The Physical Education (PE) Department’s aim for all pupils is that they achieve their physical potential whilst at St Edward’s and develop their confidence to contribute to the health and well-being of not only themselves, but also others. In line with the National Curriculum, the PE Department offers a wide range of activities, both in lesson and through extra-curricular activities.
Key Stage 2 PE:
In KS2, pupils develop fundamental movement skills through an immersive and inclusive approach which focuses on agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. In order to meet the diverse and complex needs of our pupils, the curriculum is adapted and designed to contribute to the development of the whole child where an emphasis is placed on children developing their social, emotional and mental health skills through varied approaches to teaching. Children are encouraged to accept challenge and to become honest, resilient, independent and resourceful thinkers – skills that are driven by our core values. To give our pupils’ the best chance of retaining new skills they have been taught, they will experience a variety of sports specific activities where they apply the skills learnt in activities such as netball, football, rugby, basketball, hockey, dance, gymnastics, orienteering, team building, athletics, rounders, tennis, cricket and swimming. Our aim is to give our pupils’ a solid foundation to develop skills through a wide range of activities, preparing them for future participation in sport and PE in KS3, whilst developing the skills that will enable them to be lead healthy and active lives.
Key Stage 3 PE:
In Year 7 students adopt the roles of player / performer, official and leader in a range of activities, the objective is to create a love for physical education by experiencing a wide variety of different activities and developing respectful relationships, and not shying away from a challenge. This is designed to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired from within the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Physical Education. Students study a breadth of activities including; athletics, gymnastics, rugby, football, netball, hockey, fitness, orienteering, cricket, rounders table-tennis and tennis. In Year 8 badminton and volleyball is introduced into the curriculum to further increase their breadth of knowledge and students continue to study a broad curriculum as outlined above, but with a focus on students applying more advanced skills and concepts.
In PE, we assess each child in the following: level of fitness, games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics and striking and fielding activities.
Pupils have the opportunity to take in a wide variety extra-curricular sports at lunchtime and after school. They have an opportunity to attend a camp in Year 8. The school enters numerous district and county competitions throughout the year. In Year 8 the pupils are invited to participate in a leadership activities working with local first schools.