PE & Sport

PE at Willow Wood

EYFS - In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children begin to improve their movement skills. Teachers begin to develop their agility, balance and coordination.

Key stage 1 - Pupils develop their movement skills. They extend their agility, balance and coordination. They engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities. These include games, dance and gymnastics.

Key stage 2 -  Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. They use these skills in competitive games and performances. They also evaluate their own and others’ work. Pupils communicate and collaborate with each other. They learn how to improve in physical activities. There are many chances for children to take part in competitions in school and against other schools. We celebrate their successes.

Active 60

All children and young people take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday!


To meet the Chief Medical Officers’ guidance on physical activity, schools, parents and the sport sector must work together to ensure that children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan, at least 30 minutes should take place in schools, and the remaining 30 outside the school day.


The Benefits of Physical Activity:

Physical activity has many health benefits. It can help children maintain a healthy weight and build healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It also puts them on the path to a healthier lifestyle, which is important, considering that active children are more likely to become active and healthy adults. Compared with those who are not active, physically active youth have higher levels of aerobic fitness, stronger muscles, and stronger bones.

In addition to the health benefits, physical activity has a strong impact on academic performance and social skills.


Research shows that 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity can help children in the following ways:

  • Improved test scores, grades, and time management skills
  • Boosted concentration, memory and classroom behavior
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Strengthened social and cooperative skills, such as teamwork and problem solving
  • Reduced anxiety and stress


Studies show that physically active students score higher on standardised tests and have better grades, particularly in Maths, English and reading. Playtime and classroom activity breaks show positive association with indicators of cognitive skills, attitudes, and academic behaviour and achievement.  When children are active their blood flow increases, improving memory and concentration, which are essential in the classroom, and hormones are released that can improve their mood and reduce anxiety and stress.

Sports Leaders

Every year train new sports leaders from our Year 6 cohort. These children are responsible for running interhouse competitions, encouraging other children to take part in physical activities at lunchtime, sharing new initiatives and ideas and support during sports day. We also have sports councillors who are involved with reporting back pupil voice and taking responsibility of our break time active bags. By having sports leaders encourage pupil voice and participation. These children are also developing their leadership skills and always manage to involve lots of their peers into sport!


Next Autumn term our new sports leaders will also run a change for life club that targets children who would not normally attend a sports club and encourages them to find a part of sport that they might enjoy