The King's (The Cathedral) School




Principles of the Physical Education curriculum

Pupil wellbeing is at the heart of our curriculum: creating a caring, encouraging and ‘mindful’ learning environment where expectations are high, lessons are structured and pupils thrive, respect and care for one another, respond to challenge, take risks and receive praise.

We provide a broad and balanced, well-planned Physical Education curriculum, which gives pupils experience of a variety of sports and physical activities.

At Key Stage 2 the pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills (running, throwing, catching, kicking, striking) in a variety of competitive games and other activities (including swimming), learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.

At Key Stage 3 the pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned and become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They will also develop their analytical and evaluating skills

At Key Stage 4 the pupils tackle increasingly complex and demanding physical activities. They get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle. Pupils will be encouraged to develop other roles, such as coaching and officiating.

We value greatly the extra-curricular sport and activities programme; we offer a broad range of activities and encourage all students to participate fully. We feel that this plays an essential part in developing self-confidence, teamwork and leadership qualities.

GCSE Physical Education provides pupils with an improved knowledge and understanding of how to effectively live an active and healthy lifestyle, while also developing and enhancing their physical performance.

A-Level Physical Education offers a full introduction to the world of PE, sport and Sports Science, providing a strong base from which to move on to higher education, employment or further training. Pupils will learn how Physical Education affects and contributes to society and also how to apply their knowledge from this course to any number of different practical situations or career choices.