Physical Education

Physical Education at Stocksbridge Junior School


At Stocksbridge Junior School, every child is physically literate. Our vision for PE 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 and Gold School Games Mark after being recognised for our outstanding Physical Education provision.




At Stocksbridge Junior School, we aim to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for the physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of our children in order to make a positive impact now and for their future. We aim to provide a broad and balanced P.E curriculum focussing on the development of the whole person and in doing so, we hope that all children will go on to make positive physical activity choices throughout their lives.


We want all children to experience a range of different physical activities to enable them to develop:

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


In line with the delivery of ‘British Values’ we aspire to teach children how to collaborate and cooperative with other, as part of a team, understanding equity and fair play to embed life-long values.



Pupils at Stocksbridge Junior School participate in weekly, high-quality PE and sporting activities, which is timetabled with either specialist PE or classroom teachers all underpinned by the notion of ‘physical literacy’. PE is further supplemented in all year groups by regular active ‘brain breaks’ to support learning in addition to Kagan active learning structures evident during all lessons. All pupils from Year 3 to 6 have at least 2 hours’ worth of physical activity each week including active lunchtimes with our Sports Leaders, using our active ‘Cedarwood’ outdoor playground and access to extra-curricular PE provision. Children in year 4 participate in a minimum of 12 weeks of swimming lessons to enable them to swim competently over a distance of at least 25 meters. Pupils continue to develop their Fundamental Movement Skills such as balance, coordination, agility, running, jumping, throwing and catching and then to apply them into competitive or modified game situations during their PE lessons. Performances using movement patterns are evaluated and feedback is provided on their own and others’ work. Pupils communicate and collaborate with each other and develop an understanding of how to develop their physical competence. There are many opportunities throughout the academic year for children to participate in inter and intra school competitions, as well as festivals, where children’s successes in sports are celebrated for example, the annual community fun run and cycling workshops.


At Stocksbridge Junior School, all children are provided with 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 objective/success criteria
  2. Warm up and stretches
  3. Skills progression and deepening learning
  4. Applying skills in a competitive situation/performance
  5. Plenary


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

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 recognise 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. Stocksbridge Junior School have once again achieved School Games Mark Gold!





All children at Stocksbridge Junior School receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum regardless of age groups or ability. Every child access all of the key areas of the subject on offer at our school. 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, well-being and lifelong participation.


Stocksbridge Junior School Curriculum for Physical Education

The National Curriculum for Physical Education


Purpose of study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. 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


Subject content: Key stage 2

Pupils should continue to apply 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 should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best


Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. (Stocksbridge Junior School provides swimming instruction to children in Year 4.)

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

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