Sport

At Westbury House, we enjoy a wide variety of sports for all of our age groups. We aim for the children to develop a rounded appreciation of sport and to develop their personal strengths and interests.

Our swimming programme starts in Nursery with water-confidence skills leading to a short distance swim in Year 1. An annual swimming gala for the lower school is held in May for all children whether they swim or not. Years 2-4 follow a more intensive programme of skills: stroke techniques, distance swimming and lifesaving skills. An annual gala is also held for the upper school with all of the children taking part in at least one race.

PE lessons consist of a broad and balanced programme of activities to introduce and develop an appreciation of how the body moves in sport and to evaluate the requirements for the different activities. Throughout Years 3-6 the children will participate in individual activities such as Fitness and Athletics through to cooperative and competitive sports such as Paralympic Volleyball, Country Dance and Gymnastics.  Our younger pupils learn the movement patterns and basic sporting actions that will prove important as they move through the school. They also participate in weekly ball skills and tennis lessons.

The Games programme is designed for all boys and girls to improve the ability to work as a team member in order to succeed in team games such as football, hockey, tag-rugby and netball. During the summer programme, the focus moves to tennis, cricket, athletics and rounders, culminating in the annual sports day for the whole school. This builds on their understanding of fitness where we also practise cross- country running in order to participate in local competitions. Matches against other schools are arranged so that the children can test their abilities against unknown opposition. Boys and girls are taught separately in Years 3-6 yet they all follow the same programme.