The Priory CofE Primary School

Physical Education

Through our comprehensive PE curriculum, our children will become individuals who lead active lifestyles and love taking part in physical activity.  

Our curriculum develops pupils’ confidence; providing them with the tools and knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle that positively impacts on physical and mental well-being.



Children of The Priory are taught high-quality PE lessons twice a week, covering two different sports/skills units per term. 

We offer a wide variety of sports/skills to our children; lessons follow the sequenced Merton School Sports Partnership's (MSSP) Get Set PE schemes of work, which covers the National Curriculum objectives. 

The consistency of the planning and resources provided by MSSP ensure lessons across years show progression, allowing children to further develop advanced skills required in all areas of the curriculum. 

Our Physical Education curriculum aims to challenge, inspire problem solving, and encourage self-esteem through a wide diversity of sports and physical activities. Furthermore, our varied curriculum allows children to develop physical literacy in creative activities; encouraging expression, collaboration and individuality. 

Our teachers strive to ensure that sporting talent is identified and nurtured, with opportunities for skills development within the school curriculum and beyond.



Progression of Skills Map



At The Priory, Year 3 and 4 pupils both have the opportunity to attend an intensive swimming course for two weeks across the academic year. These lessons are delivered at Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa. 

KS2 Swimming Data 2022

We are proud to report that in the past academic year, our pupils have successfully achieved all the statutory outcomes for swimming in the past academic year, with almost 90% also going on to achieve further outcomes, outlined below:

Outcome 1 - Swim unaided for 25m using recognised arm & leg movements; competently, confidently, & consistently.   88% of pupils achieved this outcome.

Outcome 2 - Swim for 10m on 3 of the following strokes (with buoyancy aids) (front paddle, back paddle, breast stroke, butterfly leg kick)   75% of pupils achieved this outcome.

Outcome 3 - Jump in from poolside, submerge & rise to the surface (1.5m minimum depth).  Float on front or back without aids for 20 seconds in deep water, then swim back to the wall. Tread water in deep water without using buoyancy aids for 30 seconds. Perform a shout & signal rescue (unaided) for 30 seconds. Exit the water safely without using steps in deep water (1.2m minimum depth). 81% of pupils achieved this outcome.

After their intensive two-week swimming course, any children who did not meet the outcomes confidently, will participate in catch up swimming lessons in the next academic year. 


Facilities at Wimbledon Leisure Centre and Spa | Merton | Better


As well as internal sporting competitions, children in KS2 have the opportunity to compete in the KS2 tournaments, often provided by Merton School Sport Partnership, MSSP.

MSSP local and borough competitions/festivals give every child, no matter their level, an opportunity to compete at a suitable level to develop their involvement in PE and competitive sport. 

Children will develop the resilience to cope with success and failure through individual, team and competitive-based physical challenges, embedding the values of fair play and respect. They will understand the importance of training and practice in enabling them to improve and to achieve their best. 

Our Year 5/6 Football team competing in a recent tournament


Increasing Daily Exercise - Daily Mile and Skip2bfit

At the Priory, developing the health and wellbeing of our pupils is of utmost importance. 

With the increasing obesity of children and decreasing levels of physical activity among children, we aim to encourage an extra 30 minutes of physical activity per day, outside of the PE curriculum. 

We have embedded initiatives such as Walk to School Week, Skip2bfit and have also recently introduced a new daily mile track in our playground, which classes are encouraged to use at least once a week. 

Our Skip2bfit initiative allows children to improve their personal best in their fitness and to see their progress over a matter of time, which will improve their self-esteem and confidence.


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