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Our Curriculum

Physical Education

Our aim at St James’ is to create confident, independent, life-long athletes. Throughout a range of different sports and activities, the children are able to learn to work both independently, but most importantly, as part of a team, all while developing relationships and learning new skills. While children look forward to the new sports they will learn within their PE lessons, we know that there are many other benefits and experiences that can come from sport. PE teaches independence, communication and teamwork and strengthens values that can be taken forward throughout the children’s lives. Each week we focus on a “value of the week” and recognise a child who has demonstrated these important values who will be presented with the PE award, given to them in front of their peers at our weekly celebration assembly.

Our values are:

  • Respect              
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience  
  • Inclusion   
  • Sportsmanship    
  • Attitude

We have well-equipped halls at both sites and extra play equipment in the playground in both schools. Nursery and Reception have a new physical active play area in their outside area.

Your child is expected to wear the school PE kit on their PE/PA days. This includes:

  • A yellow t-shirt 
  • Burgundy shorts/tracksuit bottoms
  • A school jumper/cardigan

Other than the school emblem, all the above should be unbranded.

These are all available from our uniform suppliers

Please also make sure suitable shoes for sport (black trainers or plimsolls) are worn.
Plimsolls are available here.

School Houses

At St James’, every child across both key stages is part of one of our four school houses – Brunel, Dickens, Ferdinand and Rhodes, all named after influential figures from the Southwark area. Throughout the year, in order to encourage healthy competition, the children will take part in events and sporting fixtures where they will compete on behalf of their house. We conclude the sporting calendar with our whole-school Sports Day, which is held at Southwark Athletics Track. Each house is represented by two members of Year 6, who are chosen as House Captains. These are children that have displayed all the characteristics we look for in a ‘sports leader’ throughout their time at St James’.

Our House Captains

Competitions and Events

Through our partnership with the LPESSN, we take part in a range of inter-school competitions, in a range of different sports, including rounders, cricket, football, athletics, netball and more. We are very proud of the recent success of our school teams and look forward to building on this success this year. As part of this partnership, we are also able to utilise the PE network’s offering of specialist coaches and sports festivals to go above and beyond the regular PE we are able to offer. We also engage with other local sporting clubs and organisations, building a wide network, which allows our students to receive a high level of coaching. 

Year 4 Girls Football

26 girls took part in the PE Network's Year-4 Girls football competition. 15 teams from across South East London attended the event and our girls were fantastic, with one of our teams finishing in 3rd place. 

Year 6 Girls Football

Nine girls took part in a non-competitive football event. Three other schools joined us and teams all played each other in a round-robin format that saw each school face off two times. Out of our six games, the girls were only defeated once, winning twice and drawing the other three. Highlights of the day included goals from Sofia and Angel as well as a penalty save from Karolina. But, the standout moment had to be Stefany's top corner free-kick that left players and coaches alike in total awe. 




Year 6 Athletics

18 of our Year 6 students took part in the PE Network's indoor athletic competition. Both boys and girls competed against four other schools in a mix of running, throwing and jumping events. Our athletes did well in the field events, but it was the track where they were really able to shine. Out of the 14 running events, St James' were victorious in 12 coming second and third in the other two. This meant that both the girls and boys finished as winners of their competitions and that overall, St James' came away as champions. The team now progress to the finals where they will take on the winners from the other heat.

Run St James' Run

This year we took part in the Canada Water Charity Event: Run Kids Run. On October 15th 113 children from right across the school took part in a charity run where they competed in a 2K race around Southwark running track. The children have also been fundraising to raise money for new green projects here at school and so far have raised an incredible £1798! A big well done to all those who took part! Photos of the day can be found here.

Sports for Schools

This November, every member of KS2 took part in a charity HIIT exercise session with former Commonwealth gymnast Courtney Orange. The children completed a series of different exercises followed by a motivational assembly from Courtney all about the power of four words... I CAN DO IT! The children have raised an incredible amount of money which goes towards funding for young athletes around the country as well as new sports equipment for school. 






Year 4 Athletics

14 of our Year 4 students took part in the PE Network's indoor athletics competition. For many, this was the first time they had represented the school and were up against nine other schools from the area in a range of running, throwing and jumping events. After a fantastic performance from all our children, our girls' team finished in second place and our boys finished in first, which meant overall we finished as the overall champions. Well done to all those involved! 

Year 4 Golf Afternoon

As part of the Golf Foundation's Unleash Your Drive Initiative, Year 4 were lucky enough to have a professional golf coach visit us and teach us about the game. The children took part in a variety of games and challenges, and we have been invited to attend a golf festival later in the year. All the photos of our afternoon can be found here.







Year 4 and 5 Football Morning

Some of our Year 4 and 5 children were lucky enough to have a visit from coach Samuel from the PE Network, who led them in an exciting football session. The children were working on their dribbling and ball skills in a variety of games and challenges.


Vitality Blast Guard of Honour

Through our partnership with Surrey Cricket and their Dynamos Coaching programme, we recently had the opportunity to form the Guard of Honour at the Oval Cricket Ground before Surrey's T20 match against Somerset. A group of our senior cricketers took the field and waved their flags infront of over 20,000 spectators as the players made their way onto the pitch. 


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