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Physical Education

PE around our school

EYFS Sports Day 2021 

KS1 Sports Day 2021 

Handball sessions Reception and KS1

Play Leaders

As outlined in the policy, we aim to provide a safe and stimulating PE curriculum. In addition to this, children are given the opportunity to develop their physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills in a number of ways: 


Play Leaders - in previous years (pre-covid) the children in Year 6 lead activities for the younger children at lunchtimes to foster more positive attitudes to healthy living and to encourage social participation of more reluctant children. 

This year children from 1-6 have been trained in each bubble as play leaders by our school games organiser. The children were taught ways to encourage play and involvement and to help facilitate the 'Personal challenges' which involves children completing various sports skills during break and lunchtimes (see above pictures of some of our leaders)

To assist the children's return to school after lockdown the children have had access to lunchtime sessions with sports coaches who have worked with them on developing their collaborative play and social and communication skills through a variety of games and sports activities.    



Clubs - We have a range of sports clubs in operation including Netball, Football and a multi-skills with our Manchester City coach. This then feeds in to the school sports teams that we currently have, for Football and Netball, both being very popular and successful in recent years. Our Cross Country team trains on a Monday and Friday lunchtime and

competes at several events throughout the year.


Trafford School Sports Partnership - Being a part of this network allows staff to receive up-to-date professional development as well as having the opportunity to enter 'School Games' competitions, competing in a wide range of sporting activities against teams from across Trafford. We have entered events ranging from Tri-Golf to dodgeball tournaments.  


Collaboration - We have the luxury of being in the shadow of several professional sports teams in a range of fields and we have close links with some of these. Children in Lower Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1 have enjoyed cricket lessons with a coach from Lancashire County Cricket Club; children across the school have enjoyed lessons with our Manchester City in the Community coach (who also provides professional development for staff). Children in Year 5 have the opportunity to learn the increasingly popular sport of Lacrosse with their coach from Brooklands Lacrosse Club. 


Trips - Children have had the opportunity to visit local sports facilities in recent years, including the Manchester Thunder Netball, City Football Academy and the Etihad Stadium, as well as Emirates Old Trafford.


Outdoor and Adventurous Activity (OAA) - In addition to the the OAA units covered throughout Key stage 2 children have the opportunity, on their residential to Robinwood in Year 6, to experience a range of adventurous tasks that encourages them to take risk and challenge themselves as well as thinking laterally in a dynamic environment, often in a team situation. 


Personal Best - Competitive PE at our school often revolves around competition with one's self to continually improve personally. We also encourage children to demonstrate the 'School Games' values of Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Determination and Teamwork and these are key indicators of what successful PE will foster. 


Early Years - One of the cornerstones of learning in the Early Years is physical development and its importance in unlocking many other fundamental aspects of development. Children use a wide range of equipment to develop both fine and gross motor skills and the ability to move and handle equipment with increasing confidence. 


Online Programmes - Teachers use 'Go-Noodle' and '5-a-day' to support children with their daily physical activity goals. these online programmes lead children through a range of short 'dance routines' to encourage active learning. Teachers currently use the Primary PE Passport to plan children's learning in PE and this is fantastic resource to support high-quality PE and the progressive development of skills.


Daily Mile - Children complete the daily mile on Wellacre's field along a marked track and we try to ensure that children reach the recommended daily activity levels by promoting initiatives such as this.  We also really enjoyed our 'Santa Fun Run' in December.  


Swimming - Children are taught by qualified coaches across a term so that they are confident and proficient swimmers by the end of Key Stage Two, in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum.