Intent of curriculum for PE
At Cookham Dean, we aim to provide a platform for every child to enjoy being physically and mentally well. We aim to do this through a wide range of both curriculum sports, competitions, festivals, healthy schools week, daily run as well as a range of after school clubs. We want every child to understand the importance of being fit and healthy and encourage them to enjoy exercise as we want every child to believe they can achieve through challenge and support. We want them to benefit from a sense of self worth through teamwork, achievement and always striving to beat their own personal best. We encourage children to take responsibility for leading PE at Cookham Dean either within their PE lessons or as Sports Ambassadors
Implementation of curriculum for PE
- PE lessons at Cookham Dean Primary School provide challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.
- The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
- Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities including tennis, football, netball, yoga, rugby, street dance and kickboxing.
- Children are invited to attend sporting events within the local area as part of the Schools Sports Partnership. The sporting events are divided into competitions or festivals which are non-competitive. We aim to ensure that every child in every class participates in one of these events over the academic year. Every year, Year 4 take part in the Schools Sports Partnership Dance Festival.
- Children take part in intra competitions each term within key phases in KS2.
- Each year a group of Year 5 and 6 children are voted by their peers to become Sports Ambassadors. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, running lunch-time physical activities, help with our annual Sports day, Healthy Schools Week and other sporting activities.
- Children participate in workshops covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example archery, skipping, cricket.
- Children in Year 3 swim once a week for 10 weeks during the Spring Term.
- The children are encouraged to run at least 3 times a week around the running track
- Every year, the whole school takes part in Healthy Schools Week which has a focus on trying new physical activities eg. Lacrosse, street dance, yoga using experienced coaches as part of a healthy lifestyle which culminates in our whole school Sports Day.
- Subject expertise, through regular CPD & Twilight sessions (for individuals, the subject leader and whole staff) ensures that Physical Education is taught effectively
- Regular action plans, governor reports and pupil voice continue to monitor and improve Physical Education.
- There are many leadership opportunities within the PE curriculum – children are invited to lead warm ups, help the teacher with resources and develop teamwork.
Impact of curriculum for PE
Our PE curriculum aims to improve the children’s understanding of wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle which includes being active. Through high quality teaching, children have opportunities to gain knowledge and skills of a wide range of physical activities as well as developing leadership, resilience, teamwork, confidence and self esteem. Through our understanding of the National Curriculum objectives, we use assessment to ensure that children make progress from their starting point in all aspects of PE both within lessons, at the end of the year so that they are reading for the next stage of their education. Our assessment will include not only knowledge and skills but also participation, engagement and enjoyment that will stay with them for life.