Hello I’m Joe Casey and I am PE & French Lead and the Staff Governor here at West Hill. I joined our school in 2017 and I love teaching here! Outside of school I belong to a rowing club and compete on the river in Putney. I also love reading and playing the saxophone.
Children begin their physical education at West Hill in Nursery and Reception. Through topics such as Me and Myself, Movement and Development and Ball Games children learn how to us their balance and coordination in a way that is safe, fun and welcoming. Our specialist external PE teachers from Kick London also introduce them to more structured sports such as dance, gymnastics, tennis and football. Our outdoor learning areas also give children the opportunity to express themselves physically in a safe environment.
In Years 1 and 2 children improve and further develop the skills they were introduced to in early Years with more challenging games and activities. Sports such as orienteering, hockey and volleyball continue to help their physical strength and fitness improve, while at the same time develop their teamwork, knowledge of rules, communication and sportsmanship. It is in Year 1 that children also start participating in the Daily Mile. There is evidence that this daily running challenge helps children develop not only their fitness and stamina, but also their concentration, behaviour and overall well-being.
In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 the sports that children learn are widened even further to include netball, athletics, cricket and rounders. PE lessons are delivered by their class teacher or by our specialist external PE teachers from Kick London. In Year 3 all children take part in regular swimming lessons to help them swim 25m unaided, by the end of Y6. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 also have increased opportunity to participate in external competitions against other schools.
At West Hill, pupils start learning French in Year 3
They follow a scheme of work called Rigolo. They learn vocabulary and grammar through interactive activities with an emphasis on the correct pronunciation and intonation. This enables them to
• engage in conversations with increasing confidence, describing people, places and things
• explore patterns and sounds in French through songs and rhymes
• read and write showing understanding of the language
• understand and recognise how to use grammar when reading, writing and speaking.