Gillespie Primary School
Gillespie Road, Highbury, London, N5 1LH
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Gillespie Primary School | PE, PSHE, health & well-being
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PE, PSHE, health & well-being

We know that happiness, health and overall well-being are essential to ensuring that our children are able to flourish and thrive at school.

Physical Education (PE)

Physical education and leading an active lifestyle are an integral part of children’s journey at Gillespie School. We have implemented a PE curriculum which is inclusive and nurtures the physical, social and mental skills of our pupils. Through our PE scheme and extra-curricular PE activities we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. We ensure that all pupils:

  • develop confidence to excel in  a broad range of activities including being able to swim 25m by the end of Year 6
  • are physically active for a sustained period of time
  • engage in competitive sports or alternative activities that provide physical exercise and provide social skills
  • lead healthy, active lives


With funding from our Sports Premium we also provide additional specialist PE provision for children across the school including lunchtime football development, specialist gymnastic teaching for all year groups and specialist tennis and cricket opportunities. After School Clubs provide a rich menu of PE opportunities including performing arts, street dance, basketball, gymnastics and boxing. Our passionate Sports Leader ensures that Gillespie pupils are involved throughout the year with a range of opportunities to participate in competitions across a range of different sports and disciplines.


Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

We aim to provide a planned PSHE curriculum that enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. PSHE helps our children understand how they are developing personally and in relation to others. It supports the promotion of their personal well-being and happiness and helps children explore many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We use Islington’s carefully developed PSHE scheme of work called ‘You, Me, PSHE’ which includes our curriculum for the statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).


Mental health and well-being

Our PE and PSHE curriculum support the promotion of positive health and well-being of our children and additionally the school has adopted a special published scheme called ‘myHappymind’ which specifically is aimed to support mental health and well-being. All classes from Reception to Year 6 engage weekly in specific activities that support children to develop the tools and resilience to regulate themselves when they are feeling stressed and unhappy or if their mental health is suffering. MyHappymind focuses on teaching children and adults  how their brain works in regulating emotion. Throughout the week each class reflects on new learning and it is reviewed as a whole school during the weekly whole school assemblies.



Please click here for our full curriculum intent, implementation & impact document for PE

Please click here for our full curriculum intent, implementation & impact document for PSHE


Click here for the ‘curriculum overviews & schemes of work’ page which includes:

  • PE curriculum map
  • PSHE overview for each year group
  • Relationships, Health and Sex Education curriculum overview