Curriculum Information

Subject rationale – Why study the subject? What benefits does it bring?

‘Sana mens in corpore sano: a healthy mind in a healthy body.’

Our subject reminds us that we are both intellectual and physical beings, held in balance. Our KS3 PE curriculum embodies the concept of creating a healthy mind in a healthy body; enabling students to develop a physical literacy in a range of activities, whilst also contributing to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

It is our intention that students’ learning spans across three key strands: Head (Knowledge & Analysis), Hands (Physical & Technical) and Heart (Social & Emotional). As well as participating in sport, students gain lifelong and transferable skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect and resilience, which will support them across their subject curriculum and in life.

Our curriculum makes a vital contribution to the whole school ethos of the importance of life-long learning. We offer extensive extra-curricular provision which students are encouraged to attend. Here, they consolidate the skills they have learnt in lessons and are signposted to local clubs/teams to encourage lifelong participation in PE/Sport.

Through our curriculum, students have the opportunity to become experts in sport. However, there is an appreciation that some students will never master advanced skills and techniques, but through an embedded mind-set they will have an appreciation of the health and wellbeing benefits of participation in sport.

In summary, we hope to create educated persons who have a habitually positive approach towards sport and physical activity. Such an approach will undoubtedly contribute to their flourishing in many aspects of life.


KS3 curriculum overview (Year 7, 8 & 9)

At KS3, students are offered the following opportunities that are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject.

  • Invasion Games (e.g. Netball, Football, Basketball, Tchoukball, Handball)
  • Swimming & Water Safety
  • Net/Wall Games (e.g. Volleyball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton)
  • Striking/Fielding Games (e.g. Rounders, Cricket)
  • Health & Fitness (e.g. Fitness, HIIT, Boxercise)
  • Creative Movement (e.g. Gymnastics, Dance)
  • Dramatic & Dance Studies

The start of Year 7 begins with an ABC block. The purpose of this block is to provide students with a snapshot of what to expect during their studies at KS3/Year 7 and to ensure that students are placed in appropriate groups. Following this block, students are taught through and assessed within three different areas of the curriculum (Head, Hands & Heart). Each block of work is approximately four weeks long, with the exception of Swimming & Water Safety which is approximately eight weeks long. In Year 7, the focus primarily in lessons is on each student’s understanding of the Rules & Regulations associated within each Sport/activity. In Year 8, students continue to progress through the use of ‘Head, Hands & Heart’, but use their new found knowledge of each Sport/activity to develop their understanding of the associated Skills & Techniques needed to be successful. In Year 9, the curriculum offer is refined to reflect possible KS4 PE Pathway options/choices. Students can expect to spend longer focusing on a particular Sport/activity, to ensure that the knowledge and understanding gained in Year 7/8 is used to develop the use of Tactics. All students in Key Stage 3 are assessed at the end of each term (AUT, SPR & SUM) and feedback is provided to them by their class teacher. Year 9 students also benefit from an additional internal assessment (1/2 termly), which records ‘Hands’ data based on each students performance in each Sport/activity.


KS4 curriculum overview (Year 10 & 11)

In Year 10 & 11, students have the opportunity to choose between two GCSE options choices/pathways as accredited courses to study in PE at KS4 - GCSE PE and the BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Sport.AOA letter logo design on white background. AOA creative initials letter  logo concept. AOA letter design. 7198198 Vector Art at Vecteezy

In core Key Stage 4 PE lessons, students can opt for one of three different pathways; Performance (GCSE and BTEC Sport students), Participation and Fitness. Students can alternate which pathway(s) they wish to follow each term and are guided to engage in activities that will help to encourage and motivate lifelong participation in PE/Sport. Internal assessment based on ‘Attitude, Organisation & Application’ is captured for each student to ensure that the pathway(s) selected are the most appropriate.


Assessment Overview (GCSE PE, BTEC Sport)

Assessment on the accredited courses are in line with the exam board policies and procedures related to each specification. For further information please use the available links (below).


KS5 curriculum overview (Year 12 & 13)

In Year 12 & 13, students have the opportunity to choose between two A-Level options choices/pathways as accredited courses to study in PE at KS5 - A Level PE and the OCR Cambridge Technical Award in Sport (Single). Enrichment activities are also available for Year 12 students to get involved with. Each week, students have the opportunity to use our facilities to take part in a variety of Sports/activities to continue to promote lifelong participation in PE/Sport.


Assessment Overview (A Level PE, OCR Cambridge Technical in Sport)

Assessment on the accredited courses are in line with the exam board policies and procedures related to each specification. For further information please use the available links (below).


Extra-curricular & revision guidance

All students are encouraged to attend the extensive range of extra-curricular clubs that are run by the PE Department every day before and after school. These clubs serve to supplement the curriculum and develop each student’s skills further across a wide range of Sports/activities. The school also enters teams into local and regional leagues/cup competitions to encourage sporting achievement(s). The school is also proudly part of the School Games Programme, which provides further opportunity for students to participate and compete in Sport.

The PE Department also run regular trips, visits and events to enrich each students’ experience of PE. These trips include – KS3 Football Development Tours to Europe, Ski Trips to Italy and taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award. Students even have the opportunity to be a part of the Ball Crew Team for the Birmingham Classic, an International Women’s Tennis Tournament that takes place at the Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham each year.

For a window into what our PE Extra-Curricular response looks like, please take a look at our Twitter - @BCPEDepartment

Due to the varying content of the accredited courses available at Key Stage 4 & 5, revision support and guidance is bespoke and students/parents/carers should contact the course leads for further information.

Ms S. Ellis (GCSE PE) –

Mr D. Wilson (BTEC Sport) –

Ms R. Hampson (A Level PE) –

Ms E. Shirley (OCR Sport) –

Mr G. Noone (Head of Department, PE) –

Career opportunities

Students are encouraged to consider the various career opportunities in the sport and leisure sector through their lessons and the available accredited courses at KS4 & KS5. Frequent discussions and knowledge development take place regarding how our bodies work during sport and reference to careers in science, medicine and physiotherapy are frequently referred to and explained to students.

At KS3, KS4 & KS5, students regularly take on leadership roles in PE that help to support their development in communication and teamwork, which prepare them for roles in coaching, management and teaching.

The department engage regularly with external agencies and world class athletes to broaden student experiences and understanding of careers as well as routes into excellence in Sport.

For any further queries and/or questions relating to the PE curriculum, please contact:

Mr D. Wilson (KS3 & KS4 Manager & Head of Boys PE)

Mr G. Noone (Head of Department, PE)

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