Physical education and Sport play a large part of life at Highfield Littleport.
Trampolining - we have a number of staff who are trained to deliver Rebound Therapy to our students. This is on a referral basis where the following needs are identified:
We have a highly structured PE curriculum which progressively builds knowledge and skills. Students are then encouraged to apply knowledge and skills learnt within individual and group games encouraging co-operation and participation.
Sporting Tournaments with other Special schools
Most Highfield students experience and enjoy regular swimming sessions - we are lucky enough to have use of a local swimming pool. We aspire that all of our students become happy and comfortable in the water and some will go on to become strong, confident swimmers. None of our year 6 cohort currently meet the government target (which does not make allowances for children with SEND) to "swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations" - although this is something that we are working towards with dedicated swimming slots for all of our upper KS2 and KS3 students.
We are lucky enough to have a hydrotherapy pool on site to deliver specific programmes to students with physical needs.
Developmental Movement Play is a framework for understanding and supporting children's physical development in early childhood. It builds upon their natural drive to move in ways that will develop confident, expressive, skilled and happy individuals. It focusses on many kinds of learning - sensory processing and motor development to build relationships in non verbal ways. Students within the Early Years and Green pathways participate in Jabadao sessions to further enhance movement and sensory development. For more information click here.
Glow Stick Dance
Glow stick dancing is based upon Clubbercise® This is a fun full body workout with a banging soundtrack that gets great results. An instructor has worked with staff to lead students on the Yellow pathway. We feel this introduces students to exercise they would encounter in the 'real world'. The routines combine dance, toning and combat moves with options to suit all fitness levels. Students develop their coordination skills, participation, performance and resilience within sessions. Students are also encouraged to develop their creative skills through group choreography. Classes are held in a darkened room with disco lights and LED glow sticks.
We have a specialist Yoga teacher who leads sessions with students on the Green and lower Yellow pathway. Students develop their physical and mental health within sessions Students develop body awareness, mindfulness, strength and flexibility. Our students also have their concentration and memory enhanced through routines. Students also learn parts of the body and functions which is an excellent cross curricular skill.
Visiting Sports Coaches
We have a visiting sports coach who exposes students to a variety of different sports to widen their interest, knowledge and activity. This is run as individual lessons as well as a weekly lunch time club.
We employ a swimming teacher to assist with teaching of swimming for all of our Key Stage 2 students to help them work towards the National Curriculum end of year expectations.