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The PE curriculum provides pupils with an explicit understanding of all that encompasses Physical Education. The curriculum inspires all pupils to participate in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities and is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time to develop and stimulate the pupils physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

Through participation in a wide range of sports and activities, pupils are encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, leaders and referees/umpires/officials, so that they grow in confidence and character and embrace the values of teamwork, fairness and respect. The department’s overall aim is to instil an understanding of the value of physical activity and to promote healthy active lifestyles in our pupils, now and in the future.

KS3 - Physical Education

Pupils explore and expand the skills of physical development to become more competent and confident in their performances across different sports and physical activities, including Badminton, Netball, Gymnastics, Football, Rugby, Handball, Basketball, Fitness, Orienteering, Athletics and Strike and Field Activities.

They develop their range and quality of techniques and skills, they improve and enrich their understanding of tactics, strategies and compositional elements to overcome physical challenges, they foster their analysis skills of what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work to show improvements and they are encouraged to problem-solve intellectual challenges as individuals and as part of a team.

Pupils also develop their confidence and interest in becoming involved in exercise, sports, and activities in and out of school (and in later life) and how to understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

KS4 – Core Physical Education

Pupils embed the skills of physical development to become expert in their performances across different sports and physical activities, including Badminton, Netball, Football, Rugby, Fitness, Athletics and Strike and Field Activities.

Pupils tackle complex and demanding physical experiences which continue to enhance their range and quality of physical skills, their application of tactics, strategies and compositional elements, their analysis skills and develop their personal fitness whilst promoting an understanding of an active, healthy lifestyle.

KS4 – GCSE Physical Education

Pupils follow the OCR GCSE Physical Education specification, which focuses on three different components of Physical Education to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to be successful in leading a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Pupils develop their performance skills and tactical/compositional knowledge and application required for success in both team and individual activities.

They develop their ability to collect and use data and build on their performance analysis skills to critically evaluate a performer’s strengths and weaknesses and offer a detailed action plan to develop and improve performance of others.

Alongside this, pupils will also discuss and explore the physiological structures and functions of the body systems, the key elements of physical fitness and how to optimise training, the socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, the psychological factors affecting performance in sport and the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness, and wellbeing.

Personal Development Opportunities

At Ribblesdale, we encourage pupils to participate in extra-curricular clubs and competitive representation of teams, to develop their skills and performance levels in a variety of sports and activities which enhance their mental and physical wellbeing.

Also, KS4 pupils are encouraged to apply to join our Sports Leader team, to assist with leading and developing small activities and school clubs and officiating with school tournaments and district events.

Details of the following content for the subject of Sport can be viewed below: