Intent

Physical Education makes an important contribution to the education and physical development of our students, building on previous learning at Key Stage 2.

In PE we aim to challenge all students with a broad and balanced education, with a focus on enjoyment and progression, and developing each pupil’s physical skills and interests in our extensive range of activities. Pupils are expected be challenged and required to think hard in each lesson. In addition, there are strong links with the work done by pupils towards the PIXL Edge awards from apprentice through to graduate with skills including leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication.

We seek to strike a balance between performance and participation, not only enabling our most able sportsmen and women to achieve excellence, but also catering for the needs of all pupils in the context of a PE and games curriculum which is underpinned by a ‘sport for all’ philosophy. Here knowledge underpins our approach with pupils knowing each lesson what they are learning, how it fits into the schema of the unit and how this may link with other subjects. The knowledge we want pupils to acquire is sequenced and mapped deliberately and coherently and we use strategies such as spaced retrieval practice, low-stakes testing and plenty of repeated practice for automatic responses and fluency to ensure that concepts are understood, knowledge that has been taught is remembered and it is shown through the skill to apply it in specific situations in and beyond school.

We look to ensure that pupils are physically active for sustained periods of the lesson and how important it is to lead a healthy active life. Our P.E. specialists and professional coaches provide high quality teaching and coaching, bringing with them a wide experience of playing and coaching at a top level.

Through PE and the activities offered we are looking to offer opportunities for students to:

  • Develop their ability to perform skills and actions with increasing control, fluency and originality;
  • Learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas with knowledge and understanding in different activities;
  • Develop observational skills, to effectively analyse, access and make improvements on their own the work of others;
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of safe practice and their ability to demonstrate consistently due consideration for their own and the well-being of others;

At KS4 we have experience of offering a range of academic and vocational routes in sport that will allow pupils to progress in a career pathway of their choosing. These include GCSE PE, BTEC Sport and NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Fitness.

Through KS3 and 4, a great emphasis is put on the acquisition and use of a broad vocabulary and facilitate this through the reading of non-fiction texts related to sport.

All students can experience extra-curricular sport, and the valuable social and moral lessons it brings. This is for students who excel at an activity, or gain enjoyment from participating in a competitive environment. Trips and visits are provided to support the learning of pupils and motivate/inspire them into a lifelong association with sport. These include participation in district, county and national competitions.

This subject has links into Science with topics such as anatomy and physiology, Food Technology with diet and nutrition and PSHE with healthy lifestyles.


Implementation

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