Physical Education and Sport

Physical Education at Woodlands

According to the most recent publication released by the Youth Sports Trust (Youth Sport Trust, Strategy 2018-2022), the power of sport, physical education and physical activity should be used to build:

* individual life skills, such as: confidence, resilience, teamwork and creativity

* connections between people: inclusive opportunities, community cohesion

* enhanced support networks 

and which increase life chances through:

*greater attainment and achievement

*improved physical, social and emotional wellbeing

*healthier lifestyles

‘By using the power of sport, we invest in young people as the foundation of our society and provide a development pathway to adulthood. We know that by raising the quality of PE and sport in schools through high quality interventions, we can improve standards, increase achievements and raise attainment levels to fundamentally impact on young people’ s lives.’

Sir John Beckwith CBE President, Youth Sport Trust



At Woodlands, our intent is to use Physical Education as a vehicle to build confidence, increase self-esteem, develop motor skills, acquire knowledge and cultivate positive values and attitudes for the development of an active and healthy lifestyle.  We aim to deliver high-quality PE lessons that will inspire every child to succeed and excel. We also endeavour to provide children with a variety of extra-curricular sporting clubs and events to partake in.


PE at Woodlands provides children with the opportunity to learn and develop skills which can then be used within a team and/or individual sport. We provide the children with experiences in a range of team sports and individual activities such as football, tag rugby, basketball, gymnastics and dance as well as less mainstream sports such as judo, archery and orienteering. 

At Woodlands, we teach 2 hours of PE every week. 1 hour is dedicated to outdoor units, such as football, tennis, athletics, basketball, and 1 hour is dedicated to indoor topics which include dance, gymnastics and judo. The units of work will change every half term for both the indoor and outdoor PE sessions. As a school we are also committed to helping children achieve their 60 minutes of physical activity every day. One way we support this is by completing our Daily Golden Mile. We also have sports coaches available at lunch time to play and support sport games with the children.

As part of out School Sport Partnership, staff are offered many CPD opportunities to enhance and develop their own subject knowledge and confidence in teaching PE. We endeavour for each year group to have one PE topic supported by specialist coaches who work closely with our teaching staff to further develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of both them and our children.

School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust, to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

During the last uninterupted school year of 2018/19, we were delighted to have been recognised for our success in PE and school sport by achieving the School Games Gold Mark Award. 

Our sporting achievements of the 2018/19 year included: winning local football, netball and athletic inter-school events as well as finishing first in the Y5 Everton mini kickers, second Y5/6 Netball regional finals and third Y5/6 regional football finals. It also included competing in regional finals in indoor athletics, gymnastics and quad athletics. Not forgetting being highly competitive in street dance, dodgeball, orienteering and tri-golf: competitions which children competed in for the first time this year. 

Sadly our successes were unable to continue during the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic year due to Covid-19. However, as a school, we were recognised for our ongoing commitment and achievement in the School Games Programme throughout the pandemic.

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