Physical Education

At St. John’s Primary School, we ensure all pupils are equipped with the knowledge and understanding of the value of leading a healthy lifestyle and the benefit of physical activity for the duration of their lives by instilling values such as sportsmanship, patience, and determination in all. Through healthy and competitive sports, children will learn to cooperate and to compete fairly, understanding their own and others’ roles. We endeavour to provide children with the confidence they need to develop a growing self-awareness and a commitment to self-improvement. We aim to ensure children raise their own aspirations, set goals and work hard to achieve them, seeing how this will influence their opportunities in education, leisure and in future life.

We are proud to be a real legacy school and continue to strive to create a new ambition for EVERY child. Not only are we on a mission to get our children more active by developing the fundamental physical skills, our PE lessons are centered around the child to enable them to be successful in the classroom and in later life.

At St. John's, we have a gym and studio set up with gym equipment for indoor sport, a large playing field and two playgrounds to offer a range of sport during the curriculum and well-attended after-school sports clubs.

We are fortunate to participate in sports competitions outside of school as well as be regularly visited by professional coaches, including the Bath Rugby Foundation and Somerset Cricket Board, who pass on their knowledge and expertise to our pupils.  We also have a Year 5 and 6 Sports Council who are involved in organising intra-house sports competitions at the end of every term.

Children must wear their PE kit on their PE days. This should include:

  • Purple St John's T-shirt
  • Black shorts/leggings
  • Black tracksuit bottoms
  • Purple St John's hoodie
  • Black daps or trainers

Get Set for PE

As a school we use Get Set for PE as a scheme to teach the purpose and aims of the national curriculum.  Please use the links below to see year group specific content:


Swimming Statement:

2019/20 We finish last academic year with 80% of the Year 6’s being able to swim 25M and self rescue. This is less than last year due to COVID 19 and not being able to reassess the children who hadn’t secured the required level.

2020/21  At the end of the academic year 2021, 95% of the year group achieved the swimming standard set in the National Curriculum.

2021/22 At the end of the academic year 2022, 94% of the year group achieved the swimming standard set in the National Curriculum.

2022/23 At the end of the academic year 2023, 80% of the year group achieved the swimming standard set in the National Curriculum.

2023/24  At the end of the academic year 2024, 97% of the year group achieved the swimming standard set in the National Curriculum.

What our children have to say about PE at St. John’s:


'I like to learn new skills each lesson and these help me in team games'- Year 4 pupil

'Our teacher encourages us to challenge ourselves and this is good so we can improve our skills' Year 6 pupil

'I enjoy working as a team and competing in games together'- Year 5 pupil

'I love being creative and making sequences' Year 3 pupil

'I like being active, having fun and trying new things'- Year 5 pupil

'I enjoy competing and beating my personal bests'- Year 3 pupil


School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.  We are very proud to announce that St John’s has achieved the Gold School Games Mark for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport!


Visit from top Paralympian Katrina Hart

Edsupport Coaches working with our Year 5 pupils

Year 3 and 4 visit to Bath University

Year 4, 5 & 6 Ten pin bowling tournament in Bath

Mendip Activity Centre

Tennis Tournament at Writhlington Tennis Centre

Year 5 Bikeability

Dance Umbrella 2023