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