John Stainer

Physical Education and Sport

At John Stainer, we believe that providing children with opportunities to be active is essential. A creative PE curriculum and a range of extracurricular activities develops children's physical fitness, but promotes happiness and wellbeing too! A creative PE curriculum and a range of extracurricular activities develops children's physical fitness, but promotes happiness and well being too!

The PE Curriculum

All children receive at least an hour of PE teaching every week, with Year 4 having a block of one hour swimming lessons within a half term.

Please click here to see National Curriculum.

Here is the focus for the PE curriculum in each key stage:

EYFS - coordinating, controlling and exploring movement

  • Negotiating space
  • Fine and gross motor skills

KS1 - agility, balance and coordination

  • Participating in team games: attacking and defending
  • Choreographing and performing dance using simple movements








KS2 - flexibility, strength and control

  • Swim at least 25m and learn a range of strokes
  • Play competitive games, understand attacking and defending
  • Perform dances using a range of movements
  • Developing collaborative and evaluative skills. 

Physical education programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2

PE and Sports Premium

What is the sports premium? 

The PE and Sport Premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. 

How do we spend the sports premium at John Stainer?

At John Stainer, we believe in equal opportunities for all children to access and enjoy sports in a variety of contexts. We spend our sports premium funding on specialist coaching, additional equipment, staff training to upskill teachers and also on opportunities for children to participate in competitions with other schools. For a more detailed look at how we spend our Sports Premium please follow the link below:

link to Sport Premium document

Staff CPD

Beginning in 2017, children from Reception to Year 6 learn a new physical skill or sport every half term.

These half term blocks are provided by a scheme called 'Moving Matters', which promotes creative teaching, development of new skills and ultimately more fun for everyone in PE!

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At John Stainer we pride ourselves on ensuring all of our teachers teach their own classes for PE and promote a positive attitude to an active lifestyle.

In order to provide the highest quality teaching, the PE subject lead, Moving Matters coaches and other PE coaches continue to provide regular CPD to broaden teachers' knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of activity sports.

Our staff had great fun playing some new attacking and defending games in our last PE training session. 

Houses at John Stainer

Each child at John Stainer is allocated a house. Children can win house points for their house through a range of achievements in and around school. Children also compete and represent their house during sports day and inter-house competitions.

Meanings of the houses

  • Pepys - Name after Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist.
  • Lanchester - Named after Lanchester, a scientist, inventor and engineer.
  • Nesbit - Names after Edith Nesbit, a local author who wrote many books for children, including The Railway Children.
  • Blackman - Named after Malorie Blackman, a local author whose books include Pig Heart Boy.                                                       

Sports Day

At the end of the summer term every year the school sports day takes place at Goldsmiths University on College Green.

 Morning - Carousel of activities in house teams

                          Lunch break

Afternoon - Early Years races/ KS1 and KS2 races

                - Parent race

                 - Teacher race


We offer a high-quality Physical Education  curriculum to ensure that all children:

  • Gain knowledge, inspiration and competence to participate and excel in a broad range of sports and other healthy activities.
  • Gain knowledge about physical activity and healthy lifestyles and apply this knowledge to choices about their own health and physical activity.
  • Acquire skills and confidence to engage in competitive sport and resilience to be physically active for sustained periods.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and embed our school values in their approach to PE.


  • CPD opportunities offered to staff throughout the academic year through Moving Matters.
  • All year groups have access to high quality Moving Matters Planning.
  • Different year groups and classes work with external coaches e.g. cricket, tennis etc
  • Children practice and participate in a range of physical activities which allow them to develop their skills in a range of different situations.
  • Children have the opportunities to participate in competitive sports and activities both within school and outside of school.
  • Staff promote a positive attitude towards PE by ensuring PE has a strong profile within the whole school setting.


The impact of our PE curriculum is that our pupils integrate into a healthy and active life style.

By the end of each Key Stage, most children will have achieved their age-related expectations in P.E.

By the end of Year 4, all children are to be able to swim competently, confidently and a distance of at least 25 meters.