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Through providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced, physical education compliments and supplements the aims of Chaucer School.

The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate the students; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in a range of activities. Students will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, coaches and referees/umpires/officials. 

Lessons and schemes/units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the students. Expectations are high but realistic in terms of achievement, discipline, behaviour and dress. We aim to ensure the atmosphere of lessons is such that students gain confidence in physical activity in a safe environment where student success is positively reinforced. 

Students will regularly work in group situations. In many areas the emphasis is on engagement and effort, where students are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goals. In all situations, empathy is paramount with students expected to cater to the needs of their peers. Through performance of skills, both in specific practices and competitive situations, students will be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others. 

As students’ progress through the school they will be supported to develop a positive attitude to activity and healthy living, motivating them to adopt good active and healthy lifestyle habits for lifelong participation in physical activity, both within their school life and through leisure facilities, sports clubs and groups within the local community. As students enter Year 10 and 11 they are expected to take an active role in their physical education by choosing from various options and courses provided in the curriculum. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

The emphasis of PE in Key Stage 3 is on inspiring students to ‘be better than themselves’ in a wide range of sport and other physically demanding activities. Students are expected to develop their health, fitness and skills in a multitude of sports alongside qualities like teamwork, character and respect. This will help develop student’s confidence to love and pursue a lifetime of physical activity. 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content - PE

Physical Education remains a compulsory subject in Years 10 and 11 and all students have one hour PE curriculum time dedicated to Physical Education. The emphasis in KS4 is on participation and enjoyment to promote a prolonged interest in sport and physical activity. This is also used by many as a way of managing the stresses and pressures of examination study in other areas of school.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content - BTEC Sport

This course involves ongoing assessment over two years.  Regular written and practical assignments must be completed meeting certain grading criteria. Students can complete these using knowledge and notes gained through taught lessons. There is also one online exam paper. 

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Online Exam) - Know about the components of fitness and the principles of training, explore different fitness training methods, and investigate fitness testing to determine fitness levels. 

Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport - Understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports, practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports, be able to review sports performance. 

Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training - Design a personal training programme, know about the musculoskeletal system and cardio-respiratory system and the effects on the body during fitness training. 

Unit 5: Sports Performer in Action – Know about the short term responses and long term adaptations of the body systems to exercise. In addition, know about the different energy systems used during sports performance.