Physical Education (PE)

At St John’s pupils in EYFS and KS1 are taught fundamental movement skills which explore a number of key areas to develop physical literacy.

These skills are then developed with a sports specific focus in KS2 which culminates in Acorn Education Trust and County wide sports competitions throughout the year. The additional competitions and festivals allow fantastic enrichment opportunities for a large number of pupils.


We provide a carefully sequenced curriculum to enable all pupils to know more, remember more and do more. We have children who leave St John’s being confident swimmers and are physically fit. Physically fit children will attain higher, behave better and live longer.

  • Ensure all pupils receive 2 hours of high quality PE per week
  • All lessons are inclusive to ensure all pupils can access the curriculum. Careful consideration must be made for both SEND pupils and the most able.
  • Personal development
  • Overlap PE with a lot of opportunities in other areas of the curriculum and outside school
  • The curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational and provides for learners’ broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their interests and talents
  • The curriculum supports learners to develop their character –including their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy
  • At each stage of education, PE prepares learners for future success in their next steps
  • PE prepares learners for life in modern Britain by: equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society; developing their understanding of fundamental British values; developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity; celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.

All pupils will:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of activities
  • All pupils to progress when they are ready
  • All pupils should be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • All pupils should engage in physical activities and competitions
  • All pupils should lead healthy active lives


Staff will use Complete PE which provides comprehensive support in the planning, delivery and assessment of PE. Its curriculum mapping feature provides clear opportunities and lesson structures to suit all confidence levels of staff. It also allows assessment of the whole child and is endorsed by the Youth Sport Trust.

This will raise the quality of learning and teaching in PE and school sport by providing support to deliver broad, balanced and inclusive high quality PE lessons and school sport provision (within and beyond the curriculum) to raise pupils’ attainment.

Swimming is taught by professional swimming teachers during the summer term. Children from Reception to Year 6 have swimming lessons.

Dance lessons are taught by a specialist dance teacher, providing children with high-quality dance lessons that gives them the confidence to perform their dancing in front of a large audience at a Dance Festival each year.

The impact we intend to achieve is seen by how the children approach a wide variety of challenges every day. By the end of each school year, we strive to ensure that our learners apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study and achieve their age-related expectations. We will evidence impact through assessment in lessons, observations of the children’s daily interaction with all members of our school and wider community in classrooms, the playground and in the roles the children undertake. We will also use video evidence and surveys where appropriate.

Our focus on the personal development of every child including co-operation, responsibility, compassion, creativity, resilience and empathy enables children to become fantastic role models and the very best version of themselves. Through our broad, balanced and inclusive PE and school sport provision we intend that the impact is for children to be academically, physically and emotionally prepared for the next phase of their education and life beyond primary school. The impact is that children are motivated to utilise the skills and knowledge they have gained to live healthy and happy lives.

Children will have the confidence to seek additional extra-curricular activities both in school and in external community sports club.