General Overview

The underlying principles of our approach in PE are to help students develop an understanding of the benefits of maintaining balanced, active and healthy lifestyle as well as the opportunities and pathways for participation in physical activity. This is achieved through a rich culture of practical sports activities, theoretical lessons, and whole school initiatives.

Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 students continue to develop the fundamental movement skills and learn to apply and develop a broader range of skills. They learn how to use these skills in different ways and learn to link them to actions and sequences of movement. They learn how to communicate, collaborate and compete.

Pupils also learn to play competitive games that are modified where appropriate to apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Students take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and part of a team. They also compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to reach their personal best. Sports have included, swimming, badminton, health related fitness, football, boxing and team building games. They have also been taught about healthy active lifestyle and why physical activity is good for their health and well-being.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 in PE students are studying how to evaluate and improve their performance by identifying what makes a performance effective. They are also gaining knowledge and understanding of fitness and health by how exercise affects the body in the short term and why wearing appropriate clothing and being hygienic is good for their health and safety.

Activities involved include; football, basketball, badminton, health related fitness, boxing, swimming, tennis, cricket, athletics.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, all students take part in PE activities. Those students who choose PE for a GCSE, follow the AQA full course which takes two years of preparation including theory and practical assessments.

Within the theory course for the first-year topics such as health, fitness and well-being, applied anatomy and physiology and movement analysis. For the second year, Y11, the topics are physical training, sports psychology, socio-cultural influences and use of data.

At the end of the two years, students will be assessed in two written exam papers which account for 60% of their total marks and the remaining 40% will be assessed on their course work for the analysis and evaluation of their chosen sport together with the external practical moderation for three practical activities.

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