Heads, Hearts and Hands
At West End we develop the concept of using Heads, Hearts and Hands to ensure all children engage fully in physical education and sport, get enjoyment from the opportunities we provide and develop skills and fitness through our well planned curriculum and extra curricula activities. We promote teamwork, imagination and personal health and fitness in a fun, encouraging environment. We continue to support excellence in PE through promoting healthy active lifestyles, engaging in competitive activities and developing determination to excel in a broad range of PE activities and lessons.
The children have access to at least two hours of high quality physical education each week. These sessions follow the national curriculum and cover the four main areas of PE; - games, dance, gymnastics and athletics. Children work in teams, small groups, pairs and as individuals. Taking part in team-based sport allows children to practise the life-skills of perseverance, collaboration and resilience.
Swimming is a weekly part of our year 3 provision and where there is a need this can continue into higher years for some children. Leadership qualities are also developed through PE. Our year 6 children organise and run our Sports Day each summer term where they plan activities for mixed age teams; this supports our caring and supportive ethos. Outdoor adventurous activities take place on our school site and our year 6 children visit Robinwood for a residential focussed on outdoor adventurous activities.
Our provision is enhanced through our partnership with Leeds Rhinos and Airedale and Wharfedale Sports Association and the Leeds Northwest School Sports Partnership. We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities (please see prospectus page 19-20 or this website under – learning / extra-curricular). Sports activities are popular with the children and these include: rugby, netball, football, cross country, athletics and other more recently introduced sports, such as dodge-ball, tennis and hockey.
We believe that physical education and sport have a vital role to play in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children. In addition, physical education is important in giving children the knowledge, understanding and the skills to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being. Our PE curriculum is very closely linked to our ‘Healthy Schools’ work and offers opportunity for other cross curricular work.
Starling class have enjoyed Mindful March this month. We have taken part in some relaxing yoga sessions that have helped focus our minds and bodies.