Physical Education at Ellwood Community Primary School


Our mission: As athletes we are active, healthy and display good sportsmanship

We are passionate to give as many children as possible the opportunity to complete in a variety of competitions and children having the opportunities to learn arrange of sport. It is also important that we create sport leaders that support children at lunch time to support playtime games and to promote our school values. We thrive to provide children with opportunities to develop lifelong skills and a ‘never give up attitude’ through a variety of sports such as, biking, dance, yoga and gymnastics.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We are delighted to have been recognised for our success and have received a Gold award! This is an amazing achievement to receive the Gold School Games award for our commitment to encouraging children to be active, our PE curriculum and provision, good progression and skills mapped across the school, new opportunities to try different sports, wellbeing, vast range of clubs, competitions, taster days and our provision for all children. The award also looks at the support we give children to develop their well-being and healthy lifestyles. We needed to provide a lot of evidence to be able to receive a Gold award and this demonstrates our commitment to developing the whole child and not just focusing on the academic side of education.

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, staff skills, well-being, being active, planning, assessment, curriculum and clubs and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

Mrs Milford would like to thank all staff (especially Miss Hek for her hard work for submitting the application), staff and children for their hard work and efforts achieving this award, we couldn't have done it without you!!
PE Policy: 
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PE Skills and Knowledge Progression Overview:
Beech Summer 1 
This term in PE we are developing our fitness and athletic skills.
Beech enjoying their biking sessions
Archery Taster Day 2023-2024
2023-2024 Learning 
Oak class have been enjoying exploring "The Jungle" during their PE lessons using the Jungle Journey programme. The children have practised their listening skills to keep safe in PE, they have also been learning skills such as balancing, ball control, core control, team work and exploring different methods of movement around the jungle (hall). Oak class have really enjoyed their first few weeks of PE in school.
Gymnastics School Competition
We have been very successful with Gymnastics over the years. We won the local gymnastics competition in 2019, 2020, 2023 and again more recently in 2024. 
In the 2024 competition we had numerous first placings and were the highest scoring school.
The children really enjoy it and we are lucky to be able to train in the Forest of Dean Gymnastic Centre and make use of their fantastic facilities. 
2022-2023 Learning 
Celebrating outside of school achievements
Well done Phoebe, who competed in the Quatro League Teamgym competition at Cardiff. Phoebe and two others in her team placed 1st place receiving a gold medal and a trophy. We are very proud of you Phoebe!
Well done Leia who is doing really well in her swimming lessons! 
Sporting Events
Well done to the girls’ football team today! They played an excellent game drawing two games and losing one making it through to the semi-finals.
Here are some snaps below of our recent netball tournament we took part in. Unfortunately this time around we didn't make the final but the team put in a good performance, well done everyone. It was good fun and helped us to build our resilience!
Beech Class Spring 1 2023
This term the children in Beech class are developing their athletic skills this term with the Prostars team.
Year 1 are attending the Gymnastics centre to develop their balancing and coordination skills. Alongside our PE lessons Chestnut class are developing their skills in dance with Mrs Reeve and Miss Evans from Progressive Sports.
Spring 2023
This term to enhance our teaching and learning Mr Clarke from Progressive Sports has been working with Miss Hek and Mrs Aston in delivering 'Ball Skills' in Beech Class and 'Fundamental Skills' in Chestnut Class. Mr Clarke has also supported our Sports Leaders at lunch time with teaching new games and running the afterschool Fencing club. We are very grateful for this opportunity to develop our teaching of PE and the children have enjoyed their time with Mr Clarke. We are looking forward to working with Progressive Sports again in the Spring Term.
Chestnut Class 2022-2023
This term we are focusing on developing our fundamental skills. skipping, balancing, running and hopping.
 YOGA club 
Fencing Club
Netball Club
Girl's Football Team
Wednesday 12th October 2022
Today KS1 and Year 3 had the fantastic opportunity to learn how to play archery. KS2 had a great time playing tennis! The children demonstrated our school values, respect, responsibility and friendship.
Well done everyone and thank you Darren who supported us today. 
Sports Day
On Tuesday 28th June, we held our annual sports day. It was fantastic to experience this together this year as a school, for the first time since 2019! It was great to see so many parents and family members come to see the sports afternoon. Despite the wind, the children were demonstrating teamwork, resilience and determination. At Ellwood School our aims are to provide children with a range of skills for their future. Our focus this year was for the children to develop their social skills, teamwork and communication skills. Well done to all of the children who took part, you all tried your best and should be so proud. During the carousel activities the children had great fun earning points for their house group, whilst practising skills such as throwing and catching and jumping. This was followed on by the track events where the children were working together to score more points for their house group.
Thank you to Cam, Conner and Miss Hek for organising the afternoon and to the staff for supporting the event.
Well done to Goldfinch House for being the sports day cup winner this year!
Chestnut and Oak class are enjoying YOGA this term!
Autumn Term 2021
On Wednesday 13th October, a team made up of Year 5 and 6 children from Ellwood took part in the Gloucestershire Cross-Country race held at Five Acres High School.
Overall, there were around 120 children in each race (separate boys and girls races). We didn't achieve a top place this time but the children showed great enthusiasm and amazing sportsmanship. Their behaviour and overall attitude was super. A big well done to these children for their effort! We are very proud of you!
A special mention to Alfie Pritchard who came 5th overall in the boys race! 
Year 6 Kwik Cricket competition
Congratulations to our year 6 kwik cricket team who had a great day at the kwik cricket festival. They won their 2 pool matches by a significant number of runs and were narrowly beaten in the final by 12 runs. A fantastic achievement - well done!
Spring Term 2021
Chestnut and Beech classes have been enjoying BRAVE sessions delivered through the Gloucester Rugby Cherry and White's school programme. The sessions focus on the core values of Gloucester Rugby (Belong, Resilience, Accountable, Visionary, Excellence) and also incorporate the ‘5 ways to well-being’.
The children have enjoyed developing their social and emotional skills in a fun and engaging way.
County Virtual Sports Day - July 2020
This week the children in school took part in a virtual sports day held across the county. Competing in 3 different challenges, the scores were added together and calculated as a mean result. We had particularly high scores in the speed bounce challenge. Well done to all those who took part.
At EYFS and KS1 our main focus in on developing gross and fine motor skills and ensuring that the children have the ability to run, jump, balance, throw, catch and kick.  As we practice, our abilities improve and we enjoy staying active in our learning.
Forest of Dean Hockey Tournament Spring 2020
We were delighted that, for a second year in a row, the Ellwood hockey team won the competition and made it to the County Finals in Cheltenham.
Footnote - Sadly, due to coronavirus the finals have had to be cancelled.
2023-2024 Achievements 
Year 3/4 football tournament
Well done to the Ellwood football team who had a fantastic tournament. They unfortunately lost in the final to a very strong Offa’s Mead team.
Gymnastics competition

Well done to the children for attending the gymnastic competition yesterday and contributing to Ellwood School winning the trophy!

All children performed exceptionally well. Please see the positions they came below.
Year 3
Robyn 3rd
Year 6
Bella Pegler 1st
Abbie-Grace 2nd


Year 5 & 6
Florence 1st
Isabella 2nd
Layla 3rd
Mercedez 4th
Tabitha 5th
Year 5
Maisie 1st
Year 6 Level
Edith 1st
They all did so well and we are so proud of them!
Cross Country Individual Race

A massive well done to the cross country team (Jack, Stan, Alfie, Brady, Josh and Macey-Rose)! It was a very tough 2k race however they all showed determination and resilience.

Special mention for Jack (Year 6) and James (Year 4) who both came 7th in their respective races so will advance to the county trials.
New Age Kurling team

Well done to the kurling team who were amazing in their year 3/4 competition at Newent! They won their group and came third overall.
2023-2024 Learning 
Year 2 have enjoyed developing their gymnastic knowledge, skills and confidence through our weekly sessions at the local gymnastics centre. What a fantastic opportunity they’ve had! 
2022-2023 Learning 
Say hello to our Sports Leaders.
We are very lucky to have such organised and dedicated leaders who are taking their role very seriously! The girls have been working hard to promote kindness and friendship by teaching younger children playground games. They are showing responsibility by organising the playtime shed and the games they are teaching the children. 
Mr Clark from progressive sports is also helping the sports leaders on a Monday lunch time with teaching playground games.
Well done girls! 
Spring 2
This term, the children have been developing their skills in athletic activities, such as running at different speeds, changing direction, jumping and throwing.
Spring 2023
Reception visiting the gymnastics centre for their PE lesson.
Beech Class Autumn 1 2022-2023
This term we have completed a fundamentals unit in PE, working on the skills of balancing, running, jumping, hopping and skipping. We had lots of fun learning new games to help us develop these skills.
Thank you to Darren who gave us the experience to learn how to play Kurling. The children loved this opportunity to try a different sport.
Oak class have been developing their physical development at the Gymnastic centre
Archery Taster Day
Children from all year groups have had a chance to try out archery. They had great fun learning to shoot the arrows and loved being 'Robin Hood' for a day!
Cricket Coaching 
This term the children have enjoyed a series of cricket coaching sessions through the Chance to Shine project. 
In Key Stage 2 we look to build on the skills we have acquired in Key Stage 1 and start taking part in some school competitions.  We enjoy lots of team games such as football, hockey and end-ball, but we also practise gymnastics, athletics, dance and swimming as individual events.
We have a range of after school clubs here at Ellwood. The netball club have been practising hard for the Forest South competition this term, whilst the younger children have had fun at multi-sports.
March 2020
Ellwood School won the gymnastics competition!
The children trained hard and that hard work paid off. 
They were all amazing. We were consistently placed and won most of the rounds and therefore won over all.
The shield is taking pride of place in the school entrance, along with a lovely trophy.
We are so proud of you all. Well done !