“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

Curriculum Intent

We believe all students deserve a Physical Education curriculum that is ambitious and rich in knowledge.  We want to empower lifelong participation in in physical activity. In line with the Trusts vision, we want all young people to ‘make outstanding progress’ through a Physical Education curriculum that fosters the development of skills inspiring a deep-rooted knowledge in a broad range of activities whilst developing the character of polite, respectable citizens, equipped with the ability, awareness and inspiration to partake in lifelong physical activity

Careful consideration has been, and continues to be, put into developing the Physical Education curriculum; the curriculum spirals and is planned and sequenced so that new component knowledge and skills build on what has been previously taught; students see a board curriculum where they participate in a wide range of physical activities both as an individual and as a team. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, and to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which will continue into adulthood. Revisiting key concepts areas throughout years 7 - 11 is routine via our Phase model of delivery.

Students will be taught units of work that cover and go beyond the requirements of the national curriculum, and this should enable students to:

  • Have an understanding of a breadth and depth of sports and physical activities across a variety of disciplines from team sports, individual sports, gymnastics, dance and OAA.
  • Develop a sense of excitement and curiosity of how to lead an active healthy lifestyle.
  • Students will develop a wide understanding of competitive sport and playing for pleasure via a wealth of co-curricular opportunities including intra and inter school competitions.
  • Development of character and confidence to exercise lifelong and explore further physical activity, exercise and sporting opportunities. The development of these skills will be transferrable employability skills that will serve students in all walks of life.
  • Develop an understanding and curiosity of physical training, sports performance and healthy lifestyles to understand and enter the sporting world beyond them.
  • Understand and develop knowledge/analysis/problem solving/creativity skills that go beyond practical physical activity.
  • Develop their use of ICT in their KS4 options by the use of laptops for research tasks and assignment write ups.
  • Develop their ability to apply numeracy and oracy skills throughout our curriculum through measuring, scoring, analysis, evaluation and teamwork.

Physical Education has an important role in developing students’ cultural capital. Studying Physical Education gives students extensive opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that help to build character and to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Some examples of key issues that are discussed are; contemporary issues, performance, training, health, diet, obesity, human body, Performance enhancing drugs, Sporting behaviour, sports psychology, major sporting events and barriers to participation. Through discussion of key contemporary societal Physical education disciplines, experiences gained from co- curricular, trips, sports experiences and talks to understanding the utility and broad application of Physical Education qualifications, knowledge and skills used in Physical Education department builds on pupils’ Physical Education capital.


Curriculum Content

Each department has carefully developed curriculum plans in line with our curriculum intent. The curriculum overview for each year group in this subject can be found below.