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 

Years 3 and 4 having an additional 30 minute long swimming lesson each week.

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

Moving matters

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!

To find out more go to the parents page at:                                        

Developing our teachers

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 provides regular teacher training to help keep our teachers informed and our lessons exciting!

The teachers 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

For each house there are two Year 6 sports captain representatives.

Sports captains are responsible for maintaining and tidying sports equipment, assisting during school sports events and leading sports based play in the play ground.  They also count the house points, and you can ask them to help you with anything around the school to do with your house team.


Harry & Zuzanna      Ellis & Sophie           Viggo & Sasha          Haadi & Diya

House: Nesbit             House: Blackman      House: Lanchester     House: Pepys

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Every term children from KS2 get the opportunity to compete in a variety of competitions around Lewisham Borough. Events include: Tag rugby, athletics, football, netball, hockey, basketball, dance and many more.

Active after school clubs

We provide a wide range of after school clubs that promote an active lifestyle these include: movement and mindfulness, capoeira, yoga, ballet and dance club.

 Every child also has an opportunity to attend the after school football club which is leadby Coach Carter and Miss Anna.


Millwall Football Club

We are very excited to be working in partnership with Millwall Football club, through Premier League Primary Stars.

The club will be providing additional coaching and support for children with Maths and Literacy all for FREE!

There will also be the opportunities for children and their families to buy reduced priced tickets and attend community days at the Den.