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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 School Games Gold 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, multisports, cycling, tennis, running, gymnastics, football and health & 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

Mini Olympics - KS1 - Years 1

In March, 14 children from year 1 competed in their first ever competition at the Mini Olympics at Newham Indoor hub against other local schools. Some of the children have been attending the after school club we are providing to help prepare them for upcoming competitions and this certainly helped their confidence. 

Although we didn't come in medal position this time, the children really enjoyed the experience and were excellent representatives of EWPS. Well done to all those who took part. 

Jambusters- leave your car at home

 Thank you to everyone who supported our Jambusters Competition - we had a tremendous number of children and their families leave their cars at home and walk, scoot or ride to school.

I am delighted to announce that Dolphin Class are the winners this term with 96.15% of the class taking part. Well done to everyone who got involved and especially Dolphin class. We will repeat the event next term - watch this space for further details. 

Tri-Golf - KS2 - Year 5

 8 children from year 5 represented Ellen Wilkinson at the Tri-Golf Competition. There were 11 schools taking part from the borough and we came 4th, qualifying for the finals in the summer. Our children were fantastic role models and I am delighted that this was recognised by the organisers who gave us one of only two awards for excellent teamwork. Well done to those who took part! 

The team are busy practising for the finals now. 

Indoor Athletics - KS2 - Years 3/4

On the 20th February, 16 children from years 3 and 4 competed in an athletics competition at the Newham Indoor Hub. Whilst we weren’t placed in the top 3, our children were great sports people showing excellent teamwork, encouraging each other and demonstrating resilience. Well done to our athletes

Swimming - KS2 - Year 4

Our year 4 children all have the opportunity to learn how to swim at Newham Leisure Centre. With many of us living near water, swimming is an essential life skill and for the first half of the year, Seahorse class has been attending a swimming lesson every week. At the beginning of the year, some of our children were unable to swim. They have shown great resilience and I am delighted to report that every child can now swim at least 5m with many of them swimming a length of the pool which is 25m! 

The children in Seahorse received their certificates last week in assembly. Well done to all of them. 

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


Rebecca Ellis 

PE and Healthy Schools Leader