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Physical Education

At Chopwell Primary School, we recognise the role that P.E has to play in promoting a long-term healthy lifestyle which is both enjoyable and fulfilling. We aim to provide a high quality physical education curriculum that inspires all of our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport at other physically demanding activities. Through our physical education culture we will enhance academic achievement, as well as the health and well-being of our pupils and by doing so, directly impact improved progress in reading, writing and Maths. As Vince Lombardi says "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!" we promote and encourage our children to have a healthy and competitive sportsmanship in daily lessons as well as sports.

PE in the EYFS


Physical development educational programme (taken from the EYFS Framework 2020)

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practise of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.


In Chopwell Primary School Foundation Stage the children…….


  • Are physically active every day both indoors and outdoors.
  • Have regular access to a range of resources to develop strength, balance and co-ordination eg wheeled toys, climbing equipment in the yards, the use of soft play, bats and balls, bowling equipment, large tyres, and a parachute among many other resources. 
  • Have many opportunities outdoors to be energetic. Children are offered lots of opportunities to play outdoors throughout the day and are regularly taken over to Forest School where they can explore, create and construct.

Pupil Voice


At school, we regularly check in with the children to find out their thoughts and opinions on what they have been learning in PE. Here are some quotes from children in KS2:


Last year I learnt how to change my speed and direction when running. It really helped me in tag rugby this year and I was able to score a try in my match!’

Year 4 child.


‘My favourite thing about PE is all the different sports we get to do across the years. We learn so many useful skills!’

Year 5 child.


‘The teachers use their expertise in PE to help us learn. Mrs Cuthbertson is really good at football and knows loads of useful skills. Now we know loads of useful skills!’

Year 6 child.

Sports for Schools - Lucy Turner 

Lucy Turner, a GB Heptathlete, joined us today for a challenging fitness circuit. The children thoroughly enjoyed working with Lucy and Chris. They did so well and learnt some new athletic moves!

Our Year 5/6 Tag Rugby played amazing today! We won 2/5 matches against other Gateshead schools - amazing effort Team Chopwell!

Our KS2 children did exceptionally well in the Gateshead SSP Fun Run. They made Chopwell School proud!

The child loved our Dance Day linked with The Jubilee. They learnt lots of different skills and moves and loved performing them at the end of their session.

Year one taking part in a sports festival @ Thorp

Well done to our basketball team yesterday who represented Chopwell for the first time in 2 years at the cluster competition! Miss Grey only managed to get 4 photographs as she was too busy cheering, shouting and pacing the side line!

KS2 children took part in a mindfulness workshop with Mrs Chapple. The pupils learnt about mindfulness, yoga poses and taking time for self-care.

Y4 are having a great time in their gymnastic lessons! They have been working on partner balances, jumps and rolls.

KS2 had a great time today with Mrs Chapple from Thorp Academy. The children were working on mindfulness exercises, focusing on breathing and using different positions with our bodies linked to a poem

In Year 2 we have been focusing on multi-skills to apply to different sports. We have looked at balance, agility and coordination. The children have really enjoyed learning these skills and can’t wait to apply them in different sports across the year.

The children in Y4 have really enjoyed their tag rugby lessons this half term. They have practised skills such as; throwing and catching, running, attacking and defending and have learnt about the rules when playing tag rugby. In the final week of PE, the children put together all of the skills they have learnt and played in mini matches.

The children had a great day at Thorp Academy for the sport festival lead by the fantastic Y8 sport leaders. The children were very tired by the end of the session!

The children had a great time at our Sporting Festival with Mrs Chapple. The Y6s were trained to be the sporting leaders and demonstrated an A-Z of fitness activities for the children to try. There were a lot of red, sweaty faces at the end of the sessions!

The children took part in an orienteering afternoon. They had to use their map and good communication skills to find the markers and beat the timer! They had great fun!

Journey Around the World

Chopwell Primary needs your help! We are going on a journey around the world! We want to see how many miles of exercise you can complete weekly. Below you will find all of the information you need to complete this challenge. We will be in competition with other schools and you may find some challenges along the way. 

Journey around the world information sheet

Every week we would like you to follow the link below and record how many miles you have completed. All you need to do is click our school and click how many miles (to the nearest mile). Remember to use the conversion sheet from the document above to work out how many miles. Good luck!

Y4 worked up a sweat in their fitness lesson yesterday! They have been practising their techniques.

The children had a great time during our football skill sessions with Andrew.

Year three and four dance

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The year three and four dance of Grease prepared for this years dance festival.

As part of Sport Relief week, the children have taken part in a Joe Wicks 10 minute high intensity work out. The children felt fantastic afterwards!

A big well done to all of the children who took part in raising money for our athlete event.

Our school sports display is coming along nicely. We can't wait to add more certificates and team photos across the year!

A huge well done to our basket ball team for finishing third place in their section! They all played to their very best ability and we couldn't be any prouder.

The children in Y1 had a brilliant time at the multiskills festival at Thorp Academy. They really enjoyed all of the activities.

What an afternoon Y4 have had! 3 Newcastle Falcon players visited and gave them a training session in tag rugby. The children learned and practised lots of skills- a great time was had by all!

Y3 really enjoyed practising their ball skills in PE. They have been dribbling and shooting.

All of the children here in school had a great time on Gymnastics Day! They all learnt how to put together a routine using different balances and travelling styles.

Year 5 Cycling 

We make sure our P.E curriculum is tailored to the needs of the children here. Living in Chopwell, it's vital the children can use the amazing cycling facilities around us - our year 5 children spend 7 days across the year out cycling both in the local area and exploring the surrounding countryside. Using their increased stamina and new found skills, this culminates in a longer cycle, the children get a huge sense of achievement from this and learn skills and qualities, like resilience, that are transferable back in school (they also have an absolutely fantastic time). 

Well done to our amazing cross country team for their enthusiasm in our competition yesterday! They all put in so much effort! Some of us even finished the day with a 2nd place medal!

10 of our Y6 pupils visited Thorp Academy and took part in a Sports Leaders course. The children found out about different games they could play with the children on the yard at play times and how to organise and set up their own games and competitions.

The children had a great time watching The Tour of Britain race through the streets of Chopwell!

Year 5 cycle rides

Year 5 enjoy their gymnastics coaching


Chopwell Primary U11 mixed girls' and boys' rugby team showed determination and resilience to battle through a very tough competition to the Gateshead Tag Rugby Final. They narrowly lost in the final and continued to make us proud in how they accepted defeat nobly. The remained undefeated in every match they played all the way through to the final. 

Chopwell Primary and the local community recognise the significance of this achievement and could not be more proud of the children!

Chopwell Primary School are extremely pleased to announce that our Y5/6 mixed boys' and girls' rugby team WON the Cluster Title with a whitewash of clear victories. Over the last month our children have volunteered their lunch times as well as giving 100% to their PE lessons to develop their tag rugby skills. Not only were they technically fantastic on the day of the cluster championship, their sportsmanship and humility shone through. All staff and members of the local community were extremely proud of their achievement.




Our partnership with Gateshead Active Travel and Cycling Generation started today with a 'get the stabilisers off' session- we definitley have some budding cyclists.

Athletics festival

Well done to our fantastic gymnasts who performed in assembly this morning!

Well done to our girls football team for coming 3rd in their tournament at Fellside!

Football coaching at Thorpe Academy

Both the boys and girls football teams had the opportunity to meet a Sunderland football player for some coaching. They thoroughly enjoyed working on their skills and showing off their fantastic techniques!

Thorpe football coaching - 14.6.18

4.5.18 - Girls football tournament. We came 2nd out of 26 teams- Well done girls!

Year 3 and 4 dancers enjoying a lesson at Thorpe

Football- Chopwell vs Crookhill

Our boys football team put a lot of effort into their training and try really hard in football matches! Unfortunately, Crookhill school beat us this time, but we are more motivated and resilient than ever to win all of our next games. Well done boys- amazing effort!

Football- Chopwell vs Crookhill match

Dance Festival @ Sage Gateshead- 21.03.18

The children amazed the crowds at Sage Gateshead with their amazing dance performance from 'Annie' the musical. Well done to all of the children who have taken part and represented our school. Yet again, the children's behaviour was outstanding and there was a great turn out of parents who supported the event which is greatly appreciated from both the staff and the children. A huge thank-you to Miss Tingate for choreographing the dance performance and organising the event- wonder what next year's performance will be? 

Olympic Athlete Day

The children thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work alongside the British Olympic athlete 'Peter Bakare' taking part in a range of fitness circuits. Not only was this a fabulous opportunity for the children, showing them the outstanding qualities of sportsmanship, it was also amazing to find out how far we can push ourselves towards achieving a goal. We would like to thank you all for sponsoring the event. The sponsorship money raised by your kind donations will be put towards sporting equipment for our school, as well as contributing towards the sports for schools charity.

Strength and Conditioning - the children thoroughly enjoyed working with Alan working on specific sport skills for athlete preparation