Physical Education


Physical Education at Stocksbridge Junior School



Our vision for PE at Stocksbridge Junior School is to give every child the opportunity to engage in high quality Physical Education in order to improve their physical, social and mental health and to inspire children to be physically active long term. We have been awarded Centre of Excellence status by Yorkshire Sport after being recognised for our outstanding Physical Education provision.




We want to provide our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding of Physical Education in order to make a positive impact on their overall health and well-being. We want all children to experience a range of different physical activities to enable them to develop:

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Teamwork / cooperation
  • Confidence
  • Fitness levels
  • Leadership / refereeing skills
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledge of rules and tactics
  • Analysis and evaluation skills

In doing so, we hope that all children will go on to make positive physical activity choices throughout their lives.



At Stocksbridge Junior School, all children receive at least 2 hours of PE per week, which is timetabled with either specialist PE teachers or classroom teachers. These lessons provide high quality and challenging activities in a range of sports including:

  • Basketball
  • Athletics / fitness
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Dance
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Tag rugby
  • Orienteering and Outdoor and Adventurous activities (OAA)
  • Swimming and water safety

Using the National Curriculum as a basis, each activity progresses in complexity and knowledge as children move from Year 3 to Year 6. This ensures that skills are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Lessons are broken down into:

  1. Learning objectives / success criteria
  2. Warm up and stretches
  3. Skill progression and deepening learning
  4. Applying skills in a competitive situation / performance
  5. Plenary

Children have access to competition both in lessons and through a variety of extra-curricular sports.


Healthy Week

We run a Healthy week every year, which gives the opportunity for children to take part in numerous classroom and practical activities including:

  • Rowing challenge
  • Smoothie Bike
  • Sports Day
  • Fencing
  • Dance
  • Poster competition
  • Daily mile
  • Health based classroom tasks
  • Healthy food workshops


Intra-school competitions occur throughout the year in PE lessons, sports days and in healthy week. In PE lessons, all children compete in modified games and activities to improve their knowledge of rules, develop teamwork and to promote competition. We have 4 houses that can be used in intra-school competition and form the basis for our sports day:

  • Hunshelf
  • Ewden
  • Broomhead
  • Wharncliffe


We take part in many inter-school competitions. Many of the following competitions have up to 4 rounds.

Round 1: Cluster competition

Round 2: Partnership competition

Round 3: City Finals

Round 4: South Yorkshire Finals.

Competitions include:

  • Sportshall athletics – Y4 and Y6 competitions
  • Outdoor athletics – Y5 and Y6 competitions
  • Hotshots basketball – Y4 and Y5 competitions
  • Cross County and orienteering – all years – Saturday competitions
  • Inclusive sport Festival – all years
  • Cricket – Y5 competition
  • Sheffield football league – Y5 boys / Y6 boys / Y5 and 6 girls competitions
  • Futsal – Y5 girls competition
  • Gymnastics – all years
  • Handball – Y4 competition
  • Rounders Y5 and  Y6 competitions
  • Rowing – Y6 competition
  • Rugby – Y5/6 competition
  • Swimming Gala – all years
  • Partnership sports day Y3 – whole year group competition
  • Cluster festivals e.g. benchball competition
Extra-Curricular Sport

Children have the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular clubs including:

  • Gymnastics (all years)
  • Lunchtime football coach (all years)
  • Basketball (Y3, 4 and 5)
  • Football (Y3 and 4 football coach / Y5 and 6 training)
  • Active girls Club (all years – targeted)
  • Swimming (all years)
  • Sportshall athletics (Y5 and 6)
  • Outdoor athletics (Y5 and 6)
  • Mini mermaids (all years – targeted)
  • Rounders (Y5 and 6)
  • Cricket (Y5)
  • Cross Country and orienteering (all years – Saturdays)

Sports Leaders Lunchtime Club

Fifteen Y6 sports leaders are selected each year to run lunchtime activities for Y3 and 4 children (rota) and support school events. These children are trained up by the PE department at the beginning of the academic year to develop their leadership skills. Two children who demonstrate outstanding leadership are chosen to take part in the Links Partnerships Leadership day.

Links with local sports clubs

We encourage children to take part in the following clubs through whole school assemblies, competitions, taster sessions and via the PE department:

  • Stocksbridge Rugby Club
  • Stocksbridge Cricket Club
  • Nicola Priestly Academy of Dance
  • Stocksbridge Park Steels and Junior Foxes Football Club
  • Pheonix Gymnastics Club (Stocksbridge)
  • Kickboxing and Karate – Richard Taylor Reactive Fitness
  • Stocksbridge Tennis Club
  • Hallamshire Harriers Running Club
  • Stocksbridge Pentaqua Swimming Club 
  • Judo – Gareth Howell
  • Links Coaches e.g. fencing, rowing
  • Stocksbridge Leisure Centre – a variety of activities and coaches
Physical Education Achievements

PE network: Mrs Foster and Mr Tee lead a PE network which started up in September 2016 with Locality G (17 schools). The network is made up of PE lead teachers from each school and we meet three times a year with a different focus at each meeting. The network’s aim is to improve the quality of teaching and learning in PE across Locality G. This has proven to be very successful and feedback from staff has been extremely positive.

Centre of Excellence: We are one of the few schools in Yorkshire who have been recognised for their outstanding Physical Education provision and have become a Centre of Excellence. We are used in a variety of ways to improve Physical Education in other schools in Yorkshire. 

School Games Mark Gold: The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. Mrs Foster and Mr Tee applied for this award for this academic year and Stocksbridge Junior School have once again achieved School Games Mark Gold! 



Differentiated success criteria are reinforced during different stages of the lesson to allow all children to achieve during their PE lessons. Each lesson is a stepping stone, which leads onto the following lesson. Furthermore, children develop a secure knowledge of their progress and understanding of how to improve through peer and self-assessment. Children gain the ability to work independently, in small groups and in teams and leadership skills are gradually built upon during lessons. Children display positive attitudes towards physical activity due to their enjoyment of PE, which in turn influences their overall health and well-being.


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