We give the children the opportunity to experience a wide range of curriculum P.E. and extra curricular clubs right across the school.
Beginning with our 'Wake up, shake up!' routines every morning at 9 o'clock and our daily gentle touch/yoga/mindfulness sessions after lunch. In P.E. lessons, the children experience dodgeball, indoor curling, volleyball and kwik cricket in addition to more traditional sports like tag rugby, football and hockey. Our new playground trail area encourages the children to balance, climb and co-ordinate their bodies.
Have a look at our 'Clubs' section for more information on the activities available to children. We are very proud of the range of activities we have on offer.
Our incredible children have done so well recently that we have been adding to our trophy cabinet! We have a shield from the KS1 Football tournament, a trophy from the Dance Competition and a trophy for our wonderful Active Playtime provision.
Physical Education and links with local clubs/coaches
We would like to extend our thanks to Katrina MacDonald who came to offer us a Street Dance workshop during curriculum time. It was such a wonderful experience for all of those who took part that we have invited Ms MacDonald to offer an after-school 'Street Dance' club. We hope lots of you will be interested!
Our Year 1 children enjoyed their tennis lessons during Term 1 which were provided by Appeti tennis allowing the children to achieve a beginners' skills certificate when they completed the course.
Our links with 'Football Futures', a locally run academy, continue this term. Football sessions will again be offered to all children in Years 1 and 2 through an after-school club.
Miss Hyett, our PE leader, survived a 'problem solving' session at the recent School Games partnership meeting which was held at Herne Bay High School. As well as many schools being presented with their School Games Mark awards, information was provided regarding the forthcoming competitions that we will be entering.
Kent and Medway Primary PE Conference
What an inspirational event this was, with the amazing Joanna Rowsell-Shand telling the story of her success with the GB cycling team and how she was talent spotted in school at the age of 15. In addition to this motivational talk we were able to listen to talks from Sharon Denny, Bev Crossland, Jon Smedley, John Mitcheson and Mike Crichton. It was a thought provoking day with lots of useful information for us to put into practice.
What is the Sports Grant?
The Sports Grant is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils. Since the success of the 2012 London games, the government has pledged to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the games and to develop children’s enjoyment of sport and physical activity from an early age. Therefore, £300m has been specifically set aside to improve the provision of Primary School PE and School Sport.
How much do we have to spend?
£17,190 for this year.
Who will monitor this?
When Ofsted visit, they will ask the question "How well the school uses its Sports Grant to improve the quality and breadth of its PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performances they are capable of." They will look carefully at how we spend the funding and the impact it is having.
Proposed Expenditure for this year:
During the academic year 2013-2014 the majority of our Sports Premium Funding was spent on our new Astroturf area in the playground. At Westmeads we view sport as an important part of school life; together with health, fitness and general well-being it helps children’s self-esteem and nurtures a team spirit which can have a positive impact on their adult lives. The all-weather Astroturf area provides the opportunity to take part in physical activity outdoors for the duration of the year on a safe and level surface. We endeavour to teach P.E. lessons outside whenever possible so not only does the Astroturf surface provide us with a suitable area for this to happen, but it plays an important part in our Active Playtime sessions.