Physical Education (P.E.) is a highly valued part of our curriculum.
We believe wholeheartedly in the way it:
• develops children’s physical competence
• develops confidence
• enables the children to apply their increasing capability to a range of activities
Visit our Curriculum page which gives details of Swaffield's 2023/2024 curriculum for each year group.
School Games Award Silver
We are delighted to announce that we, Swaffield School, achieved the
School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
With many young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
Swaffield School has achieved the Silver School Games Mark award for their commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport. All students, teachers and parents should be extremely proud of their efforts and contribution towards this mark.
Sports Premium Funding
The Government provides funding (Sport Premium) for physical education (PE) and sport to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision at school.
For a detailed breakdown of how we are using our Sport Premium Funding please follow this link.
Swaffield children enjoy doing the Daily Mile. The classes choose the time of day that suits them best and this daily exercise has a fantastic effect on energy levels, mental agility, as well as fitness.
We were delighted that the team from The Daily Mile came to Swaffield to film "England Does the Daily Mile" - a celebration of their initiative. Take a look at the film here.
You can also see Swaffield featured on the ITV News here (click on the picture):
All classes from Reception to Year 6 have P.E. lessons every week.
These lessons cover a wide range of different activities and take place both indoors and outdoors. You can see which days each class has its P.E. lessons by visiting the Year group’s page of the website using the tab above. School P.E. kit needs to be worn (check the Uniform page for details). Please make sure all P.E. kit is named.
We use a variety of activities such as gymnastics, games, swimming, and dance to encourage children to:
- Enjoy using their bodies to hone their physical abilities
- Develop co-ordination
- Express ideas and feelings in response to music and other stimuli
- Learn to be mindful of the safety aspects of P.E.
- Learn the effects that exercise has on their bodies
- Encourage children to develop healthy lifestyles
In Key Stage 2 children have swimming lessons at Southfields Academy, a short walk away.
This is currently on hold due to coronavirus.
This is scheduled in and we always write home to let you know when your child’s class is doing swimming but please also look at your child’s Year group page using the tab above).
Swimming is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum. All children should be able to swim 25 metres by the end of Year 6. The ability to swim is an important life skill – it is a great way to exercise and keep fit - and it can be a life saver!
Generally speaking, if children are well enough to come to school, they are well enough to swim. Some children are nervous about swimming and may say they feel “unwell”, but the best way to overcome this nervousness is to learn to swim! Unless we have a letter from a parent or carer, the children will be given swimwear and taken to their lesson. If there is a long term medical condition that prevents your child from swimming, we must have a doctor’s note to confirm this.
Please help us by encouraging your child and making sure they have their own swimwear, goggles and a towel each week.
Activities at Lunchtime
Lunchtime is another opportunity for the children to enjoy physical activity.
Our playgrounds are divided by age-group and are also zoned so that we can offer a wide range of different activities. These include throwing & catching games, football, hula hoops, skipping, climbing frame and lots more. This is all looked after by our Lunchtime Supervisors. Please look at our Play Activities on the Lunchtime page to find out about our very different approach to playtimes.
School Teams & Groups
Many of our pupils get the opportunity to represent the school in competitions and activities against and with other schools.
As previously mentioned, this can be in sports afternoons with other schools and it can also be by being part of one of our school teams. We post details of all forthcoming fixtures on Diary listing and give results of matches in our newsletter.
At the end of the summer term each year we hold our sports days.
For Reception, KS1 and KS2 (Years 1 to 6 inclusive) this is held at Southfields Academy where children take part in a range of different sporting activities to earn points for their team. There are four teams (Blue, Green, Red and Yellow) and points are given for first, second and third place as well as good sportsmanship.
Our Nursery children take part in a range of sports in the playground at school, cheered on by their parents & carers.
- Visit our UNIFORM page for information about PE Kit.
- See the Extra-curricular page for information about all clubs and activities.
- See Play Activities on the Lunch page for information on our very different approach to playtimes.
Clubs and Activities
We offer lots of different clubs for children to enjoy after school including a variety that are P.E.-related. Many are free of charge and others are fee-paying.
Please look out for letters home about available club places and visit the Extra-curricular page for full information on what’s currently running and timing.
Here’s a list of what’s recently been available to children at Swaffield:
- Knight School (includes some P.E. -related activities)
- Football teams
- KS1 Tennis breakfast club
- KS2 Tennis Breakfast club
- Mini Tennis