PE : Curriculum Intent

We study PE to develop the physical, social and emotional well-being of our students. We aim to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum that allows (all) students to achieve beyond their expectations.  To offer excellent opportunities to develop a healthy life-long love of physical activity and to develop a first class teaching and learning environment where both staff and students enjoy working hard together to achieve success.  We want all students to feel they belong as part of a team, believe in their healthy potential and thrive physically, socially and emotionally.  We do this by developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to be a leader and provide memorable experiences throughout a student’s journey within Physical Education.

Students will be provided with a variety of opportunities and experiences throughout their time at the academy, challenging them both inside and outside the classroom. Throughout the years, students have the opportunities of experiencing a robust programme of awards, qualifications and memorable learning experiences. Students will develop physical, technical and tactical sporting skills; enhanced by an embedded focus on mental skills such as resilience, determination and confidence. There will be an emphasis on improving fitness in conjunction with health and well-being through knowledge and application.  Leadership skills take a strong emphasis throughout the key stages, with students able to take on additional roles than just a performer.

We aim to ensure all students leave the school possessing the skills, motivation and knowledge to enjoy a lifelong engagement with sport and physical activity.  We trust that our broad and innovative PE curriculum will allow students to develop their love of movement and sport well beyond their time with us.

Curriculum Intent Overview

Key Stage 3

In year 7, 8 and 9 students will focus on improving their physical, social and emotional wellbeing through an engaging range of sport and physical activities. Development of student’s physical literacy is key, with students assessed on the attitudes, skills and knowledge or becoming happy, healthy and successful people through PE. This is achieved through experiencing a range of sporting activities within specific areas (invasion, net-wall, performing at maximum, accurate replication and striking and fielding). 

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11 students will continue to develop their confidence, motivation, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. This is done by ensuring lessons are both engaging and purposeful. This is achieved through experiencing a range of sporting activities within specific areas (invasion, net-wall, performing at maximum, accurate replication, non-traditional and striking and fielding).

Students selecting BTEC Sport or OCR Sport as a vocational pathway will be assessed on leadership, practical sports performance, psychology of sport and the body’s response to exercise amongst other options. This is all achieved by teaching theoretical content through and alongside high quality practical PE. 

We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious Physical Education curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which develops physical, social and emotional well-being which prepares them well for future learning or employment. Our Physical Education curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • Develop a healthy life-long love of physical activity;
  • Experience a first class learning environment;
  • Be part of a team, and develop this well-being;
  • Experience a variety of opportunities and experience through sport and physical activity;
  • Gain leadership skills;
  • Develop physical, technical and tactical sporting skills.
PedagogyEnrichmentOther general principles
Our pedagogy is supported by:·Expert knowledge and a passion for sport and physical activity;·The nurturing of a ‘can do’ attitude towards learning, built through individual and team activities;·Inspiring pupil’s curiosity of the subject where a passion for physical activity is enthusiastically promoted;·The regular use of modelling (through demonstrations) to demonstrate accurate skills;·The importance of giving students regular opportunities to improve through teacher, peer and self-assessments.We will enrich our curriculum by:·Establishing cross-curricular links (literacy and numeracy);·Providing regular on and off-site subject or topic related experiences;·Offering opportunities for children to learn in a range of settings where appropriate (indoor and outdoor);·Holding Trust-wide competitions to celebrate best work and extraordinary effort;·Developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning.Our curriculum will enable students to:·Learn within a coherent and progressive framework;·Develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts to foster enjoyment;·Develop a rich and deep subject knowledge;·Understand what they are doing well and how they need to improve;·Explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum;·Build on their understanding of the importance of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance and respect;·Improve their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding to develop autonomy around their own reading choices.