PE at St Matthew's aims to engage all children, regardless of ability, to be inclusive within a comprehensive sports and activities programme.  We strive to provide a range and wealth of opportunities, in and outside of school, that cater to all abilities and interests, whether that be Full Contact Rugby League, Cheerleading, or even Fencing!


We work with a range of partners to enable us to do this, including Fit2Play sports coaching, local clubs, such as Wigan Athletic and specialist teachers from our feeder High Schools.


With a growing emphasis on Health and Wellbeing in our primary schools, St Matthew's are already ahead of the game;  selected children are offered short courses in Fitness and Nutrition, we run regular programmes and activities for our SEND children and run "Nurture through Sport" sessions for children who need a little extra support.


If you are a local club who would like to link up with school, please contact Mrs. Higgins - we'd love to hear from you.



Highfield St Matthew's is awarded the School Games Gold Mark 2018



Well done to all the staff and children at Highfield St Matthew's - our hard work and dedication has earned us the prestigious School Games Gold Mark, for the 2nd year running


Extra-Curricular Clubs


We believe that engaging young people in physical activity is of great importance at St Matthew's, and because of that, over the course of the year, we offer many extra curricular activities to our pupils.  We regularly consult our children as to the type of sport and activity they would like to see available to them, and we strive to make it happen.  More details of these clubs can be found under the "School Clubs" section of the website, but regular clubs have so far included:

  • Football
  • Full contact Rugby League
  • Judo
  • Fencing
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Multi Sports (children decide their own programme to follow)
  • Health and Nutrition (as part of the school day)
  • Gross motor skills group (as part of the school day)
  • Netball
  • Archery


Competition News 

Year 6 Girls Cricket


Well done to our fabulous girls who took part on the Year 6 Girls Cricket competition at Orrell Red Triangle CC.  They represented school brilliantly and had great fun, meeting new friends along the way!  A great day and a big well done!



Year 6 Boys Kwik Cricket


Today, we made the long journey to Highfield CC in the heats of the Boys' Kwik Cricket Competition.  With only an hour's training together as a team (and for some of us, the first time playing cricket) we WON!!!!! 


We're through to the Wigan finals!  Of course, we'll let you know how we get on.  Well done Year 6s!




Y3 Football Festival run by Wigan Athletic



On Friday 3rd May, a group of our Year 3 children represented our school at Leigh East Football Pitches.  Despite being drawn in a difficult group and the team having minimal chance to play together, the team stormed through to the last 16.  Unfortunately, we lost in the cruelest way possible - Golden Goal in the knock out rounds!


Our children did us proud and had a fabulous time along the way.  Well done to the footballers!



Y5/6 Sportshall Athletics


On Monday 4th February, our wonderful Sporthall Athletics team took part in the Wigan West competition at the Dean's Trust, Wigan.  We enjoyed great success in all the disciplines, met new friends and had great fun.  A special mention to Tanatswa, George and Archie, who received metal pin badges for coming 1st overall in their events.

Out of a total of 21 schools that took part, Highfield St. Matthew's came a fantastic 5th overall. See some of our photos from the day below.  Well done team!!!




Lancashire County Cricket Club and our Year One Cricketers 


We've been really privileged to be working closely with Lancashire Cricket Club this year, and our Year ones have just embarked on a 6 week course.  They have had a great time and have learned lots of new and exciting Cricket skills.  Rory, our coach, will also be starting an after-school club with our Year ones. 





This week, Dale from Judo Education gave an assembly, telling children all about the sport of Judo.  He explained to us the history of the sport and shared some of the techniques he has learned. 


Of course, we had to join in and have fun too. 


The children had a great time trying out the Sport.  Dale will be back in the near future delivering a course on Judo for our KS2 children.  He'll even be back later in the year or our KS1.  Look out for the letter. 






Our Fencing club runs this year from October to November.  The club is open to all KS2 children and has once again been a great success.  See below for pictures of some of the great work our children have put in, the skills they have learned and of course, the great fun they've had.  En garde!



It is September and the ancient sport of Archery has come to Highfield!


All of KS2 held their breath as Matt, the archery instructor, showed off his skills and told us all about the history of the sport.  




On the 26th September 2018, 25 of our children started on a 5 week Archery course, channeling their inner Robin Hood and reclaiming the sport of their ancestors (and having lots of fun along the way!) 


Check out some of the photos below to see some of us in action


Autumn Term Sport


Year 5 have been concentrating on the different skills that are needed in order to be successful in Sport, and this term, we have been concentrating on the Cognitive aspects of sporting success!


Check out the video to show how using tactics and trying to outwit opponents plays just as an important part as fitness.






Year 5 Teambuilding


Spring and Summer Term Sport


Year 3 Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Group work orienteering.



Year 4 Rugby/Football



Inter-school Competition


Competition between schools, plays a large part of PE at St Matthew's, and we can be regularly seen out and about competing in events around the borough.