Subject Leads: Miss Kayleigh Phillipps
At Westwood Farm Schools our intent is to inspire all children and for each child to fulfil their potential. We want the children’s experience of PE to be positive and motivating. PE enables pupils to become physically confident. This supports their health, wellbeing and fitness and provides the foundations for lifelong activity. We want children to have the opportunity to participate and succeed in competitive sport and physical activities. This helps them build character and learn values such as fairness and respect. Through PE, we develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. They build confidence and competence in a range of activities.
The children take part in a range of PE activities which encompasses six areas of experience: Athletics, Dance, Games (Net and Wall, Striking and Fielding, Invasion), Gymnastics, Outdoor Adventurous Activities and Swimming. The lessons are planned to cover a broad and full range of skills and activities.
We teach in a way that children:
- have fun and experience success in sport
- can join in at their own level of development
- build and secure a range of skills
- develop good sporting attitudes
- understand basic rules
- experience positive competition
- learn in a safe environment
Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop their fundamental movement skills
- improve their agility, balance and coordination
- lead and join in PE games with growing confidence, developing their speaking and listening skills
- learn useful PE vocabulary and knowledge to help them at KS3 and beyond
- enjoy fitness and understand the importance of good diet and exercise
All children receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum. Every child will access all the key areas of the subject. Teachers plan PE with clear progression of skills and knowledge. This ensures that all children access it at an appropriate level. EYFS In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children begin to improve their movement skills. Teachers begin to develop the pupils agility, balance and coordination.
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 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 physical 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, bench ball, dodgeball, multi-sports and more.
Events in School
To celebrate Holi (The Festival of Colour and Spring), and Diwali, Kalpesh from KZ Dance has come in and taught different Bollywood dances.
To celebrate the Men’s Fifa World Cup 2023 all classes were given 2 teams to support and cheer on. The children learnt all about the Men’s World cup and it’s history and about Qatar in an assembly. They then took part in an afternoon completing world cup activities. When England got through to the Semi-Final the children were given the opportunity to watch their role models and cheer on the English team.
During Healthy Week we received a visit from 2 inspirational Athletes. Chad Miller who was Team GB sprinter Chad was a Bronze medallist at the U20 World Championships in the 100m back in 2019 and was ranked 1st for his age group for the 2020-2021 season and Louise Evans who reached the final of the European Under-20 Championships and followed it up with Gold in the 4x400m relay and an individual silver in the British Championships. Despite injury, she is now attempting to making it onto the 4 x 400m relay team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The athletes conducted a whole school question and answer assembly where pupils find out more about their daily lives and successes. Each class from Nursery to Year 6 then took part in a lesson ran by one of the athletes themselves!
During Healthy Week all children took part in ‘Stop Everything And Move!’ to encourage physical activity throughout the day.
We have undertaken events for children’s mental health charities.
We achieved a Gold Level Green Trees Award through Forest Schools.
All children took part in our carousel of activities show casing the skills they have learnt in PE during Sports Day. Ks2 pupils also chose to represent their houses in the sprint races and relay races.
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 Schools Challenge.
- The year 1 and 2 girls football team, Year 3 and 4 girls football team and both Year 5 and 6 girls football teams who took part in the Tilehurst Panthers Tournament.
- The Year 5 football team who took part in the Inaugural Reading Borough Primary Schools 5 a side tournament.
- The Year 5 and 6 football team who represented our school in the Newbury Primary Football Association football tournament.
- The Year 5 and 6 mixed Netball Team who played at Denefield.
- The Year 5 and 6 mixed Tag rugby team who represented our school at Denefield.
- The Year 5 and 6 Mixed cricket team who competed at Denefield.
- The Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6 football teams who have played in friendlies against other local school.
Year 5 & 6 Football Tournament