What is the PE and Sport Premium?
Over the past four years, the government has provided additional funding to help improve physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. The funding from the Department of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport has gone directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and physical education for their pupils, in ways they think most appropriate and that will have the biggest impact for their school. The sports funding can only be spent on sport and physical education provision in schools. This year the grant given to Henry Cavendish is £22,308.
Physical Education and Sport at Henry Cavendish Primary School
We place great value on sports and physical education and ensure that physical education is an integral part of our curriculum. We devote many resources to this curriculum area and as a result, our pupils are confident and skilful. They demonstrate resilience when taking part in physical activities and are keen to try new and challenging activities. We effectively use the opportunities that physical education naturally provides to develop pupil’s leadership skills. Henry Cavendish pupils enjoy taking part in physical education and the personal challenges and rewards it brings. We promote self and peer assessment and pupils are keen to offer support to each other. The Association for Physical Education (afPE) awarded Henry Cavendish their Quality Mark In 2016 and we were proud to have retained the award in 2019 when we were assessed once again.
Every child from Year 1 through to Year 6 receives a minimum of two hours Physical Education a week with one of these hours delivered by a specialist sports coach. The class teacher teaches the other hour. Pupils in Nursery and Reception receive one lesson a week from our own sports coach in order to encourage sports participation and enjoyment from a young age. One of the prime areas for learning in the EYFS is physical development and therefore there is already an emphasis on physical activities.
Every child from Year 3 – Year 6 has the opportunity to attend weekly swimming lessons. We are fortunate to have our own teaching pool and an experienced swimming teacher. Children learn to swim in our teaching pool and then experience deep water and increase swimming stamina through lessons at Streatham Leisure Centre. By the end of Year 6 84% of our pupils can swim a minimum of 25 meters, use a range of strokes effectively, perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.