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Physical Education

At St Bede’s RC Primary School, our aim is to ensure that all children enjoy Physical Education and sport.  Through Physical Education, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities.  We aim to improve health and well-being, promote active participation and lifelong learning and we aim for each child to fulfil their potential.

Scheme of Work 

Pupils from Reception to Year 6 follow the “Real PE” scheme of work.  Real PE is fully aligned to the National Curriculum requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learningIn order to maximise learning and impact, all staff using the Real PE scheme of work have taken part in Real PE training. 


Please visit the “Create Development” page for more information on the Real PE scheme of work:

Multi-Abilities Approach 

The Real PE schemes of work have been built around an assessment framework with clear learning journeys, based on a multi-ability approach.  This approach recognises that PE and sport can be a fantastic vehicle to develop a range of personal, social, physical, cognitive and creative abilities that also transfer outside of the sporting environment


In recognition of their interconnection, the abilities are represented as “cogs”, which link to the two key pieces of learning:

  1. If a cog can be made to move faster, then all the other cogs tend to do so also. 
  2. If a cog really sticks, then all the other cogs may struggle to move. 
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Children are assessed in Physical Education using the Real PE assessment framework. 

Extra Curricular Activities

Alongside two hours of PE lessons a week, school provides a range of additional extra-curricular sporting activities.  This provision offers children the chance to further develop their skills, to try new activities and to be more physically active.  Activities are often tailored to meet the needs and interests of our children / parents and are also often activities that would be expensive to participate in outside of school.  Our after school and lunch time provision includes:


Monday: KS1 After School Sports Club          Tuesday: KS2 After School Sports Club


Key Stage 2 Football          Change4Life After School Club          Skipping / Dance Club 



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Sporting Events

Our school takes part in a number of competitive festivals against other schools, including Sainsbury’s School Games events and the Skipping Festival Project.  Children are given the chance to compete against others and put their learning into practice in the context of competition.  Pupils are often prepared for these events by both teaching staff and a range of professional coaches.


To find out more about the sporting events we have been involved in, please visit our Sport Premium Funding page:



It is hoped that all Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children will have the opportunity to attend a block of swimming lessons throughout the academic year.  Children who are unable to swim by the time they reach Year 6 often receive additional swimming lessons.  Pupils walk to and from Jarrow Community Pool.  More about swimming can be found at:


Health and Well Being

As a school, we promote a healthy lifestyle through physical education lessons and specific health and well-being sessions, all of which enable pupils to understand the benefits and importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  This is complimented by visits from local professionals such as yoga instructors / dental health nurses and through participation in health promoting initiatives such as Change4Life and Walk Once a Week (WOW).    

Local Links

Our children’s experiences are further enhanced through opportunities to explore the community in which we are a part of and the wider community.  We work regularly with and often visit places such as The Beacon of Light in Sunderland, South Shields Football Club and the Urban Factory in Hebburn


We monitor the impact of our Physical Education provision regularly and formally report on this at the end of each academic year.