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Physical Education

At Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School, we believe that all children can find enjoyment and satisfaction from partaking in physical activity.  

Our aim in teaching Physical Education at school is to:

  • develop physical skills, habits and interests that will promote healthy lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour, and the ability to cope with success and failure
  • learn how physical exercise affects the body
  • understand the need for safe practice in physical activities and know how to achieve this

Pupils undertake a range of physical activities throughout the year. In addition to at least two sessions of PE, pupils have opportunities to take part in after school activities to develop their skills, maintain their fitness and to enjoy sport in a social context. 

In Upper Foundation Stage, pupils spend time learning basic skills involved with travelling and using equipment, and improving hand-eye co-ordination. 

Within Key Stages 1 & 2, pupils move around a series of activities, changing each half term. These include games (netball, basketball, hockey, tag rugby and football), gymnastics activities, dance, racquet games (tennis and badminton ), athletics and bat and ball games (cricket and rounders).

PE Kits

PE kits are encouraged to remain in school Monday to Friday each week.   Pupils are required to wear the school PE kit.  Kits can be stored in pupil cloakrooms and children are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for it.


Children from Year 2 upwards take part in swimming sessions.  On swimming days, pupils need to come to school equipped with a swimming costume, swimming hat and a towel.  Swimming takes place throughout the school year.  Each class having 10 – 12 sessions in their given term. 


PE is an integral part of the National Curriculum and all pupils must participate unless there is a medical reason why they should not.  In the case of a medical reason, we need a medical certificate for permanent exclusion from P.E and a written note for a temporary reason for non-participation. Wherever possible, children who cannot take part should still be involved in the lesson.  This may be via simple observations or preferably by more active means eg by keeping score, operating the cd, answering questions etc.  If a child consistently forgets their PE kits, parents will be informed via a standard PE kit letter.

Inter-school competition

We take part in a wide range of inter-school sports. This includes a variety of partnership and St James' Catholic Secondary School events and festivals for pupils in Years 1- 6, we have sent teams of pupils to represent the school at boys and girls football, netball, cross-country, cricket and athletics.  

Sports Day

Our annual sports day is one of the highlights of the school calendar.  Well attended by parents, pupils compete in their colours over a series of events.  



We offer a number of after school clubs, many of which have a sporting emphasis. 

Residential Visit – Year 6 are given the opportunity to participate in a five day (four night) residential visit to PGL.  During the visit they are given the chance to sample a number of outdoor activities including canoeing and climbing.

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