Amendments due the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic

To ensure we minimise the risk of COVID19 virus transmission in our school community we have decided to adapt our curriculum for the foreseeable future in the following ways: 

  • Planned sport specific content has changed to ensure that the necessary resources and equipment can be used only within class bubbles or only after thorough cleaning between uses 
  • In secondary we have temporarily removed all sports involving physical contact from the curriculum and will initially focus on general whole-body fitness and strengthening 
  • We are minimising the use of pupil changing rooms by allowing some pupils to arrive in PE kit for lessons during period one or two and allowing pupils to leave in PE kit if they have PE or a sport enrichment for their last period. Primary continue to wear PE kit the whole day on any day they have PE 
  • All Extra-curricular activities or sports fixtures after school are also temporarily halted to ensure we can run the school effectively and keep bubbles separate 
  • All changes are under constant review inline with the latest government guidance 

Below you will find our usual intent, implementation and impact of our PE curriculum (pre and post COVID19).  

Intent: why do we teach what we teach?

  • Physical Education is a part of the pupil experience and journey through KSA with pupils in EYFS up to KS4 take part in PE lessons. KSA exposes pupils to a wide range of sports during lessons but also provides an after-school programme which allows pupils to further develop skills and competitions where pupils can test their development against peers in other schools.  
  • Every pupil will learn basic motor skills, sports related skills and will develop a better understanding of the fitness elements that lead to better physical performances and more importantly a better understanding of what a healthy lifestyle should entail.  
  • The skills learnt and positive effects of Physical Education and physical activity or sports are invaluable. Pupils can develop many of the skills favoured by universities or employers such as resilience, teamwork, communication, self-reflection as well as contribute to reducing a range of stress and depression related disorders.  
  • We aim to introduce a GCSE qualification at the start of the 2022 to 2023 academic year (when we have our full 90 plus cohorts coming through to KS4) which will highlight the success of our physical education lessons. Pupils who do select GCSE PE, will be required to learn in greater depth about the human body and the effects of sport and exercise at Macro and micro levels. Foundational knowledge which will provide them with opportunities to access further education at university and beyond if desired.  
  • The core concepts being explored and taught will focus around health and fitness, how the two topics are linked and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle as we feel this is the most vital information that we can impart to our pupils. Pupils will learn about the different systems which can be affected by physical activity such as the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the musculoskeletal system, short and long-term physical, social and psychological effects of sports and exercise and how each of these things are affected through sports and exercise. The curriculum will ensure that the maximum physical activity and tactile learning happens at KS1 and KS2 with small elements of theory included and then as pupils move through their KSA journey increasing amounts of theory elements will be introduced and by year 9 all pupils should be equipped with knowledge and tools they can use to maintain active and healthy lifestyles for their future lives. In KS4 there will be the option to keep studying physical education or there will be a core-PE lesson where pupils will still engage in team sports. 

Implementation: how do we teach what we teach?

EYFS focus is on mastering basic movements such as running, jumping and balancing. 

KS1 focuses on developing the basic skills and movements learnt in EYFS 

KS2 – Years 3 and 4 will continue to focus on developing motor skills, coordination and movement and will be more sport specific  

The topics that are studied from Year 5 onwards are based on core practical GCSE topics and skills that are taught will be revisited and developed as pupils get older.  

  • In the physical education department, we are aiming for 2 specialist teachers to lead teaching of PE across a range of the phases between EYFS to KS4. These teachers will have higher education qualifications and experience in the field of teaching pupils at all age groups. Where provision isn’t led by a PE specialist, curriculums have been designed to reflect this.  
  • All pupils, including those with physical impairments and SEND will study and take part in physical education lessons. Lessons will be adjusted in order to ensure all pupils can access the outcomes and feel successful. At current our more vulnerable pupils have a separate lesson in a much smaller group where they can receive more in-depth feedback and get more 1-to-1 time with their teacher. For pupils who have more serious impairments, the PE department will be in contact with the occupational therapist or other external professional to ensure that the PE department can support the pupils needs. 
  • The current curriculum is being adjusted to meet the requirements of the new GCSE specifications, which is currently 70% theory (including a report worth 10% on the physical activities conducted) and 30% physical activity where pupils are assessed in 3 different sports of their choosing. We will gradually implement theory knowledge into physical lessons. This is being overseen by the head of department and rolled out in a sensible manner across the different year groups.  
  • There are current works happening to ensure that all pupils have adequate access to appropriate resources to develop their physical skills and knowledge. The extra-curricular programme is one such aspect of the KSA system in which pupils can access extra sports. We are looking into morning and lunch-time clubs to add to this.  

Curriculum Routines 

A typical Physical Education lesson at KSA is objective led and builds on motor and fine motor skills in Primary. In Secondary the focus is on skill development and game play. Vocabulary and grammar are recapped on a regular basis to support their learning. 

Across the school a lesson might look like this:  

Extra-curricular activities 

Students can choose to participate in clubs after school. In a regular year we offer the following; 

  • Football 
  • Girls football 
  • Basketball 
  • Cricket 
  • Martial arts 
  • Badminton 
  • Table tennis 
  • Representing the School 

Pupils are offered many opportunities to show us that they are keen to and able to represent the school at fixtures and events throughout the year. We compete in all Westminster events and some Ark events throughout the year. We currently have KSA football and basketball teams in each year group and are working towards having a netball and cricket team.  

Impact: how do we know what pupils have learnt and how well they have learnt it?

  • The primary curriculum will focus on pupils developing gross and fine motor skills and where possible maintaining at least an average level of fitness according to national averages. Outcomes will be observed, recorded and reviewed which will allow for adjustments to be made where necessary. AFL will happen on a lesson by lesson basis through teacher observation and through formative assessments at the end of half-term/terms through competitions and or conditional games which allow pupils to demonstrate skills.  
  • We are in the process of implementing a termly assessment grid, across KS3 which can be used to further inform planning and curriculum. Once refined this will roll out to all other key stages and will create a consistent feedback system which will be used to ensure the curriculum is suitable and pupils are getting the maximum benefit from their physical education lessons. 
  • We are in the planning phase for a KS4 GCSE curriculum. This will allow us to accurately assess pupil progress against standardised national curriculum measures.