Sport and Health
It's official - we are a Platinum Sports Award School! Hurray! We're one of only a handful of schools across Cheshire West and Chester who have achieved the highest level of award for 2019 - 2021.
Our commitment to sporting activities and healthy lifestyles begins with the PE provision that is provided at the school from our specialist sports' teacher, Mr Forbes. All children receive at least two hours of physical education a week from planned and sequenced lessons, building on the skills they have acquired over their time at Highfield. In addition, children are encouraged to join in structured activities at lunchtimes with our adult sports leaders and offered a range of before and after school clubs promoting healthy lifestyles.
Being healthy isn't just about having a healthy body, it's also about having a healthy mind. All pupils are part of the My Happy Mind programme which teaches children to understand how their brain works, how to deal with stressful situations and how to use calming techniques. Positive mental health is every child's right.
We hope to provide all children here at Highfield Primary with the opportunity to take part in extracurricular sport and offer a wide range of clubs before, during and after school.
If you would like, or have an interest in any other club that we currently do not provide please let Mr Bull know and he will do his best to include this in the future.
For more information about any further clubs please contact the office for any details.
At Highfield, we have always taken pride in our competitive spirit and our desire to do our best in everything we do. Already this year, we have competed both across BEV and in SSP competitions in Football, Tag Rugby, Athletics, Basketball, Handball and a Y2 multi skills development session and plan to compete in Diamond Cricket and Tennis as well in the Summer term.
Especially after the restrictions of previous years, we have aimed this year to provide opportunity not only for our children to experience different sports but also compete in a range of them.
At Highfield we are committed to ensuring swimming takes place in school. Swimming is a compulsory part of the current national curriculum for PE and therefore we ensure that children have access to it.
At Highfield we believe pupils should be taught to swim unaided for a distance of at least 25 metres, using recognised strokes, on their front and back, and demonstrate an understanding of water safety. All pupils complete a 6 week swimming programme from Year 3 to Year 6. We also now provide swimming provision to pupils in Nursery to foster water confidence and start children on their swimming journey.
We use the following facilities to facilitate our swimming programme:
North Gate Arena, Victoria Road, Chester, CH2 2AU
Ashtree Nursery, Blacon Point Road, Chester, CH1 5NF
Before children leave Highfield Community Primary, we try to ensure that all children can at least swim 25m. If children are unable to do this still in Year 6, then additional swimming lessons are provided for these students to enable them to reach this goal.
In 2020-21 all Key Stage Two pupils attended swimming lessons despite the challenges faced by COVID restrictions.
Year Six (21 Pupils) outcomes are listed below:
Swim/Travel 25m Front - 57%
Swim/Travel 25m Back – 67%
Perform a Range of Strokes – 57%
Self Rescue – 71%
The role of a Sports leader empowers the children to take on the following roles:
- Be the voice for PE and school sport at Highfield
- Promote the positive values of sport.
- Be a role model and champion for PE and school sport.
At Highfield we have 6 PE leads (Year 6), who play a fundamental role in the shaping and developing of our PE provision in school by helping to promote the positive values of sport, continue to be good role models in school and champion PE and activity.
So far this year, they have already been responsible for:
- Gathering and understanding pupil voice about PE.
- Creating a display board to advertise and raise the profile of PE in school.
- Completed sports leadership training
- Organised and Implementing personal challenges to promote physical activity across the school.