Physical Education


At St Bede's, we want all of our children to understand the importance of, and have an enjoyment in physical activity, as well as an appreciation of a healthy lifestyle which stays with them as they move forward in their lives.  We recognise that PE can teach through the physical, and it offers a large contribution to children’s physical and mental well-being.  Through our curriculum provision, we ensure children are exposed to a wide range of sporting activities, including; net and wall games, invasion games, striking/fielding activities, dance types, gymnastics and outdoor related activities.  When the opportunity arises, we also take part in different sporting events.  We promote a healthy and active lifestyle within the community, encouraging parental (younger children) and children's participation in clubs and competitions.  We also encourage the link between physical activity and personal well being, both in curriculum lessons and back in the classroom making links with PSHE and Relax Kids sessions. Physical Education at St Bede’s, enables the wider development of the child, encouraging them to be creative, curious, resilient and build relationships. 


At St Bede's, all children have two PE lessons (one hour each) a week.  Teachers follow the PE scheme, 'Cambridgeshire P.E', which promotes the teaching and learning of skills within a range of activities.  Units for every class are identified on a curriculum map, ensuring the children cover a range of different activities and skills across the key stages.  The PE scheme supports teacher's subject knowledge with structured lesson plans. Throughout our PE delivery, children develop their motor skills, their thinking and problem solving skills, and their development and understanding of self. Years two and six children (yr 6, Summer term), attend a weekly swimming lesson for an academic year, in a local swimming pool.  Lessons are taught by a professional swimming coach and the children are assessed at least termly.

The delivery of PE, is supported by an external sports coach, who works with teachers and children on a rotational basis.  We work alongside Carlisle United Community Coaches, to lead high quality PE lessons to children, whilst teachers are encouraged to benefit from them as CPD.

Opportunities for competitive sport, are organised through Lucy Lamb, the School Games Organiser for Carlisle.  These enable a wide range of children to have the opportunity to take part.  This should embed an enjoyment in competitive sport and give children the opportunity to demonstrate sporting skills outside of the school grounds.  We also provide a sport focused after school club, and signpost children with particular talents to outside clubs.  Most recently, making links with Carlisle Cricket Club.

To develop leadership and communication skills, children in years 5&6, can apply to become a Young Sports Leader, which is a responsible role in encouraging younger children to learn how to play collaborative games, respecting rules and to be as active as possible during playtimes.  Children selected are positive role-models for younger members of the school, organising playtime and lunchtime games.

We are looking at ways and opportunities for children to be physically active in the school day, outside of their PE lessons. Playground equipment encourages children to be active whilst they are outside. Online links are provided to support being physically active in the classroom, some of which are linked to curriculum subjects.  We encourage, ‘Walk for Ten’, during the school day, so that we can encourage the idea of, ‘Learning to Move’ and its relationship to, ‘Moving to Learn’.


 Through our approach to P.E, teachers are confident in the delivery of effective PE lessons, teaching the progression of skills within a unit and monitoring progress.  A picture of the children's physical ability and progress will be built upon during each unit of work.

Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children, not only through the sporting skills, but through underpinning values and disciplines which PE promotes.  Within lessons, children are taught about self discipline and that to be successful, you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness.  Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills, in an independent and effective way, in order to live happy and healthy lives.

Through our PE and sports provision, we aim for our children, to want to be active citizens and to participate in sport outside school, and to carry this into secondary school and beyond.


PE Policy, January 2024


Events participated in so far this year, 2023-2024

Cross Country City Championships, The Sheepmount, Mixed event, KS2.

Boys 7 a-side Football competition, Yr 5&6.

Girls 7 a-side Football competition, Yr 5&6.

Mixed 7 a-side Football competition, Yr 3&4.

Indoor Cricket competition, Yr 5&6.

Indoor Athletics competition, Yr 5&6.

Panathlon Ten Pin Bowling event, Yr 3&4.

Panathlon Ten Pin Bowling event, Yr 5&6

Extra Curricular Club opportunities so far this year, 2023-2024

Chance to Shine Cricket, ran by Fraser Conn, Mixed KS2.

CUFC Football coaching, Boys Yr 5&6.

CUFC Football coaching, Girls Yr 5&6.

CUFC Football coaching, Boys Yr 3&4.

CUFC Football coaching, Girls Yr 3&4.

CUFC Gymnastics Club,  Mixed Yr 1&2.

CUFC Gymnastics Club,  Mixed Yr 3&4.

CUFC Gymnastics Club,  Mixed Yr 5&6.

CUFC Dance Club, Mixed Yr 3&4.

CUFC Dance Club, Mixed Yr 5&6.

Dodgeball Club, Mixed Yr 5&6.

Dodgeball Club, Mixed Yr 3&4.

PE in Photos

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Sports Day, June 2023

Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, with the support of CUFC, had successful sports days. Classes worked in their house groups to compete in a selection of athletic activities, in the hope of winning the Sports Day Cup! Children took part in running and throwing activities in their house groups and friends and family were invited to join the fun.  

Ash Randall, Freestyle Footballer.

Ash visited school in March and the children loved the assembly and workshops. Ash shared his experience of the need for commitment and perseverance when it comes to reaching your goal! He is a 22 time World Record Breaker, the children were given the opportunity to bring (or buy through school) their World Records book, for Ash to sign. A very entertaining and inspiring day for pupils and staff.

Recommended Websites to help us get active in the classroom

BBC Super Sport Movers

Go Noodle

Cosmic Kids (Yoga)

Classroom PE Games

These websites have 10 minute energiser activities, which can pick children up when energy levels are dipping.  They also encourage children to be physically active, outside of a PE lesson.

CUFC Community Coach-September 2021-July 2022

Carlisle United Community Sports Trust mission is: To inspire all participants to achieve their goals by delivering a quality innovative programme through the power of football and sport.

 Our Aims

To promote Carlisle United Football Club throughout all its work and to encourage increased interest and support for the Club.

  • To promote the work of the Carlisle United FC Community Sports Trust throughout the region and to establish activity programmes for the benefit of the local community.
  • To promote and develop programmes aimed at healthier lifestyles for the local community.
  • To provide and develop educational and learning opportunities for local people.
  • To work in partnership with local groups, associations and organisations to help develop programmes of work and activities throughout the local area for the benefit of all.
  • To promote equal opportunities for all and equality of access to all activities.

 Carlisle United FC Community Sports Trust works very closely with local schools to offer a range of opportunities for young people to improve their health, social skills and physical literacy.

Our coaches and staff are highly motivated, with experience delivering a range of physical education sessions, sports and activities. Our coaches hold the appropriate qualifications, which allow them to lead a group of young people in any activity the school wishes delivered.

 The following package will offer a comprehensive PE and School Sports Programme which will demonstrate the impact on PE teaching and learning as well as meeting the OFSTED Sports Premium expenditure criteria.

CUFC Community Coach-Yearly Overview

Children’s Yoga-Therapeutic Treehouse-Workshop sessions, Year 5&6, Autumn 1st Half Term, 2020.

Benefits of yoga and Mindfulness for children and young people.

We have invested in a class set of Yoga mats so that all children and staff can take part in Yoga sessions, with the class teacher leading or a recommended online yoga session being used.  Therapeutic Treehouse teachers are invited into school to work with different age groups, at various times during the year.

As we see and hear how today’s children are living with anxiety, worry, stress, exam pressures, society and peer pressure and expectations, there is a growing body of evidence that Yoga and mindfulness can help children develop resilience to manage these pressures, and so we are turning to Yoga and Mindfulness and implementing these into our school day PE sessions, to help children to manage their lives better.

There are many benefits to Yoga, below are some of them.

  • Physical: Yoga includes physical postures which help:
  • Build and develop the Vestibular (movement and balance) and Proprioceptive (body awareness) systems
  • Encourages midline crossing
  • Builds a strong and flexible body
  • Increases balance, body awareness and coordination
  • Develops cores strength, essential for good posture and correct physical alignment
  • Relaxes the body, helping to promote better sleep
  • Improved posture: sitting at a desk for long periods can lead to pain and reduced breathing capacity.
  • Yoga increases awareness of the body and teaches the muscles to align correctly.
  • Yoga poses aimed at balance, stamina and flexibility can help strengthen muscles and connective tissues, to enable good posture. Good posture then increases cognitive performance


  • Promotes thinking and memory
  • Increases concentration, focus and attention span
  • Increases imagination and creativity


Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behaviour, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.

Photos to follow...

Wheelchair Basketball, visit from Nat Pattinson, to work with Key Stage Two-October 2020

PE and Sports Premium

Our objectives for spending the PE and Sports Premium funding are:

  • To increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of staff in the teaching of PE.
  • To implement high quality PE sessions, delivered by outside agencies, for both pupil's development and staff CPD.
  •  To encourage participation in a wider range of sports activities, and to increase engagement.
  • To engage all children in regular physical activity.
  • To instill in children, a love of sport and an understanding of the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • To keep up-to-date with new initiatives and introduce recommendations when beneficial to staff and pupils.
  • To invest in equipment for updating, and introducing new sports and activities. 

PE Funding Impact 2021-2022

Sports Premium, current spreadsheet showing spending, as of 18th July, 2022

PE Funding Impact 2019-2020 

Home Learning

Monday 18th May 2020 - Joy of Moving Home School Activity Booklet.

Academic Year 2019-2020

This year, we have invited our community coaches from Carlisle United football club, to work in school every Friday.  They will deliver high quality curriculum PE, alongside our teachers to each key stage.   The sessions are skill based, allowing the children to apply them to appropriate sports. A breakfast club, lunchtime club and an extra curricular club will also run during the day.  These will alternate between the key stages. A curriculum map below shows an outline of delivery. A medium term plan for each half term is also available for information.

Look at some of the great work and fun we have been having with the Carlisle United Sports coaches.

 KS1 Throwing & Catching.docxDownload
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All the classes enjoy the Judo taster sessions held at school.

As a result, many of the children have now signed up for the Judo club running at the church Parish Hall.

Here are some pictures of the different year groups taking part. Just look at the smiles!

Here are some of our sporting teams.

They all worked hard to compete in their events and always showed great sportsmanship.

 Year 6, Year 5 and Reception have been developing their Yoga skills with support from Therapeutic Treehouse.

As you can see the children have been working really hard and have made great progress over the past few weeks.