St John's Primary School

St John's Primary School

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P.e at St John’s


  1. Self – We want our pupils to be equipped with the skills and confidence, to perform a range of physical activity, understanding the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Others – We want our pupils to learn about and appreciate sports within our community as well as in other cultures and historical periods.
  3. Wider world – We want our children to make independent informed choices about physical activity, and promote healthier choices for their future lives.



We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in PE lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding and we do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other pupils and we encourage the pupils to evaluate their own work as well as the work of their peers. Within lessons we give the pupils the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.

In all classes, there are pupils of differing physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:
• setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results, e.g.
timed events, such as an 80m sprint;
• setting tasks of increasing difficulty, where not all pupils complete all tasks,
and wall drills;
• grouping pupils by ability and setting different tasks for each group, e.g. different
• providing a range of challenge through the provision of different resources, e.g.
different gymnastics equipment.


PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. St John’s uses the Real PE and Val Sabin schemes of work as the basis for its curriculum planning. Real PE provides fun and simple to follow Schemes of Work and support for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 that helps deliver outstanding PE. It is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE.


Reception pupils learn the fundamental movement skills through playful, practical and focused tasks. Their curriculum is guided by the “Physical Development” statement found in the Development Matters document for September 2021 that school has chosen to adopt early in September 2020. Reception children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals in summer with Physical Education assessed under the new Early Learning Goal titled “Gross Motor Skills.”

More information about P.E at St John’s can be found here: 

 Physical Education Policy.pdfDownload
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