At Willowbrook, our PE curriculum is a comprehensive program designed to promote physical activity, health, and skill development among young students. It encompasses a wide range of activities, including team sports, individual pursuits, and fitness exercises, tailored to the age and abilities of children. The curriculum aims to foster positive attitudes towards physical education, enhance motor skills, coordination, and strength, while also emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship, cooperation, and overall well-being. By engaging students in enjoyable and challenging physical activities, the primary PE curriculum encourages a lifelong commitment to active living and promotes healthy habits from an early age.
Children in EYFS and KS1 develop the fundamental skills such as aiming and throwing, balance, co-ordination, control, and movement. In KS2 children can use these fundamental skills to develop their knowledge and understanding of invasion games such as football, netball, tag rugby and hockey. These skills are also transferable to striking and fielding games such as cricket and rounders, together with net games such as tennis and badminton.
Here at Willowbrook, we are lucky to have 2 sports coaches and a dance teacher dedicated to delivering high quality PE lessons. Students in Year 4 and 5 can avail of swimming lessons at different times of the year to learn this important life skill.
Increasing participation in out of school competitions provides students the chance to express their skills in a competitive environment. Children take part in competitive sporting events against other local schools which is an inclusive approach to encourage physical development, mental well-being, teamwork, leadership skills and excellence. Willowbrook Mead is a member of INSPIRE and has participated in a multitude of events.
We provide every year group a wide variety of different extracurricular clubs including sports and dances. We have changed the process so we can have more inclusion across the school targeting our vulnerable children as we feel they could benefit massively from these enrichment opportunities.
We are constantly working with sports club within the area to ensure that our students are exposed to out of school activities. We have been fortunate this year to have had Leicester City Cricket Club, Leicester City Hockey Club and Leicester Tigers come in to deliver top quality lessons. We have also had Move Together, a dance company, come in to work with our students and develop their love for dance.