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Physical Education

At Three Rivers Academy we provide a PE curriculum that aims to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in ways which support their health and fitness, and also to develop their resilience and character through the values of respect and fair play.

Aims of the PE National Curriculum

  • Students to develop competence to excel in a range of sports.
  • For students to be physically active for sustained periods of time.
  • For students to engage in competitive sport and activities.
  • For students to lead healthy, active lives.

Key Stage 3

Pupils will be taught to embed and build on physical development and skills learned in KS2, to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and be able to apply them across different sports. Students should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. The PE Department will aim to inspire the students to develop their confidence to get involved in exercise, sports and activities both within school and outside of school to develop a life-long interest and understanding of the long term benefits of physical activity.

Students will be taught:-

  • A range of tactics, strategies to overcome opponents through team and individual games (e.g. badminton, cricket, football, rugby, netball, tennis, rounders).
  • Develop technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (e.g. athletics).
  • Perform dance using advanced techniques within a range of dance styles and forms.
  • Take part in activities that present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourages students to work as a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Take part in competitive sports outside of school through community link.

Key Stage 4

Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should be involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes and active, healthy lifestyle.

Students will be taught:-

  • To use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games (e.g. badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, rugby, tennis).
  • Develop technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports e.g. athletics.
  • Take part in activities that present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourages students to work as a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems.
  • Evaluate performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.
  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sport and activities outside of school through community links or sports clubs.

Students will also have the opportunity to choose either GCSE Dance and or a Level 2 Cambridge National vocational qualification in Sport as a Key Stage 4 option.

Key Stage 5

Students can further their knowledge and understanding of sport science by studying a Cambridge Technical in Sport. This level 3 vocational qualification is an A level equivalent and can equip students to further their education at University or seek employment in the sports industry.