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Colchester Academy

Physical Education

Here at Colchester Academy we promote the philosophy from Thomas Edison “Health is more than just learning”. We have used this to guide our curriculum to enable students to be lifelong participants of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, with the core focus on how physical activity fits in with this. We offer students a wide variety of sporting experiences to help engage the full spectrum of learners and their interests, to ensure that no child is left behind.  We do this by driving not only the skills that students need to be successful performers, but with the broad knowledge of how to be healthy so they understand the full impact sport has on their life. The setup of our PE curriculum will enable students to become resilient learners through learning and developing from their failures. Our high-quality teaching and progression through year groups inspires them to drive towards excellence, in both practical and other roles in PE and enable them to pursue this in extracurricular and out of school situations. 

 

Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 will work on a rotation system whereby they will spend one half term per topic. The timing on this will be different for each group to allow for spacing, but everyone will work on the same rotation so will complete the same elements during the year. We have set up our Key Stage 3 so students gain a breadth and depth of the PE curriculum, which will have elements of strength for all individuals. 

Curriculum Outline

Year 7 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Introduction into PE
  • Swimming strokes
Spring
  • Invasion games
  • Gymnastics
Summer
  • Athletics
  • Striking and fielding
Year 8 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Invasion games
  • Dance
Spring
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
Summer
  • Athletics
  • Striking and Fielding
Year 9 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Leadership
  • Swimming personal survival
Spring
  • Invasion games
  • Volleyball
Summer
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics/striking and fielding


Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4 core PE students will be given three different pathways that they would like to choose between. The three choices for Year 10 will be competitive, co-operative and Sports Leadership. The three choices for Year 11 will be competitive, co-operative and fitness. By allowing this choice, the emphasis is on students becoming lifelong learners and enhancing their resilience through likeminded individuals, which will enhance the enjoyment and participation of all students.

Competitive: Students who choose this pathway will be the type of students who enjoy the competitive element of physical education in a variety of sports. They will decide as a group which elements of the curriculum they want to focus on and for how long. Students in this pathway will show excellence in sports performance and learn how to become resilient learners

Co-operative: Students who choose this pathway will be the type of students who do not enjoy the competitive element and prefer to focus on PE for fun, taking a more relaxed route to ensure that they are engaged with practical elements of physical education.

Leadership: Students who choose this pathway will be working towards an official qualification that can be put on applications to Sixth Forms or Colleges. These students will want to work towards a leadership role within any sector, but specific elements will focus on leading activities and games relating to physical education. Students will show excellence in a range of communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, whilst building resilience taking accountability for themselves and others.

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