Oakfield High School Physical Education Department

The contribution of P.E to the curriculum:

The primary reason for participating in Physical Education at Oakfield High School is for learners to enjoy physical activity. Through enjoyment and involvement, learners develop physical, mental and social skills.

Physical Education is a sequential educational experience. It is based on physical activities undertaken in an active, caring, supportive and welcoming environment in which every learner is challenged and successful. Learners of all abilities are provided with a learning environment that is modified, when necessary, to allow for maximum participation and progress. Outside agencies such as physiotherapists, Wigan Sports Development Team and Secondary Sports Co-ordinators are used when appropriate to support the department and learners ensuring that all are able to engage in physical activity.

Physically, learners acquire and refine skills whilst gaining an understanding of movement. They understand the need to participate safely and the contribution physical activity makes to a healthy balanced lifestyle. Through participation learners begin to appreciate the performance of themselves and others.

Mentally, learners acquire and practise the skills of decision making, co-operation and leadership whilst having the opportunity to release stress and develop activities that can be pursued lifelong.

Socially, learners develop friendship, an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others, whilst developing teamwork and an appreciation of the concept of fair play.

Physical Education also contributes to the extended curriculum through organised clubs and teams that are accessible to all learners regardless of age, race, gender or ability. This plays an important role in Oakfield’s educational, social, recreational and cultural life.


Swimming Lessons 


To further enhance physical activity within the PE curriculum, over the academic year, all learners in Year 8, are given the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons as part of their PE curriculum. These lessons take place in a local Swimming Pool and are delivered by qualified Swim Instructors. All learner's progress is tracked with the ‘Swimphony’ online platform. The focus of these swimming lessons is to develop learners: 

Water Safety 

Health and Fitness 

Personal Development  

Communication Skills 

Mental Health 



Learning to swim can be a significant achievement for learners, boosting their confidence and self-esteem. It allows leaners to take part in physical activity that could inspire them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Swimming can also help learners to set and achieve goals, develop a growth mindset, and learn the value of perseverance. Swimming is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise that can improve overall fitness levels, strengthen muscles, and increase endurance. It is also a low-impact activity, making it ideal for learners with joint problems or injuries. By developing water safety, learners can gain the confidence and skills necessary to navigate pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans safely. Swimming is a life-saving skill that can prevent drowning and other water-related accidents. Swimming is a fun and social activity that can help learners build relationships with their peers and develop a sense of teamwork. It can also be a stress-relieving activity that promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety.  

Overall, the swimming lesson can provide learners with a range of benefits that extend beyond the pool. It is an important life skill that can enhance their safety, health, social skills, and personal development and ultimately allow them to lead a healthy and active life.