Our Physical Education department aims to provide high quality Physical Education and sport to enable all our young people, whatever their circumstances or ability, to take part in and enjoy all aspects.
The curriculum offers a wide, balanced programme of activities, which will enable all young people to improve and achieve in line with their potential.
Physical education, sport and regular physical activity is part of a deep, rich, broad and exciting curriculum. It provides children and young people with the opportunity to express themselves physically, challenge themselves and others, experience different environments and activities, work together and release energy, which helps, de-stress and lowers anxiety levels.
By creating a positive environment and by putting PE, sport and regular physical activity at the heart of school life, we are supporting and helping improve the health and well-being of our children and young people not only now but into the future.
Pupils will be actively involved in assessment for learning in all lessons to ensure they are clear and responsible for their achievement. This will enable the children to become independent learners, begin to recognise their strengths and areas for improvement and begin to recognise those of their peers.
Our pupils are given access to a wide variety of activities ranging from dance, trampolining and swimming to health related fitness, orienteering and other outdoor adventurous activities. It also includes all team games, including football, rugby, boccia and basketball so that everyone will experience the social aspects of being part of a team.
Pupils encounter units of activity, which allow opportunities to work as a team and solve problems, take part as individuals, set targets and take part in outdoor and adventurous activities.
Teachers create an environment that allows the learner to focus on learning.
Pupils become physically confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness.
Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The establishment of self-esteem and confidence is also developed through participation in Physical Education and all achievement will be celebrated from school level through to national level so that all the young people experience success and feel valued.
Pupils will develop the skills, understanding and resilience to lead and maintain physically active lifestyles.
In core PE, all pupils achieve an Entry Level Qualification in Physical Education and receive an Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3 award.
Extra Curricular Activities
Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural
Spiritual Development in Physical Education
During the range of activities that students can participate in their PE lessons, students can develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others, and the world around them. Students should be consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning and showcase a willingness to reflect on their own and others experiences.
Examples of Spiritual lessons in Physical Education:
- Explore, creativity through producing Dance and Gymnastic routines.
- Creating and developing own attacking and defensive set plays and tactics.
- Reflecting and critiquing their own and others performances.
- Displaying emotions through their Dance and Gymnastics routines
- Using discovery style to allow students to have their own thoughts, ideas, and concerns.
- Questioning students throughout lessons – WHY, WHAT, WHERE and HOW
- Units of work focusing on Team building – Motivation, determination, and character building
Moral Development in Physical Education
PE in general teaches students about code of conduct, etiquette, handshake before and after matches, applauding the opposition, fair play, unwritten rules, and sportsmanship. Students should abide by the rules and regulations, gaining a good understanding of rules of sport and the importance of infringements such as penalties and red cards allow students to understand the consequences of their actions which in turn helps students apply this understanding to their own lives. The concepts of self-discipline to excel are essential. Students should be taught that the only way you can achieve in sport to a high standard is if you work hard and if you can discipline yourself to train and apply yourself.
Examples of Moral lessons in Physical Education:
- Promote fair play and teamwork in lessons.
- Encourage good sportsmanship throughout.
- Respect with equipment both when using it and when storing it.
- Following instructions and decisions made by officials. Abiding by the rules, in all sporting situations.
- Respect for their facilities and the environment they are active in.
- Listening to teacher and peer feedback on sporting skills.
- Promote trust with peers through team building activities.
- Using students as sports leaders.
Social Development in Physical Education
Students in PE can use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. The willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. An interest in and understanding of the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels. Also, students can develop their friendship and social mixing through involvement in inter, intra school competition and extra-curricular clubs.
Examples of Social lessons in Physical Education:
- Creating a sense of community in lessons.
- Interact with the community and primary schools through coaching.
- Encourage students to recognise and respect social differences and similarities.
- Celebrate sporting success both in and out of school.
- Use of sports leaders running activities and festivals.
- Encouraging the attendance to extracurricular activities.
- Promoting teamwork throughout lessons supporting one another to develop their skills in a cooperative situation.
- Providing peer mentoring in the Gifted and Talented program.
Cultural Development in Physical Education
The PE department can encourage a willingness to participate in sporting opportunities that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic, and socio-economic groups in the local, national, and global communities.
Examples of Cultural lessons in Physical Education:
- Learning about the developments of sports in different countries
- Learning where different sports originate from and what the national sports of different countries are.
- World Cups and Olympic games.
- Exploring and respect a variety of different cultural dances.
- Gaining an understanding of different sports and their foundations.
- Use of international examples of different athletes and their achievements
- Cultural engagement through elite performers both at school and in their own sporting environment.
Careers Education Information and Guidance
Physical education lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries that people may not have considered before. Some careers that you could consider doing with PE include:
- Sport Science
- PE Teacher
- Professional sportsperson
- Sports coach/consultant
- Physical Therapist
- Diet and fitness instructor
- Personal trainer