"Sport has literally changed my life. I’m here because of sport. It has given me a lot of confidence, a lot of courage, and a lot of discipline. It’s helped me to be the person that I’ve grown to be today.” Serena Williams
At Cedar Park School we want pupils to:
- Develop a love of physical activity and competitive sport
- Build on the core skills of balance, co-ordination and agility
- Become tactically aware, strategising independently and as part of a team
- Access competitive competition both through intra school games and inter school activity
- Display values like co-operation, resilience and fair-play
- Be able to swim competently un-aided
- Perform fundamental movement within gymnastics and dance
- Be self-critical and reflective around the performance of team-mates.
At Cedar Park, we deliver Physical Education lessons twice a week from Year 1 onwards. Before that, pupils within our Early Years access specific movement lessons, as well as being able to develop their gross motor skills through our specifically designed outdoor area. Children are encouraged to climb, slide, crawl, lift, jump, balance, scoot and cycle.
In KS1 and KS2, each PE lesson in the week will have a different focus. One lesson may be focused on fundamental movement through small or larger games. One lesson might be a dance or gymnastics lesson. Alternatively, one lesson could be swimming, which we host in our very own pool for Year 1 and above.
We are passionate about maximizing physical activity and so we don’t waste time by asking the children to change for PE at school. On PE days, children come dressed in PE kits.
We are very keen for all children to access competition and so intra-class competitions within our PE lessons as well as entering numerous inter-school competition. Within the last 12 months, our girls football team have won the Wycombe Football Tournament, the Wycombe Swimming Gala and finished second in the Wycombe Rugby Festival.
We enrich our PE offer with one off events that include the annual Swimathon, the Red Nose Day Mile and Sports Day.
We offer many extra-curricular clubs through sport. These include dance, gymnastics, archery, dodgeball, fencing, kung-fu, football, dodgeball and netball.
- All of our pupils access competitive sport
- All of our pupils leave Year 6 being able to swim at least a length of front crawl. Many exceed this and gain lifesaving skills.
- Pupils’ movement within dance and gymnastics is performed and therefore, children have access to live feedback from teachers and peers.
What Does PE at Cedar Park Look Like?
In KS1, children learn fundamental movement (balance, co-ordination and agility) and then apply this to small game situations, where children will be able to independently and co-operatively strategise.
From KS2, children use the fundamentals learnt in the previous two years to access bigger games, that take the shape of sports in their traditional form. These sports include football, tag rugby, netball, tennis, badminton, basketball, cricket and rounders. In addition to this, at the end of KS2, children have the chance to take part in orienteering and even design courses for their peers.
PE for children with SEND
We use the STEP philosophy when assisting pupils with their Physical Education:
- Space- give children more or less space to perform an activity. For example, throw a ball fewer metres towards a target, or, balance on a wider beam within gymnastics.
- Time- increase or decrease the amount of time given to an activity. For example, asking a child to hop for 10 seconds rather than 30 seconds.
- Equipment- use physical resources that might help a child balance or that provide them with additional co-ordination.
- People- modify the number of people within a game or activity.
Games Mark Award
We are proud to announce that Cedar Park School have achieved the Silver Award in the School Games Mark!
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows us to evaluate our PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.
School Games registered schools are eligible to apply once a year during an application window, which traditionally takes place during the summer term, and are graded against set criteria. The School Games Mark is a retrospective award and all answers submitted consider the current academic year.
Find out more at: https://www.yourschoolgames.com/about/what-school-games/
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