The Physical Education department are passionate about developing a lifelong positive attitude towards physical activity, exercise and sport, for every student in the school. We aim to provide an enjoyable, broad and balanced curriculum that motivates, inspires and prepares all students to engage in a healthy active lifestyle within school and beyond.
Alongside developing their sport specific skills and improving their fitness, pupils develop a range of inter-personal skills. Teamwork, problem solving, leadership and communication skills are encouraged throughout the pupils time in Physical Education so they can achieve their full potential.
The PE department aims to develop students’ physical literacy which involves the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for the rest of their lives. Motivation and confidence refers to an individual’s enthusiasm for, enjoyment of and self-assurance in adopting physical activity as integral part of life. Physical competence refers to an individual’s ability to develop movement skills and patterns, and the capacity to experience a variety of movement intensities and durations. Enhanced physical competence enables an individual to participate in a wide range of physical activities and settings. Knowledge and understanding includes the ability to identify and express the essential qualities that influence movement, understand the health benefits of an active lifestyle, and appreciate appropriate safety features associated with physical activity, in a variety of settings and physical environments. Engagement in physical activities for life refers to an individual taking personal responsibility for physical literacy by choosing be active on a regular basis. This involves prioritising and sustaining involvement in a range of meaningful and personally challenging activities, as an integral part of one’s lifestyle.
Physical education lessons should be fun and as active as possible. We adapt our teaching to suit the needs of the students so that everyone can make progress and, by offering a broad and balanced curriculum, there are ample opportunities for students to enjoy a range of physical activities so they can find something that really excites them. As an integral part of the curriculum, not only do we deliver a range of health-related fitness lessons that are motivating and extremely active, but we also teach students how to use these fitness methods to stay active in their own time. Finally, we are committed to developing links with sports clubs and local fitness providers which is fundamental to promoting lifelong engagement in physical activity.
The evidence is strong that healthy and active pupils are effective learners and that the health and wellbeing of students goes hand in hand with raising achievement. With this in mind, we aim to use PE and sport to improve all aspects of health and wellbeing, such as maintaining a healthy weight and developing emotional and mental wellbeing.