Physical Education

SS John and Monica school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. The physical education curriculum aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self- confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities.

The scheme of work is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide: appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils.

All children take part in all P.E, Sports and physical activity. Children from Y4-Y6 take part in swimming.

In all years there are opportunities to participate in P E lessons Lead by sports specialists and coaches at certain times in the year. This has come about through the liaison of our PE co-ordinator with a network of primary and secondary school families, whose aim is to facilitate the provision of extra PE in the form of in-school and after school clubs and tournaments. 

P.E Kit

Children must have full P.E. kit in school at all times which comprises of:

  • Black shorts or black jogging bottoms 
  • Black Hoodie
  • Yellow school sports T.Shirt
  • Black plimsolls
  • Trainers for outdoor use

If a child is ill, a child may be excused by a doctor's note or written request from a parent (in exceptional circumstances).

Please label all items of clothing, e.g. ties, P.E. kit, jumpers etc. with your child's name.

No jewellery is allowed during PE lessons.


Children go swimming from Year 4 to Year 6 each year. Swimming lessons are conducted over a two week block per year at Balsall Heath Swimming Baths.

Over the last years the following percentage of pupils in Year 6 have achieved the following 3 swimming and water safety National requirements :

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

2017-2018 - 70%

2018-19 - 73%

2019-20 - 77%

2021-22 - 68%

2022-23 - 73%