'Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.' Nelson Mandela

At Millfields Primary School all staff work to ensure that that students are physically active for sustained periods of time and are given many opportunities to engage in sport. Through this activity, students develop various attitudes, skills and knowledge. P.E. lessons are structured to instil an understanding of sportsmanship and create reflective attitudes towards children’s performance, including personal bests.  Alongside the scheme we use Beyond the Physical, sport and exercise are taught to develop confidence, self-esteem, and students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning. Students will be taught across a range of topic areas: Personal, Social, Applying Physical, Cognitive, Creative, and Health and Fitness.  

At Millfields our P.E. curriculum is fully inclusive and careful planning is undertaken to ensure lessons inspire and are inclusive of all pupils, irrespective of ability, race, background or gender. We follow a conceptual skills based curriculum to increase child engagement to promote physical literacy for all of our children. Staff CPD and monitoring across the subject will be used to strive to deliver lessons that allow students to reach their full potential, providing a clear path of progression from EYFS to Year 6. P.E lessons aim to prepare children for the challenges of secondary school P.E and the fundamental importance of a lifelong commitment to exercise. 

In our school the structure of our P.E. curriculum is underpinned by the 3 pillars of Physical Literacy, Tackling Inequalities and Co-Design.

To support the teaching and learning of P.E. at Millfields we have several outside agencies that come in and deliver P.E. lessons for our children. 

Sports Day
Millfields Sports Day brings together children, teachers and parents for a day of sports competitions and fun activities. The sports day includes a variety of track and field events such as sprint races, relay races including jumping and throwing events. The activities for our Sports Day are chosen through pupil voice which is led by our Sports Council. Participants compete in different age categories and there are often awards given out to winners and participants. The event fosters a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship among our school community and provides an opportunity for children to enjoy a day of fun physical activity with their peers.

sporting competitions

Tuesday 10th October 2023
Girls Football Competition at The Colne Community School - 4th place out of 8 teams

Week beginning 13th November
Interhouse curling competition - Cook

Thursday 16th November
Dodgeball Competition at The Colne Community School - 5th place out of 12 teams

Friday 8th December
Santa Dash at The Colne Community School - Winning school out of 5 schools

Thursday 25th January
Athletics Event - Winners

Week beginning 12th February
Interhouse boccia competition - Sainty

Friday 16th February
Indoor Athletics (District Final at Essex University) - Winners

Thursday 29th February
Cross Country at Birch Hall
Year 4 girls race - Winner
Year 6 girls race - Winner
Year 6 boys race - 3rd and 5th place

Wednesday 27th March  
Cross Country Finals in Southend
Year 4 girls race - 18th (out of 150 runners)
Year 6 girls race - 24th (out of 150 runners)  
Year 6 boys race - 42nd (out of 150 runners)

The Golden Mile initiative at Millfields involves children running, jogging or walking for approximately 10-15 minutes 3 days a week during school hours. This activity aims to promote physical fitness, improve overall health and well-being, and instill healthy habits from a young age. The Golden Mile not only enhances physical health but also contributes to mental well-being by providing a break from academic studies and encouraging social interaction among peers. Moreover, it fosters a positive attitude towards exercise and helps create a supportive school community focused on holistic development.

Each week Millfields run a 'Joy of Movement' session on a Wednesday morning and all children and parents are invited to take part. We believe as a school that the enjoyment of exercise leads to physical literacy which supports our PE Curriculum. Integrating joyful movement into our school environment not only promotes physical health but also enhances cognitive function, mood regulation and overall academic performance. By fostering a positive relationship with physical activity from a young age, we hope our school can instill lifelong habits of exercise and healthy living in children.

Play leaders at Millfields Primary School serve as mentors and organisers, responsible for facilitating structured play and promoting positive interactions among our children during break times. Their role involves supervising playground activities, organising games and ensuring the safety of their peers. Play leaders also promote inclusivity, encouraging all students to participate regardless of their abilities or backgrounds. By cultivating a supportive and engaging play environment, play leaders contribute to the overall well-being and social development of our school community. 

Three times a year Millfields run a Park Run Takeover on a Sunday morning this is linked to the weekly 'Colchester Park Run'. We believe Park Run is crucial for our children as it provides them with an avenue to engage in physical activity, build social connections, and experience a sense of achievement within a welcoming community atmosphere.

Physical Education (P.E.) Leader - Mr Sean Congram

Physical Education (P.E.) Link Governor - Mrs Leigh-Ann Munt

Part of the Health team.