Physical Education

At St Martin’s School, we believe that PE and Sport play an integral part in supporting our children to challenge themselves.

It is the vision of the teaching team that our young children are constantly being driven to achieve their personal best. This valuable life skill has the potential to change young people’s lives for the better.

Over the course of each school year, we offer a number of different sports which have included; football, touch rugby, tennis, basketball, netball, tri-golf, athletics, dance, fencing, swimming, hockey and gymnastics. This is taught by our specialist PE Teacher, Mr Barker, along with specialised coaches from Arena. We often also include sports that pupils have shown a particular interest in, for example previously we had alternative sports which included archery!

PE in KS1

We focus on the children’s fundamental abilities, these cover the most important skills young children need to develop in order to progress onto more difficult skills later in their education; throwing, catching, controlling their own body weight and moving efficiently in a variety of ways including jumping, twisting, rolling etc. Children in Year 2 will also get a block of swimming lessons during the Autumn Term.

PE in KS2

There is a focus on games and strategic skills. Our PE Teacher, along with specialist coaches, aim to develop quality skills in a range of sports. We build on the skills learnt each year as we make links between previous sports taught – the basic principles of attacking and defending remain particularly constant throughout all invasion team sports. Children in Year 6 will also get a block of swimming lessons during the Summer Term.

As pupils move into Upper KS2, they are encouraged to develop leadership skills within sports. They are given training and opportunities to support PE events with KS1 children within the school and across the MAT.


Swimming, particularly in Cornwall, is a fundamental skill for all children. At St Martin’s we offer this to our children when they reach the end of each Key Stage (Year 2 and Year 6). It is expected that all pupils will be able to swim 25 metres unaided by the end of KS2.

PE Kit Expectations

Children are expected to have PE kit for all lessons. Their PE kit should consist of:

  • a royal blue, badged t-shirt (available from or
  • black or navy shorts
  • plimsolls or trainers

We advise that children prepare for outdoor PE as we try to get outside whenever possible, sometimes in cold, damp weather. Pupils are allowed to wear plain black leggings or jogging bottoms and a jumper if the weather is particularly cold.

PE Competition/Fixture Reports & Updates

At St Martin’s we are members of the ARENA sports network and take part in a number of local competitions including the local cross country leagues. We hold a sports day to conclude our year which parents are invited to then join us for a picnic on the field after the event.

We aim to keep you updated with all our sporting news via via our Website & Facebook pages in addition to updates in our weekly school newsletter. Following the announcement by the government in June 2013 that funding would be provided until 2020 to improve the provision of PE and Sport in Primary schools; we are committed to using the funding to develop high quality PE lessons, resources and opportunities for every child, across the curriculum and beyond.

How we are spending the money?

  • Extending School Sports co-ordinator role – extension of the PE Co-ordinator
  • Enhancing after school sports clubs by providing quality coaches to include clubs for all age groups, along with offering clubs to all ages.
  • Offering a wider range of sports
  • PE Specialist teacher support for staff
  • Courses to support professional development including TAs
  • Resources to promote active playtimes and healthier choices
  • Improving and enhancing opportunities for inter and intra school competitions, including providing trips to high level sporting events
  • Provide continued professional development opportunities in school where needed to all staff
  • Continue to improve the skills of children across a range of sports
  • Identify gifted & talented children in sport and extend opportunities for them