PE & Sport
Intent: what are we trying to achieve with our curriculum?
As a department, we aim to provide all pupils with a challenging, developmental and concept driven curriculum to allow high quality teaching and learning to take place. This is achieved through creating an enjoyable and productive atmosphere for staff and pupils, where we strive to inspire and engage students to participate, lead, and achieve in both practical and theoretical physical education, during their time at the Academy and for the rest of their lives.
Achievement in PESSPA at Sedgehill Academy looks like all students having the opportunity to engage in a broad and balanced physical education curriculum that provides pathways for extra-curricular activity and for all students who wish to extend their physical activity journey. We aim to ensure that regardless of a student’s background, they are able to develop in PE across our three assessment strands of Physical, Personal and Health and are able to receive the benefits provided by quality first PE teaching and extra-curricular sport.
Our core curriculum focusses on three key themes:
Each year students are taught 9 fundamental qualities of a physically educated individual which are arranged into the 3 key themes (fit to perform, fit to lead, fit for life) as displayed in the table below:
Fit to perform
Students learn the skills and tactics required to be effective performer in a wide range of physical activities. Students also learn how to effectively analyse the performance of themselves or their peers. These attributes are learnt through activities such as football, netball, badminton and trampolining.
Fit to lead
Students learn fundamental leadership qualities such as communication and resilience through invasion and individual activities such as handball and table tennis. Students obtain a united learning leadership qualification (bronze in year 7, silver in year 8, gold in year 9).
Fit for life
Students learn how to develop their fitness levels, as well as key theoretical concepts such as principles of training and basic anatomy and physiology. Students learn how to lead an active healthy lifestyle through activities such as health related fitness.
Within this the KS3 curriculum aims to give all students as much exposure to a wide breadth of activities in line with the National Curriculum. This is to allow students to learn the key fundamentals through different mediums, and build year on year on prior knowledge through mastery before embarking on further study at KS4. We also take pride in ensuring all students at both KS3 and KS4 have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular sport. Fundamentally the key intent of the Sedgehill Academy’s PE Department is to ensure all students leave the Academy active, having found fulfilment in physical activity that leads to life-long participation.
At KS4 students have the option to study either GCSE PE or Vocational Sport. Both courses are taught to the same high standards and both courses contain practical activity that is assessed.
Non-academic PE students continue PE throughout the duration of KS4 and have opportunities to experience different activities in line with the National Curriculum for PE in order to encourage pathways between education and participation in later life.