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Mike Wood

Physical Education


My name is Mike Wood and I am PE subject leader at Elm Hall Primary School. At Elm Hall we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children’s basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and healthy lifestyle. We value the importance of having a healthy body and mind, and we are proud ambassadors of the Children's Health Project which centres around four healthy pillars; healthy thoughts, healthy eating, healthy habits and healthy bodies. 

Opportunities are given to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Children have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities and demonstrate their new skills in intra and inter sports competitions. All children have the opportunity to take part in sports day in the summer term.

How we teach PE at Elm Hall Primary School

At Elm Hall we have developed a challenging and well sequenced curriculum that enables our children to achieve their very best. In EYFS pupils move towards developing good control and co-ordination in small and large movements. Children should be developing fundamental skills with confidence, safely negotiating space and trying new activities in the process. In Key Stage one, children develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

When children reach Key Stage two, they continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

PE is taught by class teachers and by external providers. These specialist coaches enable teachers to further develop their skills and we have seen a huge impact on children's enjoyment of PE lessons through the variety of teaching approaches they have experienced. PE is taught through half termly blocks, including swimming in Key Stage Two. For more information about our amazing PE curriculum please see the document below. 

Subject Ambassadors at Elm Hall

Our PE Subject Ambassadors are:

Year 4-Aidan

Year 5-Jesse

Year 6 -Evie-May

Year 6-Eva F

What our children say about PE. .

'I have really enjoyed running this year. I have developed my running and swimming. I'm proud of developing stamina.' Jack, Year 5

'I like doing PE' Presley, Year 2

'I would like to be an ambassador one day. I am good at being kind to others in PE lessons. I love football!' Harrison, Year 2'

I make sure I am respectful in PE. I love to play with others' Aiden, Year 2

'I love exercising! My favourite parts of PE are running races!' Metilda, Year 5

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