PE and Sport has always been an important part of the curriculum at Woodside because we know it not only helps children to be healthy; but helps them to be more alert, motivated and focussed as learners, and teaches them invaluable social skills. All classes take part in the "Daily Mile" with their teachers. There is no need to change for this as it is just 15 minutes when children run or, if not, walk round our extensive grounds to set them up for the day. Mr Hawkins, who is our specialist sport TA, takes classes for PE and games while teachers have their statutory non-contact time and classes have additional lessons with their own teachers. For PE lessons children need to have trainers and black shorts with a Woodside tee shirt in their house colour, and in colder weather track suits are recommended. Year 1 - 6 will be given the opportunity to learn to swim at the Blackshots Pool. We have an enjoyable walk there and back which gives children some extra exercise and the chance to see our local flora and fauna. Children need a swimming costume and swimming hat for the pool, a towel, shoulder bag, sensible shoes for walking and, depending on the weather and time of year coat, hat and gloves.
At Woodside Academy we run a wide range of sports for large number of children. As well as the traditional teams games of Football, Cricket, Rugby, High Five/Netball and Athletics we run activities such as Cycling, Golf and Archery. This year we have introduced a house cup challenge with an ongoing interpose completion led by our house and vice house captains and involving children throughout KS2 in a variety of sports. See the clubs and activities section to find the sports available for children now.
At Woodside Academy our vision is “excellence through opportunity” as a school, provide everyone, regardless of their age, background or level of ability, with an opportunity to participate in a variety of different sports. We recognise diversity and facilitate to the needs of our children. We understand the holistic benefits of high impact lessons which progresses a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. PE is an integral part of the curriculum to be enjoyed by all children. We aim to make sport inclusive and assessible for all, with the provision of a variety of sports and sporting equipment to encourage participation to a range of children. With links to external clubs in the community grass route schemes, we aim to encourage lifelong participation in sport.