Physical EDucation (PE)
Physical Education can provide children with the ability and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. It improves motor skills and increases muscle strength and bone density, which in turn makes children more likely to engage in healthy activity outside of school. Furthermore, it educates children on the positive benefits of exercise and allows them to understand how good it can make them feel. Through Physical Education, children are able to express themselves physically, challenge themselves and others, cooperate, compete and take risks. Physical Education helps to develop resilience, empathy, confidence and social skills which are all vital for good mental health. A variety of sports releases energy, enabling young people to ‘let off steam’ which helps to lower anxiety levels. The sense of the achievement that is often experienced by children can also make a significant contribution to positive mental health. Sport and physical activity affect the chemistry of the brain, improving mood both in the short and longer term. A positive Physical Education experience at school can have a lasting impact on the mental health of young people for the rest of their lives.
At Cavendish we learn Physical Education (PE) to develop the physical, social and emotional well-being of our students. We aim to ensure that the children’s experience of PE is positive and motivating and that their attitudes to a healthy lifestyle are firmly embedded in our curriculum. We provide excellent opportunities for the children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, in the aim that all children are able to be physically active for sustained periods of time and are able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. We want all students to feel they belong as part of a team, believe in their healthy potential and thrive physically, socially and emotionally. We do this by developing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing confidence and competence in a range of physical activities. This can then lead to improving their health and well-being, promote active participation and lifelong learning, and for each child to fulfil their potential. Through our engaging, exhilarating and enjoyable curriculum we want to Inspire all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We aim to ensure all of our children leave Cavendish possessing the skills, motivation and knowledge to enjoy a lifelong engagement with sport and physical activity.
Our curriculum is designed so that children are taught a range of activities throughout their time at Cavendish and there is a progression journey through all of these. At Cavendish we have recently adopted Get Set 4 PE scheme to teach our PE across the school. This scheme ensures that children are given a wealth of opportunities to develop their physical movement skills as well as achieving whole child objectives. Resources including resource cards, skills videos and music and provided along with teaching points to differentiation tasks with simple changes to appropriately challenge all of your pupils.
In Nursery children begin to develop the foundations of movement through accessing the Physical Development strand of development matters. This is taught discretely within the continuous provision throughout the day and through some focus activities. This continues into Reception.
In KS1 and KS2 children have at least 2 hours of quality PE sessions a week following the prescribed Get Set 4 PE plans which can be adjusted to meet the needs of our children. In a PE lesson you will see:
- Consistency in routines including an introduction and warm up, skill development and plenary
- Collaboration and opportunity for partner discussion
- Opportunities for children to work independently and together
- Opportunity for children to perform and feedback
- Subject specific vocabulary that builds on previous learning/year groups
- Progression in equipment used with year groups
- Progressive activities to inspire and engage children, allowing them to explore and develop skills and embed knowledge.
Within our GETSET4PE package we have a coach from Sports Impact for 2 hours a week. They support staff with their learning, confidence and teaching of PE, they bring their skills and experience to develop our children to be able to express themselves physically, challenge themselves and others, cooperate, compete and take risks. We provide opportunities for extra-curricular activities, including a variety of after school clubs including street dance, dodgeball and basketball. We also enter a range of competitions and tournaments to allow our children to thrive in their leadership, teamwork, communication and ability. Following that our playground has recently been upgraded at lunchtime. Through the ideas of the children and the sports council we now have different areas of the playground to be a different sport zones such as the basketball zone, dance zone and quiet zone for those children that would prefer to sit in quiet contemplation or prefer to read a book or play a quiet game or activity. To increase the children’s opportunity for physical activity at break time, lunch time and in their lessons we have bought a selection of new equipment this allows for all PE to be taught using the correct equipment which will inspire children to make better progress. Specific year groups have off site occasions to develop specific skills further. Year 3 have tennis coaching 1 half term and year 4 have swimming across the whole year. All children also have the opportunity in the summer term to take part in a sports day. Children will become confident within the different strands of PE and show resilience when tackling new skills.
The impact of our curriculum will aim to lead to exceptional progress in our children’s performance, competition and social and mental development. We hope to inspire our children to leave Cavendish a well-rounded individual physically, socially and mentally and will have reached at least their expected level in PE. We hope the children will understand the importance of physical activity, sport and PE and motivate them to become confident, resilient and disciplined, so that they become independent and take responsibility for their health and fitness throughout their life.
Year 6 Netball
Some very talented year 6s took part in a netball competition at Heathland school. These children are all part of our after school netball club and have dedicated their time to practising the sport. It was their first time putting their skills in to competative play and they did an incredible job! They competed against 15 schools, playing a total of 5 matches and finished with bronze, after tying for 3rd place.
Year 5/6 Football
Two teams of year 5 and 6 children travelled to Gunnersbury park to take part in a football tournament. In total, we played over 10 games against other local schools. We were up against some excellent teams and we played well. As always, we had lots of fun!
Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics
For this competition, a team of 16 athletes went to Chiswick school to take part in a track and field competition. The children trained for 6 weeks leading up to this competative competition and certainly did Cavendish proud! All the children displayed excellent skill and sportsmanship. While we didn't make it to the finals, we smashed many personal targets and had lots of fun in the process.
Year 3/4 Badminton
A team of 8 children across year 3 and 4 took part in a beginners badminton event at Osterley Sports Centre. This fun-filled day included a variety of activities that developed badminton skills. These beginner events are a great way to get children exploring new sports and experiencing competitive play for the first time.
Year 5/6 Cross Country
A team of Year 5/6 athletes took part in a cross country competition at Osterley Park. In total, there were over 400 participants! The children had to run a total of 1.6km around the park. All the children did exceptionally well and we are so proud of their efforts. A specialshout out goes to Lois in Year 6, for placing in the top 50 within the girl's division.