Physical Education (P.E.)

P.E. is a highly valued part of our curriculum and 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

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.

P.E. Lessons 

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.

P.E. Activities

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 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 Dates for your Diary and give results of matches in our newsletter.

Sports Day 

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.

Here are photos of our sports day 2017:

Our Nursery children take part in a range of sports in the playground at school, cheered on by their parents & carers.

School Games Award 

Swaffield was awarded the Sainsbury's School Games Mark at Silver level in the Summer Term 2017 to reward our commitment to P.E. and competitive sport.

Mrs Scott, subject leader for P.E., said:

We're really pleased to get this award. It reflects our commitment to P.E. here at Swaffield where it's a really important part of the curriculum.

We now have more opportunities than ever for children to learn about and enjoy sport.

Swaffield also has links to a number of organisations which provide sports and P.E. facilities and classes.

Please visit this page regularly.

Mrs Scott -Subject Co-ordinator

Useful Information: 

  • 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:

Free Of Charge:

  • Knight School (includes some P.E. -related activities)
  • Peer Mediation (playground mediators – Year 5 & 6 children)
  • Football team
  • KS1 Tennis breakfast club
  • Table Tennis
  • Netball
  • KS2 Tennis Breakfast club
  • Girls football
  • Running club

Fee Payable:

  • Crystal Palace
  • Gymnastics
  • Playball
  • Fencing
  • Mini Tennis after school
  • Ballet
  • Bollywood Dance