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Physical Education

Intent – What do we want for our pupils?

At Melbourne Junior School, we aim for all children to have a high-quality physical education, which develops children’s physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to help them achieve in school, sport and life. 


The school PE curriculum includes a wide variety of physical activities: team games, individual games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, outdoor adventurous activities and swimming. Through these, we aim to increase pupils’ physical literacy by developing their enjoyment of physical activity and recognition of their success, as they develop their physical skills alongside the skills of communication, collaboration and competition.


 Implementation – What does this look like?

To implement our vision, children at Melbourne Junior School are provided with rich modern, high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for all areas of the PE National Curriculum.


Our PE curriculum follows a scheme of work from Get Set 4 PE, which is closely aligned to the National Curriculum. This scheme supports a clear and sequenced progression of skills and knowledge, both within each year group and from one year to the next.  Skills, knowledge and vocabulary are revisited within lessons and built upon to ensure that pupils make, or exceed expected progress. Assessments are based on teacher assessments and are recorded on the Get Set 4 PE assessment sheets. Evidence of progress is shown via the tracking system and through pupil voice.


All pupils take part in at least two hours of physical activity per week in addition to Daily Physical Activity (DPA).


Impact – What are the outcomes for learners?

Our Physical Education curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression, through a range of activities, with the aim of creating a positive learning environment for children to develop their emotional, physical and mental engagement in physical activity and sport. 

The children are provided with opportunities to participate in competitions through School Games and coaching within and outside school hours.

Swimming Gala


A team of children from years 5 and 6 competed at the Swimming Gala held at Repton School this week. They came 1st out of 10 schools. We are very proud of their achievement! 


Derbyshire Cricket Foundation


We put our batting, bowling and fielding skills to the test during our cricket coaching today. 

Girls' Football Competition


Miss Pritchard took 38 girls to St. Georges Park on Thursday afternoon to compete in a South Derbyshire football tournament. MJS had four teams competing; the teams of girls from Year 3 and 4 came 3rd and 4th overall. The teams of girls from Year 5 and 6 came second and fourth. Team A narrowly missed out on the semi-finals.

Gymnastics Competition


On Monday, a group of our Year 6 girls competed in a gymnastics event at Granville Academy, Swadlincote. The children competed against each other and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. 

Wheelchair Basketball


On Thursday and Friday, Coach Kane from SH Active led class sessions in Wheelchair Basketball, we all learnt how to manoeuvre the wheelchairs around the hall and play basketball at the same time, it was a lot trickier than it looks.

Cross Country Success!


On Monday 29th January, 24 children from Melbourne Junior School competed in the area cross-country competition at the MSP in Melbourne. Each year group won for their age group and will go through to the county finals.

Melbourne Rugby Sessions


We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Bettelley, Mr Free and Mr Vintner, from Melbourne Rugby Club, for coming into school and doing a rugby taster session with each class.

EFL U11's Football Kids Cup


A team of nine boys in Year 6 took part in the Kids' Cup football competition on Wednesday at Lees Brook Academy, Derby. They worked well as a team and came third overall out of 13 teams.

Sports Day 2023


Congratulations to all our children for participating in out annual sports day.

Children competed in house teams on a range of events including skipping, egg and spoon and the netball shoot.

After a busy morning, the results were announced, with Kinder winning the Sports Cup for the second year.

Basketball Coaching with Stedy


All classes took part in a basketball coaching session with Stedy this week. Their skilled-based session focussed on balance, agility and co-ordination - lots of fun was had by all! 

Swimming Gala


A team of 6 boys and 6 girls from years 5 and 6 took part in the swimming gala at Repton School this week. They were 8 schools in total and we came 2nd overall. 

7-a-side Girls' Netball


Two teams of Year 6 girls took part in the 7-a-side netball competition at Pennine Way Junior School. They were against 9 different teams and came 3rd overall. 

Year 5 - Bikeability


It was time to develop our skills on two wheels! 

The Biggest Ever Football Competition


Over 300 primary-aged girls competed at the FA and Barclay's Biggest Ever Football Competition to honour International Women's Day and to promote girls' football in school.


Our Y3/4 team won both of their matches and our Y5/6 team drew their three games. Unfortunately, the event was cut short due to the weather.


Pictured are the girls standing with Derby County's midfielder, Kira Rai. 

Indoor Athletics Competition


A team of twelve boys and girls in Year 5 and 6 took part in the Indoor Athletics competition on Tuesday at Greenbank Leisure Centre. There was a mixture of track and field events to take part in including: javelin throwing, long jump, high jump and relay racing. We came 4th out of 10 schools overall. 

EFL U11's Football Kids Cup


A team of eight boys in Year 6 took part in the Kids' Cup football competition on Friday in Derby. They worked well as a team and came fifth overall at the end of the event.

Cross Country Success


Well done to all children who participated in the cross country event. 9 schools, with over 100 children took part at the event. The children put in amazing effort and determination. 


Overall results:

Year 3 girls: 4th place

Year 3 boys: 1st place

Year 4 girls: 1st place

Year 4 boys: 4th place


Year 5 girls: 2nd place

Year 5 boys: 1st place

Year 6 girls: 4th place

Year 6 boys: 4th place

Indoor Football Success


Congratulations to our mixed team of Year 5 girls and Year 6 boys, who have succeeded in going through to the finals of the indoor football competition against other South Derbyshire schools.


Matches were played against Pennine Way Junior, Fairmeadows Primary and Hatton Heathfields Primary.


MJS Boccia


Congratulations to the MJS Boccia team, who participated in an event at Greenbank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote. Playing against 6 teams, they faced some fierce competition.

PE Curriculum Overview 2023-24

PE Curriculum Overview 2023-24 (with LO)