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Milton Keynes
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PE and Sport

Why study Physical Education?

In Physical Education (PE) pupils develop knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills in a range of activities, such as games, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and dance. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams. They will have the chance to learn about the principles and practices which lead to good performance. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how that they can become involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.

A BTEC in Physical Education will help you towards further study in Physical Education or leisure and recreation or to a career within the sport and leisure industry. A BTEC in Physical Education perfectly adds to the all-round balance of subjects of every student.

Students who do not opt to pursue PE at BTEC level are given the opportunity to build on and extend their experiences from what is offered in Key Stage 3.


Aims / Objectives

Learning in physical education

promotes active lifestyles

Students are empowered to participate in physical activity and understand how this influences their own well-being and that of others. By demonstrating the benefits of an active life style, they encourage others to participate in sport, dance, exercise, recreation, and adventure pursuits.

Challenges thinking in a fun environment

Physical education engages and energises students. It provides authentic contexts in which to learn. Students challenge themselves to develop their physical and interpersonal skills. They experience movement and understand the role that it plays in their lives.

Students can contribute to the development of Physical Education programmes and choose their own level of participation. The resulting learning environment challenges their thinking and helps to promote an interest in lifelong leisure and recreational pursuits.

Builds movement competence and confidence

The skills taught in Physical Education improve students’ performance, sharpen their knowledge of strategy and tactics, and help them to transfer knowledge from one context to another, including sport and recreational and outdoor activities. The concept of challenge by choice enables appropriate learning at a level that builds confidence.

Develops teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Physical Education explicitly teaches the necessary knowledge and skills for working with and relating to others, and provides the learning opportunities to develop these skills.

It enables the development of leadership and teamwork skills and encourages students to transfer knowledge to other learning areas. It does this for example, by supporting students to work cooperatively in other subjects, or when working with groups in a leadership role in the school setting and in their lives outside of school in sports clubs or community groups.

Explores and develops decision-making and risk management

Physical Education provides a range of opportunities for students to challenge and extend themselves in an environment of managed risk.

Students step outside their comfort zone to take on new social, physical, and emotional challenges. Taking on challenges and assessing risk requires the exploration and development of decision-making skills.

Triggers thinking and action to create change

Physical Education teaches students to think critically about movement and movement contexts, for example, considering an issue from different points of view, identifying what is influencing the issue, and explaining how the influences are affecting the issue.

Learning to think critically encourages students to participate in social action for a fairer, more equitable, and just society by, for example, reducing barriers to participation.

Develops understandings about the social and cultural significance of movement

Physical Education teaches students to critically inquire into the social and cultural significance of movement, so that they can better understand what influences people to engage and participate in physical activity. They consider how participation in movement influences society by examining issues, such as:

  • Why youth culture is attuned to adrenalin sports and adventure racing.
  • Why people enjoy watching big events such as World Cup rugby.

Creates learning pathways

Physical Education provides a solid foundation for further studies relating to movement and the body, including the social and health sciences, recreation, and tourism. It provides a pathway into the many careers that involve and careers working with people, such as education, health, justice, and the social services.


Key Stage 3

Here at The Stephenson Academy we have utilised the modifications that have been made to the Physical Education National Curriculum over the past few years. We have created an interesting and diverse curriculum that suits all needs and interests of pupils entering KS3.

All students are put through a Fundamental scheme of work; this provides them with a basis of all the movement, balance, and co-ordination that are essential in every sport. Along with this, pupils are given the opportunity to take on many different roles in a wide variety of games activities, Outdoor Adventure Activities (OAA), and Health Related Fitness (Fitness).

Our Physical Education department strive to have pupils constantly aware of what levels they are achieving and know what needs to be done to improve that level. Pupils are assessed in a number of different strands that allow them to access levels and express their talent in a variety of different skills needed within Physical Education, not just simply as a performer.


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, pupils should have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding selected from the areas of experience, each of which has a different focus:

  • Sport - competitive focus
  • Gymnastics- artistic and aesthetic focus
  • exercise activities - non-competitive forms of exercise

At Key Stage 4, teaching content for most pupils is determined by the programme of study. However, the programme of study also determines the content of specifications at BTEC that are approved for use at Key Stage 4. Where pupils are entered for qualifications, teaching is planned in line with these specifications. We at The Stephenson Academy follow the Edexcel BTEC first in Sport Specification

You will study:

  • Linking physical activity with diet, work and rest for personal health and a balanced healthy lifestyle
  • Making informed decisions about getting involved in a lifetime of healthy physical activities that suit their needs

You will learn:

  • To improve your skills and technique in your chosen sports
  • To evaluate and improve performance
  • To become a referee, performer, coach or organiser in a chosen area of study
  • How the body works and how it responds to exercise
  • How society impacts on sport and vice versa

Enrichment Opportunities

Students are encouraged to attend sports clubs both in school and in the wider community.