We have 4 curriculum drivers at St Mark's.  These were created and agreed by staff.

We believe that physical education plays a vital contribution to pupils’ physical literacy and wellbeing. We teach an engaging, high-quality P.E. curriculum that inspires all pupils to enable rapid and sustained progression in a stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging environment. This teaches children the required skills, allowing them to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations growing in confidence as they progress. All of this is experienced in a safe and supportive environment.

We aim for all of our pupils to be able to keep themselves safe in water and swim confidently is enabled by our partenrship with Roedean, as we access their swimming pool. This ensures that children from Years 4 to 6 receive regular lessons taught by fully trained teaching staff throughout the year.

Through our regular involvement in The School Games, we offer our children many opportunities to compete at a wide variety of inter-school events such as athletics, gymnastics, football, hockey, cricket, tri-golf and tennis.


We teach a varied and balanced provision carefully structured and sequenced through The I Moves scheme. The I Moves Scheme provides our staff with detailed planning, skill-based guidance, and sport-appropriate knowledge, aiding high quality teaching, with consistency in its progression. Each year, children have the chance to develop their skills in gymnastics, dance, swimming and their core games skills. They are also exposed to age-appropriate vocabulary which relates to their learning in PE as well as in other physical activity and sport.

In Early Years, a strong foundation of fundamental motor skills is developed, through PE lessons and play in our recently enhanced outdoor areas. In Key Stage 1, lessons focus on developing physical literacy and motor competence with core skills such as throwing, catching, movement, striking and agility. Learning opportunities include play-based activities, personal challenge and small group games..

In Key Stage 2, children utilise these core skills and knowledge in a variety of disciplines: athletics, gymnastics, dance and games (invasion, striking and fielding, and net/wall). Learning opportunities include personal challenge, team-based games and peer-evaluation. Previous learning is revisited and built upon so children can re-encounter knowledge and develop it within a context. Understanding of rules, strategies and tactics are given particular focus here, as children learn and develop sport-specific understanding. Through this knowledge and understanding children learn to move intelligently and successfully, appropriate for the context.

You can see our scheme of work below.


Children will leave St Mark's Primary School as skilful and intelligent performers who have acquired and developed knowledge and skills to perform with increasing physical awareness. They will:

  • have the ability to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking.
  • set targets for themselves and compete against others.
  • understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others’ success.
  • take the initiative, lead activities and focus on improving performances.
  • have the competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
  • lead healthy and active lives and make positive life choices.
  • have developed positive attitudes to participation in physical activity and embed values such as fairness and respect.

Training, planning and teaching our PE curriculum ensures:

  • Knowledgeable and skilful teachers able to formatively evaluate pupils’ learning against our Progression Map objectives.

Swimming attainment

We are required to publish the percentage of pupils within our Year 6 cohort (2021-2022) who met the national curriculum requirement to:


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohortswim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres? 43%
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range ofstrokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]? 57%
43% with a float
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?  83%