Physical Education, School Sports and Physical Activity at West End Primary School
PE at West End Primary School aims to develop a fun, high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically-demanding activities.
We work to ensure that all of our children:
• 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 lives
All of the children at West End have access to at least 2 hours of taught curriculum PE each week as well as additional opportunities every day to be physically active whilst at school.
It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferrable life skills such as tolerance, fairness and respect. Within their curriculum lessons the children work in teams, small groups, pairs and as individuals. Additionally, an imperative element of the curriculum at West End shows a need for a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet, positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
Our Lower Key Stage 2 children enjoy accessing the swimming part of our curriculum, visiting the local leisure centre to develop their confidence and skills in and around the water. Our Upper Key Stage 2 children develop leadership qualities through PE; becoming playground leaders as well as organising and running our annual Sports Day during the summer term. Outdoor and adventurous activities take part on our school site, in the local area, and as part of trips and residential stays.
Children at West End are regularly given opportunities to take part in wide and varied extra curricular activities from attending on-site after school clubs to joining our sporting teams and taking part in locality and city wide festivals and competitions. We are thrilled to work in partnership with the Leeds Well Schools Partnership which both enhances the sporting provision available to our learners and provides professional development opportunities for our staff.
Throughout the school year our children are invited to attend 'come and try' sessions as well as those focussing on specific skill development and/or competitive events which are about striving to be the best. We ensure there is something for everyone!
Super Sporting Start!
So far this academic year we have been in school for 13 weeks and what a busy 13 weeks they have been!
All our classes complete a minimum of two hours curriculum PE a week, with Y3 going off site for a weekly swimming session as part of this. Alongside their PE lessons, children across school take part in the daily mile around our playgrounds and/or complete wake up, shake up routines and classroom based physical activity breaks. In addition, many of our children have already taken part in enrichment activities, either during the school day or as part of our after-school offering.
Take a look at our Autumn term statistics:
Curriculum PE: 208 hours (approx.) across school
During school hours enrichment: cheer dance, skipping school, golf-way festival, cross country, with 86 different children taking part
After school clubs: including cricket, skipping, tennis, yoga, football and kickboxing have run, with 56 different children taking part
After school sporting fixtures: including football and dodgeball, with 58 different children signing up and participating
The chief medical examiner recommends that children aged 5+ are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day, for children under 5 the recommendation is 180 minutes! We aim to achieve at least 50% of this during the school day.
We encourage families to make use of active travel to and from school where possible and provide a bike store (behind our Y6 classroom) and scooter pods (outside the main office) to help facilitate this.
We can't wait to see what the Spring and Summer Term have in store!