Physical Education

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


At Cathedral School we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the ability to excel in a wide range of physical activities
  • feel included and supported in all physical activities
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives with a basic understanding of nutrition.

Progression in PE

Please view how skills and knowledge progress throughout the school in PE. Download the PE – PROGRESSION document. 

At Cathedral School

At Cathedral school, the P.E. curriculum is designed to allow children to have a theoretical understanding as well as the practical skills and knowledge required. Each unit provides engaging activities and games, key vocabulary, clear progression and tools for assessment.

Throughout each and every unit of study, the emphasis is on the children learning through continually practising the skills required, then refining, evaluating and developing those skills during the sequence of lessons.

All pupils learning styles are considered in the planning, preparation and delivering of P.E. lessons at Cathedral school. Qualified teachers wrote our scheme of work, Twinkl MOVE. This is evident in the comprehensive planning and resources provided. Every unit has a visual PowerPoint to show diagrams and techniques for the skills. Visual demonstration by both pupils and teaching staff also aid understanding. The application and evaluation process of pupils learning in P.E. helps to embed the skills and knowledge required.

Teachers have high expectations for pupils’ evaluation skills in line with age-related expectations for speaking and listening. Within every unit of work there are many ‘hooks’ that teachers can use to ensure that children are interested and engaged in the content.