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Winstanley Community Primary School

Everyone, Every Day

Physical Education

We follow the requirements of the National Curriculum in physical education.

At WCPS we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. The physical education curriculum aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self- confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities. 

We have adopted The Real PE scheme of work that is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils. The scheme aims to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, through a balanced range of relevant activities. Physical education is considered as a vehicle to facilitate access to learning behaviours (personal, social, creative, cognitive, physical, health and fitness) that can be applied in all subjects rather than exclusively with the acquisition of motor skills and techniques. 

Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 have two PE lessons every week. Currently at Winstanley, we provide a wide range of sporting experiences for our children. We feel it is important to facilitate a safe space where children can experience physical activities and challenges. Children have the opportunity to explore the fundamental skills needed within Physical Education so that they can build on their skills each session and then be able to implement them into a game/task. Year 4 children experience swimming lessons, aiming for all children to have completed the three national curriculum outcomes by the time they leave us in Year 6.

Nursery and Reception pupils have many opportunities to engage in physical and healthy learning experiences within their learning environment, which includes both indoor and outdoor provision. Planned activities by practitioners are put in place to ensure the children are accessing all of the Physical Development and Health and Self-care outcomes across all age bands. 


We aim to provide a range of physical enrichment activities across the school through our ‘Before and After’ school clubs ran by fit4play, and also working alongside our Wigan West schools competing in Wigan School Games. Within key stage 2 we have both successful school teams in rugby, football and netball. 


At the end of each topic, children are assessed against their understanding and knowledge of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. 

How can I help my child at home?

We feel it is important that all children engage with positive role models to encourage and support their physical and mental well-being. Within our locality, we are very fortunate that we have a wealth of clubs on offer for our children to attend with peers from school and other local schools. This give the children the opportunity to explore new sports and that ability to challenge and compete within a competitive sport.