Physical Education

At Central Academy as part of our high quality, physical education provision, students will develop their character, leadership skills and be given opportunities to show creative flair. The PE curriculum will support and improve students’ physical and mental well-being as it prepares students for a life of health-enhancing physical activity. Throughout their time at the Academy students will; develop confidence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and be encouraged to lead healthy, active lives.

We will encourage our students to:

  • Succeed in acquiring the skills, knowledge and understanding sufficiently to perform successfully in a range of sporting activities;
  • Engage in the learning of transferable leadership skills and achieve an award or qualification for doing so;
  • Develop their decision-making and problem-solving capacities;
  • Know how to use physical activity to enhance their physical and mental well-being so that being active forms part of their life-long identity;
  • Develop the confidence to perform under pressure;
  • Increase their self-confidence and their ability to trust in others;
  • Develop their empathy for others;
  • Understand (and be given the chance to explore) issues relating to body image and body confidence at appropriate stages of their PE experience.

In addition to their curriculum lessons all students will be encouraged to take part in a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities. From these clubs students will also have the opportunity to be selected to take part in competitive sporting fixtures at both City, County and National levels.

Sporting clubs offered throughout the year include Football, Rugby, Badminton, Netball, Cross Country running, Trampolining, Fitness, Climbing, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, and Tennis.  

Students will 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 will be given opportunities to take part in increasingly challenging and competitive situations through which they will be able to:

  • demonstrate a high level of practical skills, tactical understanding and decision-making;
  • create and choreograph routines in aesthetic activities;
  • devise tactics and set plays in modified games;
  • apply a detailed knowledge of rules and regulations.

Students must also advance their ability to evaluate skills, allowing them to identify personal strengths and areas for development. Students are assessed in individual sports with their most successful activities forming their working at grade. 

Activities currently offered on the KS3 curriculum include:

Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Basketball, Orienteering and problem solving, Fitness, Trampolining, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders and Tennis

Core PE

All students will take part in two lessons of core PE which will continue to offer a range of sports and activities as well as include elements of choice where appropriate that enable students to deepen learning and select activities relevant to their identity with physical activity.

Lessons will progressively increase the use of performance analysis, enabling students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of both technical and tactical aspects of performance.

These would typically be achieved through a range of sports and activities to give students the opportunity to further develop their learning from Key Stage 3. Students will be taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal 
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

BTEC Sport

Students can choose PE as one of their qualifications to study at Key Stage 4. They will study the BTEC First Award in Sport which is comprised of four units over a two year period. Unit 1 is the externally examined component of the qualification. The other three units are coursework based. BTEC Firsts in Sport can help students take their first steps towards a career or further study in physical education sport and fitness. They will learn essential skills such as training for personal fitness, developing sports performance, and anatomy and physiology. Units covered are:

  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action
  • Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness

BTEC Sport Level 3

In Sixth Form students have the opportunity to study BTEC Sport Level 3 National Extended Certificate.  To achieve this students must satisfactorily complete a total of four units, three of which are mandatory. The units will be taught over the course of two years.

In the mandatory units students are assessed through external means in the form of one exam and one externally set and marked activity. The remaining units are assessed and graded through internal assessment.  Assessment tasks include activities such as reports, presentations, interviews, discussions, experiments, practical demonstrations and visual display materials such as leaflets and posters. On average there are three assessments per unit of work.

The following units are mandatory and will be studied by all students, with the first two being externally assessed as described above:-

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry

The optional unit will be either:-

  • Sports Leadership
  • Practical Sports Performance

A Level Physical Education

Students can also study A Level Physical Education, This course is assessed through two written exams together contributing to 70% of the final grade. The other 30% is practical coursework where students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one sporting activity, plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

Subject Content:

1. Applied anatomy and physiology

2. Skill acquisition

3. Sport and society

4. Exercise physiology

5. Biomechanical movement

6. Sport psychology

7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Students will learn by sharing experiences, observations and ideas; also by participating to the full in the classroom, on the playing field and during independent study. They will learn in many ways, for example in simple group exercises and also in complex activities involving sophisticated technology and equipment at university sports laboratories. This course teaches you to apply scientific principles across a range of activities and environments.

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