At Highfield Infant and Junior Schools we believe:
· Physical activity offers opportunities to develop physically, socially and intellectually. It takes place within lesson times as well as other times such as through forest school and sports clubs.
· P.E. Promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles and helps children understand the importance of exercising for a lifetime
At Highfield we recognise the importance of physical education for children. Children currently have two P.E. lessons each week consisting of 1 hour of indoor P.E. and 1 hour of outdoor P.E.
In P.E. lessons children focus on several different elements of P.E. including dance, gymnastics, and a range of other activities. Children develop their skills and techniques and are given opportunities to apply them into game situations and practical performances.
Competition is also now a big focus area for at Highfield. We encourage children to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular sports and give children opportunities to compete both internally and externally.
Our Clubs across the Infant and Junior schools include:
· Cross Country Club
· Athletics Club
· Korfball Club (External Provider)
· Football Clubs (Including Girls' football)
· Cricket Club (External Provider)
· Netball Clubs
· Tag Rugby Club (External Provider)
· Gymnastics Club (External Provider)
· Dance Class (External Provider)
· Tennis Club - After school at South Hill Woods (External Provider)
· Hockey Club - After school at Hayes Secondary School (External Provider)
· Jujitsu Club - Saturday mornings at HIS (External Provider)
We are always looking to extend our extra-curricular provision, so please contact the school offices if you have any suggestions or contacts that may help in this regard.
Purpose of study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].
Key stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and
confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and
coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive
(both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of
increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as
developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use
them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They
should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and
sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton,
basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic
principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through
athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to
achieve their personal best.
Swimming and water safety
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, 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
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.