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PE and Sports

At Northfield, we firmly believe that physical activity provides a vast range of benefits to all of our children. It’s not only a subject that will get their hearts racing: it also has a vital role in their social, emotional and academic development. Through our P.E. lessons and sports clubs, we develop the mind by thinking positively and promoting the spirit of the games values – honesty, determination, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork.


We deliver two hours of PE per week with one of these lessons focusing on real PE. These lessons are delivered with a holistic, whole-child philosophy. We aim to ensure that every child feels valued, included and challenged. Each term, we focus on one of six cogs: physical, social, personal, health and fitness, cognitive and creative. Our fundamental thinking is that in order to develop the whole, each cog must be developed. This curriculum incorporates physical literacy, emotional development and thinking skills. It encourages children to create positive relationships with physical activity for life. Our mission incorporates personal challenges, which provide our children with the opportunity to achieve their personal best. This allows them to improve personal performances whilst focusing on the process rather than the outcome. Through changing the culture of PE in our school, we hope to develop habits that will be present in our children’s lives forever.


Our PE vision also embraces leadership. We prepare our children for the next stage of their learning journey by equipping them with essential life skills. Our children have extensive opportunities to organise, lead and deliver a wide variety of inclusive activities and intraschool competitions. You will find out all about these fantastic events during the termly green screen reports that our Bronze Young Ambassadors and Mini Leaders write and record. So watch this space for updates on our super sporting success!


At present, the benefits of exercise are extremely important in keeping both our bodies and our minds healthy. Please look at the Keeping Healthy at Northfield document for more ideas on how to keep your minds and bodies healthy.


We aspire to motivate families to spend time exercising together and creating habits that become a continued practice. For some fun activity ideas, which can be completed at home, please look at the Derbyshire School Games pdfs below. We would love to see our Northfield families in action – tweet us your photos using #northfieldjun