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We are Athletes

PE Leads - Mrs Blackmore and Mr McHugh

At Waterside, we believe that every child should experience a wealth of opportunities to be physically active. Through the PE curriculum, extra-curricular clubs and competitive opportunities, we aim to consistently deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities. These experiences enable each child to adopt a love of physical education and sport and promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

PE lessons

PE is a key part of the curriculum and school life at Waterside. We aim to improve self-confidence and wellbeing through a range of sporting activities, which take place in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard-work, as well as success, are celebrated.

The curriculum is comprehensive, inclusive and enables children to develop skills for life (working as part of an effective team, fair play, leadership and understanding good sportsmanship) as well as competence in the fundamentals of physical movement and wellbeing. Each half term, we teach a sport specific PE lesson provided to our pupils by specialist coaches from ‘Premier Sports’ and follow a ‘Real PE’ unit, Lead by the teacher, to encourage participation and enjoyment through different activities.

The national curriculum for physical education aims 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.

We want our pupils to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, with regular exercise, with the aim of developing mental, social and personal qualities that are promoted through physical activity. 

On top of this, qualities such as resilience, independence and the ability to work as part of a team will be promoted through the school year in an engaging curriculum.


Swimming is currently offered in Year 5 and 6, as we aim to ensure all of our children can competently swim 25 metres in a range of strokes by the time they move into secondary school.

We also promote water skills and safety, with children in year 5 and 6 taking part in these sessions for one full term.

Our pupils attend swimming lessons at Chesham Leisure Centre, supporting our aim that all pupils can complete the required 25 metres in a range of strokes by the time they leave in Year 6 and promote participation outside of school.

Pupils follow a timetable of lessons in which they cover the basics of swimming, as well as building their water confidence and water safety skills.