Our Sports Department offers an exciting, varied and balanced curriculum that gives girls and boys the opportunity to experience a broad range of activities.
We promote and provide a learning environment where pupils become healthy, knowledgeable and physically literate via active participation, enjoyment, opportunity and experience. It is this exposure that generates the interest and enthusiasm we see in our pupils. Our aim is to form a foundation and encourage all pupils to engage in an active, healthy lifestyle as adults.
The indoor and outdoor facilities and resources at Crosfields are exceptional and allow exciting and engaging lessons to occur with maximum opportunity for children to develop as individuals, across team and individual sports.
From Nursery to Year 5 Crosfields children have a weekly session of Physical Education and Swimming. In Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 children swim for half a term as part of the PE curriculum. Boys and girls participate in games either once (Nursery-Year 2), twice (Year 3 and Year 4) or three times (Year 5-Year 8) a week depending on their age. The major games studied are Football, Rugby, Hockey and Cricket for the boys and Hockey, Netball, Rounders and Lacrosse for girls. Other activities covered within the PE curriculum include Handball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Dance, Tennis, Badminton, Striking Games, Athletics and Cross-Country Running. Extra-curricular activities provide the opportunity for many of the activities above and also Dance, Golf, Fencing and Volleyball.
Crosfields’ children are expected participate in activities. In Year 2, children begin competing against other schools and opportunities become more regular further up the school. Good sportsmanship and the ability to win with modesty and lose with dignity is emphasized through all age groups and activities. The children develop an understanding of what makes good hosts and respectful guests when representing the school.
Our outstanding swimming pool, constructed in 2012, has a variable depth floor at one end which means that the children can swim within a depth that is suitable to their age and ability. All children have timetabled lessons and also the opportunity to join the ‘Crosfields Swimming School’. They may also be selected as part of the swimming squads which compete against other school and who have successfully achieved medals at the IAPS national final.
As well as timetabled lessons there are opportunities for the children to enjoy the water during activity sessions and during the weekends. Children that have been at Crosfields from Reception are expected to swim 25 metres unaided by the end of Year 3; this is the expected level nationally at the end of Year 6.
Children at Crosfields are provided with the knowledge and skills to gain sports awards and scholarships at senior independent schools, and many go on to play sport at representative level.