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PE, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA)


At Cholsey Primary School our vision is to ensure that every child has access to a high quality and inclusive PE curriculum, engaging physical activity opportunities and an opportunity to develop a lifelong love of sport and physical activity from an early age. A high-quality PE curriculum will ensure that the physical, social, cognitive and emotional elements of learning are embedded through structured and progressive sequences of learning. Through the development of physical literacy accessible to pupils of all abilities, our curriculum supports pupils in taking responsibility for engagement in physical activity and builds the foundations of a healthy and active lifestyle.


Our broad and balanced PESSPA (PE, School Sport and Physical Activity) curriculum is inclusive and ensures that pupils of all abilities and backgrounds have access to a wide range of physical activities. Every child will receive two timetabled PE lessons per week. We use Complete PE lessons, which is approved by the Youth Sport Trust, to ensure that children are physically active for sustained periods of time and to support the development of the whole child ensuring that cognitive, emotional and social skills are developed throughout the PE curriculum. Developing personal qualities through PE can impact their attitudes towards school and learning enabling our children to excel in a broad range of physical activities and transfer skills into other areas of the curriculum.

To ensure that children are physically active throughout the day, staff provide ‘Active 30’ sessions throughout the day. This takes place in the form of engaging and active lessons across the curriculum supported by our Imoves subscription, and many classes participate in the Daily Mile initiative. Teachers are encouraged to make cross curricular links with units of work such as dance and OAA to support children’s knowledge and understanding in other areas of the curriculum.

At Cholsey, we endeavour to provide a broad range of physical activity workshops to engage as many children as possible in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional sports. During our whole school Healthy and Active Lifestyles week, children will also have access to wellbeing workshops and healthy lifestyle lessons. This will encourage our children to develop a life-long love of sport and physical activity engaging them in leading healthy and active lives.

We aim to support children of all abilities and backgrounds in accessing a broad range of extra-curricular clubs and competitive events at different levels. We believe it is important for all our children to have the opportunity to represent their school, house or class in a variety of different sports. Our PE Lead supports PE lessons across the school by working with teachers to lead high quality PE lessons to children. Teachers are encouraged to benefit from these mentoring as CPD.

We provide structured opportunities for pupils to take on active leadership roles in which they can build character, organisational and leadership skills through running activities, competitions, and non-competitive workshops. These active leaders support pupils across the school in participating in fun activities for a sustained period of time and developing enjoyment and love for PESSPA.


Our PESSPA curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children, not only through the physical skills, but through underpinning core values and disciplines which PE promotes through physical literacy.  Within lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful, you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health, wellbeing and fitness.  Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these skills, in an independent and effective way, in order to live happy and healthy lives.

Our PE Curriculum

All classes receive a minimum of two PE lessons per week. Our PE curriculum is guided by the National Curriculum and is supported by the use of our Sport Premium Funding. We aim to provide a balanced curriculum including traditional and non-traditional sports and emphasise the importance of both physical and mental wellbeing. Our active and engaging lessons help our pupils to develop a lifelong love of sport and physical activity and equip them with the skills to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Complete PE is our chosen scheme of work. We have explored several options out a few over the years and this has been the most popular with staff and children. It is a recommended scheme and is developed with support from Youth Sport Trust and Association for PE. Complete PE offers a clear physical and physical literacy skills progression that can be adapted to individuals and class needs. It offers a balanced approach to delivering PE and aligns with our PESSPA vision. Using Complete PE as our main scheme ensures that we have a clear progression within units across the whole school and can track progress for both physical skills and physical literacy.

Staff use the online Complete PE assessment tool to assess their pupils at the end of each unit. Assessment data is collected by the PE Lead. Information about pupil progress in PE will be shared with parents and carers during parent meetings twice a year and also in each child’s end of year report.

To view our PE, School Sport and Healthy Lifestyles policy, click on the link below:

High Quality PE Lessons and Staff CPD

Each year, staff participate in a CPD programme, which is overseen and organised by the Head of PE. The CPD programme is supported by the Sport Premium funding, which enables staff to work with either the Head of PE or with an external PE specialist for either a half term or full term on an area of the PE curriculum that they would like support with. Sessions may involve team teaching, observations or demonstration lessons and is tailored to each staff members needs. This important CPD programme ensures that staff are continuously up-skilled and feel more confident in their delivery of PE lessons. As a result, children have access to high quality, engaging and active PE lessons.


Every class in KS2 receives at least 5 swimming lessons at The Abbey Sports Centre  each year. These lessons are taught by qualified swimming instructors.  In Year 6 we focus on ensuring that all children can swim 25m using a variety of swimming strokes confidently. Any children that are unlikely to meet this target will be invited to attend additional booster sessions with the following group. Click here to read our swimming policy

Physical Activity

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Active 30

According to the Chief Medical Officer, all children should be active for 60 minutes per day. Government advice suggests that 30 of these active minutes per day should be in school. To support our children in achieving their 60 active minutes per day and participating in sustained physical activity, all classes receive additional physical activity sessions in the form of:

·        The Daily Mile

·        Imoves

·        Take 10

·        BBC Supermovers

·        Cosmic Kids Yoga

·        Joe Wicks Fitness

·        Skipping Competitions

Alongside these sessions, teachers ensure that classroom based lessons are as active as possible to keep the children active and engaged with their learning. Our Imoves subscription supports staff in implementing this.

Active Leaders

Our UKS2 Junior Active Leaders run two playground activities every lunchtime for younger pupils across the school. This helps to ensure that more pupils are engaged in sustained physical activity and promotes healthy active lifestyles across the school. The Active Leader activities also supports our buddy system by ensuring that every child has someone to play with during playtimes.

More information about the Junior Active Leader programme, which our UKS2 children participate in, can be found here: https://www.activeleaders.co.uk/the-programmes-new/

Sport Premium Funding

At the start of the academic year 2013/14 we welcomed the Government’s announcement to provide ring-fenced funding to primary schools. This sport premium funding must be used to fund improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy active lifestyle. During the previous four academic years, Cholsey received £8,000 plus £5 for every child in Years 1-6. This funding has now been doubled and we now receive £18,500.00.

To ensure maximum impact on both our children and staff, we use the five key indicators suggested by the Government and Youth Sport Trust to guide our expenditure. These key indicators are:

  1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school.
  2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement.
  3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.
  5. Increased participation in competitive sport.

Evidencing the Impact of the Sport Premium Funding

You can view our Evidencing the Impact documents below:

Report 2023