Curriculum Statement - Physical Education

‘I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.’ – Michael Jordan

Powerful Knowledge in Physical Education

Powerful Knowledge in PE is about developing physical literacy.

Physical Education combines practical and theoretical concepts and enables students to gain powerful knowledge and explore it in a practical context.

Powerful knowledge in Physical Education:

  • Developing a broad range of fundamental motor skills, developing the consistency and performance of practical skills in isolation & in competitive/conditioned situations.
  • Developing students’ knowledge of sporting activities and competing effectively using a variety of tactics and strategies across multiple disciplines individually and as part of a team.
  • How to be socially aware and work effectively with students with a variety of different ability levels and develop resilience, perseverance, courage & self-control
  • Short term effects of exercise on the body systems
  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of training
  • Performance enhancement through training
  • Muscular system (names of muscles and movement analysis)


Curriculum Features

The curriculum will be broad and balanced allowing students to develop the knowledge and skills to be physically active and healthy now and in later life. Our curriculum will promote a love of physical activity and the confidence to participate. In addition, students will be able to analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement at achieve their personal best. The curriculum will also promote the academic side of the subject closely linking practical and academic concepts to ensure Powerful Knowledge is accessed by all.

Students will be presented with intellectual and physical challenges, which they will work as a team to overcome while demonstrating the trust qualities. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of how to work with students of variety of different skill levels and strengths. They will be guided to use leadership qualities when working as part of a team and respond to the strengths and weaknesses of those they are working with, with the intention of students taking these skills in to working life. Sportspersonship should be visible in all lessons with students abiding by rules, being humble in victory and gracious in defeat.


Co-curriculum Enrichment

Students will be given the opportunity to experience competitive sport by representing their house in regular house events once a half term. All students have the opportunity to engage in our Competition and Physical Endeavour Cornerstone by engaging in a multitude of extra-curricular physical activities that are delivered by our PE staff and specialist sports coaches. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to attend Sports Tours to play competitively against students from different countries. Year 10 and 12 students are able to participate in the Bronze & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards respectively, which promote leadership & service, competition & physical endeavour and culture & creativity through the completion of different sections of the Awards.


At Key stage 3 students have two hours of curriculum time a week. Within the PE programme students study a wide range of activities including team and individual games, dance, OAA, HRE, athletics, cricket, rounders and softball. In lessons students will focus on mastery of skills, knowledge and application, competition or performance, health and well-being and sportsmanship.

There is an emphasis throughout the curriculum that students can engage with more than the traditional practical element of Physical Education, which is reflected in the CHAMP assessment that will be used throughout the students’ KS3 journey. Progress booklets will be completed to enable students and teachers to track progression within each individual sport, the ensure that students are building on their prior learning within each activity.

House activities run throughout the year in lesson time and all KS3 students participate in House Sport session once a half term. In lessons students are encouraged to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, this being reinforced through the opportunities available within the elective program.

Within the use of specialist coaching, where available, students will be given multiple opportunities to develop and link motor skills across a range of different sports, in order to best set them up for success when entering into KS4.