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At Blackfriars Academy we aim to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum to inspire all pupils to succeed and enjoy sport and other physically-demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and personal progress.

By providing opportunities to compete in sport and other activities we aim to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Aims

The National Curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy,active lives.

Key stage 3

Pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across a range of different sports and physical activities. Through their lessons pupils should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should 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.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis boccia table cricket]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics, gymnastics boxing and health/fitness]
  • perform dances using dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

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Key Stage 4

Pupils are encouraged to tackle more complex and demanding physical activities. They have the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports,[for example, athletics and gymnastics], or other physical activities [for example, dance]
  • take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Blackfriars Academy is a member of the North Staffs Special School Sports Association, which enables the school to compete in numerous sports and activities from Football to Fishing, allowing the children to have fun, get out and about, meet other young people and experience the thrill of competition.

The PE team at Blackfriars endeavors to deliver lessons that are inclusive, fun and enjoyable for all.

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