Middleton St Mary's CE (VC) Primary School

Physical Education


Believe, Belong, Achieve...At Middleton St Mary’s we believe in every child. We want every child to feel valued in everything they do and develop physical literacy.

"Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."

We want our children to develop a sense of belonging to a part of something larger than themselves and want all children to achieve success through progression in their physical literacy; to build resilience and to be aspirational and ambitious. Physical Education can be a vehicle for this.

We want all of our children to leave school with an understanding of the importance of Physical Education and Physical Activity on their physical and mental health as well as their wellbeing and increase the chance of lifelong positive health and fitness choices. We want our children to:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives
  • develop the ability to work independently and co-operatively
  • gain an understanding of safe practice and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others’ safety and well-being
  • be confident in the water by the time they leave our school; swimming competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.

Many children at Middleton St Mary’s have not had access to extra-curricular sport or physical activities outside of school, especially throughout Lockdown. Through a carefully sequenced and progressive curriculum, we want children to gain the necessary physical skills and knowledge to be successful. We aim to increase cultural capital through a variety of extra-curricular sporting and physical opportunities. Our intention is to provide above and beyond to the children of Middleton St Mary’s to help fill the gaps in physical experiences and development that will be inevitable over the course of the pandemic.

As an inclusive school, we ensure all children are included regardless of any SEND. We will use a host of adaptive strategies to ensure this for each individual based on their needs or barriers to participation and success in Physical Education.


Government Statement

‘The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave us a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire the nation to enjoy sport. The Government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the Games. Developing an enjoyment of sport and physical activity, and promoting a healthy lifestyle in children from an early age, are vital aspects of that’.

To support this, since March 2013, the Prime Minister announced a cross-Government programme providing significant additional funding for primary schools. Every state-funded school in the country with primary-aged pupils receives additional funding from an overall allocation per year, ring-fenced for sport and physical education (PE).

You can access our PE and Sport Premium strategy here.



Moor Flatts Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 3SW

0113 2717206