Gateway Academy Westminster

Gateway Academy
Westminster

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We believe that physical education is very important for the emotional and physical health of our children. The children not only learn how to throw and catch but they learn to understand the need for sharing, commitment and fairness. Coordination and motor skills are enhanced in lessons which benefits children’s all round development in these critical years of growth.

Children will have one 45 minute indoor P.E. lesson a week and a 1 hour outdoor Games lesson (in Year 5, swimming takes the place of Games). There are a wide variety of clubs for children to participate in including football, cricket and dance. All children are expected to participate fully in lessons.  

Throughout the school, children will be able to participate in dance, gymnastics, athletics and a variety of outdoor games (football, netball etc). In year 5, children will learn how to swim.  Gateway aims to provide a balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities. Teachers seek to cater for each pupil's abilities and preferences. Over the course of the year, children who are particularly skilled in a specific area of P.E. will be given the opportunity to participate in competitions.

To get the most out of indoor PE lessons it is important that the children wear appropriate clothing to allow a full range of movement.  All junior children are expected to bring the correct PE kit to school on the day they have their PE lesson.  The correct kit is a white T-shirt and black shorts or track-suit pants as can be seen on the children below. Parents can also help by trying to ensure that children have a healthy and balanced diet. Furthermore, parents should try to encourage children to engage in physical exercise out of school hours in order to maintain a basic level of fitness.  

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