Creating Brilliant Players and Athletes 

Mr Foster is the subject leader and champion for PHYSICAL EDUCATION. 

At Cavendish, our vision is for all children to experience high-quality physical education, school sport and physical activity, to become confident and competent individuals, which will contribute to our pupils leading more physically active and healthy lives.


All at Cavendish Community Primary School are committed to the health and wellbeing of our pupils.  We strive for excellence in performance whilst recognising every child’s achievements will be different.  Our PE curriculum is an excellent opportunity to instil Cavendish values (Equality, Positivity, Courage, Respect, Responsibility and Kindness) into our pupils. We also offer a broad range of extra-curricular activities in order to elevate children’s opportunities and aspirations.



  • Equality – To provide equal opportunities to all pupils, so that they can develop skills to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Positivity – To promote enjoyment of and engagement in physical activity.
  • Courage – To challenge and motivate all pupils to improve their performance.
  • Respect – To be able to work as part of a team and individually.
  • Responsibility – To provide opportunities for children of all abilities to be able to engage in different leadership roles during PE lessons.
  • Kindness – To develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness through competitive and co-operative activities.


Our Curriulum

In Cavendish, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum (key stage 1 and 2) which are statutory. These are supplemented by the GetSet4PE scheme of work. At Cavendish, we aim for our children to be physically literate. Since we believe that PE is an essential contributor to children’s holistic development, we are passionate about delivering high-quality lessons (Article 28 UNICEF Charter) so that our pupils become active, confident, competent and happy individuals. Our lessons are designed to be engaging, physically active, challenging and adapted to meet the needs of all our pupils.


Our PE curriculum runs alongside some fantastic extra-curricular activities. Together, they encourage our pupils to gain essential skills, improve their fitness and experience a great sense of enjoyment and fulfilment. It also teaches our pupils the importance of a healthy lifestyle (Article 24 UNICEF Charter). Some of our many exciting extra-curricular activities include:

  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Karate
  • Skateboarding
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis, etc.


Walk into any of our PE lessons and you will see:

  • warm up and cool down activities
  • excited children who are keen to participate in a variety of activities and sports
  • evidence of skills development
  • children understanding the importance of communication, physical activity and being resilient to ensure their physical and mental well-being

In our aim to create brilliant citizens, our broad and balanced PE provision will contribute to the personal development, health and wellbeing, enjoyment, success and achievement of all pupils across the wider curriculum and beyond.





Swimming is an important skill and can encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. Schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. The National Curriculum for PE sets out the expectation that pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. 


As part of our PE curriculum, all Year 4 pupils get the opportunity to attend swimming lessons at Withington Swimming Baths on Wednesday mornings. Therefore, we ask that the children take their swimming kits in their swimming bags so that they are ready for their lessons. The children's swimming kit should include:

  • One piece swimming costume or swimming trunks
  • Swimming cap for anyone with long hair (past their ears)
  • Towel
  • Underwear (if coming to school ready to swim)

* Please note that whilst goggles are not forbidden, the coaches strongly suggest children learn without them, particularly when performing self-rescues.


Please see the data below for our current year 6s.



In PE, children will be assessed on the level descriptors from the National Curriculum. Each child will be assessed at the end of each unit and at the end of the year an overall level will be given, based on progress and effort. This will be reported to parents in each child’s end of year report.


Useful Websites

BBC Supermovers


Jump Start Jonny


Enrichment in PHYSICAL EDUCATION... 

Competition Results

  • We placed 4th in the Team Manchester Excel Basketball competition that was held on 24th January, 2024. Well played team Cavendish!
  • We finished in the top 4 places of the Manchester School Girls' Football Festival that was help at the Etihad campus on the 1st March.
  • Our Y4/5 boys' swimming team finished second in the Manchester Schools Citywide Swimming (Plate) Finals on the 6th March.
  • Our Y4/5 girls' swimming team finished fourth in the Manchester Schools Citywide Swimming (Plate) Finals on the 6th March.
  • We finished in the top 4 places of the Manchester School Boys' Football Festival that was help at the Etihad campus on the 8th March.
  • Participated in the TeamMCR Boys' EXCEL football league 
  • Currently participating in the TeamMCR Girls' INSPIRE football league

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Cavendish Road,
West Didsbury,
Manchester M20 1JG
Mrs Taylor: Headteacher
Miss Evans: Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Hookes: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 1-4
Mrs Carroll: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 5-6
All available via the school email & telephone number