St Joseph's Rotherhithe



At Saint Joseph’s, we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities, which is essential in promoting positive physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. All children have the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and using the medium of sport, increase their self-esteem. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe anything can be achieved with determination and resilience. The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are encouraged to practice fair play, good sporting behaviour and honest competition as individual participants, which in turn embeds life-long values such as co-operation and team work. At Saint Joseph’s, we aim for all of our children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a constructive impact on their long-term health and well-being.

Our PE curriculum aims to:

  • Provide high quality and inclusive PE lessons.
  • Improve well-being by making strong links with PSHE
  • Increase teacher’s confidence, skills and knowledge of the PE curriculum.
  • Increase physical activity throughout the school.
  • Enhance parents and children’s knowledge of healthy eating and lifestyles.
  • Promote teamwork, co-operation and sportsmanship.
  • Give children the opportunity to compete in events throughout the borough.



The PE curriculum is taught through the use of ‘The PE and School Sports Network', which is in-line with the National Curriculum, and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group.


Each class has access to a one-hour high quality PE lessons taken by coaches from ‘Top Marks Sports’ with the support from the class teacher. These coaches are here to help upskill the class teachers so that in the future they will have all the knowledge and skills to provide top quality lessons by themselves should this funding no longer be available. We focus increasing the children’s activity levels while decreasing teacher talk. Through the use of coaches and teachers, we can deliver fun, knowledgeable and skilful lessons in which the children can achieve. An extra 30-45 minute PE lesson has also been introduced which is led by the class teachers themselves. This in turn means teachers gain confidence and apply knowledge from CPD while the children improve skills and increase their activity levels.


Each year, children in Year 5 and 6 take part in a 6-week swimming programme while Year 3 and 4 complete a 12-week intensive programme, providing them with the skills and knowledge for water sports and to learn about water safety. Year 5 and 6 also take part in a half term of kayaking and sailing in Summer 2, enabling them to build on the prior skills taught in swimming sessions in previous years.


The whole school takes part in the ‘Active Mile’ initiative which encourages the children to run or walk for 15 minutes daily. Taking part gives children the opportunity to be outdoor, be physically active and also aids concentration in the classroom.


We offer a wide range of sporting after-school clubs run by both teaching staff and outside agencies: The PE and school Sports Network, Top Marks Coaching and Dance teachers. These activities include fencing, cricket, football, dance and multi-sports which provide children with more skills, knowledge and physical activity throughout the week. Clubs are changed every term to give all classes the chance to participate in a range of different sports and cater to all abilities.


Through the ‘The PE and School Sports Network’, we are given the opportunity to take part in many different competitions which take place throughout the borough. Inter and Intra events take place throughout the year and each year group will be given opportunities to take part in competitive sports. We also take part in mindfulness/yoga sessions as well as healthy eating workshops for both children and parents giving our community the chance to improve their lifestyle choices.



Our curriculum is designed carefully to show progression of skills from nursery up to year 6. Our yearly overviews ensure that each aspect of the national curriculum is being taught in depth and that prior skills are being developed continuously. To measure this we follow methods such as:

  • Formative assessment throughout each lesson.
  • Summative assessment at the beginning and the end of a unit.
  • Pupil questioning and discussions