Curriculum Statement – Physical Education
Lead teacher: Mr R Richmond
Powerful knowledge in PE
The main purpose of physical education within the curriculum is to develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.
The rationale behind this is that learning through health and wellbeing enables children and young people to:
• Make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing
• Experience challenge and enjoyment in a positive and safe all-inclusive environment
• Experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves
• Apply their mental, emotional and social skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle
• Make a successful move to the next stage of education or work
• Establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into adult life, and which will help to promote the health and wellbeing of the next generation
• And, for some, perform at high levels in sport or prepare for careers within the health and leisure industries
Through providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced, physical education compliments and supplements the aims of Settlebeck School.
The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate the students; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in sports across the board. Students will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, spectators and referees/umpires/officials. Students will engage with all abilities and as a result will have varying responsibilities within lessons.
Lessons and schemes/units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the students. Expectations are high but realistic in terms of achievement, discipline, behaviour and dress. The atmosphere of lessons is such that students gain confidence in physical activity in a safe environment where student success is positively reinforced.
Students will regularly work in group situations. In many areas the emphasis is on competition, where students are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goal. In all situations empathy is paramount where students cater to the needs of their peers. Through performance, students will be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others.
As students’ progress through the school they will be encouraged to adopt a positive attitude to activity and healthy living, motivating them to fulfil their sporting potential both within the school and through leisure facilities and clubs in the local community. As students enter year 9 they have the option of studying sport at GCSE level and in Year 11 they are expected to take an active role in their physical education by choosing from various options and courses provided in the curriculum including the sports leaders award.
Students are given the opportunity to experience both competitive sport and additional participation in sport by representing their house once a term. All students have the opportunity to engage with our extensive extra-curricular program that is led by PE staff and specialist coaches and runs most lunch times as well as some evenings. Individuals and teams represent our school at numerous events and fixtures throughout the academic year both at local and national level and our SEN students participate in various events organised by active Cumbria. Our Cambridge sport students are utilised at primary school sports festivals throughout the year and as student’s progress into year 11 they can opt to take the sports leaders level 2 course.