balance and Coordination.  Each term there is a multi-ability focus: Personal, Social, Cognitive, Creative, Physical, Health & Fitness.  This places the learner at the heart of what we do with the ultimate goal of children feeling valued, included, challenged and supported in their learning.  


Create Development

'real PE' is a scheme of work by Create Development which encourages a broad, balanced, child - centred approach to PE and Sport. 'Real PE' praises behaviour not skill, passing the responsibility of the lesson to the learner. The ‘Real PE’ scheme is used throughout the school for one lesson a week (one hour). For the other hour of the children’s weekly PE we use ‘real Gym’ and LCP lesson plans for Dance and Outdoor & Adventurous Activities.  It transforms how we teach PE to engage and challenge EVERY child in school.

More information about these schemes can be found at:

PE Kits

Pupils MUST wear school PE kit for ALL PE lessons:

Indoor PE:

  • White school t-shirt with embroidered school logo
  • Plain navy shorts
  • Plimsoles for indoor PE, trainers for outside (optional)

Outdoor PE:

  • Plain navy jogging bottoms, to be worn on top of shorts
  • Navy sweatshirt with school logo, to be worn on top of white school embossed t-shirt


Break time & Lunch Time Provision

At St Bernadette we are committed to increasing the level of physical activity at lunchtimes and a variety of activities are on offer for pupils. We talked to our children to find out what they wanted at lunchtime and we acted on their recommendations.

 We employ a sports coach who works daily alongside our lunchtime supervisors.   All our lunchtime supervisors have attended an INSET training day in 2020.  Our playground is zoned to ensure a wide variety of activities are available. 

 Regular lunchtime activities include (activities are rotated to ensure activities don’t become stale): Football, Badminton, Basketball, 4 square, Table Tennis, Skipping,  Lolo Balls, Stilts, Pool, Multisports, Adventure Playground, Dodgeball, Change 4 Life Club, Creative Area. We also have a quiet zone for those times when the children want to chill out and relax.


We evaluated our lunchtime provision in November 2019.  The key findings were positive.  88% of girls and 83% of boys enjoyed lunchtime, 68% of girls and 66% of boys enjoyed being physically active and 87% of the children felt there was enough equipment to play with.  The area that came out as needing improvement was football as a higher percentage of girls felt they couldn’t participate.  Since then we have had a girls’ only football day.  We will continue to monitor throughout the year.


Play Leader Scheme

The play leader scheme allows the year 5 and 6 children to facilitate activities for the younger children in the school.  They deliver a broad range of activities, some of which are sport specific and some that are solely to get the children more active at lunchtime.  Not only has this scheme added to the structure of lunchtime activities, it has given the year 5 and 6's invaluable experiences and provides them with responsibility to deliver high quality activities.  


School Sports Games Organising Crew and Committes

The School Sports Organising Crew (SSOC) is a group of young people who join together to lead the planning and delivery of competitions and playground games, thus playing a fundamental role in helping keeping children active in school.

What are the SSOC responsible for?

The duties of a School Sport Organising Crew are:

  • Working with teachers and fellow pupils to organise intra-school competitions and school sport opportunities.
  • Organising a survey to find out what young people think of sport in their school.
  • Reporting back to fellow students at the end of the year on what improvements have been or are going to be made.
  • Writing reports for newsletters, Twitter, Facebook and the school website.
  • Presenting competition winners during the achievers’ assembly.


School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme that was launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

In 2011/12 St Bernadette School was one of the first schools in the country to be awarded a School Games Mark and has since been awarded Gold awards in 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 for its commitment to competitive sport.

A new Platinum Award was launched in 2016 as an extension of the School Games Mark to reward schools who have maintained consistently high standards with their school sport provision. As part of the extended application the eligible candidates, who had achieved five successive gold awards, were asked to submit a detailed case study along with a supporting paragraph from their School Games Organiser (SGO).

We are delighted to announce that since 2016 St Bernadette School has been awarded this prestigious Platinum Mark Award.  We are now working towards our next Platinum Award for 2020/2021 which includes both inter-school and intra-school house competitions.  As part of this, we have a group of sports leaders who plan and deliver fun, team and competitive games at playtime to encourage all pupils to be active.



All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • 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. 
  • At St Bernadette Primary School our Year 4 pupils go swimming in the Summer Term once a week on a Thursday for their swimming lessons, and then continue in Year 5 for the Autumn and Spring Term.  The children travel by coach to Hillingdon Leisure Centre.  The children are grouped according to swimming ability.  The children work towards the National Curriculum expectations for swimming and then beyond to develop further swimming skills and water safety practice and understanding.


    Sporting Opportunities


    "Sport has the power to change the world" Nelson Mandela

    Every child at St Bernadette has the opportunity to shine in sport. We know that participation in sport builds character as well as skills such as problem-solving, resilience, perseverance, confidence and teamwork.  We are fortunate to have a PE specialist team. The quality of PE provision is reflected in being awarded the Platinum Schools Games Mark for the last four years.