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PE & Games

Year 8 Skiing at Alpe d'Huez

Curriculum Intent

Core PE is statutory throughout all Key Stages. It is our aim to promote deep and mastery learning through a broad and balanced programme that consolidates and develops key principles in Physical Education. Pupils engage in activities that develop the essential components of fitness; cardio-vascular endurance, agility, flexibility, speed, strength and balance. They will also be provided with opportunities to enhance their tactical and compositional ideas through Games lessons in invasion, net, striking and fielding games (it is very important for pupils to understand lateral transfer in terms knowledge, concepts, behaviours and skills) and problem-solving activities in the aesthetic elements of the programme. We firmly believe that all pupils should experience some kind of success. All students will be provided with opportunities to participate in competitive sport and other activities including intra-school events.

Our KS2 and KS3 core PE curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all pupils at Gosforth East Middle School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Our impact is therefore to motivate students to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.

Aims of Physical Education

We support all pupils so that they all:

  • Develop competence in a broad range of physical activities
  • Competence not only in skill but also in aptitude, knowledge, capability, fitness and life skills
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • If children are regularly physically active at a young age, they are more likely to engage in healthy, active lifestyles and their motor proficiency is improved.
  • The tasks that we set are physically challenging and educational.
  • As pupils gain, strength and strength endurance they are expected to execute more difficult series of movements and more complex sequences.
  •  Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy active lifestyles

How students are supported in PE

Our PE staff provide high quality opportunities, based on pupils’ needs and they are presented in a way that is inclusive so that all pupils can gain access to understanding in order to feel successful and excel. All teachers of PE promote a “can do” philosophy. Our curriculum will deepen a range of skills, knowledge and concepts, whilst also providing opportunities to develop essential life skills such as respect, teamwork, resilience and honesty.

Students may also be offered support in the following way:

  • LSA support
  • Scaffolded support
  • Coaching by qualified sports coaches
  • Alternative changing rooms



Pupils are assessed across 4 key domains:

  • Core Skills :- Being physically competent, physically active and competitive
  • Problem Solving : Being a decision-maker, gaining in confidence, having a deeper understanding and being tactically aware
  • Performing at Max: Character and values, healthy active lifestyles, attitude and social and emotional well-being. Resilience/ Relationships / Resourcefulness & Reflection.
  • Performance: - The ability to put all of the above into match play.

We appreciate that pupils at Key Stage 2 need to master fundamental skills if they are to enjoy the wide range of physical activities, sports and outdoor pursuits on offer. At Key Stage 3, our pupils develop more specific techniques, advanced learnt movement and tactical awareness.

We know our curriculum is working in the Physical Education department in a number of ways. Firstly, student participation in lessons and their engagement in developing skills is high. High participation rates at extra curricular sessions leading to teams winning competitions at local and regional level.

Ultimately as a result of doing and thinking in PE, we want our pupils to feel good about themselves and their relationship with the subject and progress to leading healthy, active lifestyles.

Enrichment Opportunities

Pupils are offered the opportunity to become involved in extra-curricular sports clubs such as Netball, Gymnastics, Badminton, Volleyball, Climbing, Fitness and Football to name a few.

In Year 8, some of our pupils are trained as Sports Ambassadors and this gives them a different perspective on P.E. It allows them to take on a different role in P.E. They learn how to take responsibility for a small group of younger pupils. Throughout the year, pupils are encouraged to take part in interclass and inter school sporting activities, so there is always an opportunity for our pupils to take part in and experience a competitive environment. We aim to introduce as many different activities/sports as possible to suit all abilities and tastes throughout GEMS both within curriculum time and within our extensive extra-curricular clubs programme.

Curriculum Overview 2022/23