The PE Department is a very active part of Fairfield High School. It follows the National Curriculum for PE focusing on high quality lessons that enthuse and include all students. Units and activities are planned and mapped carefully, aiming to develop a wide range of skills across a variety of activities and games.
Students are supported and encouraged to develop their ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, students are encouraged to think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them, promoting independent learning and collaborative work.
The sports activities currently offered to students are: athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, dance, fitness, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, softball, tennis, orienteering, outdoor and adventurous activities, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. The school holds a Sports Day each summer, and inter house competitions are organised regularly.
In Key Stage 4 students can opt to do GCSE PE as one of their GCSE options. This is one of the most exciting courses on offer at Fairfield. It provides learners with opportunities to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities essential for successful performance in working life.
Students in Key Stage 4 also have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and work towards their bronze qualification.
As well as PE lessons, students are able to participate in many sports activities, teams and after-school clubs. Lunchtime practice and after school clubs take place on a regular basis. Fixtures are played against other schools in the form of leagues, tournaments and friendly matches and students are encouraged to aspire to represent the school at sports. Students with talent will be encouraged to join community clubs outside school to further their development, and will have the opportunity to be put forward for county/district selection. Those performing at a high level may also be awarded school colours.
A sports leadership pathway is in place across both key Stages. Even from Year 7 students are given the opportunity to start officiating in lessons. In year 9 all students take part in the Sport Education unit where they will lead in a range of organisational tasks necessary for sport. Students interested in leadership and officiating frequently have the opportunity to do so at primary school sports festivals and events.