Physical Education

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At Beulah Junior School, the Physical Education and Development of children is encouraged through a varied curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Focused core skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement are matched with cooperation and teamwork. We support children in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity alongside other healthy lifestyle choices.

It has been proven that physical activity energises and invigorates not only the body but also the mind. This has positive effects on children’s capacity to concentrate and learn effectively in all areas of the curriculum. It promotes self-confidence and provides children with tremendous opportunities to work together and appreciate their own achievements and those of others.

Here at Beulah Junior School, we have indoor and outdoor provision for Physical Education with two school halls, two school playgrounds a small Astroturf pitch and a small grass plot. The local community also gives good provision too. Every year group has the opportunity to swim with qualified instruction at the newly refurbished Thornton Heath Leisure Centre. We have good links with the local Rugby Club where our Sports Day is held annually.

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The DfE Physical Education Programme of Study 2014 can be assessed here:

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Here at Beulah Junior School we have a range of sports based extra-curricular activities and clubs including:

  • Year 3 and 4 Football Club
  • Year 5 and 6 Football Club
  • Basketball Club


Swimming is taught in all year groups at Beulah Junior School. Each year group goes for lessons at Thornton Heath swimming pool for at least half a term annually.

Year 3 and 6 have lessons for slightly longer to begin and consolidate their stroke and swimming ability.

Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and the expectation for Y6 pupils is that they should be able to:

  • 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.

The percentage of pupils who met this requirement in the year 6 cohort 2017-18 was 34%.