Washingwell Community Primary School

Achievement for all



Physical Education (PE)


Vision Statement:


At Washingwell School we all recognise the importance of raising sporting achievement and performance in order to improve the health and well-being of our all our pupils. Our aim is to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum, as well as offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities.


We believe that a rich and varied PE curriculum can improve attainment, attendance and behaviour. In addition, we want to inspire a love of sport in order to raise the level of physical activity of our pupils outside of school. Through our PE provision we aim to develop the skills and attitudes needed for every child to enjoy the physical and social benefits of lifelong participation in physical activity and healthy living.


Our school bases the core work in PE around the National Curriculum which aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.


What does PE offer children? How does it enhance the curriculum?


  • It allows children to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility, co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Opportunity to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Builds perseverance, resilience and competitiveness.
  • Encourages physical confidence and supports health and fitness.
  • Improves mood and self-esteem


What use is it to children in later life? 


  • Helps maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Encourages active participation in sporting activities and clubs.
  • Promotes positive mental health and well-being.
  • Skills learnt are essential for future employment prospects in careers such as coaching, sports science, teaching, physiotherapist, diet/fitness instructor.