National Curriculum

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in
competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities
for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed
values such as fairness and respect.

At St Barnabas School we use the REAL PE programme to deliver high quality PE lessons (see below for details in the PE Intent document).


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that 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.

Attainment targets
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the
matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.


Subject content
Key stage 1

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

NHS guidance

How much physical activity should children and young people aged 5 to 18 do to keep healthy?

Children and young people need to do 2 types of physical activity each week:

  • aerobic exercise
  • exercises to strengthen their muscles and bones

Children and young people aged 5 to 18 should:

  • aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous intensity physical activity a day across the week
  • take part in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscles and bones
  • reduce the time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity. Aim to spread activity throughout the day

In addition to PE lessons St Barnabas School your child can access after school Clubs run by R & D to support their target of 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Monday: Year 1&2 Multisports 

Tuesday: Year 1&2 Football 

Wednesday: Year 1&2 Dodgeball 

Thursday: Year 1&2 Dance


Throughout the year KS1 children take part in Sporting festivals/ competitions run by Northamptonshire Sport.  These include:

Multiskills, Gymnastics, Croyland Fun Run, New age Kurling.


Throughout the year the children take part in sporting opportunities and experiences in addition to their PE lessons and Sports Day

Reception - Balance Bikes, Football coached session, African Dance experience

KS1 - Bikeability (Y1), Football coached session, African Dance experience, cricket experience session, mini multiskills competition run by Sports ambassadors from Freeman's Endowed Church of England Junior Academy