To develop a love for sports/physical activity through improving fitness, understanding of rules and regulations, developing key skills of teamwork, communication, leadership and sportsmanship to enable students to keep fit in order to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and/or play sports to a higher level.
The aims of the Physical Education National Curriculum are to ensure that all pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, that they are physically active for sustained periods of time, they engage in competitive sports and activities and that they lead healthy, active lives.
Students will participate in 2 x 1 hour core PE lessons every week from year 7-11.
PE lessons aim to develop their love of sport and physical activity, develop the fitness and skills, and an understanding of the rules and regulations of sports, as well as communication, teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship to enable them to keep fit in order to lead a healthy active life and play sports to a higher level.
The Physical education curriculum allows students to experience practical participation in the following areas:
- Games – such as netball, football, rugby, basketball, tennis, table tennis, cricket and rounders.
- Gymnastics and trampolining
Students will develop their skills and techniques in each activity and start to apply them in competitive games and events. They will also be provided with opportunities to participate in inter-form competitions where they will develop personal qualities such as teamwork, communication and commitment. They will also begin to understand what makes a performance effective and learn about the fitness requirements of different activities. Students will also develop the ability to prepare themselves for, and recover effectively from, physical activity through warming up and cooling down. Throughout each year, students will be introduced to some of the theoretical knowledge required for GCSE PE to help them understand the importance of physical activity to their health and well-being.
Students are also provided with opportunities to progress their skills further through a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs available at break, lunchtime and after school, where they may be selected to represent the school in fixtures and competitions.
Programme of Study
- Throughout year 7 the focus of PE lessons will be creating a love for physical education.
- Through games activities such as netball, basketball, rugby, football, rounders, cricket, tennis and table tennis, students will develop the core skills, basic fitness and understanding of the main rules needed to compete in a game.
- In gymnastics, they will develop the basic components of a routine, focusing on using the core skills.
- In swimming, students will develop the correct, and more efficient techniques for body position, arms, legs and breathing for the main strokes.
- In dance, students will develop set motifs, understanding how to incorporate variations in space, levels, unison, canon and timing.
- Through their fitness lessons, students will develop an understanding of the components of fitness and how to train to improve their fitness, so they can improve their performance in a variety of sports.
- In athletics, they will cover the three disciplines of running, jumping and throwing, developing basic techniques and an understanding of the rules of each event.
- Throughout year 8 the focus of PE lessons will be broadening sporting experiences.
- Through games activities students will develop their performance of core and advanced skills, improving their understanding of how to apply them tactically to outwit opponents.
- In gymnastics they will develop routines to include travel, shaped and twisting jumps and rotations onto and over equipment.
- In swimming students will improve the efficiency of technique for body position, arms, legs and breathing in preparation for competitions in the main strokes.
- In dance students will develop an understanding of how to choreograph a dance around a stimulus, focusing on body posture/alignment, tension and use of space, levels and flight.
- Through their fitness lessons, students will develop an understanding of how to improve their fitness using a variety of methods, incorporating the FITT principles of training.
- In athletics students will focus on developing their speed/power and distance of their runs/jumps/throws, understanding how to adapt their approach, execution and follow through to improve their performance.
Students will be awarded a level they are working at on each sport/activity they take part in during their PE lessons throughout each year. An average of their levels across the sports will be reported home 3 times a year.
Assessments are based on the 4 levels, and whether they are beginning to perform those skills, performing them sometimes, frequently or consistently.
- Acquiring– students can perform some core skills in isolation with some consistency
- Developing– students can perform most core skills in isolation with good consistency
- Applying– students can perform all core skills and some advanced skills in a variety of situations (against a partner, under pressure, in a sequence) with very good consistency
- Mastering– students can perform all skills in competitive situations (in a game/match/routine) with excellent consistency
- Students are encouraged to take part in sports clubs both in and out of school to develop their sporting performances further, and practice applying their skills in more competitive situations.
- A list of sports clubs that students can take part in at school during break times, lunch times and after school is updated regularly.
- If you would like to support your child further by joining sports clubs outside of school, please do not hesitate to contact the PE department for suggestions of suitable local clubs.
Where can Physical Education take you
- GCSE PE
- BTEC Sport
- Professional athlete
- PE teacher
- Professional Sports person
- Sports Coach
- Sports policy developer
- Fitness instructor / Personal trainer
How parents can support their child’s learning
- Encourage your child to exercise regularly – at least 30 minutes per day
- Support your child’s interest in a sport or physical activity by encouraging them to take it up as a club in or out of school.
- Watch sporting events with your child to support them with their interests
- BBC Sport – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport
- Football – FA – http://www.thefa.com/
- Netball – England Netball – https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/
- Rugby – RFU – https://www.englandrugby.com/
- Tennis – LTA – https://www.lta.org.uk/
- Gymnastics – British Gymnastics – https://www.british-gymnastics.org/
- Table Tennis – Table Tennis England – https://tabletennisengland.co.uk/
- Swimming – British Swimming – https://www.britishswimming.org/about-us/
- Athletics – England Athletics – https://www.englandathletics.org/
- Volleyball – Volleyball England – http://www.volleyballengland.org/