Core PE is compulsory for all students. The lessons provided are three, one hundred minute lessons of PE per fortnight. Throughout the year, the pupils will study units of work; that include a range of different sports and activities; that develop broad and balanced foundation skills from which high performance can be built upon. These sports and activities include Invasion Games, Striking & Fielding Activities, Swimming, Dance, Outdoor Adventures and Athletics. They provide a medium through which students develop interpersonal skills that prepare them for healthy and successful lives. Wherever possible, direct links to the community are formed. There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of PE. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.
These are the essential skills and processes in PE that pupils will need to learn to make progress.
Pupils should be able to refine and adapt skills into techniques, develop the range of skills they use and develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills.
Pupils should be able to select and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas effectively in different creative, competitive and challenge-type context. Refine and adapt ideas and plans in response to changing circumstances. Plan and implement what needs practising to be more effective in performance. Recognise hazards and make decisions about how to control any risks to themselves and others.
Pupils should be able to develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibility to cope with the demands of different activities. Develop their mental determination to succeed.
Pupils should be able to analyse performances, identifying strengths and weaknesses. Make decisions about what to do to improve their performance and the performance of others. Act on these decisions in future performances. Be clear about what they want to achieve in their own work and what they have actually achieved.
Pupils should be able to identify the types of activity they are best suited to. Identify the types of role they would like to take on. Make choices about their involvement in healthy physical activity.
Throughout all of the cycles, pupils are formatively assessed by the staff on these six key processes.