We hope to encourage a healthy attitude to sport, which will continue into their adult lives. We have very strong links with the Youth Sport Trust. Westfield is fortunate in having specialist PE staff and very good facilities. Each class has regular PE lessons - a minimum of 2 hours a week - in the hall, gymnasium or outside, depending upon the weather. PE is important in the development of physical control, mental alertness and personal confidence. It also helps children to learn to share, compete and work together. We place great importance on the development of children’s physical education. We aim to ensure that all children experience a range of competitive and non-competitive sports, developing the skills and ability to enjoy physical activity and sports.
Pupils participate in National Curriculum activities such as gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Pupils are taught by specialist staff as well as qualified coaches after school, from 3pm to 4.15pm, covering a wide range of sporting activities.
Physical Education in Key Stage 1 includes gymnastics, dance and multi-skills. In Key Stage 2, children are also introduced to a variety of competitive sports such as rugby, football, cricket and hockey. Our year 3 and year 5 pupils receive swimming lessons at a local swimming pool. This happens on an annual basis.
Westfield is working very closely with Biddenham International School and other primary schools to further extend the physical activity programmes on offer to our pupils. We have school teams for football, rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis, basketball and dodgeball for girls and boys. We participate in the Bedford and Kempston Schools League and have fixtures every week all year round.
During PE lessons, children need a school PE kit and appropriate trainers. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove and replace their stud earrings themselves; if they are unable to do this, they must be removed before the child comes to school.