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The Physical Education department are passionate in our belief that sport and physical activity are of enormous benefit to the overall well- being of students at the Howard school. We believe that sport allows students to apply themselves practically to physical and mental challenges, developing self confidence and belief in their abilities. We want to develop resilient learners, who accept challenge and strive to improve. The curriculum is planned carefully to allow students in all key stages to experience a variety of different activities to develop well rounded young people, who have opportunities to continue their interest throughout their lives. We want the students to understand social, physical and mental health and how sport and exercise can contribute to all of these areas. We want them to make informed decisions as well as being able to work as a team or as an individual.


Students are expected to arrive punctually, be well organized and bring suitable kit and equipment to each lesson. They are expected to try hard to achieve their own individual potential and to work as part of a team. They are expected to try different roles within activities and develop skills that cross different activities. A high standard of behavior is expected from each and every student, and we run an inclusive policy where students who cannot take part physically are included within the lesson. Our key values of respect, effort and empathy allow all students to succeed, regardless of ability. We provide numerous extra- curricular opportunities for students at the school and we hope that students take the opportunity to try new things.

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Mr Cooper Head of PE
Mr Green PE Teacher / Head of Year 9
Mr Flack PE Teacher
Mr Harman PE Teacher
Mr Harvey PE Teacher and SSCO
Mr Higgins PE Teacher
Mr Lane PE Teacher
Mr Loftus PE Teacher / Head of Year 11
Mr Murphy PE Teacher

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 classes are taught in two separate areas: PE and Games. Students have one 50- minute  lesson of PE and a double games lesson of 100 minutes. They will experience 12 different sports or physical activity over the course of an academic year (dependent on space available). Our focus is developing the key motor skills that each students will require as they move through the key stages, and the understanding of the rules, regulations and physical ability necessary for each activity.

PE lessons tend to be taught indoors and include activities such as health related fitness, badminton, table tennis and athletics. These tend to be more individually based activities and the focus is on finer, more complex movements. There are 6 activities that the students will complete over the course of the year, with approximately 6 lessons spent on each activity. The students will progress from basic skills and concepts in year 7 through to performance, skill refinement and competition into year 9. They will be assessed in their ability to perform and in their understanding of the concepts of physical education, including their understanding of health, fitness and exercise and how it affects their bodies.

Games lessons are generally outdoors and will include the larger motor movement games of Football, Rugby and Basketball. Teamwork and the ability to consider the abilities of others are a major part of the assessment criteria in these activities. Again, the students will participate in 6 different activities over the 6 terms and will have approximately 6 lessons of each activity. The understanding of rules and regulations is again assessed, as well as the student’s ability to physically perform the activity. Refinement of previously developed skills is a key concept in year 7, particularly in sports that the students have played at primary school, alongside the transfer of skills from sports that might have similar skill requirements. Performance and understanding of tactics and advanced techniques are key concepts as students enter year 9.

Key Stage 4

All students in key stage 4 receive a double games period per week of physical education. Again the students can expect at least 6 different sports or activities over the academic year. The focus in year 10 is the students understanding of their health and well- being and how sport and exercise can benefit them as they move through each stage of their lives. Activities in year 10 will include health related fitness and sports that they will have developed in key stage 3 but may also include activities which they will not have previously been taught. In year 11 students will focus on fitness and the maintenance of an active lifestyle once they have left school. Again they will be taught at least 5 different activities during the academic year.

Students with an interest in physical education can choose to study an academic qualification in key stage 4. Our students are taught the BTEC First Award in Sport and receive 3 lessons per week, a single period and a double period. While the students are not assessed in their physical performance, they will be expected to have an interest and have a good understanding of the rules and requirement of a number of different sports. Students will learn key concepts in sports psychology (the mind and how it affects performance), physiology (the body and how all the elements work together as exercise takes place) and fitness testing and performance. Students will sit an exam in one unit (fitness testing) and complete coursework as part of controlled assessment in the other units. They will be graded as either a pass, merit or distinction in each unit and the scores will be added together to form an overall grade.

Key Stage 5

Students wishing to continue their interest in physical education can do so with a course in the sixth form. They have the option of either the EDXCEL BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (equivalent to 3 A level choices) or the EDXCEL BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (equivalent to 2 A level choices). The course is designed to provide the students with a vocational understanding of the types of job that are available if they choose sport and exercise as a possible career path. Students will be assessed in three different ways: an examination in Anatomy and Physiology, a controlled assessment task for psychology and written assignments in all the other units. Students doing the Diploma will take 8 units, the extended diploma is 13.

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