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Ethos and Aims

At St. John’s Primary, we aim to provide every child with the opportunity to ‘fly high like an eagle’ and we realise the vital role that physical education plays in achieving this.

We want our children to make healthy choices, to enjoy physical activity and to appreciate its benefits while embodying our core Christian values.

We recognise the importance of daily physical activity and how fundamental this is for children’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. We aim to teach our children about the impact that exercise has on their bodies which equips them to make more informed choices about continuing participation as they grow older.

Sports activities and gamesHere are just a few of the benefits of more active children:

  • Improved mental wellbeing
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Better concentration and behaviour in class
  • Helps children feel part of a team
  • Enhanced social skills
  • Increased resilience
  • Improved sleep = better learning and concentration

We believe that every child deserves to take enjoyment from physical activity and therefore we aspire to give children a range of opportunities by varying the sports we offer in our curriculum and through after school enrichment.

Winning trophyCurriculum

Our curriculum and teaching is designed to offer variety, enjoyment and challenge for all children.

When children first start with us, we focus on developing the fundamental movements skills such as balance and co-ordination and our experienced EYFS team get children active and enjoying being physical.

In Years 1-6, lessons are taught by class teachers and sports specialists through Bristol Sports. As children grow and develop they are challenged to refine their skills and increase the level of competition against themselves, their peers and other schools. All children of all abilities will be invited to attend competitions as we aim to involve every child in sport.

Teachers use the REAL PE scheme to ensure progression and challenge, while the sports coaches offer expertise and specialist training in their particular field. Take a look at our PE curriculum overview documents to see what the children at St. John’s Primary School will be learning about in PE this year.

PE Curriculum Map – KS2 Year B

PE Curriculum Map – KS2 Year A

PE Curriculum Map – KS1 Year B

PE Curriculum Map – KS1 Year A

Playing tennisEnrichment

At St. John’s, there are a range of opportunities, particularly in activities after school, to participate in your favourite sport or to try out a new one, from tennis to yoga.

Between teachers, Bristol Sport Foundation and specialist coaches we run a wide range of extra-curricular activities during lunchtime and after school. Many are run free of charge with the aim to enhance our school provision and improve the skills and teamwork of our children. There are also a number of other paid specialist activities which are run by outside providers – click here to see the range of after school activities.

Our sports teams regularly take part in competitions with other schools and last year we created spaces for over 350 children to take part in a school-run club and over 200 opportunities to enter competitions to compete against other schools from in and around Bristol. Our school have had many successes over the years including qualifying for many local, regional and even national competitions. While participation and sportsmanship are valued highly, there is nothing more thrilling than coming home with a trophy!

ArcherySports Premium

The Sports Premium Funding is an initiative facilitated by the government to enhance the provision of P.E. and School Sport in primary schools.

The school makes the most of this additional resource by developing a rich, varied and balanced curriculum, with enhanced resources and providing quality staff training to deliver high quality teaching and learning for all children.

It is also used to provide further exciting opportunities for all children to be challenged and allow them to compete both in and out of school.

For more detail on the impact of this funding and plans for the future click here.

Year 5/6 PE Leaders

P.E. Leaders

At St. John’s we recognise the importance of developing not only the children’s physical capabilities but also their leadership skills.

Our P.E. leaders programme provides our children with the opportunity to work alongside coaches, teachers and peers to learn strong leadership skills.

The PE leaders are responsible for:

  • Organising, sorting and ensuring PE equipment is tidy in the PE cupboard.
  • Running/helping run activities at lunch/after school
  • Helping to organise events
  • Collecting/returning class PE equipment
  • Assisting the class teacher in PE
  • Taking part in leadership training to gain qualifications

Working alongside our P.E. leaders are our P.E. School Council. These Year 6 children lead services (assemblies), co-ordinate events, collect important ideas and feedback on activities and events and become the voice of our school.

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