Physical Education

PE and School Sport

PE and School Sport has an extremely high profile at St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy. For the past 3 years, we have been awarded the gold ‘School Games Mark accreditation’ for our outstanding provision in PE and School Sport. We strive to inspire all pupils to develop healthy lifestyles and succeed and achieve in sport and physical activity. We do this on a regular basis with our children completing a ‘Get fit in 15’ activity session. Our Christian Values and Sporting Values of fairness and respect are all embedded within PE and Sport at St. Wilfrid’s.

Our PE Leadership Team consists of Mr Price (Specialist Primary PE Teacher), Miss Banks (Dance Specialist Teacher), Mr Willock (Part Time Specialist PE Teacher) and Miss Davies (Year 2 teacher). St. Wilfrid’s CE Primary Academy is also part of the Wigan North Consortia PE Cluster Group, with Mr Price one of the lead teachers in the working group.


Children at St. Wilfrid’s CE Primary Academy access a ‘high quality’ PE Curriculum. All pupils have a minimum of 2 hours of structured ‘Physical Activity’ every week. This may be through structured PE lessons, Swimming lessons (in our own swimming pool) or Physical Activity sessions.

Specialist teachers are utilised effectively to ensure that provision is ‘outstanding’ in PE and School Sport. Our Specialist PE Teacher, Mr Price, delivers PE lessons to pupils in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. Class teachers are given opportunities to routinely observe ‘good practise’. In Year 1 and Year 2, our Part Time Specialist PE Teacher, Mr Willock, works closely with teaching staff in the delivery of PE. Miss Banks, our specialist Dance Teachers, delivers physical activity session and dance lessons across Key Stage 2.

Within this model, the specialist teacher and class teachers plan collaboratively. The specialist teacher then models ‘good practise’ in PE, whilst the class teachers observe, and supports the teaching and learning. This progresses into ‘team teaching’, with the specialist teacher and class teacher jointly delivering the lesson. Finally, the class teacher takes more responsibility of the delivery, whilst the specialist teacher supports and provides constructive feedback. This is a highly effective process in developing the Continuous Professional Development of teachers, whilst ensuring pupils access ‘high quality’ provision in PE and School Sport.

PE Lessons in Key Stage 1 focus on the Fundamental Movement Skills. Children are given opportunities to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging situations. In Key Stage 2, we focus on developing a broader range of skills and how to apply them in competitive small sided games. Children are encouraged to be reflective learners, evaluating and recognising their own success and achievements of others.

At St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy, pupils  from Year 2 to Year 6 have regular swimming lessons at our onsite swimming pool. They swim competently, confidently and proficiently, using a range of strokes. They are given opportunities to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations and participate in competitive water sports, including swimming galas, aquathlons and triathlons. 

Developing ‘Outdoor Adventurous Activity’ is one of the key priorities in our PE Action Plan. During the Summer Term 2014, we had an extremely successful whole school ‘Outdoor Learning’ Themed Week. Children participated in a range of outdoor adventurous activities, including climbing and a range of problem solving activities. We have also had the school professionally mapped, with a permanent orienteering course planned and marked out. This is used for delivering OAA within the PE Curriculum and during After School Clubs.

We also offer two residential educational visits a year. Pupils in Year 5 are given opportunity to go to Winmarleigh Hall, Preston, for a one night residential, where the focus is geography skills and problem solving. Year 6 pupils are invited to go to Boreatton Park for a two night visit. The objectives of this trip are to develop skills in outdoor adventurous activity, through teamwork and challenge. Children experience a range of activities, including quad biking, abseiling, kayaking, zip wire, giant swing, high ropes etc. Both visits are extremely popular and are valuable in both educational and social development.

As part of the PE Curriculum, pupils in Year 6 access Bikeability Training. This course is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st Century, designed to give the pupils the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. Children complete the Level 1 course in the schools grounds, whilst the Level 2 course takes place on the roads in the local community.

Cross Curricular Links 

Every year, we arrange for a sportsperson to visit our school. This has included GB Men’s Gymnast and TV Presenter, Craig Heap, St. Helens Rugby League and England International, Jonny Lomax, Paralympian Swimmer Matt Walker, Former-Solder and current Paralympian Athlete Derek Derenalagi, GB Paralympic Spring Canoeist Kelda Wood and GB Fencer Mary Cohen. The purpose of the visit is to motivate and inspire the children and give them first-hand experience of meeting role-models in professional sport. Along with pupils from other local Primary Schools, our Year 6 children enjoy a more in depth presentation and are given the opportunity to ask questions. This is then used as a stimulus for a writing project within English Lessons.     

There are many links between PE and Science. In Science lessons children learn about health and fitness and how this has an impact on their body, as well as their lives. Pupils learn about the human body, healthy food choices, hygiene, exercise and mental health. We work alongside a range of external partners, including Wigan Active Living Team, Happy Healthy Kids and Wigan Mental Health.

Out of School Hours Clubs

Many children regularly attend after school sports clubs throughout the year. During the last academic year 83% of pupils attended at least one after school club. Children from across the school can access clubs in a wide range of sports including, football, tag-rugby, netball, hockey, basketball, athletics, cross country, rounders, kwik-cricket,  dodgeball, multi-skills, orienteering and street dance. We have also previously worked in partnership with Wigan Youth Zone and have devised a 5 to 6 week programme where pupils can access ‘physical activity’ through more ‘exotic’ sports e.g. archery, fencing, rock climbing, boxercise, Skate Park etc. 

After school sports clubs are delivered by teaching staff or external agencies. We have developed strong partnerships with local providers, such as Skillwise Sport and Wigan Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, and Professional Clubs, such as Wigan Athletic, Wigan Warriors, Wigan RUFC, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Wigan Tennis Club and Bellingham Tennis Club. Specialist coaches from Skillwise Sport and Wigan Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles regularly deliver after school clubs. These may be funded by school or through a small contribution. When there is a charge for a club, this is limited to £2.50 per session. The provision of extra-curricular clubs is carefully monitored by the PE Leadership Team.


Competition has a high profile at St. Wilfrid’s CE Primary Academy. We continue to run a half termly whole school ‘Intra School’ Competition. Every half term children are given a ‘Challenge’, based on one of the Fundamental Movement Skills e.g. three spring jump, drop-step-catch, throw-wall-catch, speed bounce. A baseline score is recorded for every pupil and children are encouraged to develop this skill, both at school and home. At the end of the half term, children perform this challenge and their final score is recorded. Children are awarded prizes for a range of achievements. These include best score, biggest improvement and demonstrating sporting values. ‘Spirit of the Games’ awards are presented to children who show Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Self-belief, Passion and Determination.

For many years, we have been extremely successful in local, regional and national sports competitions. Last year, many of our pupils attended festivals or competed in competitions and tournaments. We won competitions locally in, football, rugby league, swimming, cross country and athletics. Our ‘Quad Kids’ Athletics Team were Greater Manchester Champions of 2015 and runners up in 2016, whilst our Sportshall Athletics Team finished 5th overall at the Greater Manchester Winter School Games. Success in sport is shared throughout the school and our pupils are extremely proud of their own and other’s achievements. The school website and twitter are also used to share and celebrate our experiences and achievements in sport.


During the Summer Term, all pupils in Year 5 undertake training as a ‘Play Leader’ and develop leadership skills. This involves planning, organising and delivering structured games for younger pupils. At the beginning of Year 6, pupils can apply to become a ‘Play Leader’. The team of ‘Play Leaders’ provide structured ‘physical activity’ sessions for all pupils from Reception to Year 6, under the guidance of coaches from Wigan Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles. Children are monitored and leadership skills are evaluated.

Pupils work collaboratively across the school in a range of contexts in PE and Sport. We use a ‘Buddy System’ in different ‘physical activities’, in which older children support younger children. There are opportunities for children in different year groups to work alongside each other during themed days and weeks. For example, Healthy Lifestyle Week, Outdoor Learning Week, Sports Days and Intra School Competitions.


“As a result of the work culminating in Healthy School status pupils are very aware of the need to lead a healthy lifestyle. There are many opportunities for them to take part in sporting activities, and levels of participation are are high.”                          

Ofsted, September 2007

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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