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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 heart’s racing; it also educates them on how to be healthy, happy and hardworking. We aspire to have healthy bodies, minds and lifestyles. Take a look at our PE vision for more about the ethos of PE and sports in our school. 


Throughout the year, we will be playing in many tournaments or matches against local schools. We also have inter-house competitions, which include activities like: football, cross country, tri-golf, table tennis, basketball, boccia, archery and many more. Our fantastic mini leaders help to organise and deliver these events. Take a look at our ‘Mini Leaders’ folder to find out more about them and what they do in school. 


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’ and ‘The benefits of exercise’ documents for more ideas on how to keep your minds and bodies healthy. If your child is interested in joining a sports club in and around Dronfield, take a look at our ‘Sports clubs in and around Dronfield’ for some inspiration. 


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’ folder. We would love to see our Northfield families in action – tweet us your photos using #northfieldjun 



As part of the National Curriculum for physical education, school swimming aims to ensure that all pupils learn to swim and develop water safety skills. This is to keep children safe in the evident hazard of drowning.


We use The Derbyshire County Council Primary School Swimming Programme, which ensures that children are given the opportunity of learning to swim in a safe and caring environment. They provide a continuous progressive programme of work, so children should develop their confidence, swimming and water safety skills.


Pupils are taught how to:

- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres;

- use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke;

- perform safe self-rescue in different water based situation.

PE Curriculum Summary