Our Approach to Physical Education

Physical Education at Home

At Whitegate Primary School, we believe that all children have the right to live happy and active lives. Below, are a series of links to a large range of physical activities to help your child remain active during lockdown.



VRSSP: 100 activities that can be done on their own or as a family. This is from our local sports partnership the Vale Royal School Sport Partnership and can be found here: https://valeroyalschoolsport.org/activity-challenges/


BBC Supermovers: A great way to get active with the curriculum! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers


Nike: Active Kids do Better: A range of activities to help you and your children to get active and moving! https://www.activekidsdobetter.co.uk/active-home


This Girl Can: ‘Sing and dance alongs’ to many of the Disney classic. (Those Boys can too!) https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/disney-workouts/


Change 4Life: Some free videos, activities and advice from the NHS on how to stay fit and healthy as a family. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life


SportEngland: Some advice and activities that can be done at home to keep everyone fit and healthy. https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home


Youth Sport Trust: Some ideas for games and activities. Access to their “60 Second Challenges”! https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0


Multi-Skills Challenge: From the Vale Royal School Sport Partnership. A video and resources to help your child try loads of fun activities using a wide range of skills. https://valeroyalschoolsport.org/vale-royal-multi-skills-challenge/





At Whitegate Church of England Primary School we ensure that the children access two hours of PE over the week, throughout the school year. During these lessons children are given the opportunity to become physically confident in a way which supports their long-term health and fitness. The children are given the opportunity to develop fundamental skills and apply them when engaging in competitive activities. The curriculum we provide encourages children to develop competences and skills to excel in a broad range of physical activities across dance, gymnastics and games.

All pupils also have the opportunity to swim during KS2. Lessons are held at Sir John Deanes Lesiure Centre. Children develop an understanding of water safety and are provided with the opportunity to develop their range of swimming strokes.

By the end of KS2, if not before, it is our aim for all children to be able to swim over a distance of at least 25 metres competently, confidently and proficiently. Children have the opportunity to complete Bike ability training with Cycle Experience, a national bike awareness cycling program which trains the children in riding safely on the road and provides them with a understanding of basic first aid.

Children have the opportunity to attend a wide range of clubs, which aid confidence and development of skills, but also offer opportunities to work collaboratively within a pair or team, think creatively and challenge themselves physically. We have a lunchtime Football coaching session which will run for different KS2 groups throughout the year and run extra coaching sessions prior to competitive tournaments to ensure our children are as prepared as possible.

Our Year 6 are trained as Physkids leaders and facilitate collaborative, fun, active games for younger pupils during playtime. A team of Year 5 children were trained and run a 'Step-up' club, twice a week at lunchtimes supported by a Midday Assistant; they organise activities to bring about a 'Change for Life' in attitude to exercise and encourage children in how to make healthy choices.

All children are encouraged to represent the school in PE at Whitegate and undertake a fair selection process. Whilst we are ambitious to achieve well, we also recognise that it is important to be inclusive. With this in mind, the school has participated in a range of organised, inter-school competitions as well as participarting in inclusive events organised by the Vale Royal Sports Partnership.


Government Aim - To improve the quality and delivery of Physical Education in schools


  • Specialist PE teacher/coach to deliver quality Physical Education lessons being brought in to lead sessions in their particular areas of sport.
  • All teachers to experience a range of CPD opportunities, with their own class and across the primary age range where possible, to enable improved quality and delivery of PE and understanding of skill progression.
  • Offer a wider variety of sporting and activity clubs to a wider age-range across the whole week, term and year


  • Children will have access to a variety of sports including Rugby, Hockey, Dodgeball, Netball, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket, Gymnastics and Dance. These sporting activities will be provided by the PE teacher or specialist provider in that field.

Government Aim - To engage in competitive sports and activities.


  • To provide a fully inclusive opportunity for any pupil to take part in competitive sports via the Vale Royal Sports Partnership.
  • We are a member of the Hartford High School Sports cluster and we will enter chosen competitions run by Hartford High School and VRSP. We play games against other schools in our designated league and then enter a knock out competition depending on the number of games won, lost and drawn.
  • Develop a school football and netball team, who are positively recognised for their contribution to the school community. 


  • There will be teams from all year groups sent to compete in a range of events run by the Vale Royal Sports Partnership. We have already been successful in some of the competitions. This is having a positive impact on children’s confidence in competitive sport, which will continue to build as the year progresses.
  • A large number of children will be involved in after school clubs this year. With the new facility of a school hall we have introduced a dance and gymnastic club.


Government Aim - To lead healthy, active lives.


  • During lunch time we provide different resources so children can access physical activity and take ownership of what activity the want to play.
  • During playtime and lunch time we offer access to Physkids and Change4Life clubs run by KS2 leaders, who promote collaborative activities for younger pupils or targeted groups of children, who may benefit from engagement in activity.
  • We have a healthy snack policy in school and provide KS1 with a healthy fruit or vegetable snack every break time.


  • Children are active every day either through break or lunch time activities or through the delivery of a quality Physical Education lesson.
  • Children enjoy being active and take part in whole school activities such as the Golden Mile challenge. 

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Whitegate CE Primary School


Chair of Governors:
Mrs Cotterill

Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Susan Knight

Main Contact: Mrs Michelle Shephard, School Business Manager

Tel: 01606 212203