St Joseph's Rotherhithe


 At. St. Joseph’s we believe that P.E. is an integral part of the whole curriculum, allowing children to experience various sporting activities and competitions both in and outside school as well as promoting physical and mental health. Each day, all children participate in the Daily Mile.

We encourage all children to participate during lessons with a wide range of activities on offer to suit the needs of all. Our aim is to deliver a broad curriculum enabling all children to feel motivated and fully engaged in all areas of P.E for 2 hours each week. These include: dance, gymnastics, athletics and invasion games as well as swimming. We work in collaboration with the LPESSN to ensure well-planned lessons covering a wide range of activities as well as developing children's knowledge and skills to build on their progress throughout their time at St Joseph's. Working alongside LPESSN, our teachers have had access to bespoke high quality CPD to ensure lessons are as active as possible. They also lead Healthy Eating Workshops across our school.

Nursery and Early Years

PE is a very important part of learning and children become more confident using gross motor skills. By the end of their time in Reception class, they will have good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Children will be able to use various pieces of apparatus. As well as PE lessons, pupils have continual access to large climbing equipment, bikes scooters, balls, and large building blocks.


Year 1 and 2 are taught a range of skills including dance, gymnastics, invasion games and Athletics. We encourage all children to actively participate in their lessons with a continued focus on coordination and teamwork and to complete the daily mile. Children have the opportunity to compete against other schools. This year children will be participating in Multi skills events. All pupils are assessed at the end of each unit.


KS2 pupils follow an annual cycle encompassing all aspects of the PE curriculum. Children in Years 3-6 are also taught Swimming weekly, on a half-termly basis and Year 6 participate in Sailing and outdoor pursuits in the Summer Term. KS2 pupils have wider opportunities to attend competitive events and tournaments outside of school. The school has a very good relationship with Bacon’s Sports Partnership, who provide us with an events calendar and competitions. All pupils are assessed at the end of each unit.

Extra Curricular Coaching

We offer a range of sporting after-school clubs with high participation rates. For two evenings per week, we offer gymnastics to any child in Years 1 &.2 and Years 3 & 4. Children in Year 5 & 6 have a dance class one evening each week, which is open to all. Fully qualified coaches take these classes. We also offer after-school coaching for football, tag rugby, and cricket and are proud to have won the Southwark Championships on several occasions in both Cricket and Tag Rugby with our teams having representing Southwark in the London Games.