Sport plays an important role within our curriculum and is one of many subjects that help to fulfil our wider trust mission of encouraging pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. PE will 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, at school level, within the Trust and beyond, will build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Our PE Curriculum is sequenced coherently so skills build progressively. In Early Years pupils focus on developing fundamental movement. In KS1 pupils apply skills in a range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. In KS2 pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learn how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement.
The DRET physical education curriculum aims to ensure that all children:
- 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
We are following the Horizon Programme in EYFS and KS1 which develops balance, movement and basic skills such as throwing and catching, dribbling and striking. KS2 focus on a Games based curriculum covering the main sports such as football, netball, basketball, athletics and rugby, alongside a comprehensive gymnastics programme.
In Year 5 and Year 6 the children receive swimming instruction to develop the number of Year 6 children who can swim 25m.
Through PE and school sport, children can develop values of:
- Belief – Developing self-belief to help improve sporting success and have a ‘can-do’ attitude in all physical activities undertaken
- Courage – challenging themselves physically and emotionally to try new activities and pushing themselves to achieve and develop new skills
- Respect – Encouraging positive behaviours through playing fair, following rules and admiring peers/team mates for their abilities, qualities or achievements
- Responsibility – Experiencing healthy competition and learning to cope with life’s successes and defeats
- Friendship – Creating friendships through sharing ideas with others, listening and responding in order to participate in physical activities
- Teamwork – Working together with other children to reach a common goal
During PE lessons, children develop core skills to enable them to become well-rounded sportsmen and sportswomen.
All children must come to school ready for P.E. (See School Uniform section). Earrings or studs must be removed for all P.E. lessons. If your child has pierced ears, it is best if the studs are left at home on P.E. days.
We run various sports clubs which run on a lunchtime and after school so your child can pursue their sporting interests and develop their skills. Our sports specialism at Eastfield is hockey and we have enjoyed success at many trust and town hockey tournaments. We have close links with Northampton Saints Hockey Club and there are opportunities for upper KS2 pupils to train and watch matches with them.
DRET hold the Summer cup so the children have the opportunity to be part of trials, training sessions and then to represent their school at a high level. Other sporting opportunities such as masterclasses also arise throughout the year as part of the DRET enrichment programmes. We are very fortunate to have visits from professional athletes who have supported our sports training within school.
We have been visited by Olympic winner Mark Lewis Francis.
Children receive two hours of sports teaching each week, and we ensure that a range of sports is available in Key Stages One and Two.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, our provision in EYFS is based around children getting off to an Active Start. This is done by learning through free play and PE lessons.
In PE lessons, our early years practitioners follow a non-sports specific fun games approach through the Horizon Programme. Children are guided through lessons in balance, movement, throwing, catching, dribbling and striking on a termly basis. During these lessons, children are observed and assessed to track physical literacy progress and given awards to feel a sense of pride in the skills that they are learning.
In KS1, PE lessons are continued to be taught through fun games and multi-sports based sessions around fundamental movement skills. The skills become progressively more difficult and linked in order to prepare children to be ready to learn fundamental sports skills in KS2.
In KS2, our physical education curriculum in the form of the Horizon Programme evolves to be sports specific. Teachers and coaches observe and assess a variety of key sport-specific skills that make up essential elements for a child to participate in the selected sport. However many of these basics are neglected in children and often left to chance of a child’s personal environment. Our aim is to say no matter what environment our children come from, sporting or non-sporting, we will work on those essential fundamental sports skills to give children an opportunity to participate in and enjoy sports of their choice.
The DRET Sports Team that comprises sports specialists and coaches provide professional development for teachers so that everyone has the skills they need to deliver world-class sports, and specialist coaching for children across the Trust who have demonstrated unique sporting skills and talents.
Outside of school, the wider Trust offers all children at Eastfield a wealth of competitive and experiential sporting activities that include inter-school sports competitions, training with elite and Olympic athletes, specialist coaching and bi-annual large-scale Cup events, in the Summer and Winter, where teams from across the whole Trust meet and compete for the Summer or Winter Cup.
We take part in The Golden Mile initiative at Eastfield. The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable health and physical activity initiative accessible to all age groups regardless of ability. Every pupil can get involved by walking, jogging or running around our Golden Mile track within the safety of our school grounds. The Golden Mile is all about everyone taking part and developing lifelong habits of daily physical activity.
What is PE and sport premium?
The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS). The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools.
To find out more about our Sports Premium please click here.
Northampton Town Football Club
We are partnered with NTFC, meaning they support us in delivering football skills each week to all children. They also place a mentor within the school. This mentor is a positive male role model, within year 6 to support and guide pupils who may face challenges academically or socially.