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.
Obviously the Active 30:30 is very important to us and we work hard to ensure that all of our children are active for a minimum of 30 minutes during our school day (excluding play time and lunch time). Please click here for more information.
To help with our activity levels we had a visit from Firefighter Fit Kids who talked to us about how to increase our exercise. We all took part in a HIIT session with Rob and Stacey then spoke about checking our smoke alarms and what to do in the incident of a fire. All of our classes now have access to the Firefighter Fit Kids website where we can use the HIIT sessions and 5 minute workouts to help us work towards our daily 30 minutes of physical activity.
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.
We are extremely lucky to have Mr Dickinson now working with us at Westmeads. Mr Dickinson is our Sports Apprentice who will be working with each teacher during their PE lessons to help with stretching our more able children and/or assisting those who need more help in acquiring new skills.
In addition to helping in our PE lessons, Mr Dickinson is out on the playground every playtime and lunch time working with our Sports Leaders to encourage all children to take part in games and activities (working towards our Active 30:30) as well as running intra-school competitions.
We are very pleased to have such great support and the children are already very happy that Mr Dickinson is part of our team.
MARTIAL ARTS SESSIONS
We were extremely lucky to have Justine Sibley from Whitstable Karate Kai come in to work with some of our Year 1 children during Term 6. She taught them some simple routines involving punching and kicking using pads. There was great discipline involved and everyone had big smiles on their faces. What a great opportunity for us - let's just hope that Justine has more time on her hands and can come back for another visit soon!
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.
We employ a Sports Apprentice (Mr Dickinson) who works every lunchtime to organise games and activities to develop the physical well-being of our children. He also trains Year 2 Sports Challenge Leaders so that they can help the younger children in playing physical games and running intra-school competitions. Please click here for more information.