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Willow Bank Junior School

Physical Education



At Willow Bank Junior School, we believe that Physical Education, in a supportive environment, forms an important part of the total education of the child, contributing to their physical, social and emotional development.


We aim to develop positive attitudes to Physical Education and teach how physical exercise affects the body.  We also help all the children to develop a sense of fair play and the ability to cope with success and failure, through the teaching of skills that can be transferred from one activity to another.





In line with the National Curriculum, Physical Education is taught within the following contexts:


  • Dance
  • Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor activities
  • Athletics


PE is timetabled twice a week for every class within school giving children the chance to keep healthy and enjoy physical activity and sport. We have a PE specialist teacher who undertakes PE across the school and works with all children over the course of the year.


Swimming tuition is offered to all children in the summer term of Year 4. This is delivered by qualified swimming instructors off-site as part of a local programme. This gives children of all abilities the great opportunity to experience swimming, with additional Top-Up sessions in Year 6, and helps us to achieve the national Year 6 Swimming and Water-Safety Targets. 


We offer a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities run both by the school and through external providers.

During their time at Willow Bank Junior School, all pupils have opportunities to participate in collaborative sporting events with other local schools




At Willow Bank Junior School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are givenwith the opportunities to develop skills and to achieve their personal best.


We encourage our pupils to be physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom and on their mental wellbeing. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in later life.  All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson.


Monitoring of PE is undertaken by the Subject Leader and the Senior Leadership Team through pupil voice discussions, feedback from staff, planning reviews and PE observations.