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A high-quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum is an integral part of the process of education and plays an important role in the total development of each pupil. PE, along with sport and physical activity, can bring about whole school improvement, impacting on attendance, behaviour and pupil attainment.

At Roundhay St John’s, we believe that physical education experienced in a safe and supportive environment is vital in its contribution to a pupil’s health and their physical and emotional development. The physical education curriculum aims to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities. The scheme of work used at RSJ, The PE Hub, is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils. The scheme aims to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, through a balanced range of relevant activities. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives


Teachers and external coaches approach PE lessons with high expectations for learning and participation in each and every lesson.  In years 1-6, PE is taught for an hour twice per week and in Reception for an hour per week, with additional opportunities to develop gross motor skills throughout the day, following the EYFS Framework for physical development.

In EYFS and Key Stage 1, pupils are taught fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They will engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

In Key Stage 2 pupils will implement and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will be provided with opportunities to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils will also attend regular swimming sessions in Year 5.

At Roundhay St John’s we provide learning situations that:

  • enable pupils to acquire and develop skills, performing with increasing physical competence and confidence in a range of physical activities and contexts;
  • provide stimulating and challenging opportunities to help promote physical development such as cardio-vascular health, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance;
  • enable pupils to understand the importance of Physical Education in respect of a healthy lifestyle and make informed decisions about the importance (and value) of exercise in their lives
  • develop positive attitudes towards participation in physical activity;
  • provide a safe environment for physical activity and an understanding of the need for safety;
  • provide pupils with opportunities to become aware and conform to the principles of fair play, demonstrating good sporting behaviour;
  • promote equal opportunities for all and value the contribution of other irrespective of gender, ability, social/cultural background;
  • develop links between Physical Education and other aspects of the curriculum;
  • enable pupils to solve problems, develop their ideas in a creative way and to find alternative solutions to physical challenges on their own and with others;
  • set targets for pupils to compete against themselves and others both individually and as members of a team;
  • encourage perseverance;
  • provide opportunities to take initiative, lead activity and focus on improving aspects of their own performance;
  • enable pupils to discover their own aptitudes and preferences for different activities;
  • provide a firm foundation for life-long participation in sporting activity.


Pupils will leave Roundhay St John’s having developed in the following areas with regards to physical education:

Skill acquisition                                  Skill application                    Movement appreciation

Knowledge                                          Understanding                     Enjoyment

Awareness of safety                          Competition                          Health/fitness principle

Leadership                                          Creativity                               Honesty

Self-control                                         Problem solving                    Responsibility

Tolerance                                            Respect                                  Communication skills         

Self esteem                                         Challenges               

Sense of achievement/well-being            An understanding of rules & how to officiate

Read our PE Policy

Read our Physical Activity Policy

PE Long Term Plan

PE Skills Progression