Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum we deliver to the pupils at Westerton. Our high quality curriculum inspires pupils to succeed in sport and other physically demanding activities, both competitive and non-competitive. We emphasise the importance of a lifelong commitment to having an active and healthy lifestyle, and the role it has in supporting mental health and maintaining wellbeing. For our younger children (in EYFS and KS1) we lay the foundation by focussing on ‘physical literacy’, giving the pupils the chance to explore and develop the basic knowledge and movement skills required for agility, balance and coordination – the ABCs of PE. As pupils move through Lower Key Stage 2, we focus on developing their knowledge and skills further as pupils apply them to a wide range of activities and situations – deciding which skill is best to use in a given situation, building a bank of tactical and creative knowledge and skills. Pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 are expected to become ‘sport ready’, where they use and apply knowledge and skills often being part of a larger team. We highlight the important role perseverance, sportsmanship and teamwork has in becoming a successful athlete and competitor. Competition is an important aspect of our curriculum, challenging pupils to continually improve and meet their potential in a wide range of areas.
In addition to our curriculum, pupils at Westerton have various opportunities to participate in competition. Each pupil represents their school House at sports days and swimming galas. We also offer after school clubs run both by staff and external providers. We regularly participate in inter-school competitions both Leeds wide, coordinated by our School Games Organiser (SGO), and locally through our membership of the Morley Schools Sports Association (MSSA). We also offer a number of residential visits to pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6, covering a variety of adventurous activities. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to develop leadership and coaching skills by applying to become Play Leaders. Our Play Leaders provide physically active games and challenges at playtimes to promote regular physical activity for all pupils in school.
These opportunities allow pupils at Westerton to build resilience develop teamwork and promote sporting values. In recognition of Westerton’s commitment to promoting all aspects of physical education and activity, we have been awarded School Games Mark Gold for the past four academic years.
Information about Sports Premium Funding, School Games, MSSA and Safeguarding in Sport can be found using the following links.