Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education aims to provide an opportunity to practice character virtues in a physically challenging scenario, to then reflect and be able to make wise choices in other areas of school and life.

Course Description.

Physical Education is about much more than just ‘playing sport’. Physical Education is for everyone, whatever your interests and past experiences, we aim to inspire our pupils to be lifelong participants of physical activity whether this be recreationally or aiming towards elite level sport, as a performer or taking on other roles such as coach, official, analyst or volunteer.

Physical Education at the University of Birmingham School is taught through a wide variety of physical activities. We learn through themes, spanning from learning to appreciate how to respect ourselves and others, trusting our peers to support our personal progress, to being empathetic analysts. Physical Education aims to provide an opportunity to practice character virtues in a physically challenging scenario, to then reflect and be able to make wise choices in other areas of school and life.

Through Physical Education lessons, our pupils are encouraged to discover what they like to do, what their aptitudes are and how and where to get involved in physical activity beyond school, to help them make informed choices about lifelong participation and aspiration in the sporting world. Importantly, all pupils reflect on their learning and link their experiences within Physical Education to life, and their daily responsibilities as good citizens, within a diverse and ever challenging world. It is our aim to ensure that our entire school community enjoys being physically active.

Key Stage 3 core Physical Education is taught to pupils in years 7 – 9. Pupils at University of Birmingham School, are taught for a total of 5 hours per fortnight. Pupils rotate around facilities and broad variety of activity choices to gain a fully comprehensive and inspiring Physical Education experience. Throughout this journey, pupils will learn the importance of being active through 5 key curriculum strands; skill acquisition, leadership, analysis, health and fitness.

Physical Education at University of Birmingham School is in part about skill acquisition, encouraging young people to learn new skills, be confident in applying these skills in competitive scenarios and reflect tactically on skill choice and encourage creative development. Young people are encouraged to consider the theoretical reasons for physical activity through fitness and health focus. Pupils learn about the benefits of physical activity on mental, physical and social well-being, how to participate with confidence and safety and overcoming the barriers we may face to achieve this. Pupils learn about how to improve performance of our body, by learning how to train our cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems to peak performance, all whilst managing injury, fatigue and overtraining.

In year 9, pupils can select a route to follow within their single lessons; Sports Leadership in conjunction with Sports leaders UK Level 1 accredited scheme or a performance pathway to learn and apply more complex and advanced skills. The curriculum is designed to both inspire lifelong participation in physical activity as well as equip young people with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in sport and move into examination Physical Education in Key Stage 4 and beyond.

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