Sport & PE
We are very proud of our children and their dedication to sport.
Children report that participating in PE within school and extra sport has
- helped them to become more confident,
- helped them to accept failure as a way to improve their skills,
- improved their fitness and
- boosted their teamwork skills.
It has also helped identify some leadership skills in some children who didn’t realise they had them!
We are confident that this approach has also affected their academic work as children are no longer afraid of failing and prepared to ‘have a go’. We have seen an increase in positivity and an attitude to take every opportunity that is offered. Children are physically fit as, along with the active sport lessons, we take advantage of our beautiful setting and have lessons outside whenever we can. Children understand that being fit and raising their heart rate helps their heart pump oxygen to their brain as well as ‘waking them up’, making them ready to learn.
Whilst we do not publish individual records, we have been informed by school nurses that at Westerings, the percentage of children being overweight decreases from Reception to Year 6, which goes against the normal pattern nationally.
Sport and PE is a major part of the Westerings ethos as we recognise
- how much more confident and happy our children are,
- how they appreciate a healthy lifestyle and the character benefits of sportsmanship
- how they have courage to try things without worrying about failure and
- how well they co-operate in a team.
Sport is having a positive impact on many aspects of their lives and preparing them well for the future.
Westerings is the only primary school in the whole of the Rochford and Castle Point Districts to have been awarded the Gold Sports Award for 3 years running.
This includes the areas of Hockley, Wakering, Rayleigh, Rochford, Hullbridge, Thundersley, Benfleet, Hadleigh and Canvey.
To achieve Gold, a school has to meet a wide range of criteria, including inter school and intra school competitions and a large percentage of the children has to be involved in extra curricular clubs, competitions and festivals (as well as normal PE lessons).
As well as the Sainsburys Gold Sports Award, Westerings has also been awarded
- The Youth Sports Trust Silver Kitemark, in recognition of the quality of Sports provision
- The KS1 Active Mark for Key Stage One Sport
- A revalidation of the Healthy Schools Award
- Runner up with Distinction in the Rochford and Castle Point Sports Awards 2015 for School of the Year
We are very proud that our children have achieved so well in sport:
Westerings’ teams have reached the County Finals for New Age Curling, Quicksticks (Hockey), Tennis, Basketball and Paralympic Sports.
November 2016 update! Westerings Primary Academy has just been named as the
Rochford District School of the Year 2016 in the Rochford and Castle Point Sports Awards!
Opportunities and Provision
Westerings children are given a wide range of opportunities for extra curricular sport alongside usual PE lessons. These include:
netball - basketball - football - rounders - cricket - tennis - tag rugby - dodgeball - table-tennis - mini-sports - badminton - street dance - cheerleading - Zumba - gymnastics - new age curling - athletics - cross country - multisports;
and Paralympic sports such as wheelchair basketball - blind football and boccia.
During their time at Westerings, children also have opportunities for climbing - archery - surfing canoeing - coasteering - orienteering - sailing and extra swimming.
We take our children out into their natural environment as much as possible, for example Year 6 will be climbing in the Welsh hills, surfing and coasteering along the Pembrokeshire coast, Year 5 will be canoeing and sailing in the rivers around Danbury whilst Year 2s have recently been orienteering in our woods on site.
Our site is used in all weathers for all types of lessons. We also like to make the best use of local facilities, using Clements Hall Leisure Centre for swimming and badminton; and using Belchamps Scout Activity Centre for adventurous activities. In the future we hope to have more sailing opportunities in local clubs.
Westerings’ children all receive at least 2 hours of PE every week plus extra clubs and sporting opportunities. We provide more swimming lessons than required as we feel it is a key life-saving skill and had identified the need within school. We have been very impressed by how much the children have improved in swimming. We also pay for individuals with particular needs to have private lessons so they increase their confidence. This allows them to participate safely and confidently in other outdoor opportunities such as canoeing on our residential breaks and ensures that they have mastered this extremely important life skill.
At Westerings teachers are trained in good practice and up to date sports knowledge by high quality instructors. We bring expert professionals in to school as well, where possible, to ensure children have the best provision. Amongst our club leaders and visitors we have had professional sports coaches, professional players, qualified and experienced instructors and specialist teachers and professionals from the world of TV and entertainment. We are very appreciative that we also have several dedicated staff who give up their own time to organise and run events, making them fun for the children.
Westerings aims to provide plenty of extra sporting opportunities, however, these clubs only exist because the children are willing to give up their free time, commit themselves, practise and do their best.
Parents/Carers are always very supportive, often transporting their children and cheering them on at events and in matches! Thanks to our Parent and Staff Association we now have the Westerings Minibus so we can transport children who would otherwise not be able to participate in some of these events.
At Westerings we encourage all children to ‘have a go’ and ‘try a sport’, rather than choosing the same children for teams as they would be more likely to win. Our children have found that they do enjoy sport and have surprised themselves! They just needed to find the sport that suited them. It’s been lovely to see children of all ages, interests and capabilities getting fit and enjoying sport. Having a wide range has been key. A group of these children each year have volunteered to become Sports Ambassadors and they have run competitions within school, helped other children and been brilliant representatives for Westerings. We raised over £4000 for Sport Relief this year and the children really enjoyed themselves.
We often discuss sporting achievements in assemblies and aim to inspire the children where we can. We follow current news and children love to read the biographies of sporting legends in our library. We also like to share our children’s personal achievements with the whole school as many compete at County and National level in sports such as Dance and Swimming. Children have been inspired by visiting the Essex County Cricket team and Southend United Football Club. Some have been privileged to meet Lucy Hodges MBE to discuss Blind Sailing, Liam Heath, British Canoeing Olympic Champion and other Olympians and Paralympians.
Last year we were very pleased to see the introduction of our girls football team who have proved to be very dedicated. They are going from strength to strength and, despite a difficult start as an inexperienced team joining an experienced league, they never give up and are very proud of how well they are doing!
We are aiming for all children to be able to represent the academy in a sport at some point during their time at Westerings. This includes performing at The Palace Theatre, competing County Championships and events at other schools and leisure centres. Our children always do us proud, being extremely well behaved and demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and teamwork.
Sport and PE is a key part of the ethos at Westerings as we prepare our children to make the most of all opportunities offered in their future lives as well as being prepared to meet any challenge with confidence and a set of excellent personal skills to help them. We are very appreciative of the Sports Premium Grant that we receive from the Government and spend every penny each year! It has enabled us to provide high quality facilities and equipment, train staff and provide opportunities for the children that would have otherwise have been difficult.
Using the Sports Premium funding provided by the Government, we have been able to
- train Midday Assistants in running games at lunchtimes,
- train children to become P.A.L.s (Play Leaders)
- organise a group of our children to become Sports Ambassadors who run events within school themselves.
- train teachers with up-to-date knowledge and skills to ensure we provide the best possible provision for our children.
- work with The Deanes School (Castlepoint and Rochford Schools Sports Partnership)
- work with Professionals and qualified Sports Instructors
- attend Dance and Sport Festivals
- address the identified need in swimming skills
- perform at the Palace Theatre
- have whole school Fun Sports days (eg on National Skipping Day – which has transformed playtimes!)
- work with The Youth Sports Trust
- be inspired by meeting Olympians, Paralympians and watching the Essex Cricket Team and Southend United in action
- stock our library with inspirational biographies of sporting heroes
- participate in the Healthy Bodies Program and Change for Life Club to help our children learn about Healthy Lifestyles
- purchase new gymnastic and games equipment for all ages
...and offer many more opportunities!
We have seen a big change in attitudes and positivity, a love of life and learning; and we are very proud of our children and staff!