Physical Education

Physical Education is that part of a child’s education which uses physical activity as the primary medium for education. Physical Education is any process that increases a child’s ability and desire to participate in a socially responsible way in physical activity in the form of games, sport, dance, adventure activities and other leisure pursuits.

Sport education and sport are important aspects of Physical Education. An appropriate learning environment for junior sport is one that reduces the emphasis on winning and losing, and focuses on maximum participation for all children in a variety of sports. These are suited to each child’s social, personal and skill development. It also provides enjoyment and a measure of success for all, allows skill acquisition and improvement and develops good sporting behaviour. This includes self-control, discipline, cooperation, tolerance and respect for others. Schools provide the optimum setting for junior sport.

Our Physical Education program

The Physical Education (PE) program encourages the development of physical, mental and social skills by introducing the student to a wide range of basic motor skills, physical and sporting activities.

Students in Reception to Year 2 take part in games and activities that concentrate on the development of fundamental motor skills such as locomotion, ball control, throwing, catching, striking, kicking and trapping.

Students in Years 3 to 7 take part in sessions concentrating on the development of game skills. These skills still take into account fundamental motor skills, but are developed using actual sporting activities.

Time allocation

All classes from Reception to Year 7 receive two 45 minute lessons per week with a PE specialist teacher. Class fitness is also a timetabled session and occurs on those days that the children do not have PE. Every student in the Westminster Preparatory School exercises every day.