P.E. and Sport Curriculum

At St James, we recognise the contribution of PE to health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curriculum opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.

All children at St James are involved in an enriched physical exercise program during curriculum time, which includes a variety of activities designed to challenge and inspire our children. Research has shown that participation in extra-curricular activities also has a positive effect on attainment and we are currently developing the opportunities for a variety of sports related after school clubs for all children across school.

This is the curriculum map for PE this year 2017-2018


St James’ CE Primary – PE Long Term Outline


Autumn Term

Spring term

Summer Term


Games-underarm throwing -Rees Sports


Games- Large balls


Games - catching and throwing-Rees Sports

Games - beanbags and quoits

Games - Multi skills - Rees Sports

Games- Bats and balls






Gymnastics - Rees Sports





Lower KS2




Games Invasion – volleyball - Rees Sports






Games Striking/fielding rounders/cricket - Rees Sports


Gymnastics- Rees Sports













Upper KS2

Outdoor and Adventurous

(Y6 residential)


Striking/fielding rounders/cricket

Games - Tag Rugby Rees Sports



Games - Cricket Rees Sports




Dance (Y5)

Dance (Y6) 

Games (Y5) multi skills Rees Sports

Games (Y6) multi skills Rees Sports








In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150 million for Physical Education (PE) and sport. This funding is to be used to improve the quality and range of sport in schools.  Schools are to decide how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing pupil participation in P.E. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year. At St James, our aim is to provide children with a range of opportunities in sport so that they are able to excel in a variety of physical activities.

Please click to see full breakdown of government funding expenditure. 

To help achieve this aim we have used the P.E funding for 2017-2018 to buy in support and teaching from Rees Sports . The staff from Rees Sport work with all teachers and children to develop and strengthen the P.E curriculum across the school. It is a vital part of their role to provide support and training to ensure all our teachers can deliver high quality PE lessons. This also provides a strong community link with Farnworth Social Circle Cricket Club. 

To further this, we are part of a cluster of Farnworth schools who have come together this year to put on their own calendar of sporting events which will take place across 2017-2018. 

Please see this year’s competition calendar below:

Farnworth Schools Competition Calendar 2017/18



 Children Involved

Start time


Yr 5/6 Football

27th September 2017

 8 children 


All Saints

KS2 Cross Country 

18th October 2017

4 boys and 4 girls from each KS2 year group


St James Primary

Yr 1/2 Kurling

9th November 2017

6 children


The Orchards

Yr 3/4 Football

22nd November 2017

8 children


Mount St Joseph

Yr 5/6 Netball

18th January 2018

Max 10 children


St Gregory's

Yr 3/4 Boccia

25th January 2018

6 children 


The Orchards

Yr 3/4 Dodgeball

7th February 2018

Max of 10 children


St Peter's

Yr 1/2 Multiskill

20th March 2018

Max 10 children



Yr 5/6 Tag Rugby

27th March 2018

Max 10 children


St John's 

Yr 5/6 Cricket

23rd May 2018

Max 10 children


Farnworth CC

Yr 1/2 Football

7th June 2018

8 children



KS2 Athletics

28th June 2018

KS2 numbers TBC


Kearsley West

Yr 5/6 Crown Green Bowling

5th July 2018



The Orchards


We are also planning to use some of the funding to provide specialist after school clubs and coaching in areas where our children express interest.

We have used some of the funding to purchase a new scheme of work provided by Rising Stars which gives staff assessment, monitoring, interactive and useful tools to enhance their ideas and confidence when teaching PE throughout school.

Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue to provide such opportunities. It will help us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, participate in future competition calendar events and train our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.

So...What has been the impact of the PE funding so far?

Staff development

Teachers throughout school feel more confident and equipped to deliver innovative and differentiated PE sessions that provide the children with varied opportunities to learn and develop new and existing skills in a variety of different sports and physical activity.

The new scheme of work that has been purchased helps to develop this even further.

Curriculum development

Teachers are now more confident and competent to deliver high quality PE to all children. Staff are now confident to use a range of teaching and learning styles in PE to match lesson content. Children are now experiencing a broader end engaging curriculum. Our PE curriculum is wide and varied, including Multiskills/ football/rugby/ gymnastics, dance, netball, and cricket to ensure children are confident to try new sports.


We have purchased a new scheme of work, with lesson plans in a wide range of sports allowing children to develop the required skills across the curriculum. There are assessment opportunities in each lesson, with concise objectives, allowing staff to assess which children are below, in line, or exceeding age related expectations. Across Key Stage One and Two we are hoping for 84% of children to be either in line or achieving age related expectations in PE.

Extra-curricular activities

The range of extra-curricular activities in school has increased but we are aware that this needs to improve further. We are hoping to include ideas requested by the children throughout school and will be working on this throughout this year.

Competitive opportunities

Many children have represented St James in sports competitions in the past and will continute to do so in the Farnworth cluster. We will introduce opportunities for inter school competitions.

Vision and Aims for PE

At St James we understand that in order to achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in school,  we need to emphasise that the focus of spending must lead to a long lasting impact that will live beyond the Primary PE and Sports Premium funding.

We are looking for improvements in:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy and active lifestyles
  • the profile of PE and sport being raised across school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sports through regular organised competitions


Reflection: What have we achieved and where next?

Key achievements to date:

Areas for improvement and baseline evidence of need:

  • Employment of coaches to work with staff and children helping to up-skill teachers in the delivery of a broad and balanced PE/Sports curriculum.
  • Employment of specialist to provide a range of physical activity after-school clubs
  • Work alongside the Farnworth cluster to provide an extensive competition calendar that all year groups will access over the year.
  • development of planning for PE/Sports through use of the Rising Stars tools
  • Qualification in sports leading being completed by Sports Lead teacher to help to develop her skills and knowledge so that this can be passed on to all staff within school
  • Actiphons during and after school introduced to raise standards in both reading and physical activity. PE lead also trained to deliver this.
  • conduct a whole school survey to identify children who do not take part in regular physical activity outside of school
  • continued CPD for staff who feel they need support in particular areas
  • continue to develop the use of coaches in school that have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum expectations and the ability to up-skill staff further
  • further develop structured activity stations during lunchtimes through use of playground markings, daily mile etc
  • continue to develop the range of after school clubs available
  • continue to work within the Farnworth cluster to provide a range of competitions.
  • Develop assessment of PE within school

At St James we provide a wide range of sporting activities to allow children to shine to their full potential. We endeavor to find out children’s talents and areas of expertise and ensure we provide for these needs.