Milton St John's Church of England Primary School

Milton St John's Church of England Primary School

  1. Curriculum
  2. Physical Education

Physical Education

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”

Nelson Mandela, 2000


At Milton St. John’s CE Primary School, we have a clear and simple vision: Children should be confident, resilient, respectful and physically and mentally healthy.

Physical Education (PE) is a fundamental part of our curriculum and is vital for providing the knowledge and skills that our children will need in order to lead a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle.


Young athletes at Milton St. John’s will…

  • develop the skills to enable them to participate in a broad range of physical activities.
  • engage in competitive sports and activities in the community.
  • lead healthy, active lives.
  • demonstrate the School Games values; passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork.
  • communicate, collaborate and compete with others.
  • evaluate and recognise their own success.


Our curriculum drivers underpin all we do and are an essential part of our learning. The drivers help our children to ‘RISE’ up and play a vital role in their community; locally, nationally and globally. They are listed below:

  • Respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
  • Independence & Resilience
  • Spirituality
  • Engagement & Curiosity


At Milton St. John’s we believe all children should have access to a high-quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum and PE should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum. Our school recognises the benefits high-quality PE provision and school sport can give to all pupils.

Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop physical literacy and the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills to excel in a wide range of physical activities, by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all. It will contribute to healthy and active lifestyles; improve emotional well-being and develop key skills such as leadership, confidence, independence, resilience and social and team building skills.

We recognise that engagement and enjoyment is vital; we aim to inspire children to develop a love of sport and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life beyond primary school. 


Our 2 hour weekly PE programme incorporates teaching the fundamental skills and a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and areas for development. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events with the Mossley Carrbrook Schools Partnership (MCSP) and with Tameside School Sports. As a school, we adopt an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.

Annually, we recognise and celebrate National Sports Week to educate and promote a healthy, active lifestyle. During this week, children are given the opportunity to engage in different motivational workshops and activities, and the week culminates with our whole-school sports day. The Sport Councillors from across the school help to develop the initial ideas in the early planning stages of this week and the Year 5 and 6 Sport Ambassadors support the organisation of the week’s events.

In Key Stage 1 the children will develop fundamental skills, master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. They will participate in team games, develop simple tactics for attacking and defending and will perform dances using simple movement patterns.

In Key Stage 2 the children will 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 will use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination, participate in competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Children will develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. They will perform dances using a range of movement patterns and take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team. Children will also compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Our children in the Early Years provision are provided with various opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also introduced to the importance of physical activity and are encouraged to make healthy choices in relation to food.


At Milton St. John’s, we ensure that our P.E curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are taught the skills and are given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active and are taught about the responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our engaging broad and balanced curriculum provides children with many opportunities in various sports. Our pupils understand the core values, importance of fair play and how to be a good sportsperson. Our impact is therefore to motivate and inspire children to utilise all these skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.


Click here to view our PE Games Progression Map.

Click here to view our PE Athletics/Circuit Training Progression Map.

Click here to view our PE Gymnastics Progression Map.

Click here to view our PE Dance Progression Map.

Click here to view our PE OAA Progression Map.

Click here to view our PE Vocabulary Progression Map.