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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School




The Power of the Physical Curriculum to achieve our intentions.

Play or exercise? A child’s body doesn’t know the difference but their mind knows that they are having fun.  The first thing anybody notices about you is your physical appearance and this is how we are continually judged in society. Our physical curriculum not only aspires to help children have fun when they are active but also understand that they can show their true selves without worrying about the judgement of others. The physical curriculum can inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It can provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and wellbeing and above all else, makes them happy. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.



St Barnabas and St Paul’s recognises that the physical curriculum develops key skills within school, and life skills which can be utilised during every day experiences. A high-quality physical education programme provides a firm foundation for understanding how exercise, teamwork and healthy competition can be used in everyday life to develop a pupils’ ability to recognise their own successes as well as maintaining a physical and healthy lifestyle.


“Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John. F. Kennedy