Subject Intent – Vision and Philosophy
The primary focus of the PE department is to deliver a high quality and varied curriculum that promotes active participation, enjoyment and learner engagement and inspiring lifelong participation of activity for all. Students will be encouraged to participate in an array of different physical activities and sports at KS3 and KS4 which will physically and mentally challenge them, build their confidence and promote lifelong participation. Engagement in PE is fundamental in allowing students to understand of the importance of physical activity and exercise on our physical, mental and social well-being, and instils core values and transferrable life skills such as resilience and mutual respect. Students will also have opportunities to take part in competitive sport through our extra-curricular programme.
The PE department strives to create a curriculum which:
- Equips students with the knowledge of how to stay fit and active in and outside of school
- Inspires students through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all
- Encourages students to actively engage in lifelong physical activity and the importance of leading a healthy active lifestyle
- Embeds a culture of teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for all
- Develops competent and confident students in a range of physical activities
- Creates opportunities to follow a range of pathways into clubs and teams through our extra-curricular programme
KS3 students will be taught a variety of different sports and activities to develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding within each discipline. Students will build upon prior learning as they progress in their academic life. In KS4, students will be encouraged to participate for engagement and enjoyment, and staff will give students the choice of activities to suit their own preferences. This is done in the hope that it encourages further participation in sport and exercise upon leaving school, whilst improving the students’ physical and mental health. The Cambridge National qualifications allow students to develop their knowledge and understanding in different areas and sectors of sport. The Sport Science course will equip students with the knowledge of how to set up, conduct and analyse fitness tests, fitness programmes and nutrition programmes. It will also instil knowledge about the human body systems and how to prevent injury in sport. The Sport Studies course educates students about contemporary issues in sport, such as barriers to participation and solutions to overcome these. It also gives students an insight into how to develop their performance in a certain sport, focussing on specific skills and tactics. Both courses provide a strong knowledge base for a healthy, active lifestyle both in and beyond their school years.