All children at Westrop have a minimum of 2 hours of PE and Sport per week
The curriculum covers opportunities for a range of physical activity which includes:
- games including football, rounders, cricket, tennis, tag rugby, hockey
- outdoor adventurous activities including orienteering and Forest School
- swimming (Years 3 – 6)
- yoga and wellbeing
We have an internal sports coach who is a Football and Cricket specialist who delivers lessons to all classes. We also have an external coach that teaches other sports to all classes throughout the year.
During the year we provide additional experiences with Sports visitors. These have included Jim Gump a famous world runner, Ayaz Bhuta a Team GB Wheelchair Rugby player, and Robert Mitchell Team GB High jumper. Our school Dance Club performs annually at the local theatre in front of other schools. Our football team plays in tournaments. We enter swimming galas annually held by the local secondary school.
The Golden Mile
- The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable health & physical activity initiative accessible to all pupils regardless of age or ability.
- We aim to inspire and encourage the school community through physical activity with the focus on fun, rewarding personal achievement.
- We reinforce the message from the Department of Health that children should engage in regular daily physical activity habits across the week, every week all year round.
- The Golden Mile is an ALL YEAR ROUND initiative whereby Pupils, Staff and parents can get involved. Simply walk, jog or run around your Golden Mile track within the safety of the school.
- The interactive school and class pages convert laps into Miles and display each pupil’s progress via graphs and league tables.
- The children now have access to a Trim Trail which encourages movement at different levels and speeds. Children can play on this in their play times or do it as a warm up in lessons.
Multi Use Games Area
With the addition of our new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) we have been able to extend provision at break-times to encourage team games in a safe environment. It is also an excellent place for inter-house and inter-school competitions.
We enter a range of competitions in Highworth and Swindon and have been successful in the South West cricket and rugby tournaments. Each year group takes part in a festival at the Highworth Rec alongside other Highworth schools as part of the Swindon Schools Sports Partnership. Area sports, a swimming gala and other sporting events take place across the school year. We will be developing the amount of inter-house competitions within Westrop which is a pupil request.
In year 4 children go away for 2 days and 1 night to Legge House in Wroughton working on team building activities. In Years 5 and 6 there is the opportunity for children to attend a PGL weekend where they can experience climbing, abseiling and water sports such as kayaking.
Scheme of Work- Real PE
Giving EVERY child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life. This unique, child centred approach transforms how we teach PE to include, challenge and support EVERY child. It focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market-leading approach to teaching and learning in PE. It develops the key abilities children need to be successful within PE and Sport and across the curriculum. Each child receives three units of this scheme each year, on a 2 year rolling programme.
For more information on this scheme of work please watch this video
How To Help Your Child At Home With PE
There are lots of activities you can do around the house that will help develop your child’s coordination, balance and fitness. You can ask them to ‘walk the plank’ as if they were a pirate or move round the garden as if they were different animals. Going for a walk or scooter/bike ride is a great way to be active, as is going up and down your stairs at home. There is a multitude of websites and videos for children to have a go at. Please look at the following sites for more activities:
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