Physical Education and Sport

Physical Education at Woodlands

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.’ Nelson Mandela

The most recent publication released by the Youth Sports Trust epitomised the importance of early experiences of Physical Education within the primary school setting. There were many positive findings from the report, which undeniably forms the foundations of the provision we provide today. (Youth Sport Trust, Strategic Plan 2013-18, updated January 2016)

The main findings outlined that:  
o Sport enhances personal abilities, healthy lifestyles and leadership qualities;
o Sport provides a sense of achievement and raises aspirations;
o Sport offers an introduction to new people, places and experiences;
o Sport can improve education performance across all subjects as well as developing social and personal skills;
o Sport enhances self-confidence, improves learning and offers a way of realising individual dreams. 
‘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


PE at Woodlands

At Woodlands, we use PE 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 Physical Education lessons that will inspire every child to succeed and excel. 

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. PE at Woodlands provides children with the opportunity to learn and develop skills which can be then used within a team and/or individual sport. 

PE provides the children with an opportunity to become physically confident in ways to support their health and fitness and it helps to build character, instill self-discipline and embeds values such as fairness and respect.

School Games Mark

We are delighted to announce that we, Woodlands, achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. 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, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. 

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. As well as 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. 

With a total of 389 children competing in local inter-school competitions during the 2018/19 year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

Sadly our successes were cut short during the 2019/20 academic year due to Covid-19. However, as a school, we were recognised for our ongoing commitment and achievement in the School Games Programme in the 2019/20 Autumn & Spring terms.

If you want to follow Woodlands Sporting success and our blog please follow the link below on the School Games Website:



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