School Sports Apprentice
We now have our very own Sports Apprentice who works with all teachers to help us improve the physical activity and exercise offered at Westmeads. Mr Dickinson joined us in September 2018 and has the role of working with children and teachers to ensure more children are engaged in physical exercise throughout the day.
At playtimes Mr Dickinson can be found on the playground organising games for each class on a rota. These games will be targeting various areas of physical development such as running, kicking, throwing, balancing, aiming, dodging and co-ordination. In addition to this, at lunch times Mr Dickinson will be working with our Year 2 Sports Leaders to organise games and intra-school competitions with all years groups of children.
During lesson times Mr Dickinson will be assisting the Class Teachers in carrying out their P.E. lessons, providing support and extensions for those children who require it.
Finally, after school he will be working with our community sport club providers to ensure all children are participating in the clubs offered and comfortable with their activities.
School Games Partnership Meeting
Miss Hyett, our PE leader, survived a 'wall climbing' session at the recent School Games partnership meeting which was held at Herne Bay High School. A great deal of information was provided regarding the forthcoming competitions that we will be entering as well as the exciting Sports Award Evening.
Kent and Medway Primary P.E. Conference
What an inspirational event this was, with the amazing Jeanette Kwakye, Olympic athlete, telling us about troubled path to success with the GB athletics team and how she was talent spotted as a youngster. In addition to this motivational talk we were able to listen to talks from Mike Mullen (BMX specialist) representing the Youth Sports Trust, Sharon Denny, Sue Wilkinson and Dr John Ribchester. It was a thought provoking day with lots of useful information for us to put into practice.
Additional Staff Training
Sophie Husband, the regional leader for Premier Sports has worked alongside each teacher for at least a term, providing support and CPD for each class teacher.
In addition, Sophie has supported two of our teaching assistants in the teaching of Fizzy, for children who may have gross motor difficulties. This is an established part of our provision for any child who needs support in this area.