Physical Education

Physical Education Overview

We work in partnership with the London PE and School Sports Network.

 At English Martyrs’ RC, we believe that PE helps to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle so it’s a key aspect of our school life. As well as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, our aim is to nurture the ethos of enjoyment,  fair play, team spirit and self discipline, always teaching safe practise and good use of sports apparatus.  Two hours of PE is timetabled per week for each class through which we develop core skills to enable the children to become well rounded sportsmen and women as set out in the National Curriculum. We have a full range of PE and sports activities inclusive of gymnastics, dance, athletics and  games such as netball, basketball, tag rugby, dodgeball, kwik cricket and hockey.  The school engages an excellent professional sports coach to teach PE (indoor and outdoor) to classes from Year 1 to Year 6.

All children in Year 3 and Year 4 have the chance to take swimming lessons once per week for a year. Children in Year 5 who did not achieve the National Curriculum requirements of  swimming at least 25m are also given the opportunity to take extra swimming lessons in order to improve their swimming and water safety.                     

In addition, each term, there are after-school clubs such as Multi-skills and football  and a full calendar of sporting fixtures run by the PSSN  within the borough, which help to ensure that English Martyrs’ children can develop their physical skills to the full. Children with SEN are also given the chance to do activities such as bowling and sailing  run by PSSN. We also work with outside agents like ‘Let’s Get Physical’ team who ran a vibrant after school club targeting ‘children who do not normally take part in sport clubs outside school.’ This will help those children to develop confidence to participate in sports activities outside school.

Annually, our  Sports Day is held at Burgess Park for all children from Year 1 to Year 6. Nursery and Reception have their Sports Day at school. This gives the children the opportunity  to take part in fun activities such as beanbag throw,   javelin throw and tug of war and to show off their skills in both track and field activities. We encourage parents to come and see their children compete in these events and to enjoy participating in a parent race themselves.

To further develop their sporting journey, we encourage the children to join clubs outside of school. Presently, some attend football and swimming clubs.  

Keeping fit and healthy at home:

Here are some great posters and videos to keep you fit and healthy during lockdown and beyond.

Daily Mile Bingo:

Don’t forget to do your daily mile! Don’t forget to do your daily mile. If you can’t go outside then you can do your jogging on the spot for 15 minutes. See how many challenges you can tick off of you r bingo card. CLICK HERE

Spread a little happiness:

ere are some excellent ideas and tips to help you to live a healthy lifestyle during lockdown. It includes yoga, healthy eating, mindfulness, art thepary, SEND information and more. CLICK HERE

Live PE Lessons:

The LPESSN are delivery live lessons that you can view online and also have many other pre recorded lessons for children of all ages. CLICK HERE

PE Photo Album 2020-2021

Please choose a title from the thumbnails below. You can return to this page at any time by clicking HERE.

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PE Photo Album 2019-2020

Please choose a title from the thumbnails below. You can return to this page at any time by clicking HERE.

PE Activities – Summer 1:

Year 4 Multiskills

The LPESSN delivered a Multiskills session for both year 4 classes on 30.05.21. These activities focused on their agility, balance and coordination and getting them active after a long lockdown period. They also had to collaborate in small groups to work on their social skills and team work. Well done to all year 4 children for giving it their best effort and persisting with activities that they found challenging. A big shout out goes to the LPESSN for providing the children with this opportunity, as they really enjoyed the session!

Captain Tom 100 Challenge

English Martyrs’ thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge on 30.05.21. Each class chose their own activity to do 100 times and every child in the class participated in it. Some classes were jumping, some were climbing the stairs, some were squatting and some were running laps. We also managed to raise £155.75p for the ‘charity FutureSense’ who aim to tackle poverty and the disadvantaged people in rural countries like Cambodia, Nepal, India and Thailand. So, a massive thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this event and donated!

Year 5 Multiskills

The year 5 children thoroughly enjoyed the Multiskills event delivered by the LPESSN on 14.05.21. They participated in a range of activities that they hadn’t played before. These activities worked on their coordination, balance, agility, problem-solving skills and teamwork. The children loved these games so much that they have continued to play these activities during play and lunch times. Thank you to the LPESSN for delivering the event and well done to the children for representing our school in a good way by behaving well and giving it their best effort!

Year 6 Challenge Day

Year 6 participated in a Challenge Day event on 06.05.21. They completed a range of activities where they had to use their problem solving skills and work as a team. These activities also focused on their agility, balance and coordination. The coaches from the LPESSN were very impressed with their attitude and behaviour. Well done year 6! Thank you to the LPESSN for delivering this session, the children were very excited to take part.

PE Activities – Spring 1:

Wake and Shake:

The children have been having lots of fun whilst also improving their physical fitness before school, during their wake and shake sessions. These sessions have also incorporated team work and problem solving activities whilst focusing on their agility, balance and coordination. This has been a great way to start the day, helping them to feel positive and ready for the day ahead.



Coaches from the LPESSN have been coming into school to deliver extra PE lessons for the children in school. These sessions have been mainly comprised of multi-skills activities which the children have loved. They have been developing their agility, balance and coordination as well as working on their strength and fitness. A big thank you goes out to the LPESSN for their support during difficult times!


Purple Mash Videos:

Key stage 2 children have been completing many different PE challenges that have been set for them online on Purple Mash. These videos have included fitness, dance, hand/foot-eye coordination and problem solving.  The children have also been encouraged to beat their own scores, compete with their family members and also compete with their friends virtually. This has been very popular with children at school and at home enjoying these challenges!


Physical Education Lessons:

A big shout out goes to the children who have been coming into school during difficult times and putting in their best efforts during PE lessons. Some children, particularly the children that joined us a bit later, found the physical exercise very challenging when they returned to school. However, they been working hard, completing the ‘Daily Mile’ and many other physical-based activities that have worked on strength and stamina. The children have also been working on their agility, balance, coordination, mentality, team work and problem solving skills. Keep up the great effort and we expect the same from the rest of the children from the 8th of March!


Home Workouts and Activities:

Well done to all of the children that have been completing the home skill-based activities and the physical fitness workouts that are up on the website. A big shout out also goes to the children at home that have been working through the ‘Spread a Little Happiness’ booklet that focuses on  wellbeing which includes; games, exercise ideas, yoga/meditation, mindfulness, healthy eating recipes and more. This effort at home has helped children to improve their physical fitness, mental wellbeing and transferrable skills that can be used in different sports and everyday life.


Live Lessons:

The LPESSN have been delivering live PE lessons on YouTube and Microsoft Teams every Tuesday from 1:30-2:15. Classes in school have been logging into these live sessions and so have children at home. The videos have been recorded and stored on their YouTube channel for anyone to view at any time. The LPESSN have thought hard about how to make their sessions inclusive for all children regardless of age and ability and are accessible for children with SEND.  Thank you to the LPESSN, from all of us at English Martyrs’, for your hard work and dedication.

PE Activities – Autumn 2:

PE Staff Training

The teachers at English Martyrs’ thoroughly enjoyed the staff training session ran by Wilson from the LPESSN. We were shown a range of activities and strategies that we can use to help the children develop their physical, technical, tactical and social skills safely in line with government guidelines in relation to COVID-19. The teachers were laughing and smiling throughout, proving the point that physical exercise really does help with your mental wellbeing, even when you are tired beforehand.

Year 5 Challenge Day

Well done to all of the year 5 children for participating in the challenge day on 3.12.20. They concentrated well for the duration of the session and did their best on a range of different activities. The children showed perseverance and good problem solving skills when they found the activities challenging and attempted to beat their previous scores. A big shout out goes to the LPESSN for coming into our school and delivering this event! The children really enjoyed this event and appreciate your commitment to providing events during difficult times.

Year 4 Athletics

The year 4 pupils participated in an athletics event held by the LPESSN on 9.12.20. All of the children gave their best effort to complete the activities, which focused on numerous physical skills. They really enjoyed this event and showed good team spirit throughout, as they encouraged each other to do their best. The children were very excited to compete against each other and also try to bat their previous scores. Well done to everyone!

PE Activities – Autumn 1:

Special Multi-skills League (Key Stage 2)

It was a pleasure to see the children participating in the first round of the Special Multi-skills League. A big thank you goes out to The PE and School Sports Network for coming into our school and leading this event. The children thoroughly enjoyed practicing a range of skills whilst encouraging each other and they also did well to persevere when they found some activities difficult. The children participated in some activities they had not previously tried: boccia, new age kurling, scooter challenge, bench challenge, bouncing challenge, golf/throwing challenge and bean bag target throw challenge. Well done to you all!

Cross-Country (Key Stage 2)

On 9th October 2020 all of the children in Year 3 to Year 6 participated in the Cross-country event ran by The PE and School Sports Network. The Daily Mile Mini Marathon has helped the children to build up their stamina and prepare for this event but I am really pleased to say that the children put all their effort in to run 1 kilometre as quickly as they could. I was especially pleased to see how the children were encouraging each other and cheering for their class mates.

Daily Mile Mini Marathon

This half term the whole school has participated in the Daily Mile Mini Marathon. The children have run continuously for 15 minutes twice a week. I am proud to see the progress that the children have made across the school, as all of the children have really improved their stamina. Lockdown has been a difficult time for all of us and many children across the world have not been as active since the start of the pandemic so parents and schools need to work together to get the children exercising at a good intensity. Some of the benefits include being healthier, fitter and happier as well as getting a stronger heart and muscles and also improving their attention and concentration. This challenge has worked extremely well and I’m pleased to say we will continue with the daily mile next term so we can keep gaining the benefits. Excellent effort everyone, you have definitely earned your certificates!

Multi-Skills (Year 1)

The year 1 children thoroughly enjoyed participating in the multi-skills event ran by The PE and School Sports Network. They played different games such as: ready steady throw, shark attack, in the river. These games worked on their agility, balance and coordination as well as their problem-solving ability. The children showed great sportsmanship and they also worked well individually and as a team. I am happy with the progress the year 1 children have been making with their fitness and skills during the first half term after lockdown and look forward to continuing the good work when they return after the half term.

London Mini Marathon

English Martyr’s RC Primary School are proud to participate in the London Mini Marathon between Monday 28th September and Friday 2nd October. Each child in the school (Nursery- Year 6) will be running 2.6 miles to complete this challenge. Physical exercise provides us with a range of benefits, including helping us to feel happier, improving our concentration and alertness as well as improving our physical health and fitness. We can’t wait to get started!

Wildcat Girls Football Sessions

Girls Only Wildcats Football Sessions begin on Tuesday 22nd September at Marlborough Gardens, SE1 1SD. These sessions are on every Tuesday from 3.45-5PM. Sessions are open to all girls of primary school age and every session is FREE. Each session will be fun and inclusive, regardless of ability. Our main aim is to get girls playing and enjoying the game of football. No need to book, just turn up to play!

Daily Mile Challenges

English Martyrs’ are proud to announce that all children (Nursery-Year 6) have completed two Daily Mile challenges so far; ‘London Loop’ in the autumn term and ‘Million Miles’ in the spring term. Both challenges required running at a moderate pace for 15 minutes every day. Many children are showing increased stamina and better focus during lessons.

The children have had assemblies stating the importance of making healthy living choices and exercising every day in order to improve their general health and fitness as well as their social and cognitive skills. There is still more to be done so bring on the next challenge!

Year 2 Athletics Day

Congratulations to the year 2 children that attended the athletics day at The Castle Leisure Centre on 23/01/20. These children demonstrated great sportsmanship and friendly behaviour throughout the event. They finished in 3rd place overall after a variety of different athletic activities and have been encouraged to join clubs outside of school. Keep it up year 2!

Year 6 Tag Rugby Tournament

The year 6 children had been improving their tag rugby skills during the Autumn 2 half term in preparation for the tag rugby tournament at Burgess Park on 22.02.20. The children who were selected to represent English Martyrs’ demonstrated excellent teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the day. They did really well to make it to the quarter-finals and lost narrowly in extra time by 1 point. So close. We are proud of your efforts and the way you conducted yourself during the day!

Year 6 Netball Tournament

Well done to the year 6 children who practised hard in their PE lessons and got selected to represent English Martyrs’ for the netball tournament at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth on 31.01.20. They showed excellent teamwork by rotating and playing different positions each game. The children were encouraging each other and also praising other schools. You have made the school proud!

Key Stage 2 Boccia

Congratulations to the children who attended the Key Stage 2 Boccia event at Bacon’s College on 11.02.20. These children demonstrated exceptional behaviour throughout the day and were willing to give a new sport a go. These children showed determination not to give up and gave their best effort throughout. We are glad you enjoyed the event!

Year 5 Leaders

A very big shout out to the children who attended the Year 5 Leadership day in the autumn term! They have shown great dedication to consistently turn up and help me to deliver the multi-skills after-school clubs. They have thought hard and worked well together to plan different activities that work on fundamental skills like agility, balance, coordination, throwing, catching, kicking and more. They have also given the children opportunities to improve their social and communication skills by allowing the children to practice working in partners and small groups. I have been very impressed with their attitude and leadership skills!

Ezekiel Ewulo Visit

The eagerly-anticipated visit of Ezekiel Ewulo (Successful professional long jump athlete) was a huge success.

Every child in the school (Nursery-Year 6) participated in a fitness circuit ran by Ezekiel himself. The children put their maximum effort in and worked up a real sweat. Ezekiel also delivered an assembly to the whole school, which explained his journey as an athlete and focused on healthy eating, healthy living, teamwork, responsibility, communication and creativity. Ezekiel demonstrated how to perform a long jump correctly and the children were excited to see some teachers do it before some of them had a chance to try for themselves. The children continued to show their enthusiasm by asking many Ezekiel many questions about his career as a long jump athlete and he was pleased to see how interested the children were.

Well done to all the children and parents who worked hard raising sponsorship money for this event, especially to the families who raised enough money to get a postcard, poster or autographed instant photo of themselves with Ezekiel. The total we managed to raise as a school was an impressive £575.30p!

This money helped to pay for the event, fund some of Ezekiel’s training and provide new sports equipment for our school.

The children have been eager to practice their long jumps during play time/lunch time, PE lessons and after-school clubs. They really have been inspired to try out a new sport and we look forward to seeing the impact of the discussions around healthy eating, healthy living, teamwork, responsibility, communication and creativity.

A big thank you to Ezekiel Ewulo and good luck in getting to the next Olympics!