PE at St Christopher’s


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Curriculum intent

Physical Education at St Christopher’s School is concerned with developing the Whole Child.

While physical activity is the context for learning, we also aim to develop the child’s personal, social, cognitive, creative skills alongside physical skills and fitness.

Our vision is to positively engage children in Physical Education.

We want to influence our children to make healthy choices and stay active into the future, in order to lead full, happy and healthy lives, so they may grow and develop as confident young people and the best version of themselves.



The PE curriculum is broad and balanced and offers a range of activities including:

Fundamental Movement Skills, Gymnastics, Dance, Net Games, Striking and Fielding Games, Invasion Games, Swimming, Outdoor and Adventurous Activity and Athletics.

In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we develop physical literacy and strongly focus on the ABC’s of movement – Agility, Balance and Coordination. We provide fun opportunities for children to grow their knowledge of Self and others and know how to move in their bodies. We want them to enjoy taking part in PE.

In Key Stage 2, children will work cooperatively, collaboratively and competitively in more recognised formats of specific sports. These are modified to be inclusive and appropriate to the ages and abilities of the class.

Physical Education is underpinned with our St Christopher’s School values and also, The School Games Values: Passion, Determination, Honesty, Teamwork, Respect, Self-Belief



Firstly, children acquire and develop skills e.g. learning how to move with control. Secondly, children have the opportunity to select and apply these skills e.g. dodging or changing direction within a game to outwit an opponent. Children are encouraged to evaluate and improve their performance in order to make further progress. Individual work leads to pair work and group work. Children may take different roles including leadership within PE.

Observation is a key part of assessment in PE and informs future teaching and learning.

Progression in Physical Education is enabled by our work within School Sport Partnership (with regular Level 1 Sports Festivals at Oxford Spires Academy) and The School Games (with involvement in Level 2 competitions across the city – leading to Level 3 at County standard).

Lessons at school will allow children to learn the necessary skills needed to take part in particular competitions or experiences e.g. year 2 explore movements in gymnastics before creating and practising their own sequence to perform at an interschool Gymnastics Festival.


Further Physical Education Enrichment

  • Chance to Shine Cricket Project (Cricket)
  • Girls on the Ball (football)
  • Taster days – Martial Arts, Archery, Fencing, Tennis
  • Sports Days – including Leadership Opportunities
  • Extra-curricular clubs
  • Lunchtime House Sports Competitions – Upper School.
  • Parability Days
  • The Monday Mile
  • PGL – Outdoor and Adventurous Opportunity


Further Information