St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

Physical Education

“Sport has the power to change the world" 

Nelson Mandela


Our Vision


At St Bernadette School, our vision for Physical Education is to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. Through effective physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. At St Bernadette School, we aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. We are also dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies, and recognise the vital contribution that Physical Education makes not only to a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development but also the positive impact it has on their spiritual moral and cultural development.


Intent of our Physical Education curriculum


Our PE curriculum is inclusive and we are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE curriculum is to develop children's basic physical competencies; build confidence in their ability; and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning. Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum and in that we aim to ensure 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



Implementation: Teaching and Learning P>E


Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.

One lesson is taught by your child's class teacher and the other lesson is taught by a specialist P.E coach, Mr Willingham. Mr Willingham collaborates with class teachers and our P.E lead, Mrs Cammack to ensure a comprehensive and challenging curriculum is offered to all pupils. 


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
  • F.M.S (fundamentals, fitness and athletics)
  • Games
  • Body Management
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA)
  • Swimming.


We ensure the delivery of the teaching and learning of PE promotes participation, skill progression and improved performance through the delivery of our high-quality teaching. The PE curriculum is delivered by both the class teacher and a qualified sports coach.


In addition to a high-quality PE curriculum, at St Bernadette School we also strive to give every child the opportunity to compete in a variety of competitions, festivals and taster sessions or by representing the school at local borough events. Many of these events are delivered by South Hillingdon School Sports Network (SHSSN). Founded on the Olympic and Paralympic values, SHSSN’s work promotes self-esteem, healthy & active lifestyles, and the development of life skills.


The quality of PE provision at St Bernadette is also reflected by being awarded the Platinum Schools Games Mark since 2016.