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Physical Education

PE Department Intent

At Lathom, our aims in the PE department are to ensure that at both key stages all students:

  • 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.

The Physical Education Curriculum 

In both key stages students will be taught a range of activities.  In all activities, students will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work.  They will develop their 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.  The activities undertaken will develop their personal fitness and promote a healthy active lifestyle.  In all aspects of teaching across both key stages, learning will be embedded consistently by all teachers using the following pedagogy:

  • Provide clear learning objectives and success criteria
  • Use activities appropriate for the teaching group
  • Provide clear instruction for students
  • Build in opportunities for students to respond
  • Provide meaningful feedback
  • Periodically check if students have progressed by using appropriate assessment strategies.

Key Stage 3

Students build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2. They all receive two hours of physical education per week and are taught in mixed ability groups.  Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure.  Students develop a range of tactics and strategies to outwit opponents in both team and individual games such as handball, netball, badminton and cricket.  They develop their technique and performance in other competitive sports such as athletics and gymnastics.  Students perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles.  They take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present both intellectual and physical challenges.  Students analyse their performances compared to previous ones and show improvement to achieve their personal best.  They are encouraged to take part in competitive sports and activities outside of school through community links or sports clubs.

Key Stage 4

Students tackle complex and demanding physical activities.  They get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle.  Students are taught to use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games such as badminton, football, and tennis.  They continue to be given the opportunity to regularly take part in competitive sports and activities outside of school through community links or sports clubs.

Enrichment Opportunities

Athletics Club 
Rounders Club
Dance Club 
Netball Club
Football Club 
Badminton Club 
Handball Club 
Trampolining Club 
Fitness Suite
GCSE Rock Climbing Trip 

How to Support your Child’s Learning

Ensure your child always brings PE kit to lessons.  In KS4, support your child with homework.  Encourage your child to stay physically active to maintain a good level of fitness.

Where to go

Anfield Stadium Tour
National Football Museum (Manchester)
Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground
HSBC National Cycling Centre 
Chill Factore
Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour
Manchester City Museum and Stadium Tour
Haigh Woodland Park
Edge Hill Park Run

What to watch

Lance - On BBC iplayer, Lance is a fascinating, revealing, comprehensive chronicle of one of the most inspirational – and then infamous – athletes of all time.
I am BoltOn Amazon Prime, Usain Bolt is a globally adored icon. His is a man who defines athletics, transcends sport, and embodies his homeland.  He has become a symbol of inspiration for generations now and to come.
Jessica Ennis Hill: A coach’s story - On BBC iplayer, it is a documentary going behind the scenes of Jessica Ennis-Hill's bid to defend her heptathlon title at the Rio 2016 Olympics, seen through the eyes of her coach Toni Minichiello.
Cheer - A Netflix series, which follows the ups and downs of Navarro College's competitive cheer squad as they work to win a coveted national title.

What to read

Sportopedia – Adam Skinner 
You are a champion – Marcus Rashford 
Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win – Rachel Ignotofsky
Ultimate Football Heroes – Tom and Matt Oldfield


Future Careers

Fitness Instructor 
Professional Sportsperson
Personal Trainer
PE Teacher 
Sport Scientist
Sports Coach 
Sport Events Manager
Outdoor Activities Instructor
Play Therapist 
Sport Psychologist
Sport Agent 
Leisure Centre Manager
Sport Development Officer

Curriculum Overview - KS3 and KS4 PE






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