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.
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.
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.
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.