Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School

Better Never Stops


In PE we widen and deepen the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of learners in a variety of ways.
Learners’ understand the importance of keeping themselves healthy and understand that a healthy lifestyle can help to develop self-esteem and live a positive lifestyle. A range of activities, such as the Daily Mile and Active Maths, help learners’ develop positive attitudes towards sport and fitness which enables them to share better habits with their families and friends.
During PE lessons, children are taught resilience and teamwork as they work together to develop their skills through self-challenges as well as team games. Learners’ understand the importance of sportsmanship as all children will have the opportunity to compete in team events against other schools and also inter school events.
Learners’ are inspired to try new sports during activities week and develop their self-belief as everyone is encouraged to try new skills. Through the vast variety of after-school clubs, learners’ get the opportunity to widen their skill set and to develop their ambition by becoming part of wider teams in the local community. Learners’ understand that sports isn’t just about an individual but learn to communicate effectively and work together with others.


We teach a variety of subjects in PE as required and set out by the government in the National Curriculum. We have two specialist PE teachers who teach PE to each class for one lesson per week, in addition to the lesson taught by class teachers. We also work with closely with Sussex Cricket and Storm Basketball Club who deliver specialist curriculum coaching. 


Early Years pupils participate in a range of activities to help develop their sports skills from an early age. They have access to outdoor areas where they will develop their co-ordination and build their team work skills. Skills that will help them throughout the rest of their schooling. There is also a large focus on helping develop their independence as they learn to get changed independently for their PE lessons.


KS1 pupils do equal amounts of dance, gymnastics and games. In all of the subjects, pupils will be improving strength, stamina, flexibility and body control. At the same time, learners will be building confidence and learning that sport is fun!


KS2 pupils are taught in half termly sessions of dance, gymnastics, two different invasion games, striking and fielding games and athletics. Learners will not only improve body tone, stamina, flexibility, skills and co-ordination they will also learn about co-operation, teamwork, tactics and strategy. We also teach learners about the importance of exercise for a healthy body.


In addition to curriculum PE, pupils are given a variety of opportunities to develop their skills in our after-school clubs. Most clubs change from term to term with teachers running termly clubs where they have areas of expertise for example, cricket club and cross-country club. Some clubs for example, football and Spanish dancing run throughout the year and are run by outside companies and are aimed at pupils in both Key stages. Pupils really enjoy being involved in the after-school clubs; it gives them a great opportunity to be coached by skilled instructors to develop their skills. Due to Covid 19 restrictions teacher led clubs will begin from May 21. (Specialist after school clubs will recommence in Autumn 2021)


The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. We are proud to say that we have now achieved Silver (2014 - 2015) and Gold (2015 - 2016, 2016 – 2017, 2017 – 2018 and 2018 - 2019). KS1 achieved Silver 2018-2019 on the Quality start award for PE and Gold 2019-2020! We hope to achieve platinum this current academic year 2020-21. 


We are currently taking part in the Crawley Virtual Games 2020-2021. The children are completing a variety of challenges including invasion games and athletics in their year group bubbles. The scores are then submitted online alongside other schools within Crawley.