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.
Children we be continuing with marathon kids this year. They will have the opportunity to run laps of the field or playground at least 3 times a week. They will earn laps which will be totaled up daily to go towards earning certificates. Please ensure your child has trainers in school everyday.
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 swans, who won the rugby challenge at the end of term in October 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.
Off the Wall
We are very fortunate to once again have 'Off the Wall' in to coach children in their squash skills. The children in KS2 have the opportunity to practise on nets in the hall and then visit Colchester Garrison to play on their squash courts. Yr 5 and 6 practise in the Autumn term and Yr 3-4 in the Spring term. KS1 also join in the fun with sessions 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 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).
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 Friday day after school.
Haz has recently started a Tchuch ball club on a Wednesday after school.
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.