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Physical Education



What is the curriculum aim / vision for this subject?

We aim to encourage and develop:

  • Lifelong physical activity
  • Informed choices on diet and exercise
  • Enjoyment of physical activity and exercise
  • Improved mental health / reduced stress
  • Healthy habits
  • Provide a basis for young people to move into the sports industry after further education
  • Stepping stones to further education in sport and exercise
  • Leadership skills

What do we expect students to get from this subject?

  • Understanding of the health benefits of exercise

  • Improved skill sets in sports that students enjoy

  • An activity that they enjoy and continue with after school

  • Improved physical confidence, self-esteem and social interactions

  • Qualifications (in some cases) enabling them to move into further education in the sports industry.


How does learning develop over the five years?

  • We increase the complexity of skill sets as they move through the curriculum

  • We aim for a continuous curriculum right through the years in terms of physical competence

  • Students develop self-confidence, become more social and work well with others

  • Students use leadership skills learnt in Year 7, 8 ‘My Personal Best’ sessions to work with external organisations and primary pupils as well as within lessons and life.

  • Students will develop key life skills such as resilience, motivating and influencing others, innovation, responsibility, empathy, communication, integrity etc.

What principles have guided our decision making in developing this curriculum? What is distinctive about our curriculum?

  • Enjoyment of physical activity is our definitive aim, developing the whole child both mentally and physically.

  • Providing students with the knowledge and understanding to stay fit and healthy into adulthood.

  • Life skills have become the main focus over the last 2 years and not just upskilling technique in individual sports.

  • Students are given the freedom to experience a variety of activities by using spaces rather than rigid sports. This utilises staff expertise in providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

How is the timetabled curriculum supplemented or enriched by other approaches to learning?

  • We use the ‘My Personal Best’ programme at Year 7, 8, 10, 11.

  • Sports leaders

  • DofE

  • Extra-curricular clubs

  • School trips (ski, university, Wimbledon etc)

  • Partnerships with other secondary schools

  • External coaches

In what ways does your curriculum help to develop …?

  • Cultural diversity and identity: Social interaction and team work

  • Physically and mentally healthy lifestyles: Across all lessons

  • Community participation: Links with external clubs, coaches, LSSP, primaries, sports leaders, tournaments etc

  • Careers and enterprise: University trips, GCSE/A-level units on the sports industry, elite performers to external clubs

  • Technology and the media: Twitter, topics at GCSE/A-level on media in sport, school website, competition reporting, local news

  • Creativity and critical thinking: All lessons for all activities, ‘My Personal Best’ especially.



Click here for the PE Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map for 2022/23


Click here for the PE Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map for 2022/23

For more information, click here to visit the Key Stage 4 courses page.


Year 12

Click here for the Year 12 Curriculum Map (Foundation Subjects) for 2021/22 Academic Year

Year 13

Click here for the Year 13 Curriculum Map (Foundation Subjects) for 2021/22 Academic Year

For more information, click here to visit the Key Stage 5 courses page.


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