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PESSPA (Physical Education, School Sports and Physical Activity)

Physical Education Statement of Intent


Resilient          Respectful         Inspired       Curious


Athletes at Yeadon Westfield Junior School


At Yeadon Westfield Junior School, we recognise the importance of Physical Education and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. The intent of our Physical Education curriculum is to provide all children with high quality P.E and Sports provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles.


We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging P.E lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. At YWJS we have a bespoke P.E curriculum which offers extensive opportunities for children to encounter multiple sports such as Orienteering, Karate and Boxercise.  All children receive two hours of Physical Education each week, with one of those hours taught by an external sports provider (Velocity Sports). For one hour of their weekly allocation Year Four, are taught swimming.


We want our pupils to appreciate and be curious about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as team work, communication, respect, resilience and leadership, as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.

Physical Education:

Physical education is the planned, progressive learning that takes place in our school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all children. This involves both ‘learning to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’ (e.g. learning through movement, a range of skills and understandings beyond physical activity, such as co-operating with others). The context for the learning is physical activity, with children experiencing a broad range of activities, including sport and dance.


School Sport:

School sport is the structured learning that takes place beyond the curriculum (i.e. in the extended curriculum) within school settings; this is sometimes referred to as out-of-school-hours learning. Again, the context for the learning is physical activity. The ‘school sport’ programme has the potential to develop and broaden the foundation learning that takes place in physical education. It also forms a vital link with ‘community sport and activity’.


Physical Activity:

Physical activity is a broad term referring to all bodily movement that uses energy. It includes all forms of physical education, sports and dance activities. However, it is wider than this, as it also includes indoor and outdoor play, work-related activity, outdoor and adventurous activities, active travel (e.g. walking, cycling, rollerblading, scooting) and routine, habitual activities such as using the stairs, doing housework and gardening.

Spring Term 2022 - Year 5 - The Karate Kids

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Year 5 have been learning some basic karate moves in their PE lessons.

Autumn Term 2021 - Santa Dash

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Each year group have taken part in an additional 30 minutes of exercise for their day which involved running and festive themed exercises such as Snowman Squats and Gingerbread Jumping Jacks. The children enjoyed dancing and we even had a Snowball Fight at the end! Any blurring in the pictures shows just how fast the children were moving!

School Games Gold Award

We are very proud to have been awarded the Sainsbury's School Games Gold award three years in a row. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 the School Games Award was on hold for 2019-2020. Watch this space for our achievements in 2021-22.