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Physical Education

What makes us passionate about our subject? (Intent)

Why?

We endeavour to provide each student with positive, enjoyable and memorable Physical Education experiences which can help minimise physical, mental and social health problems and create active habits for life.  Physical literacy is encouraged; becoming and remaining physically active is promoted. Celebrating and rewarding attainment, progress and effort is a priority.  We challenge the notion that Physical Education is reserved for a limited few and develop a variety of skills which can lead to an improved chance of employability.

How?

The Physical Education curriculum will allow students to:

  • Respect each other and the environment by being kind, considerate and tolerant of others’ views. Embrace our differences, build positive relationships and develop teamwork. Students feel confident and safe in their learning environment. They learn to appreciate, empathise and challenge barriers to participation in sport.  Real life examples are discussed to stretch students understanding.
  • Inspire all by consistently setting positive examples to others.  Students diversify their skills through leadership, coaching and officiating skills.
  • Experience high-quality outstanding lessons. They will aspire to be the best that they can be through being engaged, motivated and challenged.  Students are supported in setting ambitious goals and pursuing excellence.  They are provided with clear routines and expectations are high. Students recall and retain knowledge and apply these in a variety of sporting situations.
  • Learn to win graciously and accept that losing is a valuable way to develop resilience.  By embracing challenge and responding positively to setbacks, students work out how to improve and enhance their performance.

Demonstrate innovation by being solution focussed through engaging and contributing in extra-curricular sports opportunities. Students foster an awareness of physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.  They are supported to excel in sport which can lead to elite performance.

What do our students gain by studying our subject? (Impact)

Physical Education develops the whole student holistically cultivating awareness of physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Our subject underpins the academy values by providing opportunities for students to become physically literate and confident; skilled and empowered with the knowledge to support lifelong healthy habits.

Research suggests stress amongst young people is on the increase and exercising is an effective way to live with the demands that society impresses upon us.  Physical Education provides psychological benefits by improving students’ ability to control symptoms of anxiety and depression.  By improving social development and providing opportunities for self-expression students build self-confidence.  They are able to socially interact and integrate well with others.

 

The impact of our well-planned and effectively delivered Physical Education curriculum will lead to improved attendance, behaviour and engagement. Progress, attainment and achievement will improve in all subjects.  A healthier, happier student is a more successful student.  A healthier, happier academy is a more successful academy.

PE Curriculum Map and Assessment

GCSE   (Exam outline (AQA)

For students who aspire to achieving a GCSE and/or A Level in a PE-specific area, the PE department provides an increasingly academic route, which is hugely popular every year and creates a firm foundation for further study at university in the ever developing field of sport.

AS/A2 Level (Exam outline (AQA)

Sports Leadership Award

In Year 10, students can opt to take part in the Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership during extra-curricular activities. They spend the whole year developing and enhancing their leadership skills. The Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership gives students the chance to develop their organisation, motivation and communication skills, while also focusing on positive role models in sport, how to mentor others and how to use leadership skills in a variety of settings.

To complete the award, our leadership students participate in 10 hours of volunteering during which they will demonstrate their leadership abilities. This demonstration of leadership makes up part of Unit 1 – to plan, lead and evaluate a sport/activity session.

Students are given this opportunity through their work with Year 7 and 8 students within the curriculum, external primary schools and participation in a variety of events, such as Academy Sports Day, The All Olympics Sports day, Federation events and the School Games.

PE Kit Requirements Uniform list

Sporting Code

As students, your conduct during sporting activities should reflect the school's belief in the principles of fair play and good sportsmanship. Your behaviour should be appropriate at all times and it is your responsibility to ...

  • let the team captain know in good time of your availability for fixtures and training
  • if directed, ask permission from your teacher to leave a lesson early and catch up on work missed.  It is entirely at your teacher's discretion whether permission is granted so give them plenty of notice.
  • unless otherwise directed, wear your school uniform or school tracksuit when travelling to and from sports events
  • ensure you are fully and correctly equipped and that all kit is clean
  • look after the facilities and equipment used
  • observe the rules of the sport being played
  • respect fully and without question the decisions of managers, officials and referees
  • ensure, throughout a match, that the captain is the sole point of communication between the teams and officials
  • behave with dignity whether winning or losing and applaud good play
  • at the end of the match, shake hands with your opponents and the officials and thank them for the game

Facilities for hire

For all expressions of interest for facility hire, please use the contact below:

Mrs E French efrench@prioryacademies.co.uk