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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.

School Games Platinum Award

We are very proud to have been awarded the School Games Platinum award for our  "long term commitment to delivering high quality sport and physical activity opportunities for the whole school. Ensuring all children have equal access is a real strength to your programme along with a great variety of activities for students to enjoy. Your programme is sustainable, exciting, rewarding, diverse, and appropriate for the students of Yeadon Westfield" -SGO. 

Our children love keeping active. 


Physical Education 

'I really love all the different sports we do. We get to do basketball, dance, cricket, football, hockey. There's so many! Oh and Karate! I love Karate' -Year 3 child 


'PE is really important because we learn new sports and new skills.' - Year 4 child 


'Sometimes it can be challenging learning a new skill in PE but it's important to persevere because those little skills make a big difference' - Year 6 child 


Physical Activity 

'I love keeping fit and active. I think it's really important because we can not only look after our bodies but also our mind as well' - Year 5 child 


'When we did the Santa Dash that was really fun because we got to have a pretend snow ball fight'- Year 3 child. 


'Every day we can track our physical activity with our travel tracker. This is good because we can see how active we have been each week and we get to earn some great badges.'- Year 4 child 


School Sports 

'I'm really proud of my achievements this year because I got to play against some other schools around the country and we did really well!'- Year 6 child 


'We have all done really well at the Fun Run and I am proud to have my medal. It represents our hard work' -Year 3 child


'I've been to lots of different sports outside of school this year which I have really enjoyed. I had never played dodgeball before but now I love it! I play it at lunchtimes all the time' -Year 4 child 


'The Aqua Festival was good fun and I liked the water polo at the end' - Year 5 child