PE, Sport and Well-Being
We believe that good health and wellbeing is central to effective learning and preparation for a successful independent life.
Miss Emily Stocks - Lead for Health and Wellbeing
Through our promotion of health and wellbeing we aim to ensure that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future so our children can:
- make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
- experience challenge and enjoyment• experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves
- apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle
- make a successful move to the next stage of education or work
- establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into adult life
PE and Sport
Across the academic year all children will experience a broad range in the PE curriculum. There are five main areas which will be covered. These are as follows:
- Games – Invasion, Net and Wall and Striking and Fielding
- Athletics – Indoor and Outdoor
- Outdoor Adventure Activities (KS2)
Ideas for home
Sports Premium Funding
The government provides additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school headteachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this.
Since the introduction of the funding we have decided to use the money to:
- employ coaches to work alongside our teachers when teaching PE in order to strengthen teaching and learning in this subject across school
- support and engage the least active children in physical activities
- pay for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
- increase pupils’ participation in sports and physical activities
- provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs
- improve resources to support the development of the subject
You can see how we plan to spend the money this year in the document below.
Personal Social and Health Education
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) underpins our learning at Cathedral School as we strive to acquire and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which will enable us to be confident, successful and responsible members of society both now and in the future. Our PSHE curriculum continues to develop and strengthen the Christian ethos of the school and aims to promote our school mission statement and three school rules of 'Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful'
At Cathedral, PSHE is taught as a discrete subject across all year groups and plays a vital role in promoting children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The curriculum is formed from different sources, these predominantly being the guidance and resources from Ealing's PSHCE programme, the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Programme (SEAL) and Citizenship Programmes. In addition to this, the whole school curriculum is enriched by addressing topic related PSHE issues which arise through our everyday work with the children.
Although PSHE is taught as a discrete subject, we are fully aware of the need to develop and embed this subject into the life of the school. Whole school assemblies are used to promote high profile events and themes such as anti-bullying, e-safety, road safety and the development of our school Christian and learning values. Regular circle time is used as a mechanism for discussion to address issues but especially those of a sensitive nature. Outside speakers make a valuable contribution by bringing a wide range of expertise and life experiences to the PSHE curriculum especially in our assemblies, projects and performances.
The issues of smoking, drugs, alcohol and sex and relationships education are taught within our PSHE and science curriculum.
Internet safety is taught as part of the PSHE and Computing curriculum.
The Daily Mile
In 2017 we were excited to introduce The Daily Mile to our health and well-being activities. This nationwide initiative sees children complete 15 minutes exercise every day (we just miss out our PE days). Most children can achieve about a mile in that time if they are jogging or running. As well as the exercise benefit, the social time of running with friends and enjoying the fresh air, has a positive impact on health and well-being.
The Friends of the School focussed their activities in 2017 on raising money to complete an all-weather track around our field. Thanks to everyone's hard work, and old boy and Olympic diver Jack Laugher coming along to present medals to all children who participated in a sponsored mile at the summer fair, over £10,000 was raised!
We have already seen the effect of the improved fitness levels of all our children. We won the Ripon schools' cross country championships in 2017 and 2018!