P.E. and school sport play a very important part in the life of the school. We believe that P.E. and school sport contribute to the holistic development of our children and through participation, our children build and learn more about our key values such as respect, unity, co-operation and kindness for themselves and others.
Cathedral School is committed to ensuring all our children enjoy sport and physical activity. We strive to build on the enthusiasm for PE that is felt by the whole school community and at the same time fully support the government’s ambition to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We believe that sport should be an important part of our school as sporting excellence and participation go hand in hand with high academic standards. We also have a member of the Governing Body who is responsible for monitoring PE and sport in school.
We support pupil’s physical education in the following ways:
Sport for Schools
Sport for Schools provide sports coaches who works at our school two afternoons a week, spending the lunch hour in the Key Stage 1 and 2 playgrounds playing team games with children on an informal basis. In the afternoons they work with one class per half term, team teaching PE with the class teacher. After school they runs sports clubs. The coaches also work with children who have been identified as Gifted and Talented in PE.
One child in Class 3 said, “Working with Elliot (a Sport for Schools coach) is really fun because he teaches us loads of different games. He’s a great PE teacher because he is really inspires us and he makes everything fun.” In addition Sport for Schools has worked with the school to develop a new, skills based PE curriculum.
The school’s PE budget and donations from the school community ensure that we have a wide range of equipment for the children to use. Equipment is checked regularly to make sure that it is all in good working order, and anything in need of repair is fixed or updated. I
It is not just during PE sessions that children at Cathedral School develop their sporting skills and fitness. At lunchtime children play games and use equipment with support staff. Children in Class 1 said, “We like playing hockey and tennis at lunchtime. You learn to do new things.” An increased number of activities in both playgrounds has led to a significant reduction in incidents.
After school enrichment activities
The school has increased the sports focused enrichment activities, that children can take part in after school. These currently include street dance and games for both KS1 and KS2. The children are able to choose a new club each term.
All classes worked on their athletic technique in the run up to Sports Day. Events include; relay races, javelin, egg and spoon, sack race, hurdles, long jump and 50m sprint. Parents and staff are always inspired by the children and have their own races too.
One parent commented, “Sports Day was absolutely fantastic. Clearly a lot of thought had gone into organising it. The children looked like they were really enjoying themselves and got a lot from the day. Thank you to the staff at Cathedral School for making sport an important focus but at the same time keeping it fun and enjoyable for all. ”
The following document show the impact of PE and Sports Funding at Cathedral School: