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Our PE Curriculum 



At St Nicolas’, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that all pupils enjoy and which allows them to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills to enhance life-long fitness and life choices.


PE can challenge and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. It can teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. It is our intent to ensure children understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and to equip them with the tools to do so through health and well-being education. 


Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:

• Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

• Are physically active for sustained periods of time

• Engage in competitive sports and activities

• Lead healthy, active lives

• Promote a healthy and active lifestyle

• Encourage physical activity and exercise

• Build self-esteem, confidence and resilience

• Provide all pupils with access to the lesson




At St Nicolas', we work with the coaches from Maidenhead Magpies and have recently adopted the PE hub scheme (Sept, 2022) to teach our PE across the school. This scheme ensures that children are given a wealth of opportunities to develop their physical movement skills as well as achieving whole child objectives.


In KS1 and KS2 children have at least 2 hours of quality PE sessions a week, one with the Maidenhead Magpies coaches and one from the PE hub scheme.

In a PE session you will see:

  • Consistency in routines including a introduction and warm up, skill development and plenary
  • Collaboration and opportunity for partner discussion
  • Opportunities for children to work independently and together
  • Opportunity for children to perform and feedback
  • Subject specific vocabulary that builds on previous learning/year groups
  • Progression in skills and equipment used with year groups




Our curriculum is designed so that children are taught a variety of activities throughout their key stage and there is a progression journey through all of these. Each area of PE is mapped on a progression map which shows progression from EYFS to Year 6. Children also deepen their understanding of PE, year on year, by being introduced to specific vocabulary which is also mapped on knowledge organisers for each area. Children have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities and demonstrate their new skills in intra and inter sports competitions. All children also have the opportunity in the summer term to take part in a sports day. Children will become confident within the different strands of PE and show resilience when tackling new skills.