Physical Education

What is our curriculum intent?

Our intent is to enable all students to become subject experts by developing across our ‘Big Ideas’:

Doing:
The student’s physical competency in a range of sports, focusing on skill and technique development.

Students will be assessed in a range of sport specific skills in each activity covered during the year. Examples of some of the skills they may be assessed in are:

  • Short Passing in Football
  • Dodging in Netball
  • Tackling in Rugby
  • Dribbling in Hockey
  • Lay Up Shot in Basketball
  • Fielding in Rounders
  • Forehand Groundstroke in Tennis
  • Bowling in Cricket
  • Shooting in Handball

Thinking:
This will focus on the student’s knowledge and understanding, how well they make and apply decisions, their ability to evaluate performance and the accurate use of technical language. 

  • Tactics and Strategies: The ability to select and use a range of tactics and strategies and apply them in open situations.
  • Terminology: The ability to describe what you see or do, using appropriate terminology.
  • Strengths and Weaknesses: The ability to analyse performance, to describe strengths to others and identify areas to improve.
  • Leadership: The ability to plan, organise and lead appropriate warm ups, cool downs or short skill sessions.

Behavioural Change:
The student’s involvement and engagement in lessons, their character and values, and social and emotional factors, as well as the ability to lead a healthy active lifestyle.

  • Resilience: The student’s mental toughness, selfbelief, determination, tenacity, grit and applied Effort.
  • Self-Motivation: Their desire to achieve and to fulfil ambitions.
  • Responsibility: Their self-control, self-reflection and awareness of their own behaviour.
  • Sports Xtra/Club Involvement: Their commitment to the School Sports Xtra programme, involvement with sporting clubs or activities in the local community.

How do we implement our curriculum?

1. Through what we teach, when, as laid out below:

Year 7

Autumn Term:
Induction Block: fitness testing and performance in a range of games activities. A range of activities including: football, rugby, hockey, netball, gymnastics, OAA, HRF, cross country, handball, basketball, badminton, physical literacy.

Spring Term:
A range of activities including: football, rugby, hockey, netball, gymnastics, OAA, HRF, cross country, handball, basketball, badminton, physical literacy.

Summer Term:
Traditional summer activities including: athletics, rounders, cricket, tennis and softball.

Year 8

Autumn Term:
A range of activities including: football, rugby, hockey, netball, gymnastics, OAA, HRF, handball, basketball, badminton and dance.

Spring Term:
A range of activities including: football, rugby, hockey, netball, gymnastics, OAA, HRF, handball, basketball, badminton and dance.

Summer Term:
Traditional summer activities including: athletics, rounders, cricket, tennis and softball.

Year 9

Autumn Term: 
A range of activities including: football, rugby, hockey, netball, gymnastics, OAA, HRF, handball, basketball, badminton and dance.

Spring Term:
A range of activities including: football, rugby, hockey, netball, gymnastics, OAA, HRF, handball, basketball, badminton and dance.

Summer Term:
Traditional summer activities including: athletics, rounders, cricket, tennis and softball.

2. Through how we group students

Students are taught in mixed ability groups.

3. Through the homework we set

Homework is not formally set in core PE lessons, but we do encourage our students to develop independently by attending extra-curricular activities and participating in community clubs.