Physical Education

At John Stainer Primary School, the key purpose of PE is for all children to develop an understanding of the major benefits that leading a physically active lifestyle will have on their lives. Physical education is defined as learning to develop and care for the human body through movements produced by skeletal muscles. Our broad and balanced curriculum will give all children the chance to experiment, practise and compete in an enjoyable, stimulating and appropriately challenging environment. The range of activities, along with high quality teaching, seek to ensure children enjoy success and are motivated to further develop their health and fitness.

All pupils have a 1 hour lesson a week dedicated to PE. In order to keep the children motivated, engaged and challenged they will explore different activities/ sports every half term. This will ensure they are continuously learning new skills and securing others.

Early Years Foundation Stage

This year, pupils in Reception will develop their key skills, including throwing and catching; running and jumping; agility; balance and co-ordination as well as key skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication. This is taught through multi-skills lessons and the introduction of specific sports such as gymnastics and athletics. Nursery will also follow the programme ‘Write Dance’ to develop their physical movement skills.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, there is a focus on further developing their throwing and catching; running and jumping; agility; balance and co-ordination in the form of multi-skills and team games. Sport specific activities include Football, Gym, Cricket, Tennis and Athletics. Pupils become confident working with equipment, in pairs and in small groups, to make up their own games, follow rules and play in a competitive environment.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, pupils are taught some different sports to allow them to progress and experience a wide range throughout their schooling experience. This year they will explore the following sports: Dance, Basketball, Tag Rugby, Netball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Handball, Fitness, Tennis, Rounders, Cricket and Athletics. Year 3 and 4 pupils are taken to the Glassmill leisure centre in Lewisham for swimming lessons for one hour a week for the year. We also have a huge focus on learning the rules in all sports.

Children also have the opportunity to represent the school and participate at festivals. These are competitive and are played against local primary schools (Multi-skills, Athletics, Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Tennis and more).

Dance is an important part of our PE curriculum. Dance and movement aims to contribute to the child’s physical, artistic, linguistic, social and cultural education. As well as learning specific dance skills and styles, it is also taught in conjunction with other subjects. Topics are used as a stimulus to extend learning and knowledge in other academic areas. Children learn how to express and communicate ideas and understanding in the physical form.

We are constantly upgrading our equipment and facilities to further enhance our pupils learning experience. All children must wear a suitable PE kit. Please refer to our PE policy for details.