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Curriculum Intent 

At Ainsdale St John’s Primary, we are dancers, gymnasts, swimmers and athletes. We want our children to love their PE lessons, embrace the opportunities given to them and enjoy the thrill of being involved in sporting activities. 

It is our aim to give the children opportunities to excel in a broad range of competitive sports so they are physically active for sustained periods of time and understand the role that exercise plays in a healthy lifestyle.

Through high quality teaching and by employing specialist coaches where necessary, we aim to give all our children the fundamental skills, knowledge and confidence to participate successfully in lessons. We believe that our whole school family can ‘Grow, Develop and Achieve in ALL that we do’. It is our aim that our PE provision makes a substantial contribution to the wellbeing of our children, enthusing them with a lifelong love and a habit of being physically active.  

PE at Ainsdale St John’s stretches children’s capabilities as they think critically about their performance and the games they compete in.

In situations that can be both competitive and collaborative, children learn to overcome challenges, learn resilience, show respect for others and learn the value of sportsmanship and teamwork. 

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.


Here at St John's we encourage the children to participate in all aspects of PE - games, gymnastics, dance and swimming. We encourage the children to attend sports clubs both in and out of school and teams participate in inter and intra school competitions.


The school received the School Games Bronze award in 2019.

The Sport Premium Report and action plan indicates how the school spent the sport premium in 2018/19 and how school use the funds to enhance the teaching of PE in 2019/20.   

Physical Education (PE) is taught through physical activity in weekly practical lessons both indoors and outdoors. It provides children with the generic skills, knowledge and understanding they need to become physically literate, and at the same time gives most children their first regular experiences of sport. When taught well, Physical Education enthuses and inspires children to participate fully and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise.

PE makes a uniquely substantial contribution to the well-being of young people. At its best, it improves young people’s physical literacy and enthuses them with a lifelong love and habit of being physically active. It stretches their performance capabilities, enhances their physiological efficiency and increases their confidence as they learn to overcome challenges. In situations that can be both competitive and collaborative, students learn resilience, respect for others, and the value of hard work and teamwork.

Our Scheme of Work has been produced in response to the Primary National Curriculum for Physical Education (2014).

Intra School Competition 
Staying Healthy