PE, Health and Well Being
We believe that good health and wellbeing is central to effective learning and preparation for a successful independent life.
Mr Richardson - Assistant Head
Through our promotion of health and wellbeing we aim to ensure that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future so our children can:
• make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
• experience challenge and enjoyment• experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves
• apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle
• make a successful move to the next stage of education or work
• establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into adult life
PE and Sport
Our school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves. Progressive learning objectives, combined with varied teaching approaches, provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. The selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks will help pupils, irrespective of their innate ability, to enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential and take part in lifelong physical activity.
A balance of individual, paired and group activities; in co-operative, collaborative and competitive situations, aims to cater for the strengths and needs of every pupil. These activities, experienced within a broad physical education curriculum, aim to promote a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. They are also intended to develop the pupil’s ability to work independently and to respond appropriately and sympathetically to others, irrespective of their age, gender, cultural or ethnic background.
The activities offered and the teaching approaches adopted seek to provide pupils with opportunities to develop their creative and expressive abilities, through improvisation and problem-solving. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and to begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness.
Whilst retaining its unique contribution to a pupil’s movement education, physical education also has considerable potential to contribute to much wider areas of learning. It is considered important that physical education is integrated into the whole school’s planning for the development of pupils’ communication, numeracy, PSHE and ICT skills.
Personal Social and Health Education
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) underpins our learning at Cathedral School as we strive to acquire and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which will enable us to be confident, successful and responsible members of society both now and in the future. Our PSHE curriculum continues to develop and strengthen the Christian ethos of the school and aims to promote our school mission statement and three school rules of 'Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful'
At Cathedral, PSHE is taught as a discrete subject across all year groups and plays a vital role in promoting children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The curriculum is formed from different sources, these predominantly being the guidance and resources from Ealing's PSHCE programme, the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Programme (SEAL) and Citizenship Programmes. In addition to this, the whole school curriculum is enriched by addressing topic related PSHE issues which arise through our everyday work with the children.
Although PSHE is taught as a discrete subject, we are fully aware of the need to develop and embed this subject into the life of the school. Whole school assemblies are used to promote high profile events and themes such as anti-bullying, e-safety, road safety and the development of our school Christian and learning values. Regular circle time is used as a mechanism for discussion to address issues but especially those of a sensitive nature. Outside speakers make a valuable contribution by bringing a wide range of expertise and life experiences to the PSHE curriculum especially in our assemblies, projects and performances.
The issues of smoking, drugs, alcohol and sex and relationships education are taught within our PSHE and science curriculum.
Internet safety is taught as part of the PSHE and Computing curriculum.