What PE and Sport looks like at St. Laurence

The aim of our PE curriculum is designed to enrich children with a range sporting concepts, that will provide them with the knowledge and skills that can be applied to different sporting and non-sporting contexts. Children will also experience ‘competition’ and learn how to apply themselves when competing against others, as part of a team or individually. Taking part in physical activity and learning about its benefits, provides children with the knowledge to make good choices about their health and lifestyle.

Physical Education

Children are encouraged to understand that PE is more than just playing games and exercising. Through the basic understanding of the ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ model, children learn about how they can use their physical beings to ‘think’, ‘behave’ and ‘do’.

St Laurence children will have a good understanding of:


This means;
  • Learning how to use a broad range of skills in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement
  • Developing an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports
  • Learning how to evaluate and recognise their own success


This means;
  • Enjoying communicating, collaborating and competing with each other
  • Participating in activities and clubs both in school and in the wider community


This means;

  • Continuing to apply and develop a broader range of skills
  • Developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance

To get a broad understanding of physical education every year group, Year 3 to 6, will explore physical education through 7 fundamental concepts, plus swimming.

The fundamental areas include:

  • Athletics
  • Invasion games
  • Striking & fielding games
  • Net & wall games
  • OAA
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

Through carefully planned lessons, as supported by The PE Hub, children will gain knowledge of key terms and vocabulary that will help them make links and apply their skills to different sporting and non-sporting situations.

Children who leave St. Laurence will leave with:

  • an awareness of the physical, tactical, technical and social skills within sporting situations
  • an understanding of how skills can be transferred to other sports and activities
  • some understanding of being able to lead others and provide feedback on tactics, physical skills and performances
  • knowledge of rules in some sports
  • understanding of why we warm up and cool down and how we do these safely
  • competitive experiences, learning to cope with pressure, winning and losing – both in school and representing the school against other schools

School sport

At St Laurence we believe competition is an important part of a child’s development. Children will have the opportunity in PE lessons to participate in competitive situations in most lessons, as well as a competition at the end of each unit.

In addition to PE lessons, children will be able to compete against themselves in the form of personal bests and have a chance to represent their house in events such as cross-country and Sports Day.

Representing St Laurence is always an honour and children who represent our school in out of school competitions, do with respect and courage. There are lots of events we take part in, mainly as part of our Thanet PASSPORT membership.

Physical Activity

To help boost the amount of time children should be physically active in a day (recommended 60minutes per day), we encourage children to take part in ‘active play’ at break and lunch. We also provide children with the opportunity to be active throughout the day, including the Daily Mile.

At the end of KS2, St. Laurence children are equipped with PE skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for their continued education in PE. They will be better equipped to be able to cope with any new physical challenges and adapt to different sporting challenges they may face as they grow up.

PE and Sport Curriculum Map

PE and Sport documents