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Ellen Wilkinson
Primary School

PE and Healthy Schools


At Ellen Wilkinson we see physical education as an important and valuable area within the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle which is reinforced during their weekly lessons. We strive to support all pupils in developing their skills in various sports. Pupils of all abilities are entered into borough competitions throughout the year, which give them the opportunities to apply the skills and develop a sense of sportsmanship.

We have been awarded the Silver Sainsbury’s School Games mark in recognition of the work we do in Physical Education at Ellen Wilkinson Primary School.

How we teach PE

A minimum of two hours of physical activity is built into the curriculum each week. Pupils experience two types of Physical education per week, usually an indoor and outdoor sport. Each unit is designed to support pupils in building on previous skills and widening their experience of a range of different sports. Our lessons are delivered by teaching staff and also trained sports coaches which enable the pupils to experience a wide range of different sports. In year 4, children attend swimming lessons at Newham Leisure Centre, with an extremely high proportion of the children swimming by the end of the year.  In addition all children have the opportunity to attend after school clubs which include, Basketball, Multisport, Running, Gymnastics, Football and health and Fitness. Furthermore, children have the opportunity of developing their skills in preferred sports and adding to their daily amount of sporting activities during lunchtime activities set up for them. 

How we know your child is succeeding

In PE we follow a gold, silver and bronze assessment format. For each section there are a set of objectives that the children need to meet so that they are able to achieve that status. The objectives are taken from the PE unit that is being followed at that time. The objectives are displayed in the classroom so that pupils are able to self-assess and plan for their next steps. This system also supports teachers in tracking and furthering pupil’s development.

Curriculum map and key documents

PE and Healthy Schools Overview

Sporting competitions

Football - KS2 - Year 6

First competition of the year, pupils played well but struggled to make it through to the semi-finals.

Cross Country - KS2 - Years 4/5/6

Both pupils and staff expressed that both the distance and route were challenging to all. With a minimum of 60 pupils running each race our pupils ranked in the top 20 each time. Out of the 16 schools entered we managed to come in 3rd place in the year 4 boys race and in 2nd place in the year 6 girls race. 

Mini-Olympics - KS1 - Years 1/2

The pupils worked well as a team to achieve their very best. For most, this was their very first competition. 

Table Tennis - KS2 - Years 5/6

This was a particularly challenging competition since table tennis is not covered in our PE curriculum; however the pupils were able to apply their experience of playing at lunchtime and also in out of school hours. The A team made it through to the semi-finals. 

Basketball - KS2 - Years 5/6

Pupils played to an exceptional standard, winning two of their group games and drawing in the last. As a result the team secured a position in the semi-finals which they also won. Sadly they were one basket short of winning the final. Well done for bringing home the runners up trophy.

Handball - KS2 - Years 5/6

Both teams played well as a team and showed great sportsmanship throughout the competition. Unfortunately Team B did not manage to secure a place in the semi -finals; however Team A won all of their group games and secured their position. In a gruelling extra time of the semi- finals Team A managed to score two more goals which pushed them through to the finals. An extremely tough game followed where we conceded two goals. Well done to Team A for bringing home the runners up trophy.

If you would like to find out more information please contact:

Sarah Curtis

PE and Healthy Schools Leader