Physical Education statement of intent
At Westwood we offer a high quality, inclusive physical education that seeks to promote a love of physical education across school. The broad and balanced curriculum is well mapped to develop children holistically (personally, socially, cognitively and creatively) as well as developing a physical literacy of fundamental movement skills and knowledge that can contribute to lifelong participation.
Whilst physical education lies at the forefront of our vision, we hold school sport, physical activity and enrichment opportunities of equal importance. We encourage children to be as physically active as possible throughout the school day, not only at break and lunchtimes but through physically active learning (Burn2learn) and outdoor learning wherever it is relevant to the learning experience. Children all get chance to take part in school sport and healthy competition is encouraged. Finally, through enrichment such as outdoor residentials and sporting visits we strive to provide new opportunities for our children.
Physical Education Implementation
Broad and balanced – children are offered a broad and balanced Physical education experience at Westwood. Starting in EYFS and into KS1 children develop fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, coordination) through immersive PE themes underpinned by our REAL PE scheme of work. KS2 builds on these fundamentals and allows their application into a range of activities including games, dance, gymnastics, Outdoor adventurous activities, striking and fielding, swimming and athletics.
Holistic development – The PE curriculum is designed to contribute to the development of the whole child. Whilst the activity and skills-based curriculum is important, the emphasis is placed on children developing their personal, social, cognitive and creative skills through varied approaches to teaching. Children are encouraged to become resilient, independent, cooperative, problem solvers and creative thinkers – skills that can all be transferred into wider life.
The government 30:30 agenda dictates schools should ensure children are physically active (moderate to vigorous) for at least 30 minutes of the school day. At Westwood children take part in daily ‘Burn2Learn’ physical active learning during lesson times as well as engaging with our ‘physical activity coordinator’ – employed to maximise activity time during play and lunchtime through the use of structured games and activities, led by the children.
At Westwood we provide as many opportunities as possible for children to engage with extra-curricular or competitive sport. We offer a health extra-curricular programme consisting of 8 sports clubs (KS1 dance, KS1 multisport, KS2 multisport, KS2 Dance, Yoga, y3/4 football, y5/6 football, wildcats girls’ football). We play in u9 and u11 football competitions run by Leeds Schools FA and we are paid members of ‘Active schools’ who provide a vast range of recreational and competitive sporting opportunities for children to take part alongside or against other children from across Leeds.
Plays a vital part in provide opportunities for our children beyond the school gates. Providing experiences for children they would not normally access gives children new experiences and helps raise aspirations. We run trips to sporting fixtures, outdoor residential experiences in year 4,5 and 6 as well as taking part in fundraising events such as total warrior.
Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity
Physical education, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) is right at the top of the governments agenda for education. Here at Westwood we strive to ensure that children are able to access a minimum of 30 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.
Each class receives 2 hours of physical education lessons each week. The aim to offer an inclusive experience where all children are challenged to improve their own physical literacy to give themselves a solid skillset for lifelong participation. One hour a week is a physical education lesson delivered by the school PE specialist and the second hour is a physical activity lesson where the emphasis is on being 'physically active'.
Foundation - Year 2
Children follow the 'REAL PE' scheme. Designed to focus on the FUNdamental movement skills agility, balance and coordination through a series of progressively harder challenges.
"The REAL PE programme has been developed to give ALL the children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life. It places the learner at the heart of what we do with the ultimate goal of children feeling valued, included, challenged and supported in their learning" (Create Development)
Year 3 - 6
Children take part in an activity based curriculum that allows them to build on the fundamentals developed in lower school and apply them into games (such as handball, tag rugby, football) and activities (such as dance and gymnastics.) The focus is always on developing personal performance as well as teamwork, communication, thinking skills, competition and resilience.
At Westwood we offer a thorough sporting extra curricular programme that allows children to access opportunities after school hours.
Yoga & Mindfulness
Wildcats Girls Football
In addition we are a paying member of 'active schools' that allows us to access competitions and taster sessions across the city. https://www.leedssouthandcentralssp.org/
We also enter teams in the Leeds schools u11 football league and the u11 and u9 schools cup.
At Westwood we employ a 'physical activity coordinator' who is responsible for running active play and lunchtimes. The aim to engage as many children to be physical active in this time through organised games, individual challenges (such as skipping) or organised play.
Physically active learning
Through 'Burn2learn' activities children are encouraged to move around and raise heart rates as part of the whole school curriculum.
Through engaging with our partners and seeking out enrichment opportunities we look to provide children with new experiences as well as developing links with local clubs to encourage participation beyond the school gate.
Full list of partners
Yorkshire CCC - Hunslet Nelson CC
Hunslet Hawks RLFC
South Leeds Spartans - Leeds Rhinos Foundation
Middleton Bike Hub
Leeds United Foundation - Wildcats Programme