Physical Education Curriculum Overview 

“The most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”  Pierre De Coubertin

Being part of the Academy Transformation Trust family, we ensure our curriculum is ambitious and enjoyable through knowledge and skills developed throughout their time at Bristnall Hall. It is inclusive and knowledge rich and it is broad in terms of coverage and (at least) encompassing the breadth of the 2014 English National Curriculum. We ensure it meets the needs of our students and helps to develop character, personal pride and the highest moral standards. 

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all learners to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for learners to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities builds character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

At our Academy, learners will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stage 2, to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities.  

They will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity. 

Key stage 3 Learners take part in a practical curriculum across four lessons per fortnight and will develop their performance through adapting and refining skills in practice and game situations.  

In lessons they are encouraged to use imaginative ways to express and communicate ideas, solve problems and overcome challenges by exploring and experimenting with techniques, tactics and compositional ideas to produce efficient and effective outcomes. 

Healthy, active lifestyles are promoted by developing students understanding that physical activity contributes to the healthy functioning of the body and mind and is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.  

 Learners will also undertake different roles such as coach, official and performer. They will learn how to observe and analyse their peers and give feedback on performance. They plan and implement what needs practising to be more effective in performance for themselves and others.   

The knowledge areas above are learnt through the teaching of the following activities: 

  • Invasion games (netball, basketball, handball, football and rugby)
  • Net / wall (Table tennis, volleyball and badminton)
  • Striking and fielding games (rounders and cricket)
  • Health related exercise
  • Athletics
  • Floor gymnastics and trampolining 

All learners are also encouraged to take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links and sports clubs. 

Key Stage 4 –   Learners will receive three lessons per fortnight and follow a set pathway within key stage four to either: 

Gain an additional qualification in OCR Cambridge National Award in Sport Studies, 


BTEC Level 2 Technical Award in Performing Arts- Dance Pathway 


Take part in core PE lessons to promote healthy active lifestyles.   


OCR Cambridge National Award in Sport Studies  – Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. 

The Cambridge National in Sport Studies take a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core Physical Education themes. Learners have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance.  

They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry. 

Across the two years’ learners will study three centre assessed units which are moderated by OCR and prepare for a one hour externally marked examination unit. 

BTEC Level 2 Technical Award in Performing Arts- Dance Pathway 

This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, 

  • development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli 
  • process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance 
  • attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication 
  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector suchas roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles. 


Spiritual Development in Physical Education
Physical Education has the ability to instill in learners a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Learners should be consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning, and showcase a willingness to reflect on their own and others experiences. 

Moral Development in Physical Education
PE in general teaches students about code of conduct, etiquette, fair play, unwritten rules and sportsmanship. Learners should abide by the rules and regulations, gaining a good understanding of rules of sport and the importance of infringements such as penalties and red cards allow students to understand the consequences of their actions which in turn helps learners apply this understanding to their own lives.
Learners should be taught that the only way you can achieve in sport to a high standard is if you work hard and if you can discipline yourself to train and apply yourself. 

Social Development in Physical Education
Learners in PE can use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with learners from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. An interest in and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels. Also learners can develop their friendship and social mixing through involvement in inter, intra school competition and extra-curricular clubs. 

Cultural Development in Physical Education
The PE department encourages a willingness to participate in sporting opportunities that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities. 

Individual Liberty 

Within our lessons learners are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have a growth mind-set that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it. Leadership is another area that we look to develop within our learners so they feel empowered to make their own decisions and make the right choices. 


Within all lessons learners get the opportunity to have their opinions heard amongst their peers when discussing topics and current issues and tactics. They are encouraged to allow everyone the opportunity to have their say. This is often seen through feedback and peer and self-analysis tasks within lessons. 

Mutual Respect 

Individuals are encouraged to make sensible and informed choices in lessons and to take ownership and leadership for this. They are encouraged to respect everyone’s abilities and performances during lessons and extra-curricular activities. 


Learners in PE are expected to use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with learners from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  They are also taught about respecting peoples differing level of abilities and also to respect the judgements made by officials during games. 

The Rule of Law 

A key part of Physical Education lessons is about teaching students about rules, sportsmanship, etiquette and fair play. In lessonlearners are taught to abide by the rules and regulations, gaining a good understanding of rules of each sport and the importance of infringements such as fouls, penalties, cautions and red cards allowing students to understand the consequences of their actions which in turn helps them apply this understanding to their own lives. 

 Cross Curricular links in PE 

In PE lessons all opportunities to incorporate literacy and numeracy are taken advantage of.  This can be in the form of developing the understanding of key words, developing oracy and listening skills to applying score systems, using data and mapping heart rate graphs.  

 Teaching Staff

  • Mr L Smith (Area Leader)
  • Mr E Browne 
  • Mrs K Haresign 
  • Mrs J Rose 
  • Mr J Smith 

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