“Physical Education the only subject that makes your heart beat faster…”
‘Fit for Life’ through Physical Education
PE makes the heart beat faster…
Physical Education advocates challenge, develops teamwork, promotes leadership, and bolsters interpersonal skills; PE explores how we make decisions and the risks that go hand in hand. PE creates learning pathways – the physical movement connects neural pathways which can support learning across the curriculum as well as enhancing wider life. PE establishes a pattern of health and wellbeing which can be sustained into adult life and which will promote the health and wellbeing of the next generation.
The aim of the PE Curriculum, therefore, is to create Physically Literate students. We want our students to make informed decisions and develop strategies that enable them to not only improve their physical health, but also manage their social, mental and emotional health.
Skills and Knowledge
At Key Stage 3 the students experience a broad and balanced programme that is born from the National Curriculum. PE students will develop their competence and confidence in applying techniques to a breadth of sports. They will: study traditional games, discover new sports, hone gymnastics, choreograph dance, explore outdoor education and learn about sport education. Students will develop an understanding of what makes an effective performance and will learn through a range physically and intellectually challenging activities. Through PE, students will inevitably develop resilience and interpersonal behaviours. They will support others in their learning. As a result, students will hopefully develop a growth mindset; seizing new opportunities to learn and having a desire to succeed.
Our PE curriculum allows students to develop the physical skills competence required to play and provides competition for all levels (at inter-school, intra-school and County level) whilst being flexible enough to allow all students to achieve some success.
In Key Stage 4, all students continue to receive lessons of core PE. It is important to us that we continue to develop healthy attitudes to lifelong physical activity and its benefits. We hope to increase student’s physical literacy to a level where they are confident to tackle any challenges posed to them both on and off a court or pitch.
Additionally, at KS4 students can opt for one of our exam based courses. The exam courses develop the students’ understanding of how the body works, how to plan fitness programmes, the role of technology in sport and physical activity, and the role of the mind in performance. The GCSE PE course also examines the social and cultural impact of PE and Sport within this country and all courses have some element of practical performance which is assessed. The students will learn to embed physical activity habits and make lifestyle choices that prepare them for further learning. They will learn to manage pressure, training and their mental health in readiness for life after school.
Communication and Community
PE is uniquely placed to provide a wide range of communication skills. Not only does PE use technical sporting language, it encourages students to clearly and concisely express themselves verbally whilst actively listening. PE also requires staff and students to communicate using non-verbal methods such as body language, the modelling of techniques and through demonstration.
A huge proportion of our students play in an admirably wide range of competitions – we host many competitions, employ visiting coaches and remain a central hub for much of the sport that goes on in North Tyneside. A large body of students contribute significantly to our revered extra-curricular and academy programmes and staff promote personalised exit routes to many of our sporting partners that exist beyond school. We have many successful professional, semi-professional and avid sportspeople in our John Spence alumni.