Principles and Purpose of our Physical Education Curriculum
The purpose of our Physical Education curriculum is to provide a knowledge-rich curriculum that develops students’ physical, mental, and social health, and ensures that being active forms part of their life-long identity. The curriculum is driven by the three themes: performance, leadership, and health. These themes form a framework which is designed to progressively improve students’ knowledge, skills and understanding, whilst building their character and leadership skills, and provide opportunities to show their creative flair. The curriculum framework sets out the learning to be undertaken by pupils, with a specific focus on the context of The Regis School. For example, we ensure swimming is part of the KS3 core curriculum so we can provide students with the skills and abilities to be safe and provide assistance to others in and around water (coastal context). Due to a broad range of facilities, we also offer a diverse range of sporting activities that aims to provide all students with a physical activity they develop a passion in and keep on with post school. This is coupled with the knowledge of how to implement a healthy and active lifestyle.
- Entitlement: The curriculum allows our students to develop the confidence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, through PE, school sport and physical activity. The provision we provide is accessible and equitable for all pupils. It actively seeks to overcome any barriers to participation which our students may face because of their race, gender identity or any aspect of SEND.
- Coherence: In addition to the National Curriculum, our curriculum seeks to build aspects of students’ character including resilience and empathy, as well as skills in leadership, decision-making and problem-solving.
- Mastery: Through the curriculum our students will become physically skilful young people with the knowledge and understanding in the areas of performance, leadership, and health, to succeed at Key Stage 3 and transition to Key Stage 4 study. These skills will develop year on year and will transfer into their academic life and endure into adulthood.
- Adaptability: The flexibility in our curriculum allows us to choose activities that best suit our students, considering geographical location (for example selecting swimming as a key activity) as well as cultural factors. The curriculum also enables our students to be independently active outside of school through digital resources, virtual challenges and competitions, weekly physical activity timetables and links to other online providers.
- Representation: The curriculum is supported by our Diversity and Inclusion pledge. The aim is for the provision in schools to be as inclusive as possible. This includes ensuring there is diverse representation throughout.
- Education with character: The curriculum seeks to develop aspects of character, such as resilience, the spirit of fair play, empathy, and the confidence to perform under pressure. A student’s experience of physical education in school should increase their self-confidence and their ability to trust in others.
For more information regarding the curriculum content, ‘what we teach, why it is taught and when’ please view our curriculum maps below.
To access additional learning resources to support students learning in Physical Education please refer to Knowledge Organiser (KS3), The Regis SP (KS4).