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Physical Education

Subject Leader: Mr Paul Staniforth

paul.staniforth@queenkatherine.org

Physical Education at QKS

The primary purpose of physical education is to develop in our students an understanding of the positive impact an active lifestyle will have on their lives.

Our curriculum aims to provide a unique learning environment where affective, psychomotor and cognitive skills can be developed through participation in a wide range of sporting activities. In addition, good health practices, sportsmanship, self-control, self-expression and the opportunity for positive social interaction with peers are fostered ensuring we support our ethos of being Proud to Belong. 

Our aim is to nurture students who:

  • have the knowledge of PE, sport and recreation that enables them to understand and be critical, reflective and independent thinkers when they confront issues that affect their daily lives at personal, community, national and global levels
  • are physically and mentally healthy, able to face challenges of all kinds, self-regulated in adopting an active and healthy lifestyle, able to attract other people to follow their way of living, and actively concerned about health-related issues in society
  • display desirable moral behaviour and respect the plurality of cultures and views in the context of PE, sport and recreation

Physical education supports the curriculum’s vision to enable our students to become confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. The QKS PE Department helps students to develop the skills, knowledge and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and for the rest of their life.

Learning in physical education

Promotes active lifestyles

Students are empowered to participate in physical activity and understand how this influences their own well-being and that of others. By demonstrating the benefits of an active life style, they encourage others to participate in sport, exercise, recreation and adventure pursuits.

Challenges thinking in a fun environment

Physical education engages and energises students. It provides authentic contexts in which to learn. Students challenge themselves to develop their physical and interpersonal skills. They experience movement and understand the role that it plays in their lives. Students can contribute to the development of physical education programmes and choose their own pathway of participation in Key Stage 4. The resulting learning environment challenges their thinking and helps to promote an interest in lifelong leisure and recreational pursuits.

Builds movement competence and confidence

The skills taught in physical education improve students’ performance, sharpen their knowledge of strategy and tactics, and help them to transfer knowledge from one context to another.

Develops teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Physical education explicitly teaches the necessary knowledge and skills for working with and relating to others, and provides the learning opportunities to develop these skills.

It enables the development of leadership and teamwork skills and encourages students to transfer knowledge to other learning areas. It does this for example, by supporting students to work cooperatively in other subjects, or when working with groups in a leadership role in the school setting and in their lives outside of school in sports clubs or community groups.

Year 7 Summary

Year 8 Summary

Year 9 Summary

Year 10 Summary

Year 11 Summary

Exam Board:

AQA

GCSE PE Specification

Wider Achievement through extra-curricular provision

There are many opportunities for young people throughout their time at QKS and for wider achievement to be recognised.

There is a commitment to promoting and celebrating opportunities for personal achievement within the formal curriculum, inter-House competition, extra-curricular activities and through our ethos. Links are made with partners in the community to ensure students have an outlet for participation outside of a school setting to encourage life-long participation.

There are a high number of out of school hour activities in a range of disciplines available to QKS students. The number of activities has continued to grow and is a strength of our work. Sport is a major feature of life at QKS and many young people attend after-school clubs where they can use the skills they have learned in PE lessons.