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PE – Our intent, aims and concepts


A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in fun competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide exciting 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.

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We want to enable our children to:   

• Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

• Sustain physical activities for periods of time

• Engage in competitive sports and activities

• Lead healthy, active lives.

PE at Totnes St. John's

At TSJ, our aim is to provide a sports programme based on enjoyment, learning and performance. We encourage children to engage in a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of physical activity.  Through Physical Education the children are given many opportunities to practice and display our school gateways such as citizenship, leadership, expression, exploration and flourishing. 


Our after school clubs and residential visits also allow opportunities to learn new sports and explore new ways of living healthy lives.

Our PE Curriculum aims to provide high quality PE for all children in line with National Curriculum guidelines. In Key Stage 1 pupils learn about Competitive games, Dance/Gymnastics, and Athletics. In Key Stage 2 pupils learn through Competitive games, Dance/Gymnastics, Athletics, Outdoor adventure activities and swimming.

Learning to Swim

Our children have regular swimming lessons in Years 3 to 6. We aim to develop the skills, understanding and knowledge necessary for pupils to become confident swimmers and safe around water. Swimming is great for fitness and an extremely sociable and fun leisure activity. We take this part of the curriculum given our proximity to the coast.

Physical Education – Examples of PE Learning Experiences at Totnes St.John's

Physical Education – Examples of PE Learning Experiences at Totnes St.John's

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