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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 for the second year running 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

At each stage of your child's education we assess their skills against the expected levels in each area of PE. The PE coaches and class teachers use assessment from each lesson to plan the following lessons and support the children who may need more practise. Children who are achieving highly in sport will be identified for selection to external coaching such as Newham Athletics and Chelsea football trials. 

Curriculum map and key documents

PE Curriculum and Assessment

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

Rebecca Ellis 

PE and Healthy Schools Leader



Sporting competitions 2018-2019

Change 4 Life Champions Training 

Last week, some of our sports leaders attended training at Eastlea School. Our children worked with sports leaders in years 7-10 to create activities and opportunities for children in our school to stay active and keep fit. 

They will be using this training to help others in the playground at break and lunch times. 



Gymnastics and Dance 

Our students have been participating in additional PE sessions with experts in dance and gymnastics. Our specialist coaches from Kick London will spend a term with each class throughout this academic year. In addition, our class teachers are receiving  training to enable them to deliver excellent PE lessons in the future. 

Last term, years 5 and 6 did Street Dance and learnt a range of grooves. It was lovely to see the children gain confidence as they became familiar with the moves and this culminated in a performance to the school before Christmas. This term, years 1 and 4 will be learning some new routines. We look forward to seeing how they progress. 

In gymnastics, the children have been learning how to use equipment safely and learn the different positions such as pike or straddle. Last term, years 1 and 2 enjoyed developing their skills. Year 3 and 5 have just started but are already displaying some excellent skills and potential talent.  

Year 5 displaying their balancing skills 
Learning straddle position

Year 1 and 2 Mini-Olympics 

Last week, some of our youngest children represented their school in the Mini Olympics at the Newham Hub. They took part in a variety of circuit sports including skipping, balance and ball skills. With an international theme, we were given Ireland as our country and the children had flags to wave. 

It was a great afternoon and the children did really well securing 4th place. 

Well done to all who took part! 


Talent Spotting

Over the last two weeks, the coaches from Cumberland Sports Partnership have been talent spotting amongst our year 5 and 6 children for the Newham Athletics Team. 

They usually identify two or three children in each school but eleven of our children were picked with two borough records being broken during the testing! 

The children really impressed the coaches and some have been given an invitation to join the athletics club on Monday evenings and will hopefully be selected to represent Newham in future competitions. 

Well done to everyone who took part and good luck to the children who were selected. 

Mrs Ellis 

Sports Leaders 2018-19

Our new Sports Leaders have been chosen following a tough selection process. Each child had to complete an application form and attend an interview. This year our year 5 Leaders are joined by six year 4 children helping them to support sport and games in the playground. 

The Leaders had a training session last week with our Sports Partnership at Cumberland. They learnt all about their new role and what skills they will need. 

They have already started their first job which is to do an audit of activities available at lunch time and shorty they will be redesigning these.

Well done to all those who were successfully appointed!



Cross Country Competition  - West Ham Park

Last Thursday, 24 children from year 4, 5 and 6 travelled to West Ham Park to take park in our first competition of the academic year.

The course was challenging, with the year 4 children running 1600 metres and the year 5 and 6 children running 1800 metres.

All our children put in 100% effort and showed great resilience. We had some fantastic runs - in particular, our year 6 girls came 2nd overall, which was a fantastic achievement against some very tough competition.

A big thank you to the staff that supported them and well done to all those who took part.