Subject Leader: Mr Nordon
“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.” – John F. Kennedy
At Cheetwood Primary School, Physical Education is an integral part of our curriculum that is inclusive and engages all our pupils. It is our intention for our pupils to know, understand and apply the skills and processes taught and to use accurate vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities from EYFS through to Year 6.
Pupils will learn transferable skills that can be used later on in life. We intend for our pupils to show progression in their fundamental motor skills throughout their years at Cheetwood through the teaching of Physical Education, school sport and physical activity. We intend for pupils to be physically active and healthy, understand how physical activity impacts their body and participate enthusiastically in each lesson.
Pupils are expected to learn to swim 25 metres by the end of Year 6.
Physical Education and sport have a high profile in our school, a wide range of activities are delivered across the school which aim to engage and inspire all pupils. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils receive at least two hours per week of high-quality PE. Over the year, pupils will participate in games, athletics, dance, OAA and swimming. Throughout the year, we hold a range of different activities/themed weeks where pupils participate in a wide range of activities and taster sessions, which also links very closely to the spiritual, moral, cultural, social and physical development of our pupils. During Year 6’s residential visit to Ghyll Head in the Lake District, pupils are given the opportunity to participate in many different activities which include orienteering, canoeing, rock scrambling and caving. In the Summer term, we hold our annual Healthy Schools Week in which we encourage the participation of all pupils and organise competitive and non-competitive activities. Talented pupils are signposted to local clubs and encouraged to enter into competitive events to further develop their skills.
Over the year we have the opportunity to work alongside several specialist coaches from Manchester City, Salford F.C, North Manchester Gymnastics Club, Manchester Tennis/Squash Club and Salford Reds supporting the delivery of our PE curriculum as well as giving our staff valuable CPD. Year groups have a choice of a number of sports within their curriculum, they may choose to teach a game they specialise in or are more familiar with as long as this is relevant to the long-term plan. It is not expected that each area will be taught at the specific time stated in the long-term plan but staff ensure that all areas are covered over the year.
The school is keen to provide a wide range of free extra-curricular clubs for pupils throughout the year which is delivered by sports coaches and teaching staff. Pupils enjoy the opportunity to try several sports, such as netball, tag rugby, football, multi-skills, cricket, rounders, athletics, ballet and cross country. Pupils taking part in these extra-curricular or lunchtime clubs offered can enter a wide range of city-wide competitions that take place over the year, therefore increasing participation levels in competitive sport. Pupils in Year 4 have 34 swimming lessons over the year, delivered through the Manchester Schools Swimming Programme. All Manchester Swimming Teachers are professionally qualified and are trained National Pool Lifeguards. Pupils are taught to swim competently, confidently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
Through the teaching of Physical Education, we hope pupils enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. Pupils will develop the ability to use good teamwork, make decisions, build on their confidence, show leadership qualities, fair play and honest competition and celebrate the work they are doing.
The school achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games Bronze Award between 2012 and 2015 which recognised that pupils were provided with opportunities to participate in inter and intra competitions in a range of sports. In 2016 and 2017 the school did even better and achieved the Silver Award. Then progressing further, we were delighted to achieve the School Games GOLD Award for the 2018/2019 and the 2019/2020 academic years!
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community and we are delighted to have been recognised for our sporting success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including the young volunteers, leaders and officials who made competitions possible. As part of the application, the school was asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at the school has been justifiably rewarded.
Department for Education KS2 Swimming Reporting:
At Cheetwood, we are immensely proud of our pupils’ remarkable progress in achieving national curriculum swimming standards, even in the face of diverse backgrounds and varying levels of prior swimming experience. Despite the challenges posed by different backgrounds, our dedicated swimming program ensures that every pupil receives the opportunity to excel.
Through tailored and inclusive swimming lessons, our school has created a nurturing environment where pupils, regardless of their background, can learn and grow. Our approach focuses not only on technical skills but also on fostering confidence and a positive and safe attitude towards swimming. By providing a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, our pupils overcome any initial hesitations, enabling them to embrace the water with enthusiasm and determination.
The school’s success can be attributed to a combination of supportive instructors, well-structured lessons, and a belief in every child’s potential. As a result, our pupils demonstrate that with the right guidance and a nurturing environment, they can make good progress in their swimming abilities, regardless of their background or prior experience. This achievement reflects our school’s commitment to empowering every pupil, ensuring they develop essential life skills and achieve their full potential.