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St Mary's
Church of England Primary School

A learning community dedicated to building
respectful and responsible citizens and empowering all learners.


Physical Education and SMSC


Spiritual Development

During the range of activities that pupils can participate in they develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Pupils should be consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning, and showcase a willingness to reflect on their own and others experiences.

  • Explore, creativity through producing dance and gymnastic routines
  • Creating and developing own attacking and defensive set plays and tactics
  • Reflecting and critiquing their own and others performances
  • Displaying emotions through their dance and gymnastics routines
  • Using discovery style to allow pupils to have their own thoughts, ideas and concerns
  • Questioning pupils throughout lessons – WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW 
  • Units of work focusing on team building – motivation, determination and character building


Moral Development

PE in general teaches pupils about the code of conduct, etiquette, handshake before and after matches, applauding the opposition, fair play, unwritten rules and sportsmanship. Pupils should abide by the rules and regulations, gaining a good understanding of rules of sport and the importance of infringements such as penalties and red cards allow pupils to understand the consequences of their actions which in turn helps pupils apply this understanding to their own lives.  The concepts of self-discipline to excel are essential. Pupils should be taught that the only way you can achieve in sport to a high standard is if you work hard and if you can discipline yourself to train and apply yourself.

  • Moral dilemmas – such as the use of performance enhancing drugs
  • Promote fair play and team work in lessons
  • Encourage good sportsmanship throughout
  • Respect with equipment both when using it and when storing it
  • Following instructions and decisions made by officials.
  • Abiding by the rules, in all sporting situations.
  • Respect for their facilities and the environment they are active in.
  • Listening to teacher and peer feedback on particular sporting skills
  • Promote trust with peers through team building activities
  • Using Pupils as sports leaders/ambassadors
  • Sports Relief


Social Development

Pupils in PE can use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. An interest in and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels. Also pupils can develop their friendship and social mixing through involvement in inter, intra school competition and extra-curricular clubs.

  • Creating a sense of community in lessons and clubs
  • Interact with the community and other primary schools.
  • Encourage Pupils to recognise and respect social differences and similarities
  • Celebrate sporting success both in and out of school
  • Use of sports leaders running clubs and activities
  • Encouraging the attendance to extracurricular activities
  • Promoting team work throughout lessons supporting one another to develop their skills in a cooperative situation.
  • Peer mentoring and sharing good practice during lessons


Cultural Development

Encouraging a willingness to participate in sporting opportunities that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

  • Learning about the developments of sports in different countries
  • Learning where different sports originate from and what the national sports of different countries are
  • World Cups and Olympic games
  • Exploring and respect a variety of different cultural dances
  • Gaining an understanding of different sports and their foundations
  • Use of international examples of different athletes and their achievements
  • Cultural engagement through elite performers both at school and in their own sporting environment.