Physical Education


At St. Anne’s and St. Joseph’s, we believe that children should be given ample opportunity to be physically active and live a healthy lifestyle. We offer a range of sporting activities both in and out of school times. 


We follow the Lancashire PE Passport to deliver our broad and engaging PE curriculum. Our PE lessons take place outdoors most of the time but we also have access to our indoor hall for dance and gymnastics or if the weather becomes unsafe for outdoor PE. 

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Swimming - Pools to Schools

The National Curriculum states that children should be able to swim 25m before they leave primary school. We are on a mission to make that happen, alongside all children having the ability to perform safe self rescue and we understand that some children have missed swimming opportunities at school due to past covid restrictions. We also recognise that time is wasted with our children travelling to and from the sports centre to swim. This is why we have invested in Pools to Schools with a heated pool coming to our school for 3 weeks, equipped with a qualified swimming teacher and life guard (and arm bands and pool noodles etc). All children in every class (from Acorns Reception to Oak Y6) will be timetabled across the 3 weeks to experience the pool and take part in swimming lessons, as part of our school PE curriculum. There will be a focus on ensuring that all children can perform safe self rescue and that Y6 pupils can swim 25m. 

Pools to Schools swimming at school will take place this year from Monday 19th February - Friday 8th March 2024.

All children will need a swimming costume, towel, swimming hat and suitable pool footwear such as flip flops or crocs.

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To implement our intent surrounding ample opportunities to engage in physical activity, we engage in as many intra competition events as possible within our community through our Hyndburn Sports Partnership. 

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Extra Curricular After School Clubs

We also provide a variety of after school clubs at school. Our aim is to allow children to experience sports and games that are not typically part of our PE curriculum such as tchoukball, goalball, kurling, boccia, learn to ride and scooter club, alongside many others such as yoga, dodgeball, tennis and football.

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Sports Day

We hold an annual Sports Day event to celebrate our PE curriculum and allow for a whole school competitive event and parents can join in too!

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We measure the impact of our PE curriculum through observations to complete formative and summative assessments. 

Formative assessments are completed each lesson through the PE Passport App. Teachers record assessment evidence through photographs of children showing the intended learning outcomes/skills. Children are identified as 'working towards', 'achieving expectations' or 'exceeding' for each learning outcome. This allows class teachers to clearly see next steps. 

Summative assessments are carried out at the end of each unit for up to two PE units each half term. This provides an overall assessment for each unit, taking into account the weekly formative assessment and teacher assessment.


Standards in the delivery of our PE curriculum are monitored regularly through lesson visits and analysis of assessments. We respond to pupil voice to ensure our PE curriculum is having a positive impact.

School Games

We have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark. This is wonderful news as it shows how hard both the children and the staff have been working towards making Physical Education a big part of our curriculum.


The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.


St Anne's and St Joseph's
RC Primary School

Sandy Lane, Accrington
Lancashire BB5 2AN

For more information, please direct all enquiries to:

Joanne Grimshaw | School Administration Officer

01254 233019