On this page, you will find relevant information about the PE Curriculum at St Matthew's.


St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School believes that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim.  We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding the fairness of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Matthew’s, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.

Please see the PE Curriculum Map (on the website) which outlines the progression of skills for each year group. These outline how key skills are developed, revisited, assessed and built upon during EYFS to Year 6.


  • PE at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, striking and fielding games, athletics, yoga, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.
  • The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
  • Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. A lunch time sports coach is available each day to encourage children to have an active lunchtime play.
  • Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
  • Each year a small group of children in KS2 are invited to become ‘mentors’ for each group at lunch times. They build special relationships with the children and have had special training from Bully Buster on how to be a mentor. They also have a zone on the playground where they will do a physical activity for the children to be involved with.
  • Children in Years 2, 4 and 6 are invited on residential trips which always include outdoor adventurous activities for the children to experience.
  • Children in Year 3, 4 and 5 have a six week block of swimming lesson throughout the academic year. Any child who is unable to swim the 25 metres at the end of Year 5 attend the Year 6 top up sessions over a 2 week period in the summer term.
  • We are soon to launch the “Daily Mile”, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
  • EYFS Physical Development is a prime area of learning. We plan opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity. They learn to make healthy choices in relation to exercise and food. We aim to deliver this with a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities (see EYFS policy).


We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.



Year 1 - LFC Coaches

"I like it when the Liverpool coaches come in. It makes me feel like I'm in a proper team."
Year 1 & Year 2
Dance Competition

The children in KS1 performed dances from various musicals. All performances were fantastic but we could only have one winner and that was Class 2P!!

A big well done to everyone - What a great morning full of music and dancing.
Year 2 have been practising their throwing and catching skills in P.E.
Year 2 have been learning some yoga positions and concentrating on their breathing during their pe lessons.
Year 3 - Winning the League

Amazing result today from 6 of our Year 3 boys who won their legue at Anfield Sports Centre! They played against three other schools and came first place scoring a outstanding 20 goals in total and winning all 6 games.

Joseph from our team also got 'player of the tournament' due to excellent sportmanship - well done Joseph!
Year 3 & Year 4 - Highland Games

A big well done to 8 of our year 3 and 4 children who took part in the Highland Games competition at North Liverpool Acamady. They came 1st place out of 20 other schools with an amazing 504 points!
We are very proud of you all.
Year 3 practising their yoga skills
Machine movements in dance
Year 4
Tennis: Racket and Ball Skills
Gymnastics: Balance and Travel
Fitness training with Class 4M
OAA team building activities
Year 4 - Primary Olympics at SJB

Wow! What a morning some of our Year 4 children had. We competed against 6 schools in the Primary Olympics at St John Bosco and we came away with the trophy!
14 children competed in 9 different sports and we won 7 gold medals and 1 bronze leaving us as the overall winners. A big well done to all children who came along, we are very proud of your talent and sportsmanship.
Other Achievements
Our meet and greet with the Olympic Gymnast Beth Tweddle
Our aspiring gymnasts had lots of great questions for Beth about her very successful career in gymnastics. Our children felt inspired by the stories Beth shared with us from discussing her favourite skill to perform to how she overcome injuries throughout her career. We would like to thank Beth for taking the time to come in and meet our pupils at St Matthew's.
Head Boy & Girl and Deputy Head Boy & Girl Meet LFC at Melwood Training Ground
Gold Medalist!
Aliyah won a gymnastics competition at Gymfest in Glasgow this weekend.
Another superstar at St Matthew's.
KS2 Dance Competition at SJB
This term the whole of Key Stage 2 have been training for an dance competition at St John Bosco. Each class choreographed their own routine and practiced really hard. 4F came out winners with their own version of the New Zealand warrior dance 'The Haka.'
Year 5
Year 5 have been learning all about Volleyball in our PE lessons. In lesson 1, we learnt the importance of the 'ready' position to allow us to be agile and quick in our responses.
Year 6
Gymnastics is fun!
Volleyball experts!
We are Rhythm!
Our Year 6 dancers have choreographed a routine using a chair prop, thinking about varying heights, a blend of movements, incorporating canon and unison moves.
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