Physical Education

Subject Intent

The physical education curriculum at Whitehill Community Academy is delivered through timetabled lessons, trips and visits. When designing the PE curriculum, the full national curriculum for PE was taken into consideration, ensuring that pupils are exposed to all of the aims and more.

The PE curriculum is designed to give pupils the knowledge and skills needed to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. The study of PE gives pupils the opportunity to develop their ability in a wide range of physical activities, whilst simultaneously developing leadership, teamwork and resilience. The sporting offer throughout the school is designed to ensure that there are a wide range of sports on offer, bringing a ‘sports for all’ ethos to all we do. Delivery of the sports curriculum uses a range of teacher expertise and sport specialist support, ensuring that pupils have access to high quality coaching and instruction, including extracurricular activities after school.

The PE curriculum delivers the national curriculum aims and beyond; knowledge and skills are structured to ensure that pupils gain the essential foundational skills of physical education and that these are built on each year encouraging pupils to develop their stamina, speed, and agility, in line with the appropriate stage in their physical development. Pupils simultaneously learn about the impact of sport and nutrition on healthy lifestyles.

Our curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to develop in competitive sports and to understand the nature of a fair game, and the importance of teamwork helps build character and resilience in pupils. Decisions have been made to promote confidence and self-esteem of pupils through their participation in lessons and the wider opportunities to represent Whitehill Community Academy at external events.

The knowledge and skills gained will give pupils strong foundations for further development of their physical abilities. The appreciation of sport, including those who participate in sport at an elite level, and the confidence to participate in sporting activities is essential for nurturing talent, aspirations and potential career choices. This is important not only for study of the subject at secondary school and beyond, but also for pupils’ future health, lifestyle and wellbeing.

Golden Threads

To enable our subject leaders to provide a robust approach to the physical education curriculum, knowledge and skills are structured so that each term and year build upon one another. This is done by mapping out the ‘Golden Threads’ of our PE curriculum. Through mapping out the ‘Golden Threads’ we can ensure that pupils are given lots of opportunities to perfect their skills, knowledge and understanding.

The Golden Threads of ‘PE’ are:

  • Motor competence – accurate movements, movement patterns, movement techniques and sequences
  • Rules, strategies and tactics – conventions, regulations, strategies that are specific to participation in an activity/sport
  • Healthy participation – safe practice, how to participate, short- and long-term impacts of participation

Long-term plan

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