At St John Fisher School, we believe that PE is an important part of school life and ultimately has an impact on the children’s future well-being. We aim to provide a PE curriculum that all pupils enjoy and allows them to experience a range of activities which enables them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing.
We intend to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that motivates children to participate and succeed in competitive sports. It allows pupils to become more confident in their physical capabilities. Through sport children build character and learn about fairness and respect.
We aim to develop children by following the National Curriculum guidelines to ensure that:
At St John Fisher School, the PE curriculum is varied and long-term plans ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils from Y1 to Y6 have two scheduled sessions each week and Reception have one. Our PE curriculum is sequenced precisely to ensure progression of knowledge and skills which enables children to build upon prior experiences and apply these fluently, with confidence. Children also have the opportunity to further these skills at after school sports clubs.
We work closely with the St Albans Sports Partnership and involve ourselves in inter and intra sports competitions. The enjoyment of competitive sports is important for our children but we also appreciate and encourage the importance of children taking part and we promote positive experiences of being physically active and not always participating to win.
Children learn a range of skills in PE through sequences of lessons on invasion (football, netball, basketball, hockey and dodgeball), striking and fielding (rounders and cricket) and net and wall games (tennis and badminton). We promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance as well as provide opportunities for athletics using both indoor and outdoor environments plus outdoor and adventurous activities. In KS2, children go on a residential visit to experience further outdoor activities. Children have swimming lessons at a local swimming pool.
Physical activity is encouraged during playtimes. In our EYFS area, the children have their own playground which includes equipment to encourage children to meet their physical Early Learning Goals.
At St John Fisher School, we recognise the importance of being physically active throughout the school day in order to increase fitness levels and well- being. In order to reduce sedentary learning, the children use Active Learning in their maths lessons which combines physical activity alongside the maths learning which is taking place.
PE lessons are taught by the class teacher or by Miss Hobbs, our PE subject lead, with some visiting specialists where possible.
The school takes part in the School Games programme locally, as well as a number National incentives such as the Daily Run and WOW tracker.
Do check out our termly newsletter written by the sports ambassadors for details.
Sport Premium Funding
We are very fortunate enough to receive a fantastic sum of £17,640 annually for our sports premium grant. This money has to be spent with the aim of improving 1 of 5 key areas in sport (as listed on the budget template).
Please find the sports premium funding report for each year on the below link:
In 2018/2019 we archived a GOLD School Games Mark. During the pandemic we have continued to encourage the engagement of children taking part in the PE curriculum virtually and within class bubbles.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our annual applications, we are asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school is rewarded.
Latest Activities and Games
To find out the latest sporting activities and events and celebrations of sport at St John Fisher follow our Twitter feed @StJohnFisherRC
We compete in many local tournaments and hold a range of sporting events in school. We take part in the Daily Run, keeping our children fit and active as much as possible.
We are looking forward to a year of sporting achievements so do check back to see how we are getting on!