Staplegrove Church School

'That they may have life, life in all its fullness' John 10:10

PE and Sports at Staplegrove

At Staplegrove, we aim to develop the enjoyment of physical activity and strive to ensure the understanding of the importance of health and wellbeing. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We will achieve this by inspiring the children through fun, active and engaging PE lessons that are challenging and accessible to all. We will also promote and provide opportunities for physical activity outside of PE lessons, helping the children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and to make healthy choices. We will inspire children to engage in a range of competitive and cooperative activities, demonstrating good sportsmanship and building resilience. They will learn values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect. We will give every child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sport and life. 

Current PE and Sports Premium

The School Games Mark is an awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school. It is structured in to four unique levels of activity: intra-school, inter-school, festivals, and the School Games themselves. It aims to provide opportunities in non competitive and competitive level and prides itself on being inclusive to all.


Staplegrove Church School has historically achieved the Gold Kitemark award for four consecutive years

2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-2018.

Archive PE and Sports at Staplegrove

PE sessions

Our philosophy in PE is to give all children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in success PE, sport and life.  


We use the 'Create Development' PE programme as one of the methods of delivery within our school and also offer children opportunities in gymnastics, dance, outdoor adventurous activities and athletics. In years 2, 3 and 4 also children access of a term swimming at King's College.


All children have access to 2 high quality PE sessions a week. Our lessons are based around physical literacy and are delivered alongside other learning skills such as; health and fitness, cognitive, creative, social and personal skills. This enables our children to not only develop their fundamental movement ability, but allows them to make links between PE and their other learning.


In Upper Key Stage 2 children are given the opportunity to practise gameplay, rules and strategy in football, tag rugby, netball, cricket and rounders. These skills are essential to their understanding of sport and allow them to have the opportunity to participate competitively representing the school.

Swimming Provision

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Inter Sport Activities

This academic year, as a school we have entered lots of sports competitions both non-competitively and competitively. 



All children, from reception to year 6, are given the opportunity to take part in festivals alongside other primary schools in the area. These are enjoyable, non-competitive sessions with a variety of themes. They include; multi-skills; net and wall; invasion games; orienteering; striking and fielding and leadership.


Central Venue League

As a school we have entered a variety of Central Venue League tournaments and friendlies this year. The children use their sports knowledge and teamwork skills learnt in curriculum lessons and lunchtime clubs to compete against other school teams in the area. Sports are chosen based on the children's interests and are well represented.

This year we have extended our range of events and these include:

  • Cross Country (teams of 3 runners) and individual races
  • Sportshall Athletics
  • Year 5/6 Mixed football (1 team)
  • Year 3/4 Mixed Football
  • High Five Netball (1 team)
  • Tag Rugby (1 team)
  • Dodgeball
  • Key Steps Gymnastics
  • Kwik Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Quadkids Athletics 
  • Basketball



Sports Activities at Staplegrove

Our goal is to help children to lead a healthy, active lifestyle that will become part of their everyday life.  We want to inspire children to participate in sport and games to develop their fundamental skills and increase their confidence and competency levels. We offer this in many ways throughout the school such as good quality PE sessions, active after-school clubs and inter and intra house competitions. 

Intra Sport Activities

We have used part of our sports funding to provide all children with more intra-sport opportunities throughout the year. This is provided for all children from Reception to Year 6 and gives children awareness of competition, sportsmanship, a knowledge of a variety of sports and how to work as a team.


All children take part and represent their house team in modified activities throughout the two day event which culminates in a presentation assembly where the winning team is announced. Everyone is encouraged to demonstrate good sportsmanship and effort is praised.


After School Activities

At Staplegrove we offer a wide range of sporting opportunities based on the children's interests. These change on a termly, or half termly basis and are available for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


We encourage all children to participate and have developed local club links to encourage children to continue to access sports that engage them once our club has ended. Children have enjoyed; multi-sports, gymnastics, football, tag rugby, netball, archery and fencing so far this year, with more exciting clubs to come in the Summer Term!


Quad Kids


Well done to all those who took part in this year's Quad kids event at Castle School.  The children completed 4 events:

  • Howler throw
  • Long jump
  • Sprint
  • Long distance

In the morning the Year 3/4 teams came 13th and 18th out of 22 schools and in the afternoon, the Year 5/6 teams came 16th and 26th out of 28 schools.  Everyone competed and supported each other brilliantly, well done!

Year 3/4 Rounders


Well done to the Year 3 and 4 Rounders team who took part in their first tournament of friendly matches against Stoke St Gregory, Norton Fitzwarren, Holy Trinity & Milverton.  Super team work by all!

Cross Country


What a super performance at the cross country today.  It was so good to see such fantastic team spirit and encouragement.  It was also great to see our youngest KS2 children taking part for the first time.  Congratulations to you all, we are very proud of how you represented our school.  Well done, Noah G, Noah R, Maggie, Willow E, Kyra, Carson, Kingston, Marco, Leo E, Ellie, Amelia D, Poppie, Jacob and finally special mention to Harrison who ran 2 laps as we were one runner short! 

Year 5/6 Dodgeball


Well done to all those children that took part in the second dodgeball tournament of the year.  A super team performance with smiles on everyone's faces.

Year 3/4 Key Steps Gymnastics


Huge congratulations to the Year 3/4 Key Steps Gymnastics team who achieved 4th place today in the floor and vault routines.  They were worked brilliantly as a team supporting and encouraging each other well done to you all.

Cross country


A super performance for all those children who took part in the individual cross country races at King's College this week, running a distance of 1.4 km.  Well done to you all!

Year 3/4 Football Tournament


Well done to all those that took part in the 3 tournaments over the course of this half term.  There were some great individual and team performances with lots of wins, goal scored and brave saves made!

Playground Leader Training


Year 5 Playground Leaders had the opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice to support Rowan class in their PE lesson this afternoon.

Golden Mile- Autumn 2017


The children took part in the first Golden Mile of the year.  Despite having a break in the Summer the children worked hard to keep running for the 3 or 4 minutes, well done!

Health Week

As part of Health Week the children have taken part in lots of School Games activities, today we had our first try at Golf and some Archery!  It was great!

Key Stage 2 Sports Day

Another great morning for the Key Stage 2 Sports Day.

Key Stage 1 Sports Day

A very hot morning, but a great way to start the day.  The children had a great time.  Thank you to all the parents for coming to support. Well done Key Stage 1 another great Sports Day!

Invasion Games

Cherry class had a great afternoon practising some Invasion Games with Mr Tremain


16 children went to represent Staplegrove in the annual Quadkids competition and put in some excellent team and individual performances.

Spring Intrasports- March 2017


The football team put in a fantastic last performance of the year with a win over Trull 3-1, with George Scoring 2 goals followed by a 3-0 win over Wiveloscombe, with another goal by George and Josh and Tommy. After a closely matched third game they missed out in the last few minutes to Wellesley Park 2-1.


Well done to all those involved!

Key Steps Gymnastics

We had a great time at our first Key Steps Gymnastics Competition.  The children were amazing and an absolute credit to the school. Well done you were fantastic!


Dodgeball got off to a good start this morning with Mr Tremain from Premier Sport.

Change 4 Life

Our Young Leaders started their first Change4Life club this week, with 12 Year 3 and 4 girls taking part in a Gymnastics club to prepare them for a Key Steps Gymnastics competition next month.

Cross Country

Well done to all those who braved the weathers to take part in the individual 1400 metres Cross Country on Monday afternoon.  


What a fabulous effort by all, special mentions to George Tanton who finished in an amazing fifth place our first Staplegrove runner home, followed by Zach Stone who finished 18th and Jack Walker in 20th. Our first girl home was Jemima Anstee in a time of 8:43.  Well done all you represented the school excellently.



Playground Leader Training

This week our 25 dedicated Playground Leaders received their training to help them support the younger children with their lunch time play.

SportsHall Athletics

Today 16 girls and boys took part in the annual SportsHall Athletics competition at King's College participating in running, jumping and throwing activities in both individual and team events.  They competed well against another 11 local schools. Well done to all those children involved. 

Cross Country

Another huge well done to all those children who participated in the Cross Country event at King's College.  This time the children ran individual races over a distance of 1400m.  Well done to you all, a great achievement.

Girl's Football

The girl's football team had their first tournament today.  They put in some great performances, unfortunately being pipped at the post 1-0 in their first 2 games, they then drew 0-0 with Lyngford Park. Their fourth match was a 3-0 defeat to an extremely strong St. Andrews side and they finished off well with a 0-0 draw with St George's.


Special mention must go to Erin Boon, Freya Hosiene and Natasha Own who put in some super performances in goal today as well as Evie Holley who played brilliantly in the year 5/6 team although she is only in year 4.


A fantastic start to the Year 5/6 football league this evening with 2 great wins. Well done to all involved. Special mentions to the goal scorers George Tanton,Josh Southerden and Cole Willoughby and also some great saves from Harrison Eiserbeck in goal! Well done for showing great determination and putting in some great team performances.


The children have been enjoying a great start to the day, with a bit of archery before breakfast!


The children have enjoyed Intrasports this week playing rounders and cricket type activities.

Finally after 2 failed attempts the rain stayed away long enough for Key Stage 1 to take part in their much awaited Sport's Day!  Huge thanks to the Year 5 Young Leaders, who did a super

job supporting the younger children through their activities.  Well done to the parents who participated in the impromptu Parent's Race at the end of the morning!

This week the weather managed to stay dry long enough for Key Stage 2 to take part in their Sport's Day.  They had a lot of fun and we saw some terrific team and individual performances.  Well done everyone!
After a very busy week the children took part in a range of football skills supported by Paul and Aston from Soccerbox!

A huge well done to the Year 5 Kwik Cricket team who put in some great performances at the tournament at Taunton Vale this afternoon.


Two wins saw them go through to the semi-final where unfortunately they missed out by 13 points!

Both children and adults enjoyed a fantastic dance assembly this afternoon.  Whitmore school of Dance visited us this afternoon and demonstrated a waltz, cha cha and some freestyle dancing.  The children and staff had an opportunity to join in!  
The children had a great time yesterday at the Quad Kids Athletics festival. Some super individual and team performances.
A super team performance today by the Year 3 and 4 in their first rounders tournament. Well done to you all!
Children have been enjoying cricket during Dash club this week!
Year 5 visited Taunton Vale this week and took part in some cricket, rounders and golf activities.  The weather stayed dry and they enjoyed working with children from other schools.
This week the children were very lucky to take part in some REAL PE lessons with Toni Smyth developing their PE skills.
Sports Relief 2016.  The children have had a brilliant day coming into school in their 'Sportswear' they ran the Golden Mile and joined in with the Sports Relief Step it Up Dance! A great way to be active and raise money for a worthy cause.  Well done everyone!

The children from Cherry Class recently attended a Year 3 Athletics festival, led by the Young Leaders of Taunton Academy. They had a great time working on their running, throwing and jumping skills.




Mrs Morton, who teaches in Elm Class, is also a member of the Whirlwinds Trampolining Club.  She kindly let a collective worship with the whole school, allowing them to find out more information about the clubs they are currently running.  
The children enjoyed the opportunity to play Catchball and Netball this week in our Spring Intrasports activities.