At Westwood Farm we love PE! We are committed to providing the best opportunities for children to develop their physical competence, confidence, and ability to perform in a range of activities. We encourage children to participate in a range of physical activity and develop skills and awareness of the effect exercise has on their bodies. We promote positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles.
We aim for children to have the motivation and ambition to thrive to be amongst the next generation to compete at an elite level. We aspire for all children to take part in Physical Education and take responsibility for their own development which boosts their self-belief and confidence in working as an individual or as part of a team. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to control their movements within a variety of situations. PE is an essential part of the curriculum that enables children to make sense of space and the impact of their own movement.
Teachers use a safe and supportive environment; we have two large school halls across the Federation, plus a huge field and extensive outdoor space. We also have our own Forest School area. Alongside this a wide range of equipment is available to use for a variety of different sports.
We recognise the importance of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing as well as Physical Health to our pupils and staff, and have regular Healthy Weeks events and workshops to support us with this.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time.
- Engage in competitive sports and activities.
- Lead healthy active lifestyles.
We regularly undertake reviews of our curriculum map to ensure that children are engaging in a variety of popular and alternative sports enabling them to develop the above skills.
The children take part in a range of PE activities which encompasses six areas of experience: Athletics; Dance; Games (Multi-skills); Gymnastics; Outdoor Adventurous Activities and Swimming.
At KS1 pupils develop fundamental movement skills, they become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Pupils engage in competitive (both against self, using our ‘Real PE’ programme and against others), and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
At KS2 pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movements. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
As part of their future life and to prepare them for the secondary curriculum, we want our children to be able to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and to lead healthy, active lives.
The Government has invested in improving physical education and sport in primary schools by introducing the sports premium grant.
We have spent this money on several areas;
- Investing in new equipment and resources to support learning
- Training for staff
- Providing additional after-school extra-curricular sports clubs
- Promoting inclusive sports and alternative sport opportunities
- Promoting healthy competition and participating in borough-wide competitions
- Introducing yoga and mindfulness throughout the school
- Building on the EYFS provision with a focus on fundamental movement skills
- Trips to sporting events or venues
- Taking part in outdoor and adventurous activities (Forest School and Y6 Residential Trips)
- Swimming interventions for those who are struggling to reach the expected standard.
We currently run between 2 and 3 after-school sports clubs, every lunchtime or after school, across the schools, to encourage children to enjoy physical activity and lead healthy lifestyles. They can participate in a range of physical activity including gymnastics, football, rugby, cheerleading, netball, cricket, rounders, softball, benchball, dodgeball, multi-sports and more.
Events in School
Year 6 organised a sponsored sports event to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and a school defibrillator.
To celebrate Holi (The Festival of Colour and Spring), and Diwali, Kalpesh from KZ Dance comes in and teaches different Bollywood dances.
We have taken part in Skip2BFit a few times and raised money whilst enjoying this event.
We have taken part in Bracknell Bees School Programme. A head coach Doug Sheppard has been into school and talked about ice hockey, promoting respect, mental and physical wellbeing.
We have had members of the England women’s rugby team come in to inspire some of our girls into sport.
We have undertaken events for children’s mental health charities.
We achieved a Bronze Level Green Trees Award through Forest Schools.
Events Out of School
Competing against other schools provides children with an excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge and understanding of the sport as well as developing their sportsmanship. Congratulations to the teams below that have represented Westwood Farm in different years! We are extremely proud of you!
- The many children who took part in the Green Park Challenge
- Several cross-country events
- Year 4 boys rugby team
- Year 5 and 6 rugby team
- Upper KS2 netball team
- Boys netball team
- Year 4 boys football team
- Upper KS2 boys football team
- Upper KS2 girls football team
- Y1 Cheerleaders took part in the opening ceremony in Berkshire Sports Games in Bradfield
- Y2 pupils took part in Swimming Gala with local schools in Oratory