The National Curriculum for P.E. states:

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to apply them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an

understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils should be taught to: 
  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey and netball, rounders and tennis and apply basic principles for attacking and defending. 
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance for example, through athletics and gymnastics
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best."

Physical education - Key stages 1 and 2 - Swimming and water safety: All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

We are continually reviewing PE at St John's to ensure that our pupils get a rich curriculum of different sports and activities and that they are enriched and supported through a range of After School Club and opportunities for children to compete in a range of sporting competitions, tournaments and events. 

All children receive at least 2 hours of PE per week, which is timetabled with either their class teacher or our Sports Coach. During  PE lessons at St John's we aim to expose children to a wide range of different sports and physical activities, including: 

  • Basketball
  • Athletics both indoor and outdoor.     
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Dance
  • Hockey
  • Kwik-Cricket
  • Tag rugby
  • Swimming and water safety 
We aim to make sure all our lessons are as much fun as possible so that children enjoy and look forward to PE, both at primary and when they start at secondary school. 

The aim of our PE curriculum is that all children will develop the traits necessary to become ‘Physically Active Pupils’.  These are outlined below:

The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop and in-depth understanding of PE. 

The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance. 

High levels of physical fitness.

A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.

The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and wellbeing. 

The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others. 

Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others' performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support. 

A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and he ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport. 

The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of year 6 and knowledge of how to stay safe in and around water. 

Essential Learning Objectives

To develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Sport Premium is funding for primary schools aimed at sustainably improving the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools  as well as encouraging the development of healthy and active lifestyles in all children.  For more information on PE and Sports at St John's, please see our PE and Sportings Funding page. You can access this by clicking PE and Sports 

The new National PE Curriculum (in England) came into force in September 2014.  To view a full copy of the current Primary School National Curriculum PE programmes of study, please click here.


Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2020.

Deepcar St John's C.E Junior School has been recognised for "upskilling staff" where they won this category at the prestigious Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2020. The standards of PE lessons are extremely high and both schools provide plenty of opportunities for children to be physically active and lead healthy lifestyles. Royd are delighted to have received yet another award that adds to the ever growing list. Despite partial closures to schools this is the third award the school have received this academic year alone with Royd already receiving the Eco Schools top award the "Green Award" and the "Inspirational Education Provision - primary and younger" at the National Autistic Society awards held in Birmingham. To find read about the "upskilling staff" award in The Star please visit:

2020/21 Academic Year. 

 PE curriculum Year 3 and 4


Autumn 1


Cricket and Rounders 

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


This term, he will be teaching the children in year 3 and 4 rounders and cricket. In this lesson they will learn how to 

play the different roles of bowler, backstop, fielder and batter. They will also acquire and develop a broader range of skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination and develop overall fitness and strength.

In all games activities, children have to think about how they use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition. In striking and fielding games, like cricket and rounders, players achieve this by striking a ball and trying to deceive or avoid fielders, so that they can run around bases to score runs. When fielding, they try to prevent runs or points being scored.


PE curriculum Year 5 and 6


Autumn 1



Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

This term, he will be teaching the children hockey in upper school, which

 involves running, sprinting, changing direction and large amounts of strength, power and flexibility. Additionally, the movements involved in hockey develop gross motor skills, such as the ability to sprint down the pitch, as well as the fine motor skills that come from intricate stick work. Another important element playing a team game, like hockey is the social impact  Through playing as a team, children learn how to communicate with their teammates; they figure out trust and cooperation and they learn responsibility, as they take roles within the team.


This term, the whole school will be learning dance, which will be linked to their thematic topic for this term. 

Year 3/4 Stonehenge - Stone Age 

Year 5 - Romans 

Year 6 - Ancient Greece

The physical health benefits of Dance for Young Children are - 

  • Improved condition of heart and lungs.
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and aerobic fitness.
  • Better coordination.
  • Better agility.
  • Better flexibility.
  • Healthy blood pressure.
  • Improved overall balance.
  • Improved spatial awareness.


During week commencing 28th September, and for the next few weeks, Morgan from Imoves will be coming to St John's to help deliver dance lessons using the Imoves programme.

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