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PE in School

Every child in school has access to physical education as part of their curriculum in school as it is one of our core areas of learning.

The National Curriculum states

'A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.'

The aims  of PE in school are to ensure that all pupils:
 develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
 are physically active for sustained periods of time
 engage in competitive sports and activities
 lead healthy, active lives.

In addition, at Chellow Heights we believe that physical movement support pupils to have the skills, attitudes and mental abilities to develop academic learning. Both sites have a large hall space, Jungle Gym (Soft Play) and lots of outdoor spaces with a wide range of PE resources used on a daily basis by all classes. 


For many pupils at Chellow, as well as the traditional PE types of activities which may be modified to meet their needs they also have daily physiotherapy programmes designed by NHS physiotherapists and delivered by our school staff.  This is part of our Local Offer

Due to a lack of space in school however, we are sorry we do not have space for private therapies to be delivered by private therapists within the school opening times as this sits outside our Local Offer. If you wish private therapies to take place on school premises before 9.00am or after 3.00pm please contact Paula at Chellow West. Unfortunately, due to the current economic climate, we are now having to charge for the use of the school premises and if any school staff are required to support these out of school sessions.

PE Interventions

Where pupils are struggling to make expected progress in PE or make exceptional progress we have a specialist instructor in PE, Jonny, who supports pupils on an individual or small group basis for an agreed period of time to achieve personalised targets. Teachers can refer pupils to Jonny for him to work with. 

Hydro, Aquatherapy and Swimming

On Chellow Heights West site, we have a small, warm hydro pool where our staff deliver aquatherapy interventions through staff trained in disability water interventions and swimming. Our current team are Kat  and Carol and they are supported by class staff. Pupils who are identified as needing Aquatherapy can have personalised programmes. We currently cannot deliver hydrotherapy as we do not have a physiotherapist on site who is qualified in this, however, we work closely with our visiting physiotherapists who can support us in designing our programmes. 

All pupils who can manage to the transition to external swimming pools go swimming either at Bowling Swimming Pool, Richard Dunn Sports Centre or Brighouse Pool. Pupils are supported to get through the National Curriculum Programme of Study

Swimming and water safety
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
 swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
 use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and
 perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Where pupils can only access the hydro pool we work with them to develop their ability to move in water on their front or back, float, develop different strokes and where possible independently enter and exit the water safely as well as develop an understanding of safety around water the early aspects of performing self safe rescue. 

Chellow Chicks

We also have a weekly intervention called Chellow Chicks which is a ballet group. Teachers can refer pupils who they feel will benefit from this intervention. The group acts as one of our Community Ambassadors going to perform with the North of England Ballet School and for other groups. 

Rebound and Bounce

School has a number of trampolines across both sites for use indoors or outdoors.

Rebound is a specialist movement programme delivered on a trampoline by specially qualified staff in school. It is used for a range of purposes including the development of physical co-ordination and reflexes.

Bounce is a physical movement session to support pupils who need to move to support both expenditure of physical energies and emotional regulation - supporting their mental health. 

NB Any pupil who accesses rebound must have a signed permission letter from a medical professional to ensure that there are no contraindications 

Any pupil accessing Bounce must have a signed permission letter approving the activity and stating that their are no medical reasons why the pupil cannot use a trampoline, 

All pupils with Downs Syndrome must have a consultants approval for using any trampoline, indoor or outdoor in school due to contraindication of the syndrome. 

Wake up, Shake up

Some of our classes take part in daily 'Wake up, Shake up' sessions in the morning when children first arrive. Pupils enjoy making different movements especially to the music. Throughout the year we also hold whole school warm up sessions together. 

Lunchtime Clubs

We run a range of Lunchtime Clubs around sports activities and also have the opportunities for sports coaches to come and teach the children new skills. We have boxing, cricket, football, table tennis, Bollywood dancing and a walking club to name a few.

Theme Day Races

Throughout the year we regularly have races depending on themes and topics in school. For example, we hold pancake Tortilla, Easter Egg and tag races. 

Football Matches 

The school has inter site matches on a regular basis between west and south sites. The pupils really enjoy these matches and meeting up with friends

We also have some matches with other local special schools as these can be arranged,

Sherbourne Movement

For pupils who have limited mobility they may access movement programmes through the specialist Sherbourne Movement programme in school.  We have several pracitioners in school and hope to increase the number of practitioners in 2018-19

Bikes and Cycling

Cycling for our ambulant pupils supports the KS1 aims

to master basic movements and co-ordination and the KS2 aims

to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance and take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges

We have a number of bikes and specialist bikes for pupils to use in school. These are available for classes to use as part of their PE sessions as well as over lunch and break periods. From time to time cycling is also part of our Triathlon of swimming, cycling and walking and we hold 'Go Cycling' events.  They are also available during our summer ' Stay and Play' activity sessions.


Climbing for our ambulant pupils supports the KS1 aims

to master basic movements and co-ordination and the KS2 aims

to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance and take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges.

We have both indoor and outdoor climbing equipment including our Wheelchair Accessible Fort on our West site. 


Recent Events: 

Tuesday 27th March 2018.

We met a Paralympic Athlete when some children joined in with a school sports event at Leeds Beckett.  



Thank you to everyone who helped us to support Sports Relief. We took part in a range of different sports activities including our whole school warm up in the morning. 

We have raised £118.35 across both sites!




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