Great Sankey Primary School


Coordinators - Mrs Franklin & Mr Ellis


Road to Paris 2024!

PE at Great Sankey Primary School

On the back of a fantastic summer last year when we saw our national women’s football team win the Euros, we started our school year in 2022 with a very postitive mindset about what we wanted to achieve in PE during 2022/2023.   We were very lucky to start the year participating in the Rugby League World Cup in October, where we were part of a dance troupe who performed during the New Zealand Lebanon game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. This amazing opportunity, plus experience days this year where children got to try rugby, archery, lacrosse, handball, karate and yoga and our first every Boccia team reaching the regional finals, means we are pleased to announce that Great Sankey’s mission to increase children’s positive attitude towards PE and sport, experience many different ways to keep active and achieve the government target of children exercising 30 minutes each day, has been achieved for 2022/23.

PE funding from the Government last year has also enabled us to train our teachers to improve the range of PE we can offer across the curriculum through Progressive Sports CPD and our MDAs also received training to support in the delivery of more active opportunities at lunchtime. Our playground has also been zoned off and timetabled, making different activities more accessible to more children. 

PE and Sports achievements 2022-23

  • Performing at the Rugby League World Cup
  • Winning the Year 5/6 County Football finals
  • Our first every Boccia team who won the County Finals and got to compete in the North West regional finals
  • Winning gold and silver in the Quad Kids at Road to Paris Festival
  • Launching yoga across KS2 and a staff ‘Puppy’ yoga session.
  • Play leader training for all MDAs
  • School Games Gold Award (now able to apply for Platinum)

We now want to continue this momentum and prepare for another fantastic year as we plan our intentions for 2023- 2024, building up to a fantastic celebration of sport at the end of the year with the Paris Olympics which will be taking place next summer.


Improving our Curriculum

For 2023-2024, the PE team want to continue to develop the provision of PE and sporting opportunities for our children. Although we have really upskilled our team in the delivery of teaching fundamental and sport specific skills, one area that we feel we still need to improve is our dance provision. We also want to maintain the momentum of children running their daily mile, being active at playtime and ensure we provide even more opportunities for children to be active throughout the school day as well as after school and enrich these experiences with new sports.
As well as helping the children to grow and develop, an area that our curriculum is now targeting is mindfulness. We recently launched a programme called ‘My Happy Mind’ which is delivered across the school in PSHE lessons and includes breathing techniques. To support with this programme we aim to roll out yoga classes across the school starting with some staff CPD in September.



The key actions that we intend to implement throughout this academic year to help us achieve growth, mindfulness and community links are outlined below:

To launch our new yoga programme – Happy Kids Yoga

All children to receive 6 weeks of yoga and all staff to receive classroom yoga CPD session as well as an online mindfulness course. Happy Yoga will also deliver health and well-being sessions each term.

To improve the quality of dance provision

All staff will receive CPD training in a new programme of dance provision, purposefully designed for primary school children. The whole school will then roll out this programme across the key stages and each class will have to do one performance for the rest of the school.

30 minutes of exercise

As well as training our MDAs and play leaders, it is our intention to remove the fences around KS1 to develop more areas to be active at lunchtime.  We are also having an all-weather pitch built on our field so it can be used all year round.


Our vision is that by the end of this academic year we will have children who are all attaining their 30 minutes a day of exercise within the school day as well as 30 minutes outside school. We will have children who have experienced new sports and activities and running the daily mile has become a normal part of the school day.  We will also have a high level of dance being delivered within school and have introduced ‘Happy Kids’ Yoga to all children and staff.

We are also confident that we can start to establish stronger links within our community and through lots of the initiatives we are participating in, we are developing the children’s mindfulness towards others and creating a better understanding of how everyone can benefit and enjoy PE and sporting activities.

If we get to this stage then we are confident that Great Sankey Primary School will be an inspirational and aspirational school for what a healthy, active school should look like.         



We will endeavour to keep you abreast off all the latest developments in PE at Great Sankey and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Healthy Regards

The PE Team




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