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.
In the academic year 2015/16, a large chunk of our Sports Premium Funding was used to fund a new all-weather surface trail/activity area. The previous trail equipment was in need of updating and resided on a grass area, which was lovely in the dry summer months, but often remained unused for the majority of our academic year. Therefore, in consultation with our School Council and thinking about how best to provide sustainable physical activities which will have a beneficial impact on every child at our school, money was put aside for the new trail equipment and surfacing.