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Howitt Primary Community School

Achieve, Care, Enjoy

Physical Education

At Howitt Primary we want all pupils to be physically active and confident in a way which supports and promotes a healthy lifestyle. 



Regular PE lessons and sporting activities provide children with opportunities to improve their health and fitness, whilst having fun, learning new skills and developing existing ones.


We provide and broad and balanced physical education programme with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. PE at Howitt is taught by our teachers and specialist sports coach - Mr Smith. EYFS and Key Stage 1 pupils focus on fundamental skills along with learning how to participate in games. Key Stage 2 pupils learn a range of indoor and outdoor sports aimed at developing and enhancing their skills and vocabulary. Through our PE lessons the hope is that the children will compete in sport outside of the school environment.




Each academic year, pupils at Howitt compete in many extra-curricular competitions as part of the Amber Valley School Sport Partnership (AVSSP), including dodgeball, basketball, football and cross country. Some of our impressive recent achievements include:


  • Y5/6 Dodgeball Champions 2019/2020
  • Runners up in the William Gregg Football Cup
  • KS1 Dodgeball Third Place 2019/2020


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are unable to physically attend sports competitions. However, this year, children have participated in the following Virtual Sports Competitions:


  • Sportshall Athletics
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Tag Rugby


You can find links to all the competitions that children at Howitt have participated in by clicking here.

Euro 2021


Children from across the school have been getting into the spirit of the European Football Championships. Each class has run a number of different activities over the past month.

Sports Day 2021


We have not let Covid-19 get in the way of children enjoying a Sports Day this year. Although it has looked slightly different to normal, children have been able to compete in their Year Group Bubbles.

Extra-Curricular activities


Extra-curricular activities and clubs are continuing to grow at Howitt; and throughout the year we encourage children to access a wide variety of sports including football, dodgeball, archery and gymnastics. 


Multi-Sports Club will be taking place for Year 5 every Monday and Tuesday.


We want all children to be involved in sport and physical activity as much as possible and all children take part in a whole school house sport competition each term. Children from Reception all the way up to Year 6 recently practiced their throwing skills in a game of playground darts.


We also encourage all children to achieve their full potential in Physical Education and support those identified as most-able. We run additional lunch time clubs for these pupils where they spend quality time with our specialist sports coach.



All primary schools must provide swimming and water safety lessons. Year 3 children at Howitt attend weekly swimming lessons at William Gregg Leisure Centre. Please find below our swimming results for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Sports Premium Funding


Click here to learn more about how we spend our Sports Premium Funding.

Tough Rower


Children across KS2 experienced rowing for the first time when we were lucky enough to have a visit from Tough Rower. This was a great opportunity for the children to try something new and they loved it!



This year, children in Year 5 undertook bikeability level 1 and 2. Congratulations to all those who passed.

Children in Need 2020


Children in Need took on a slightly different look this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. However, children from across the school cheered on and joined in with Joe Wicks' 24 hour PE Challenge.

Sports Day 2020


This year's Sports Day could sadly not happen as we normally envisage but we did not want children to miss out - this year the children participated in a Virtual Sports Day. As we could not work in team as normal, the theme for this year was "Challenge Yourself". Children took part in a variety of sporting activities, both in school and at home, and had the task of trying to set their best score or time.

As part of this year's Sports Day activities, we also used sport as a theme for cross-curricular learning. Children created pieces of art, made bunting and designed and made medals using clay and wood.