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At John Henry Newman Academy, all of our children will be given the opportunity to experience, enjoy and excel in an active lifestyle. We intend for all pupils to value competition as an opportunity to be active, work as part of a team and show respect towards others. Our school values of community and celebration are integral to this.  We endeavour to promote athletes that show our other school values of love, through winning with modesty or losing with grace. We believe that physical activity makes an extensive contribution towards our well-being and we aim to transfer skills learned in P.E to other areas of our lives.

Physical Education at John Henry Newman Academy is concerned with developing the Whole Child. While physical activity is the context for learning, we also aim to develop the child’s personal, social, cognitive, creative skills alongside physical skills and fitness. We want to influence our children to make healthy choices and stay active in the future, in order to lead full, happy and healthy lives, so they may grow and develop as confident young people and the best version of themselves.



At the John Henry Newman Academy we use a broad and balanced curriculum, based on the childrens’ interests, current sporting events and necessary skills including:

  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Gymnastics
  • Invasion Games
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Activities
  • Striking & Fielding Games
  • Swimming

In Foundation and Key Stage 1, we develop physical literacy and strongly focus on the ABC’s of movement – Agility, Balance and Coordination. We provide fun opportunities for children to grow their knowledge of self and others and know how to move in their bodies. We want them to enjoy taking part in PE.

In Key Stage 2, children will work cooperatively, collaboratively and competitively in more recognised formats of specific sports. These are modified to be inclusive and appropriate to the ages and abilities of the class.


Further Physical Education Enrichment:

    • Karate Sessions
    • Sports Days – including Leadership Opportunities
    • KS2 Boys’ & Girls’ Football Club
    • KS1 & KS2 Multi-Sports After-School Clubs
    • Participating in the Oxford School’s F.A. League & Manor Cup Year 5 & 6 Fixtures (Boys’ & Girls’)
    • The Daily Mile
    • Taking part in Oxfordshire and Thame School’s Sports Partnership events e.g. Cross-Country, Netball, Cricket & Athletics.
    • PGL – Outdoor and Adventurous Opportunity (Year 6)
    • Attending Oxford United F.C. football matches – Both mens’ and womens’ matches.


Key Documents

Key Vocabulary

Progression Map

Curriculum Map

The Foundations of Physical Education