Physical Education


Curriculum Intent 

The Intent of the Physical Education Curriculum at The Archbishop’s School is to develop students that:

  • Are passionate, engaged and enthusiastic.
  • Have the opportunity to experience a balanced and varied curriculum, allowing students to participate in a wide variety of activities covering invasion; net; striking and fielding; and athletics.
  • Use technical terminology with confidence accurately, and be able to build an extensive specialist vocabulary.
  • Apply mathematical knowledge to their understanding of PE, including measuring, timing, estimating and analysing data.
  • Attend extra-curricular sporting clubs and competitions, and have an opportunity to represent their school and community in a number of activities.
  • Develop a lifelong love of sports and physical activity.
  • Make positive, informed choices around their health, well-being and diet.
  • Link the benefits of a healthy diet and physical activity to mental and physical well-being.
  • Develop their leadership qualities and skills through sport.
  • Are prepared for the transition from KS3 to KS4, with the skills, knowledge, character and leadership required to excel in KS4.
  • Understand how to exercise safely.
  • Throughout the whole school we offer a physical education curriculum appropriate to every individual student. Our curriculum is fully inclusive. Students are provided with a balance of individual, group and team activities, some of which are competitive.


Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is implemented through:

  • Studying a variety of sports and activities; experiencing tactics and strategies through a series of conditioned and competitive games.
  • Having the opportunity to attend extra-curricular activities and represent the school in a number of different sports and events.  
  • Celebrating successes and managing the challenges and emotions of defeat.
  • Lessons that will be practical, progressive and differentiated. They will be challenging whilst supporting the needs of all students.
  • Being assessed in 4 assessment strands:
    • Performance – Being able to develop skills in different scenarios as an individual, in pairs or in small groups or teams; exploring tactics and strategies; and applying learnt skills to a broad range of sporting situations.
    • Health, fitness and physical preparation – Students will understand and build on their knowledge to answer the questions: How do I improve fitness? How do I prepare and recover from physical activity safely? How do I test fitness? Understanding these questions will allow students to lead a healthy, active lifestyle both now and in the future.
    • Teamwork – Participate in lessons with the correct equipment and work together in pairs, groups or teams. Develop leadership skills in order to guide their peers and enhance their self-esteem, confidence and resilience.
    • Knowledge & Understanding – Develop an understanding of anatomy and physiology; fitness and training; and the components of fitness. Students will develop vocabulary and support their knowledge through practical experiences.

Curriculum Impact

We associate the impact that physical activity can have on a student’s mental health and well-being. Students have access to a differentiated curriculum linked to games, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, outdoor and health related fitness. This range of experiences is intended to provide students with the chance to increase their self-confidence and their ability to manage their bodies within a variety of movements. A heavy emphasis is placed upon increasing students’ understanding of leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

This allows them to develop as part of a team, learning how to communicate with others and work together. It enables them to cope with disappointments both in and out of sport; communicate in an appropriate manner; and adhere to rules and regulations to aid transition into mainstream society after their education. 

The emphasis is upon providing a supportive learning environment that encourages maximum participation which rewards endeavour while remaining aware of both the physical, emotional and mental hurdles that students may need to overcome.

Physical Education Learning Journey