At Westmeads, physical education plays a big part in each and every day as our children participate in a variety of physically active learning opportunities. Each morning begins with a 'Wake Up and Shake Up' dance routine while yoga, gentle touch massage and mindfulness play a part in our daily curriculum for every year group.
In addition to their 2 hours of curriculum PE lessons each week, every class has a weekly outdoor learning lesson and conduct lessons on the beach for 3 terms of the year. We believe that our children learn more productively when they are active and for this reason we invest in active maths lessons (through Maths of the Day), ensure drama and role play are part of our weekly English plans and we include movement in many other curriculum lessons such as science and PSHE.
We believe that physical education has a big impact on children's social and emotional well-being. Not only does it help with team work but it also contributes to improvements in creative thinking and problem solving across all areas of the curriculum.
Our children are encouraged to participate in a variety of sports which will lead to a sustainable, active and healthy lifestyle. Our rich physical education curriculum includes a diverse range of sports such as indoor kurling, tri-golf, boccia, speed stacking and orienteering as well as the more traditional sports like tag rugby, football, netball, cricket, volleyball and dodgeball. All physical educational experiences at Westmeads are taught in a clear and progressive way, tailored for infants at this stage of maturity. Any of our children who require further practise with their physical development will be supported in this with additional, targeted individual programmes including Fizzy and Clever Hands/Clever Fingers to develop fine and gross motor skills.
We encourage every child to represent Westmeads in a sporting role when they reach Year 2. We have had great success recently in winning the local School Games dance competition, football competition, Wake and Shake dance competition as well as gaining silver and bronze medals in a speed stacking competition. For more information on our sports competitions please click here.
We also offer a variety of enrichment days involving physical activity including meeting ex-Olympians and learning to stay safe on the roads.
Extra Curricular Sport
Westmeads also offer a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs with physical education clubs offered on a daily basis. For more information on our clubs please click here.
If you would like to see how we invest our Sports Premium funding to improve the physical education opportunities for all children at our school in a sustainable way, please click here.
We employ a play leader who works every lunchtime to organise games and activities to develop the physical well-being of our children. She also trains Year 2 sports buddies so that they can help the younger children in playing physical games too.