The PE curriculum seeks to give students a deep knowledge and broad overview of a range of different physical activities to encourage students to foster a lifelong love for being physically active.
In Year 7 & 8 CORE PE, students will participate in six sports across the academic year from the following activities: Handball, Football, Basketball, Netball, Table Tennis, Fitness, Badminton, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket. Some Yr7 students will also have the opportunity to access Swimming and Rugby lessons taught at Dulwich College. The focus of the Yr7 curriculum is mastery of skills, where the aim is for students to master each individual skill required for each sport with the focus of the Yr8 curriculum being for students to apply the skills mastered in Yr7 into a competitive game situation.
In Year 9, 10 and 11 CORE PE, students will participate in four sports across the academic year from the above list. When students reach Yr9, the focus is for them to apply a range of tactical strategies into a competitive game situation to help them to successfully outwit their opponent/s. The focus of the Yr10 and 11 curriculum is promoting participation and ensuring that students understand the importance of and enjoy taking part in physical activity on a regular basis.
When making decisions regarding the curriculum content, we have a limitation on available space due to the location of the academy and as a result there are some activities which we cannot offer. However, we believe that the activities on offer are suited to the needs of our students and they are activities which they can access in their local community once they finish school. Sequencing of activities is seasonal, with activities such as Athletics and Rounders being delivered in the Summer Term.
When selecting appropriate sports for the curriculum, we have included a range of team sports e.g. Basketball and Handball which help to develop students’ teamwork, communication skills, interpersonal relationships and leadership skills. We have also included individual sports e.g. Table Tennis and Badminton which will develop students’ independence and growth mindset. Lastly, we have also included recreational sports e.g. Fitness and Step Aerobics to show that participation in physical activity doesn’t have to be competitive.
In Year 10 and 11, students who have selected to continue studying PE through GCSE PE content covering the AQA specification. Students learn first about anatomy and physiology as this provides cross curricular links with the Science curriculum and then move on to learning about physical training as this contains key knowledge they need to know when completing their analysing and evaluating performance coursework at the end of Yr10. Biomechanics is then delivered in Yr11 as it is a more advanced topic and students need to have a good understanding of anatomy and physiology to be successful in this topic.
In Year 10 and 11, students who have selected to continue studying PE work through BTEC Sport content following the Pearson specification. We chose for students to complete ‘Leading Sports Activities’ as the optional unit as it gives students the opportunity to practically apply the knowledge they have learnt and give them opportunities to develop their leadership skills in their local community.
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