Primary PE and Sports Premium

Today, the 20th March, has been a difficult day for all staff. A day like we have never experienced before and hopefully will never experience again. We have had to say a heartbreaking goodbye to the children, not knowing when we will see them again.  Please take care, keep in touch and share your photos so we can see what your children are doing. We are going to miss them all. 

As a school we are well aware of the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and understand the importance of engaging in some form of regular physical activity. As the country learns to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic, business closures, social distancing, and changes in everyday schedules are disrupting just about every aspect of ordinary life — and exercise routines are no exception.

Although it might be tempting to skip your daily exercise during these challenging times, public health officials say that exercise is essential to your physical health and mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We recommend that you continue to be active but follow the and WHO advice to stay 2 metres 6(ft) from other people when you exercising outside your own home. 

To help support parents during this period we have put together a list of useful PE resources that can be assessed on line. You can find them on our website by clicking on the link below.

PE Home learning updates 

25th May 

This fortnight’s task is ‘Keepie-uppies’!! It doesn’t have to be a football using your feet … you can try any object on any part of your body or equipment.



Let us know your highest score, without breaks or dropping. Please send us a photo or video via our Facebook page or email Mrs Pearce at

11th May 

When it comes to sports with a high fun factor, gymnastics is right up there with the best and makes an excellent activity whilst we are not at school. You don’t need a team mate, rules or equipment to practice. You can start on your own with the basics of jumping, rolling and balancing.

Apart from being fun, gymnastics is a form of exercise that really takes it all: agility, flexibility, strength, balance, stamina and precision. And with so many different varieties, there's something for everyone.


Your PE task for the next fortnight is to improve your gymnastics skills. We want to see some of your before and after pictures and videos.

(Direct message Mrs Pearce on our school Facebook page ‘Deepcar St John’s C of E Junior School’ or email them to


Go to and log in with our whole school details: Username: DeepcarDance Password: DeepcarSTJohns 


Scroll down the page (quite a long way) until you get to the Gymnastics and Pilates section: Click on the age range for you and choose 2 or 3 lessons to have a go at. 

Each age range has multiple lessons with different skills e.g. travelling, rolling, balancing and all have resources and a video for you to watch. Choose an area on which to focus or try all of them. We will show your pictures on our Facebook page and on our website. 

 27th March 

This fortnight we are focusing on mindfulness and relaxationDuring the fortnight, try a new activity 2 or 3 times a week. Select an activity which allows you time to focus on your mind and body

Take time to sit, stretch and be mindful of your body and how it is feeling. Let negative thoughts flow out of the body and positive energies enter.


13th March 

Imoves have recently allowed Deepcar St John's unlimited access to its site. This week, we would like the children to look at the last dance unit they were doing in school, review the moves that they have previously learned and have a go at putting a little dance together.

Year 3 - Egyptians
Year 4 - Viking
Year 5 - Romans
Year 6 - Charleston


We really loved to see the videos that you sent us. 

30th March 

Great to see children joining in Joe Wicks at home


26th March 

Children of key workers, who are in school, take part in a Joe Wicks PE lesson online and we encourage children to join in at home. 


23rd March 

Body coach Joe Wicks has announced he will be running daily live P.E lessons on YouTube in a bid to help out parents. He will be posting a workout  each day specifically designed for children. Just because schools are closed doesn't mean that there is no PE.

Primary PE and Sports Premium 

Primary PE and Sport Premium is an initiative that aims to help increase and improve the PE and sporting opportunities for children. It was first provided in the
2013/14 academic year and the current government has pledged to continue this funding until 2020. 

PE and Sport Premium funding is provided jointly by the Department for Education, the Department for Health and Culture and the Department for Media and Sport.  It has been allocated to primary school headteachers and is ring-fenced, meaning that it can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.

The Government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the funding for PE and Sports in school. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • The performance outcomes of all pupils compared with their peers
  • The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular in those areas where specific funding has been provided
  • The reports that schools are required to publish online for Parents

All primary schools receive a lump sum of £16,000 plus £10 per pupil aged 5 or over on roll.  
Deepcar St John's School's allocation of Sports premium for 2019-2020 is anticipated to b
£17,621 Further information about how we are using our PE and Sport Premium can be found in the Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sports Premium document at the bottom of this page. 

Here at Deepcar St John's, we aim to use the funding effectively to ensure that standards of learning and achievement in PE and Sports are raised, with all children, regardless of their background, engaging in physical activity as part of the curriculum and extra-curricular provision. We believe that sport is integral to all children’s growth and feel that it plays a key part in their spiritual, moral and cultural development. 

More information about how Sports premium is calculated can be found by clicking on the following link - Sports premium funding in Primary Schools 

At Deepcar St John’s, we believe it is important for children to take part in a range of both competitive and non-competitive sports. Through competition and

challenge we want pupils to be able to celebrate the occasions when they are successful, whilst realising that team work and fair play has a key role to play in not only the sporting world but also their own lives. For this to be achieved, all children take part in 2 hours a week of PE lessons. As well as this, they are encouraged to take part in active sessions at lunch time through the use of imaginative play, Sports Leader lead games, school Intersport competitions or timetabled football days. After school sports clubs run every day led by our PE coach, where we encourage and support children to become involved.  As well as these opportunities, Deepcar St John’s take part in competitions, usually after school, against other schools in the local area. This allows the children the chance to put skills learnt during lessons or at our after-school clubs into practise and also gives them the opportunity to make links with other schools in the local area.

We have chosen to work alongside the School Sports Partnership called LINKs. This company do what their name suggests and provide links with other local schools for competitions, links with our feeder Secondary School and links with local sporting communities. For more information about LINKS please visit Additionally, this year we have started working closely with SWFC, and we now purchase Sports Coach services from them, currently Mr Priest. We are looking forward to many more sporting events this year. 

Gold Mark 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 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 very pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been recognised and rewarded this year. 


We will be applying once again in 2019/20!

Deepcar St John’s – PE curriculum 2019 / 2020

Across the school, in PE lessons at the start of the year, children are completing the Bleep test. In the test, children run from one line to another before a timed bleep. As the test continues, the time between each bleep gets shorter. Once they can no longer beat the bleep, the test is over and the number of laps is recorded. The Bleep test is a way of gauging children's cardiovascular endurance, an important component of overall physical fitness.The results from this test and others are recorded at the start of each year so that we can monitor physical fitness levels of our children.

PE curriculum Year 3 and 4



Games (Mr Priest - Sports Coach) 

Gymnastics / Dance (class teacher)

Autumn 1



Autumn 2



Spring 1



Spring 2



Summer 1



Summer 2

Cricket and Rounders



PE curriculum Year 5 and 6


Games (Mr Priest - Sports Coach) 

Gymnastics / Dance (class teacher)

Autumn 1



Autumn 2



Spring 1



Spring 2



Summer 1



Summer 2

Cricket and Rounders


Photos from our PE lessons can be found at the bottom of this pagePlease click here to find out more about our PE curriculum.

24th February

In PE, children across the school will be learning Dance. We are starting to follow a new programme from 'Imoves' Sheffield-based Imoves offers award winning teaching resources designed to get children more active, providing a variety of dance-focused lessons with video demonstrations for teachers to use. Today and for the rest of this half term, we are very privileged to have Morgan from Imoves at St John's. She will be supporting staff in implementing the 'Imoves Dance Programme'.


Weekly Mile

Simply put, The weekly Mile is 15 minutes where children ideally jog or run a mile during the school day. It's a simple and straightforward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity. Over the coming months, we hope that most children will be able to run for most, or all of, the mile and that levels of fitness will be improved over the coming months. Here are some photos of year 5 in action.


Sports Leaders

Once children reach year 5 and 6, they have the opportunity to become a Sports Leader. A role which brings great responsibility and enjoyment. It a a role that has developed over the last three years into one which allows children to become role models within the school as well as developing their basic coaching skills in a range of sports. 

Children who want to become a Sports Leader have to show good sporting ability but also skills in leadership, responsibility, time management, team work, organisation and teamwork. They have to complete an application form and be interviewed by our sports coach. The children selected to become a Sports Leader have attended training, to develop their confidence and subject knowledge. The aim is to provide all children at St John's with more opportunities to take part in physical activity and to develop fundamental skills that will help them in P.E and Sport. 

This year we have had a fantastic number of children becoming Sports Leaders. A role that will give them the opportunity to work alongside our lunchtime support staff to deliver sports activity sessions at dinner time. Their role is to initiate games with children at St John's.They help set up the right equipment for each game, keep track of scores, help referee, help to sort out the teams and tidy away when the bell goes for end of lunch. Each Leader is allocated a number of lunch times per week in which they are responsible for organising physical activities of their choice. They have also had the opportunity to support with the running of after school clubs and also at sporting events. 

They help the Lunchtime Supervisors make dinner times fun and enjoyable. When children are actively engaged in activities behaviour improves and the playground is a fun and harmonious place to be.


Since the introduction of Sports Leaders, we have seen an increase in sports participation by almost 30%. By the end of Spring term 2, nearly 95% of the children in school are achieving 30 mins of moderate exercise at dinner times. (Percentages taken from questionnaires handed out in January 2019 to get a measurement of how much of the school participate and then from the star charts and when stickers are collected from the Sports Leaders).

Wednesday 11th March 

Some of our Sports Leaders have been in action today helping during a year 3 PE lesson, where they were teaching them athletics skills. They have been exceptional. Not only have they helped to organise the activities, they have supported and encouraged our year 3 children.

Well done Sports Leaders!




After/Before School Clubs

The types of sports clubs we available change on a half-termly basis so that we offer a range of activities appealing to the different interests and ages of

children at our school.  We regularly offer Football, Basketball, Futsal, Kwik Cricket, Tag Rugby, Table Tennis, Cricket, Benchball, Orienteering, Gymnastics, Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Dance, Street Dance and Den Building. 

So far this year we have offered Football, Badminton, Basketball, Den Building, Fit Club, Dodgeball, Multisports, Hockey and Gymnastics at our After School Clubs.  

Last year, we offered football as a before school activity on a trial basis. Due to its popularity, we have continued to offer this during 2019/2020.  The clubs start at 7.45am and runs for 1 hour on a Wednesday. 

For a full list of our current clubs that we have on offer, please click on the following link; Deepcar St John's Before and After-school Clubs


Developing an intramural program in school is a great way to get children participating in sport. It also creates a sense of belonging to the school environment, and connection with teachers and peers outside the classroom. 

At St John's we run the Diamond league, a Inter sport competition, which runs over the course of the school year, with one event being held each term.  There are two leagues, each consisting of three teams. A Y3/4 league and a Y5/6 league. Every class, in each league, plays each other at the termly events, playing two games over different days.  These events are ran at dinner times giving everyone the chance to participate.

Events 2019/2020 

28th November 2019 - Bib Tag Y5 and Y6 - to be rearranged due to bad weather 

Today, it was the two year 3 classes playing against year 4 in a game of Tag Rugby. All competitors had a fantastic time.


Sports and PE News and Updates 

Friday 20th March

Year 6 brave the cold and venture outside for a game of hockey, where they get to put into practise what they learned during Matt Goddin's coaching sessions.

Wednesday 27th February

Last night, our boys football team left Mr Priest lost for words! They were absolutely outstanding, played their hearts out and didn’t lose a single game throughout the tournament. The progress these boys have showed since the beginning of the year has been phenomenal. They Won 2 one of games and drew 3, finishing 2nd place out of 6 teams which took part. This is an amazing achievement. Well done boys!

Wednesday 27th February  

In today's lesson, children in lower school are learning how to hold, aim and throw a javelin. 


13th February

Skip, hopscotch, side step and lunge walk are all different balance moves that year 3 children have been learning in PE today. The key outcomes from today's lesson was to have a strong upright torso, straight arms with pointed hands and fingers, straight legs with pointed toes, walking on toes and movement from one point to another. Looks like they definitely achieved the objectives. Well done year 3. 


13th February 

For the last few Thursdays we have been very lucky to have Matt Godden, a hockey coach, joining year 6 working with them during their PE lessons. Matt, who works at the Sheffield Hockey club, is trying to get more children interested in taking up the sport. They are running sessions during the half term holiday and the hockey teams train on a Sunday morning. Children from St John's have been invited to attend. If you child is interested in either attending the sessions during the holidays or would like to see about playing for the team, please visit their website below.


Wednesday 22nd January 

Yesterday, our year 5 and 6 football team took part in the EFL Cup at SWFC. They played 4 league games which they drew 3 and lost 1. The points scored across the teams were very close but sadly, we did not get enough points to qualify to go on to the next round We then played two friendlies and won both games! A special mention to our only girl in the team, she got stuck in and was Mr Priest's player of the day for her positive attitude and sportsmanship.

Well done to all of them.

Tuesday 21st January 

A team of year 5 boys and girls travelled to Stocksbridge HIgh School to take part in a basketball tournament against other schools in the area. 

Monday 13th January 

In today's lesson children played a series of games to help improve agility, reactions times and hand eye coordination. 

Monday 6th January 

In our first hockey PE lesson in upper school involved the children learning how to hold a hockey stick correctly, how to dribble and how to conduct a push pass. 

Friday 13th November

On the 26th November a team of children competed in a athletics tournament at Stocksbridge High School, finishing 3rd overall. In Collective Worship this morning they all received a certificate for taking part. 

Thursday 27th November

In PE, both year 3 and 4 are learning how to play rugby this half term. In today's lesson they are having a game of Bib Tag Rugby. This is non contact form of the game and helps to improve handling, running, support and evasion skills. The Tags, which are attached to the bibs via Velcro, are pulled from the bibs to signify a tackle! Brilliant fun and great exercise too!


Tuesday 26th November 

A big well done to our Athletics team, who competed last night at Stocksbridge High School. They did themselves and the school proud and gave 100%, resulting in them finishing in 3rd place.

Well done!   

Deepcar St John's gets a mention in The Star after receiving The School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Thursday 14th November 

On the 26th November, a selection of children from year 5 will be representing St John's at a Athletics tournament being held at Stocksbridge High School. In today's lesson, it was time to practise their relay and hurdling skills.

Thursday 7th November 

Football for upper school this half term in PE. Today, they have played a series of fun games to improve their agility and ball skills. 


Friday 13th September

In upper school we are learning Tennis this half term. In our first lesson, we played a game of hand tennis to help the children understand the scoring structure and rules of the game. We then moved on to learning how to hold the racket correctly, how to serve and then how to hit the ball to each other using a forehand and backhand. 


Monday 4th November 

Participation In Gymnastics can build coordination and balance. Increasing coordination and balance can help enhance body awareness and movement. These year 5 children are practising various balance techniques in their PE lesson yesterday.


Wednesday 23rd October 

Tonight, our girls football team have been in action at Stocksbridge Junior School playing in the girls football league. There were five teams involved in the tournament and the girls faced some tough opposition but they pulled together as a team and finished 2nd overall. This is an amazing achievement. Well done girls. 

Also, our year 3 and 4 boys played in the City Finals this afternoon. They played their hearts out and came away winning 1 match, drawing 1 and losing 1. Well done boys!


Wednesday 16th October 

Tonight, year 3 and 4 boys football team have been in action at All Saints school. They have played fantastic throughout the tournament and won every match except one, which they drew.This amazing result has taken them through to the City Finals. Well done boys.

Thursday 12th September 

Today, it was trials for the year 3 and 4 football team. Great to see so many children wanting to play for the school.

Wednesday 11th September

Football trials took place at lunchtime today for the year 5 and 6 boys football team. Trials for the girls team will be held on Friday. The new girls team will be playing their first match on the 26th October.Great to see so many boys wanting to join the team and from the talent on display today it is going to be hard to pick a team.

Sporting Events 2019/2020
Boys Football league match, Stocksbridge Junior School, won 2, drew 3, 2nd place, 26th February 2020
Year 6, Boys and Girls EFL Football tournament, SWFC, drew 3, lost 1, 22nd January 2020
Year 5, Boys and Girls Hotshot tournament, Stocksbridge High School, 21st January 2020
Year 5/6, Boys and Girls Athletics tournament, Stocksbridge High School, 3rd place, 26nd November 2019
Year 5/6, Girls Football League, Stocksbridge School, won 1, drew 1 and lost 1, 23rd October 2019
Year 3/4, Boys Football Competition, All Saints School, Tournament winners, 16th October 2019
Year 5/6, Boys Football Competition, Stocksbridge School, Finished 4th, 10th October 2019
Year 5/6, Girls EFSA Football Cup, Deepcar St John's, Won 1, drew 1 and lost 1, 26th September 2019

Sporting Competitions 2019/2020

26th February - Football league tournament

22nd January - EFL Cup 

21st January - Hotshots tournament 

23rd October 

Year 3/4 City Finals

Girls Football Team  - League match 

16th October 

Year 3/4 Boys Football Team

10th October 

Year 5/6 boys Football Team 

26th September 

Girls Football - EFSA Cup

After/before School Clubs 2019/20

28th February - Girls Multi sports 

17th January - After School Multi sports

27th November - Before school football

20th November - Badminton 

18th November - Football 

12th September - Den Building 

PE - 2019/2020

20th March - Upper school - Hockey 

Wednesday 26th February - Lower school - athletics

Thursday 30th January - Lower school - Gymnastics 

Thursday 30th January - upper school - Hockey

Monday 13th January - Lower school - Football

6th January - Upper school - Hockey 

9th November 2019 - Football

4th November - Gymnastics

30th September 2019 -  Fitness test

9th September 2019 - Tennis

Mrs Pearce,
18 Apr 2019, 08:59