PE & Sports
Physical education is defined as learning to develop and care for the human body through movements produced by skeletal muscles. At Westbury Leigh, the prime purpose of PE is for all children to develop an understanding of the significant benefits that leading a physically active lifestyle will have on their lives.
Our broad and balanced curriculum will give all children the chance to experiment, practise and compete in an enjoyable, stimulating and appropriately challenging environment. The range of activities, along with high quality teaching, seek to ensure children enjoy success and are motivated to further develop their health and fitness.
All pupils have 2 hours a week dedicated to PE. In order to keep the children motivated, engaged and challenged they will explore different activities/ sports every half term. This will ensure they are continuously learning new skills and securing others.
This year, pupils in Reception will develop their key skills, including throwing and catching; running and jumping; agility; balance and co-ordination as well as key skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication. This is taught through multi-skills lessons and the introduction of specific sports such as gymnastics, tennis, athletics and cricket. They will also follow the programme ‘Write Dance’ to develop their physical movement skills.
In Key Stage 1, there is a focus on further developing their throwing and catching; running and jumping; agility; balance and co-ordination in the form of multi-skills and team games. Sport specific activities include Gymnastics, Tag Rugby, Dance, Athletics, Tennis and Football. Pupils become confident working with equipment, in pairs and in small groups, to make up their own games, follow rules and play in a competitive environment.
In Key Stage 2, pupils are taught some different sports to allow them to progress and experience a wide range throughout their schooling experience. This year they will explore the following sports: Parkour, Hockey, Tag Rugby, Netball, Dance, Gymnastics, Fitness, Tennis, Rounders, Cricket and Athletics. Year 3 and 5 pupils are taken to Kingdown School for swimming lessons for half an hour a week for the year as their indoor PE lesson. We also have a huge focus on learning the rules and officiating in all sports.
We also run a range of extra-curricular activities, in a non-competitive form. This includes after and before school clubs. Children also have the opportunity to represent the school and participate at festivals. These are competitive and are played against local primary schools (Multi-skills, Dance, Athletics, Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Tennis and more).
Dance is an important part of our PE curriculum.
Dance and movement aims to contribute to the child’s physical, artistic, linguistic, social and cultural education. As well as learning specific dance skills and styles, it is also taught in conjunction with other subjects. Topics are used as a stimulus to extend learning and knowledge in other academic areas. Children learn how to express and communicate ideas and understanding in the physical form.
We are constantly upgrading our equipment and facilities to further enhance our pupils learning experience.
All children must wear a suitable PE kit. Please refer to our PE policy for details.
View our PE curriculum here.
At Westbury Leigh, we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.
Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Recently the government have committed to funding the primary school Sports Premium up until 2020 - an investment worth £750 million.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses of the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or material for PE/sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and residential visits
Please click on the link below to see the Westbury Leigh Sports Development Plan and a breakdown of how the school intends to utilise the Primary School's Sports Fund.