A new school year is upon us and we have started our PE lessons this term. Please can I remind you that all children need both indoor and outdoor kits:
Indoor PE kit
Outdoor PE kit
Warm clothing is essential as your child will definitely have 1 outdoor PE session a week.
On PE days please ensure girls hair is tied back and no jewellery is worn. Earrings must be able to be removed by the child. We can not tape earrings so they have to be removed prior to all sporting activities.
PE at Highfields
Following our recent Ofsted Inspection, the report has praised the quality and impact that PE has had on the school/children this year:
The very effective physical education (PE) coordinator ensures that the PE and sport premium is used imaginatively. For example, coaches lead additional tennis, football, dance and cricket sessions for pupils. Teachers are provided with specialist training in the teaching of dance, gymnastics and athletics. Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in sports that are new to them, such as lacrosse and orienteering. Inspection report: Highfields Primary School 5–6 July 2016 4 of 10 As a result, PE teaching is of a high quality and greater numbers of pupils than in the past take part in sports clubs. School leaders are rightly proud that all of the 130 pupils who undertook externally run fitness tests were accredited with having achieved ‘full fitness’.
Physical Education at Highfields
All children have the opportunity to participate in a range of physical activities during their time at Highfields. The PE lessons and extra curricular activities that the children have access to are planned to give them the chance to learn and develop new skills. They are taught the value of working as part of a team and have opportunity to feel what it is like to be involved in competitive activities.
All children in the school have a minimum of 2 hours of PE a week with additional opportunities throughout the year to extend this time. Specialist coaches are used alongside the staff to support and enhance the curriculum.
The school runs a range of clubs throughout the school year and these can be used alongside curriculum lessons to help identify and promote opportunities for children to develop their skills in local community teams and clubs.
The school has good links with the High school and local primary schools and engages regularly in inter school competitions and sporting matches against other schools.
Highfields House Teams
Swans - blue Herons - green
Godwits - yellow Egrets - red
Please make sure your child has their house colour t-shirt in their pe bag for every PE lesson - thank you!
Every half term, the school competes in a chosen sport to win the House Team cup! We are eagerly looking forward to the summer team challenges!
The current Team Cup holders are The Herons, who won the hockey challenge at the end of term in April 2019!
Children are expected to leave Primary school being able to swim at least 25m. As our school is situated close to a water environment we strongly believe it is a necessity to provide children with an opportunity to learn to swim. We are therefore helping to fund swimming lessons at Colchester Leisure on a weekly basis for the Autumn and Spring terms. Year 5 will go throughout the Autumn Term, Year 3 during the Spring Term and Year 6 during the Summer Term.
Children will have the opportunity of dance throughout the year. This will be delivered by the class teacher or Mrs Billings. Once again, we held the annual dance festival with Debbie Millar for the Year 1's. Lawford and Dedham Primary School.
Children across the school are experiencing gymnastics lessons either with Mrs Billings or their class teacher.
They will have the opportunity to use small and large equipment practising and developing different sequences.
Throughout the year, every year group will have the opportunity to develop their football skills with Haz (Go4Goals). This half term, Year 5 and 6 have a session every Thursday afternoon.
Haz also offers a football club every Monday after school for Foundation and Years 1, every Thursday for Years 5 and 6 and a Year 3-4 football club every Wednesday after school.
Haz has recently started a Tchuch ball club on a Wednesday after school.
Years 1 to 6 have been having squash lessons this year with 'Off the wall' squash company based at Colchester Garrison Squash Courts. They have been learning new skills and as part of the coaching, they have ventured off to the Garrison to play on the squash courts.
Children have then been selected to play in the squash tournament 'The Roman Cup' which is against lots of other local primary schools.
Highfields love nothing more than a healthy sporting competition. We have already enjoyed football matches, netball matches, indoor athletics, tennis tournaments, cricket festivals, rugby matches, squash tournaments and a multisports competition this year.The children love the adrenalin buzz when competing and it is a joy to watch the smiles on their faces.