Primary PE and Sports Premium

Gold Mark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2021/22 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.

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.

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 2022/2023 is anticipated to be £17,000.

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

A full break down on how we are using our PE and Sport Premium can be found by clicking on the Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sports Premium document below.

NEW Deepcar 2021 2022 - Sports Premium .pdf

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. 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 two 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. We also offer a range of sporting activities at after school clubs, As well as these opportunities, Deepcar St John’s take part in competitions, usually after school, against other schools in the local area. This gives the children the chance to put skills learnt in school 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, we have started working closely with SWFC, and we now purchase Sports Coach services from them.

We are looking forward to many more sporting events this year.

Wednesday 21st September

Wow! what a great morning. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Sports Day. We had a fabulous time.

Our Sports Leaders were amazing today. They not only helped to run the activities but had also came up with the ideas too. All of which were well thought out and planned. It was lovely to see our Sports Leaders from last year, who returned to St John's to help run the event.

One last thank you needs to be given to Mr Priest who returned from his new job to oversee the running of the event and also to his sister Miss Priest, both of whom did a fabulous job.

Children have at least two PE lessons a week at St John's. One of the lessons is Dance. We use the Imoves program, which links the dance to the Theme that the children are learning about in class.

PE LTP - Topic Overview 2022 - 23.pdf

Friday 23rd September

In year 5, their dance lessons have been inspired by their science topic of Earth, Sun and Moon. In today's lesson, they have created a dance routine to represent the movement of the planets.

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 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 and organisation. They have to complete an application form and be interviewed by Miss Priest, our schools current sports coach. The children selected to become a Sports Leader will attend training delivered by Miss Priest, 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.

They help 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 2021, nearly 95% of the children in school are achieving 30 mins of moderate exercise at dinner times.

After School Clubs

The types of sports clubs we have available change on a half-termly basis so that we can offer a range of activities appealing to the different interests and ages of children at our school. We regularly offer Football, Basketball, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Table Tennis, Bench-ball, Gymnastics, Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Dance and Den Building.


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 four 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 run at dinner times giving everyone the chance to participate.

2021/22 - photos - clubs, sporting events and competitions

Wednesday 13th April 2022

This year we have invested some of our Sports premium funding into some new outdoor play equipment.

Today, boys in year 6 are enjoying a game of football.

13th July 2022

Year 3 arrived back at school this afternoon after a fabulous time at Stocksbridge Cricket Club, where they have been learning all the skills needed to be successful in the sport!

4th July 2022

Yesterday, girls from across the school attended a Women’s Euros Inspired Football Festival at Leisure United, Thorncliffe.

All the girls had a fantastic time, especially these year 3 children, who couldn't wait to show us their medals.

14th June 2022

Afterschool tonight, children from year 3 and 4 attended a football tournament at Stocksbridge High School.

We hope they had loads of fun!

24th May 2022

Last night, both of our football teams were in action.

Both teams battled hard in two challenging games, displaying excellent sportsmanship throughout. Deepcar Yellow, drew 0-0, due to some excellent saves made by the opposing team. 3-1 was the final score for our Blue team, with excellent goals from Tom and the other from Max.

A huge well done to both teams!

23rd May 2022

Good luck to our girls football team, who are playing a number of friendlies after-school tonight.

16th May 2022

Today, children from year 3 and 4 represented Deepcar St John's at a cricket competition held at Oughtibridge.

They all played exceptionally well and finished in second place.

12th May 2022

Tonight, a group of children from year 3 and 4 took part in a Tag rugby competition at Forge Valley High School. They played six games, won two, drew three and only lost one. They finished in 2nd place overall and have won a place in the City Finals. Well done team Deepcar!

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Tuesday 26th April 2022

Today, fifteen girls from across the school attended a gymnastic competition held at Concord Sports Centre.

We only found out about the event a few days before and the girls have all worked exceptionally hard to learn their routines.

Overcoming their nerves, the girls all performed exceptionally well in both the floor and vault.

Before we left the results were announced.

Year 5 and 6 advanced team finished in 3rd place over all. Year 5 and 6 foundation team finished joint 4th.

The year 3 and 4 girls sat nervously waiting for their result and then let out a huge cheer as it was announced that they had finished 1st.

Congratulations girls - you were all stars.

Thank you to Mrs Riley for stepping in at the last minute to accompany Mrs Pearce for the morning.

Tuesday 15th March

Today, children in year 3 and 4 took in basketball tournament at All Saints Links City finals.

They won! Finishing in first place, they are now the Links City Champions and will now be representing our school in the South Yorkshire finals.

Well done year 3 and 4. We are so proud of you all!

8th March 2022

Yesterday, children from year 3 and 4 took part in a basketball tournament at Stockbridge High School.

They were excellent role models through out and played their hearts out. One of the teams finished in first place and will now be going on to play in the finals next Tuesday at Totley All Saint’s.

25th January 2022

After school tonight our year 5 and 6 boys played a friendly. The first this year. A huge well done to all the team. They all played exceptionally and came away with a 4 - 3 victory.


Friday 7th January

Children across the school are recognised for taking part in sporting activities each day. At the end of each term, the top two active children in class get the reward of a Fencing lesson with Mark from Links.

They all had a fabulous time. At the end of the session, Mark praised them for their behavior during the session.

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7th December 2021

Tonight, year 3 took part in a Benchball competition at Stockbridge High School. They have all been amazing showing sportsmanship, passion and amazing enthusiasm throughout; a credit to the school.

We entered two teams in the tournament, one team finished in 1st place and the other in 2nd. Fantastic.

One of our Sports Leaders attended the competition, and did a great job of helping to both look after and support both teams.

Tuesday 9th November 2021

Children from year 5 and 6 represent St John's at an athletic tournament at Stocksbridge High School.

Thursday 20th October

Last night our A team played in a cup match held at St John's. They all played brilliantly and battled hard against tough opposition and finished 3rd overall.

Well done.

Tuesday 19th October

Eight children from year 6 represented Deepcar St John's in a rowing tournament held at All Saints School. We entered a boys and a girls team into the competition. The boys did very well, however the girls claimed victory and came first overall, with one of them achieving the fastest time all day. An amazing achievement.

2nd December 2021

After school tonight, our A and B boys football team played in their first tournament at Stocksbridge Junior School.

Not only did each boy put in a sterling individual effort but they also worked brilliantly as a team, supporting and encouraging each other throughout.

We are still waiting for confirmation of the results but we believe that A team finished in 2nd place and B team in 4th place.

Well done boys. We are incredibly proud of each and everyone of you!

Friday 8th October 2021

Today, we have held a fun run at St John's for children in year 3 and 4. The event, which has been organised by LINKS, has involved other schools from across the area. One lap of the field is approximately 1km and children have been aiming to run at least 3 laps!

We had lots of tired children at the end of the day!

Thursday 7th October

Year 5 and 6 football team get together at lunchtime for their first training session.

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Football Tournament held at Deepcar St John's involving Deepcar St John's girls football team. Although they fought hard, sadly they lost all their matches.

Thursday 14th October 2021

The girls team play again, putting an amazing team performance, this time they lose 2 matches and come away with a draw.

2021/22 Girls Football Team

PE curriculum 2021-22

Children have at least two PE lessons a week at St John's. One of the lessons is Dance. We use the Imoves program, which links the dance to the Theme that the children are learning about in class.

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2nd March 2022

Flight is a movement in gymnastics, where the child's body has no point of contact with the ground. Numerous sports use this technique; basketball, football, long jump and volleyball to name just a few.

Today, children in year 5 have been practising the three points of flight - starting position, flight and finishing position.


22nd March 2022

A short video of year 4 in action in PE.

18th January 2022

In PE, we are learning sport related dances from around the world. Today they had great fun learning The Haka, which is a type of ceremonial Māori dance. Haka are usually performed in a group and typically represent a display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe's history.

Tuesday 16th November

Children in upper school are thoroughly enjoying their Boxing PE lessons.

Boxing focuses on agility, speed, quickness, balance, and hand-eye coordination and is a great sport to improve fitness levels and build self confidence.

Monday 25th October

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed using the apparatus in PE this afternoon. Some great balances. Well done

Monday 15th October 2021 - Year 6 Dance lesson

Year 6 are joined by Gaye from Imoves for their Greek inspired dance lesson. Gaye is supporting teachers with their continual personal development.

Friday 1st October - Year 4 Dance lesson

Today, children in year 4 started to learn 'The Flamenco' which is connected to their topic of Europe. During the first few lessons, it is important for children to learn to recognise the beat in the music before starting to add actions. These actions are then built up over the half term to help them complete the dance.

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Bleep Test - 16th September - Year 5

This works by monitoring someone's cardiorespiratory or 'aerobic' fitness as they run between two cones. They must get to the opposite cone before the bleep. The bleeps sound with increasing frequency as the test proceeds, requiring them to run faster to keep up. Then, after a specified time, the number of completed runs is recorded. Children will complete the test on a regular basis to record if their fitness levels have improved.

Weekly Mile 21st September - Year 6

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 straight forward 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.

2021/22 Sports Leaders

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18th July 2022

In Collective Worship today, the hard work and dedication of our Sports Leaders was recognised. They each received a certificate to confirm their completion of the Sports Leader course. Over the last 12 their outstanding efforts have helped increase participation in sport, mainly at lunchtime, across the school.

Well done Sports Leaders!

22nd March 2022

For the last few weeks, our sports leaders have been doing a brilliant job helping out at our after-school clubs. Tonight, at Cheerleading, they have been exceptional.

Working in two groups, they have guided and supported their peers and together created a routine.

Thank you to Mr Priest, our sport's coach, for all the time that he has invested in their development.

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This year's winners

Sports Leaders of the week

Our year 5 and 6 Sports Leaders are doing an amazing job of helping running sports activities at lunchtime and after-school.

To recognise their hard work, we are now presenting a Sports Leader of the week award.

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Monday 22nd November 2021

Last week, with the help of SWFCCP, we promoted Anti-Bullying week by encouraging children to Be Friends Through Sport.

These children were all chosen for showing exceptional nurturing qualities. Their caring and thoughtfulness towards their peers was rewarded in Collective Worship today.

A huge thank you to SWFCCP for the kind donation of all the prizes that we have given out today.

After-school clubs - 2021-22

25th May 2022

A great den built by children at our after-school club!

Thursday 20th January 2022

Badminton is an excellent all-around exercise that involves the whole body. There is ample running, jumping, and swinging, which actively utilizes all the major muscle groups. Furthermore, it also helps to develop hand-eye co-ordination.

It's also great fun too!

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Thursday 4th November 2021

Children are having great fun at our Cheerleading afterschool club! Great to see some new children attending for the first time.

28th September 2021


9th September 2021

Children at our after school club had great fun playing The Sheep game. A fun variation on Dodgeball. They loved it!

Please refer to the document below for information on Sport and PE at St John's during the 2020/21 academic year.

Evidence of Sports and PE during 2020-21.docx