Coppull St John's PE Curriculum

Purpose of study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.


The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

In all these aspects of P.E. the children are encouraged to see the value of exercise and physical activity to health and well-being, and to develop skills in all aspects of the subject.

Ensuring physical competence is paramount to a positive attitude and enjoyment of physical activities into adulthood.  Developing self-esteem through physical confidence helps children to cope with both success and failure in competitive and  co-operative physical activities.

The children participate in matches with neighbouring schools and enter locally organised competitions.

The Year 6 children attend an outdoor pursuits week during the Summer term at Hothersall Lodge, near Longridge.  They take part in supervised activities, such as orienteering, canoeing, river studies and abseiling.

In addition to the curriculum and extra-curricular sport detailed in this brochure we have also established links with Blackburn Rovers and  Wigan Athletic who run soccer coaching sessions on our premises.  Other football organisations run clubs at the school out of school hours.

We have extensive playing fields and playground areas for the children to use, to develop their sporting expertise.

We have Judo, tennis and cricket coaching throughout the year for upper Key Stage 2 pupils.


Class 3 have a weekly swimming lesson at Chorley Leisure Centre (Autumn and half of Spring term only).  A coach is provided to transport the children to the pool.  Class teachers work with specialist swimming teachers so that the children are in four reasonably sized groups.

Children will need a costume or trunks (not 'shorts'), a large towel and every child must have a swimming cap.  The Lancashire policy on goggles is that they should not be worn unless there is written request from parents on health grounds.