Physical Education

Curriculum Overview


WLSJ offers an outstanding programme of Physical Education and sporting opportunities. Working closely with the West Lancashire Sports Partnership we are able to provide 1½ to 2 hours of professional sports coaching per week to every child in Key Stages One and Two. This is supplemented by an extensive programme of extra-curricular sports clubs and inter-school sports competitions.  Click HERE to see our sporting calendar.



We have one specialist coach per half term. Alongside the class teacher, each coach teaches the classes twice per week so the depth of coverage of each curriculum area helps the children to make excellent progress.  

Our School Sports Partnership coaches in 2016-2017:
Autumn 1st half Net and Wall Emma Valentine & John Chatterley
Autumn 2nd half Gymnastics Nikki Dawes
Spring 1st half Athletics Adam Magee, Scott Jones & Julie Brookwell
Spring 2nd half Striking & Fielding James Cole
Summer 1st half Invasion Games James Brown
Summer 2nd half Dance Teri-Lee Aldridge


The specialist coaches also run an after-school sports club every Tuesday for Years 1-3 and Mr. Peetoom runs clubs every Wednesday and Thursday for Years 4-6. The club for Years 1-3 follows the pattern of coaching in the table above i.e. Dance in Summer 2nd half. Mr. Peetoom’s clubs are usually Tag-Rugby and High-5 Netball, although he does sometimes vary this with other team sports. These clubs have a very high uptake and are an important part of our sports provision.

Our swimming lessons are also provided through the West Lancashire Sports Partnership. We swim in the Autumn and Spring terms at Park Pool, in Ormskirk. We recognise the importance of teaching children to swim at a young age so our lessons are split between Eager Beavers (Y3/4) and Wise Owls (Y5/6). Children are taught in groups differentiated by ability so that all children can progress – from first-time swimmers to confident swimmers learning advanced skills.


In Year 5, our children have the opportunity to participate in the Bikeability programme. It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. It gives them the confidence to enjoy all kinds of cycling.

This year we were also a pilot school for a new Health & Wellbeing programme.  Children in Eager Beavers & Wise Owls were taught about many aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle over 10 sessions that comprised a mix of classroom learning and fitness workouts. 

We are working with the partnership to deliver more exciting programmes in the next school year. Watch this space!


Contact Us

Westhead Lathom St James

C of E Primary School

School Lane




L40 6HL

Phone: 01695 574 078