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Cherry Oak School

Working Together for Success

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Cherry Oak School

Working Together for Success



What is PESSPA? 


PE - Physical Education 

SS - School Sport  

PA - Physical Activity


Please see the link for a breakdown of the differences between the three areas. 

03-Definitions-of-PESSPA-Poster.pdf (


PESSPA is how we engage all pupils in regular physical activity. To educate and offer opportunities to lead an active, healthy lifestyles. 





PE - Physical Education 



Physical Development
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, coordination 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, coordination 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 coordination 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 practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.


Explorers & Connectors

A Cherry Oak we believe our high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport, experience, and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. The opportunities through Physical Education to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. The aim of our Physical Education curriculum is:
 develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
 understanding competition
 are physically active for sustained periods of time
 lead healthy, active lives.


SS - School Sport 


Lunch Club 


Sports Team


Birmingham School Games - Competitive Events



PP - Physical Activity 





Sensory Integration 






Walk the Mile



'Walk the mile' sessions have been encorporated into our curriculum to support active learning and increase physical activity. Some of the health and wellbeing benefits and improved outcomes, include:

  • reduced anxiety and stress
  • improved cognition
  • improved fitness, stamina and energy levels
  • greater concentration levels in class
  • improved wider health outcomes
  • experience of being outdoors in all seasons/weather - greater understanding of our environment.


Here is where we start our 'Walk the Mile' laps

9 laps = 1 mile 

We follow the foot prints and arrows along the route. 

We travel in a variety of ways: 

With music to dance to along the way...

We can run/jog/sprint along the route to raise our heart rates and help to increase our stamina and fitness levels. 

We can read instructions and maps to follow the route 



We practise road safety awareness skills. when walking through the carpark.

Reading and writing safety messages 


We must follow the rules to stay safe