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Physical Education

The vision of the OIAMFS PE Department is to offer the opportunity to build upon existing skills, knowledge and understanding in a supportive environment within a variety of sporting activities. Students will also develop intra and interpersonal skills, gain a better understanding of their body and minds as well as explore the world around them through our concept-based curriculum. We use sport and physical activity as the vehicle for which the different concepts are delivered.

Throughout the curriculum students will learn to work effectively as part of a team, collaborating with others to achieve shared goals, which can help to strengthen their relationships with peers and enhance their self-esteem. Whilst also encouraging them to develop a sense of responsibility for their own efforts and performance. 

The curriculum encourages all students to participate in sports for the benefit of their physical, mental health and well-being. It aims to provide a wide variety of activities to engage all students. In addition, OIAMFS has at its heart the three drivers of Sport, the Arts and Enterprise. We are committed to developing the sporting element of our students and Physical Education is a key aspect of this.

Key Stage 3 PE

At OIAMFS in years 7-9 students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the subject area of physical education and develop a healthy lifestyle. Students will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. Students will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work.

Year 7 - Students will explore the concept and understand the importance of  'physical literacy'.  Competence, confidence, knowledge & understanding and  motivation are covered to help students realise what underpins physical literacy and how it can be developed.

Year 8 - Students will experience the true power of sport and physical activity when it comes to their personal development. Schemes of work including ‘Communication', 'Resilience',  'Emotional Intelligence' and 'Intra-personal skills' help students to understand their own personal qualities and explore ways to develop these further. 

Year 9 - Students will build a connection with and understand how characters can be developed through PE and Sport. Exploring concepts such as ‘Sporting Values’, ‘Competition’, ‘Problem-Solving’ and ‘the Power of Positivity’, students will realise the sheer value of PE and how it can be instrumental in developing positive personal characteristics.

Students will also learn, develop and implement theory knowledge around movement analysis and fitness testing in sport throughout KS3. This gives students the basic knowledge and understanding of key concepts before undertaking the GCSE Sports Science course.

Students will also learn, develop and implement theory knowledge around movement analysis, fitness testing and nutrition in sport throughout KS3. This gives students the basic knowledge and understanding of key concepts before undertaking the GCSE Sports Science course.


At Key Stage 4, all our students continue to study Physical Education, as part of the curriculum.

KEY STAGE 4 Core PE (non – examined)

The curriculum in years 10-11 is aimed at the continuation of improving health and wellbeing during activity, encouraging students to pursue active and healthy lifestyles. The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment to promote a prolonged interest in physical activity.

Year 10 - Students will understand how sport and physical activity can be an important tool to developing their leadership skills. Schemes of work including ‘Fulfilling Potential’, ‘Effective Teams’, ‘Self-reflection’ and ‘Attitudes and Behaviours’ will support students to understand their own leadership qualities and experience what makes an effective leader.  

Year 11 - Students will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to have good health and wellbeing and will explore different ways to keep active as they leave school. Through ‘Active for Life’, students will embed their understanding of the importance of physical activity and the many benefits associated to allow students to remain active for the rest of their lives.

KEY STAGE 4 Sports Science (Option Choice)

OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 Sports Science - This course helps students appreciate how sport science underpins sport at all levels. It offers students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles.

Year 1

  • Unit R181 - Applying the principles of training: fitness and how it affects skill performance (internally assessed assignments),

  • Unit R183 - Nutrition and sports performance (internally assessed assignments).

Year 2

  • Reducing the risk of sports injuries (1 hour examination).

What Parents/Carers can do to help:

Your child has been given a Knowledge Organiser for each topic they study. This summarises the key information they must know if they are to be successful in this subject. Please encourage them to learn this off by heart and revise topics regularly.