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, Mr Priest. 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. 

 PE and 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.

School Games Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. 


The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.


We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including our Sports Leaders. We also need to give thanks to our Sports Coach who made our competitions possible.


To achieve the Gold Award the school has to offer pupils a wide range of sporting opportunities, from two hours of physical education each week to making sure that we fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs. We are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been recognised and rewarded this year. 


We look forward to applying once again in 2019/20!

Our curriculum overview for PE, which outlines the learning for each year group, is at the bottom of this page, along with the PE Policy.  (The PE policy is currently being updated) 

A full breakdown of what each year group is learning in each subject throughout the year, can be found on the Curriculum Overview page of our website. You can visit this page by clicking here


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