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P.E. Intent Statement

Our intention, as a Physical Education department, is to educate and inspire students through sport and exercise. We aim for students to harbour a lifelong appreciation of the physical, mental and social benefits to sport. We do this through a broad and balanced curriculum, which focusses on progress, high activity levels, and engagement.

As a department, we offer students a varied and engaging curriculum. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in a plethora of sports and activities, ranging from netball, rugby and handball, to gymnastics, dance and OAA. We firmly believe that we have a responsibility to shine a light on an array of sports and activities, with the hope that students find a sport that they enjoy and want to participate in outside of school, as well as into later life.

We are fortunate to have an experienced and knowledgeable group of Physical Education teachers. While each teacher has an excellent breadth of knowledge, it is the specific areas of strengths each possess that really helps in providing students with the most cutting edge and up to date teaching.

Our curriculum is best categorised into three areas; Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 (Core PE) and Examination PE (GCSE PE and BTEC Sport).

At Key Stage 3 our aim is to deliver a well sequenced, broad, and balanced curriculum. By the time students finish Key Stage 3, for all of the sports and activities learnt, they will have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to successfully take part in a full context game/performance. As laid-out in our curriculum maps, students will have followed a curriculum where there is overlap, from year to year, in the teaching of the core skills that are needed to be a successful performer in the sport/activity. Students rotate sports and activities throughout the year and the programme of study mirrors the extracurricular offer. This ensures that the sports students are learning in lessons aligns with the sports they are competing in against other schools. Units of work typically last seven lessons, and students are assessed at the end of each unit.

During Key Stage 4 (Core PE), students continue to have two hours of Physical Education per week, and the curriculum focuses on lessons being highly active and engaging. Through the completion of KS3, we expect students to have an excellent knowledge of the technical and tactical demands, as well as the rules and regulations, to a variety of sport. We focus on developing students’ tactical knowledge at Key Stage 4, which is typically established through gameplay. We understand the role Physical Education plays in keeping students both physically and mentally healthy, hence why we tailor the curriculum at Key Stage 4 to really suit the interests of our students.

Students can opt for Examination PE at the end of year 9. Students study either GCSE PE or BTEC First in Sport in year 10 and 11. The two courses allow us to accurately sign post students to the course that most suits them as a learner. Both courses also give students an excellent knowledge base if they choose to go on and study Physical Education at post 16. Examination PE is a popular options choice, with typically a quarter of the year group opting to study one of the two courses.

Students benefit from an extensive extracurricular offer which is open to all students, irrespective of their ability. While we provide high level competition through inter school competitions, all students at Key Stage 3 will compete in intra school competitions during the school year.


KS3 and KS4 PE Curriculum Maps

Click below in 'Related Documents' to view curriculum maps.

APS PE Curriculum Map KS3 & KS4 (292KB)

Curriculum Map which includes Unit of Work, Knowledge and Skills and Assessment broken down into Terms.

Covid-19 adaption to Curriculum

Within the academic year 2020-2021 and the re-opening of schools curriculum areas have made adaptions to their offer due to the different working and learning conditions.  Below are the curriculum plans in light of being Covid-19 safe and working within our C-19 safety requirements.


Exercise videos and additional material have been put together. You can access this by clicking the link below. This will be updated regularly. You may need to enter your Office365 email address and password to access these.

Exercise videos and additional material


C-19 PE Curriculum Planning - T5&6 2021 (159KB)

Curriculum plan for term 5 and 6 in response to C-19 and return to school

C-19 PE Curriculum Planning - T3&4 2021 (166KB)

Curriculum plan for term 3 and 4 in response to C-19 and return to school