Each separate subject here at St Mary's has a Lead teacher. In P.E, the Lead teacher is called Miss Wood. She effectively encompasses the exuberance of youth, a love of sport, and a great understanding of progression in the main areas of PE (Dance, Gym, Athletics, Outdoor Competitive Games, Adventurous Games and Swimming).

Each subject also has a Link Governor, who supports and monitors progress, in conjunction with guidance from the SLT. In the case of P.E, with its separate P.E Grant, the finances and actions are effectively managed by the Resources Committee, on her behalf. They are then analysed and next steps are built in to the new plan the following year.

Each class has its own class page, where homework, projects, home communications etc are publicised and shared on a very regular basis. The Health and Wellbeing Star and Sports Monitors and Captains are sought after awards and positions. These are also shared via class pages, regularly.

Please bear with us as we are developing this new way of sharing with you, over time. Thank you.


Our Curriculum philosophy is below, showing why we do it the way we do it here at St Mary of the Angels.

 Our PE Philosophy is based on our three key principles; Enjoy, Involve and Inspire.


First and foremost, we want pupils to enjoy the physical activity that they take part in at SMA. We aim to foster this enjoyment and interest in physical wellbeing and healthy lifestyles, with a view to establishing long lasting healthier lifestyle choices. Through our staff, sports coaches, event days and other inspirational visitors, we aim to inspire and engage children’s interest in sporting activities, by providing a wide range of opportunities within school, after school and within the wider community. Finally, we promote our Catholic values through P.E. here at SMA and positively encourage children to share, respect, support, problem solve and work collaboratively.


SMA are also proud to be part of the Streetly Partnership, which facilitates the School Games programme. This organisation provides lots of opportunities throughout the year, for many children to take part in competitive sport. This year, the School Games Programme will be split into three categories; Inspire, Engage and Compete. This provides more opportunities for all students to participate, for example those less interested in Physical Activity, those wanting to learn new skills or those who have a passion for a particular sport.


Our Summer Term 2022 Key Knowledge organisers are below. These help you to know what is being taught and when, for your child. Hopefully, they also give you a flavour of the type of vocabulary and the type of learning that will take place in each year for your child.


A flavour of our children's views are below, so that you can see that we listen to children and they empower us to help them become effective leaders. You can also hear that our methods are effective.


Euro Football Day (June 21)

Y3 pupils said that they enjoyed the following aspects of the day:

  • Dressing in a football kit
  • Penalty shoot out
  • Dribbling skills
  • Taking part in fitness drills
  • Being a good sport and being a team
  • Researching and writing a fact file about Netherlands (each class found out about a host city)
Y3 suggested the following ideas for future themed days: 
  • Rugby day
  • Olympic day
  • Hockey Day
  • Gymnastic day
  • Climbing wall / outdoor pursuits day
Suggestions to develop the football event day included the following:
  • Sponsored event
  • Sponsored bounce
  • Donate a sports kit to less fortunate children
We listened! We had a visit from Team GB Paralympian Darren Harris on 15.10.21. This was a sponsored event, which included a fitness circuit. Money raised goes towards Team GB athletes and also towards sports equipment to be used at SMA. Pupil feedback on this can be found below. What a memorable day!


Our P.E. Skill Lists are below. These help to indicate which skills are taught across each area of P.E. and you can see how the skills are progressive from year one to year six. Our long term overview is also below. This helps to map out what is being covered and taught when and where across the school in P.E, currently. It might also help you as parents to plan and link into the work we are covering and when.


Our Action Plan in P.E is below


Our Policy in P.E is below


Some examples of our successes are here for you to appreciate. These link in with parent and governor views also.


Our assessment methods are summarised here for you, with a working example of what actually happens within the classroom, for you to appreciate, also.


Assessment in P.E. at SMA is used to:

  • Determine and monitor pupils' progress and level of achievement in all areas of P.E. 
  • Feedback the information to pupils, empowering them in their own learning and performance
  • Enable the setting of appropriate next steps for pupils
  • Plan future learning to build on prior learning, attainment and skills

Our approach to assessing in P.E. is also used to celebrate pupils' success and achievement. Assessment helps staff when planning, highlights particular areas of strength/difficulty and enables us to plan in/allocate time to address these. For example, staff often use structured physical activity at playtimes to support children in a particular aspect of P.E., e.g. attacking/defending tactics in team games.


Assessment is carried out by teachers in the course of the normal class activity. This is done mainly through observations and sometimes through discussion with children. A photographic/video record is sometimes used to document some of their work. Levels of attainment are recorded on assessment grids for KS1 and KS2 pupils. Physical Education / physical development is included as part of the end of year reports to parents.


Our assessment system incorporates a red, amber and green traffic light system to determine those on track, those working towards age-related expectations and those exceeding these. Each term, staff  assess the children in a different aspect of P.E., ensuring all areas are assessed at some point throughout the year. (games, gymnastics and dance). When assessing, staff consider ability, knowledge, application, understanding and attitudes.