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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. A clear progression of skills is implemented for pupils from Years 3 to Year 6. Skills, knowledge and vocabulary are revisited within lessons and built upon to ensure that pupils make, or exceed expected progress. Through units of work across the school, objectives and vocabulary are explicitly taught and understanding is developed through key questions and practical activity.


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.

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.

Year 5 - Bikeability


It was time to develop our skills on two wheels! 

PE Curriculum Overview 2022

PE Progression Map