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Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

The PE curriculum is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all. The department strives to promote breadth and balance within the range of activities we offer. Students are introduced to these in a team and individual setting with the aim of improving fitness, skill and creativity levels whilst developing a passion for sport and physical activity. 

We want to inspire students to persevere in their journey to succeed in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities, building resilience and confidence along the way.

We aim to instil values such as fairness and respect by providing students with the opportunity to compete in team sports and develop their leadership and communication skills.

Key Stage 3

KS3 lessons are focussed on the student performing as an individual or in a team setting. In Team lessons students learn skills and techniques as well as the physical attributes & components of fitness required. They cover the rules/laws of different sports and tactical and strategic decision making or positional play. Students develop teamwork and leadership skills as they also learn how to outwit an opponent in a competitive situation. In Individual lessons students learn how to perform movements and skills with control and fluency. These skills include compositional creativity, performance skills and aesthetic appreciation or analytical skills.

Key Stage 4

All students participate in Core PE which allows students the opportunity to be active, relieve stress and experience the health benefits of recreational/leisure physical activity. Each half term there are 4 pathways that students select from, which can include: Creative, Invasion, Para Games and Net Games. This allows students to select what they wish to participate in so they can enjoy the activity and escape from the exam stresses.

GCSE PE is 60% theory and 40% NEA (including written coursework). Students learn about the human body and movement and the socio-cultural influences in physical activity and sport. They develop knowledge and understanding of the key body systems, movement analysis and physical training and their effect on performance in physical activity and sport as well as learning about the psychological factors and socio-cultural influences that impact a performer and sport in society. For the NEA students must demonstrate their ability in full context in 3 activities and they will also have to complete a written performance analysis identifying strengths and weakness and then drawing on their theoretical knowledge plans ways to improve.

Key Stage 5

A level PE gives students a fantastic insight into the theoretical elements that underpin sporting performances. Students will learn how Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanical principles contribute to a successful athlete. They will also study the influence of Sports Psychology on skill development and mental preparation. Furthermore, students will investigate the historical aspects that have contributed to the development of Sport in our Society today, as well delving into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and the influence that modern technology is having on sport and Physical activity. For the non examination assessment students will demonstrate their ability as either a performer or coach. They will also complete a verbal analysis of another performer, drawing on their theoretical knowledge to develop a viable action plan.

Where can Physical Education take me?

Become a Physiotherapist, Sports psychologist, PE teacher, Nutritionist, Professional athlete, Sports reporter, coach, Biomechanical scientist, Exercise physiologist, Health care professional, sports marketing, sports photographer, sports writer/editor, hospitality (sports events), events management (sports events), sports analyst, sports scientist.

Core Physical Education Curriculum & Assessment Overview

KS4+5 Examined Physical Education Curriculum & Assessment Overview