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Westfield Primary Community School

Where children come first

Physical Education

Westfield PE 2016

In line with the Department for Education’s vision for Primary PE and the Sport Premium the PE curriculum has been designed to ensure that: 

‘All pupils leave physically literate and with the knowledge and skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport’

In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at Westfield Primary and leave as confident movers able to play a wide range of sports.

At Key Stage one the children learn the fundamentals of Physical Education through lessons involving multi-skills, dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. At Key Stage two in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.

In gymnastics children use apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (jumping and balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children's fine motor skills, such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer the children do athletics on the school field and learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.

Children in Year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at Energise, where they are taught by trained instructors. The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique and we are about to be involved in a pilot scheme called ‘The School Swimming Charter’ to help develop our swimmers (http://www.swimming.org/schoolswimming/asa-school-swimming-charter)