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Physical Education – PE at St James Junior School


Physical Education is about pupils continuing to apply and develop a broader range of skills, using them in different ways and linking them to make actions and sequences of movement.


It gives children the opportunity to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Pupils will be able to evaluate and recognise their own successes.


Without it they would not have opportunities to play in team games and represent their school in sporting events. PE enables children to increase their knowledge of health and fitness and develop their communication skills, resilience, respect plus many more.


It feeds into our school’s vision by pupils have to be respectful to each other and staff, always try their best in everything that they do.


Physical Education is taught across the whole school from the very youngest children in Year 3 to those in Year 6. 


Our curriculum ensures that our children:

  • Are able to use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Can compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Swimming is taught in Year 4 with children expected to:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • Use a range of strokes effectively.
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


In addition, some of the places that children visit offer over 40 different sporting events ranging from festivals to competitions. The children have taken part in national events such as Show Racism The Red Card as well as working with Derby County Community Trust delivering reading programmes to children across Year 5 and 6.


Please click on the link below to view our curriculum progression grid for Physical Education, detailing how our children progress through knowledge and skills from Year 3 to Year 6.

Useful websites - Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. - Premier League Primary Stars has a wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home - Supermovers programme has plenty of fun curriculum linked resources to get your class moving while they learn, with work in the pipeline to develop videos and resources to use at home.