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Physical Education is a subject of utter paramount to fully develop a pupil. All of the pupils irrespective of their needs have to develop an understanding of the world and all that it encompasses through physical and mental interaction, such as occurs in Physical Education. The pupils at Maplefields will be given adapted tasks to better suit the needs of the pupil, which it is hoped they will begin to assist in the solving of their particular issue with school sport and physical education. All pupils must learn how to accept, manage and minimise risk and while considering not only their needs but also the needs of their peers. It is designed so that the pupils can develop holistically through their, mental, physical, cognitive and social interactions with themselves, teachers, support staff and peers. Hopefully resulting in creative, adaptive, resourceful thinking young people.


Aims- The national curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and sports, while increasing their knowledge of opportunities.

  • Increase the amount of sustained periods of activity for pupils within Physical Education.

  • Providing opportunities for pupils to fully engage in competitive sports and activities.

  • Lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday physical movements, with improved control and participate successfully in a socially active world.




Pupils should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. Pupils should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.


Year 7

Students will learn to use a wider range of equipment safely and accurately. They will start to evaluate others work, giving some feedback on how to improve against a modelled example. Pupils will further develop skills and techniques to enable them extend and develop their ideas more clearly both physically and cognitively. They will start to develop a greater understanding in both individual and team aspects of Physical Education such as Trampolining and Rock Climbing.


Year 8

Students will build on their experiences in year 8 and increase their knowledge of health & fitness, looking into developing ‘fitness for life’, and personal exercise plans in preparation for GSCE or BTEC PE. Pupils will be expected to develop the detail in their responses to questions posed. Showing a developing, detailed knowledge and understanding, of what sports and aspects of Physical Education they are covering. They will continue to practice developing aesthetic appreciation and understanding of why a performance and or action looks good or bad!

Year 9

Students will consolidate their studies and prepare for their GCSE coursework if that is the option route they so choose. They will increase their knowledge of the actions required to complete tasks to the modelled example and be able to explain points of excellence or areas which need improving and how or why to go about it, explaining their response against the criteria for the action or sport from their associated skills matrix. They will become highly familiar with all of the Physical Education equipment and will learn how to best utilize the equipment to complete tasks. Pupils will focus on accuracy and quality in assessment for their PEP and making adjustments to tailor the plan for their own physical developments and sporting requirements. 




Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that will develop personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. Students will be able to select a qualification route in Physical Education as one of their KS4 options. If selected this will be a one or two year programme leading towards a nationally recognised qualification at equivalent to level 1 or level 2.


Course Content:


  • Use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]

  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports,[for example, athletics and gymnastics], or other physical activities [for example, dance]

  • Take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

  • Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best

  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

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