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Physical Education

The Curriculum Intent for PE can be summarised in these ways: 

  • A learner-centred teaching approach. Use of DRICE to ensure learners deepen thinking, learning is role modelled appropriately, pupils are challenged and engaged. 
  • Using our approach to Building Learning Power, we will explore opportunities to collaborate within Sports, question tactics, revise previous learning and persevere during lessons. 
  • It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential in a range of sports and physical activities.
  • We will provide  a range of sporting opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness; encouraging them to lead physical and healthy lifestyles both in school and out of school.
  • Provide children with opportunities to compete in sport and other physical activities that build character and help to embed our Christian Values such as trust, humility, perseverance and respect.  
  • We want to develop our pupil’s ambition and ability to persevere when things are difficult


Our children will have an access to a range of sports through after school clubs throughout their time at St James. We will hold an annual Sports Week, where children are introduced to a range of new sports so that they all have the opportunity to develop a passion for sport. In Year 2, children will take part in a residential visit which includes ghyll scrambling and canoeing to ensure children access outdoor and adventurous activities. In Key Stage 1, children will have the opportunity to perform a dance at a local theatre. Throughout the school year, children will represent the school in a range of local sporting festivals and competitions. Ensuring children have a wide range of sporting experiences is very important at St James'. 


‘Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it’ Michael Jordan 


Our PE Subject Leader is Miss Stephanie Sapsed.