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Curriculum Intent Statement

Curriculum statement: Physical Education

Smarter. Better. Faster. Stronger.

‘I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed’

Purpose:

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that 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.
Our curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
• Are physically active for sustained periods of time
• Engage in competitive sports and activities
• Lead healthy, active lives.

Curriculum features:

Key stage 3
Pupils should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.
Pupils will be taught to:
  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounder’s, rugby and tennis.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports for example, athletics and gymnastics.
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
Key stage 4
Pupils will tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
Pupils will be taught to:
  • Use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounder’s, rugby and tennis.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports, for example, athletics and gymnastics.
  • Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Enrichment:

All students should have the opportunity to access a full curriculum. There is no substitute for learning provided by teachers during the school day, but extracurricular activities can provide new dimensions for learning and development, and offer student’s opportunities to pursue further the subjects or activities that they enjoy. At NUSA the physical education department provides a wide range of extracurricular activities open to all age groups throughout both the winter and summer term e.g. football, handball, netball, tennis, rounder’s and urban hockey.
Trips
In addition to the extracurricular program students are given the opportunity to further expand their sporting experiences through a variety of sporting centred trips throughout the academic year:
  • Wembley
  • Wimbledon
  • Champions league
  • Sports tour
  • Elite league netball
GCSE and BTEC Technical in Sport, Health and Fitness
GCSE (9–1) Physical Education is not just an excellent base for an A Level in Physical Education, it can take you much further. For those of you fascinated by the human mind, why not carry on to Psychology? For people into the why of the human race this carries you through to Sociology. This is also an excellent additional qualification for those undertaking the sciences with the intention to move through into medicine or physiotherapy routes.
Beyond A Level, the study of Physical Education can lead on to university degrees in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology, teacher training and many more. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

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