Aims of Department

In PE we want to inspire and motivate young students to participate and enjoy physical activity.  We also want them to recognise the importance of physical, emotional and social well being,  which continues into adulthood. The department is inclusive of all abilities and will give various opportunities for students to achieve, learn and enjoy sport.  Our aims fall in line with the 5 key school values.

  • PERSEVERANCE- Example: Andy Murray never gave up on his Wimbledon dream.
  • COURAGEOUSNESS- Example: Ellie Simmonds –showing what she can do even though she has a disability.
  • HUMILITY - Example: Jessica Ennis taking success in her stride.
  • INTEGRITY - Example: NOT Justin Gatlin beating Usain Bolt in his final race.
  • KINDNESS - Example: Alistair Brownlee - taking his exhausted brother across the finish line.

At the start of year 7 students arrive with a large spectrum of abilities. All students would have been taught PE at their primary school, but the approach, rationale and quality is very different.   45% of new students do enrichment sport outside of school in a variety of sports.   Knowledge of and actual health & fitness is low as well as understanding key skills and concepts in a broad spectrum of sports.

In KS3 the learning intent is to give students a broad curriculum breadth of different sporting activities to improve their knowledge and understanding, health & fitness and their opportunities to be competitive in sport.  All students have 2 x 1 hour PE lessons per week.  Students receive 7 blocks (different sporting activities) throughout the year.  All students will have the opportunity to extend their K & U in an extensive programme of inter-college & enrichment based activities.

When students finish their PE it is fundamental they understand the benefits of sport on their overall wellbeing (Physical, emotional & social).  Throughout their PE journey students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of enrichment based activities / trips.

It is hoped that students will continue their physical education journey in later life in an area they have had the opportunity to learn and enjoy.

It is hoped that some students studying accredited courses will go on to further education in sport, but also apply their knowledge and understanding whilst competing in competitive sport.

Students should have understood the fundamentals of leadership and why sports link to many employability skills.  Finally, it is important that all students understand and can apply the 5 school values when taking part in sport.

PE Curriclum

Key Stage 3

In KS3 the learning intent is to give students a broad curriculum of different sporting activities.  All students have 2 x 1 hour PE lessons per week.  Students come to PE in half year groups (120 students in 4-5 groups). All groups rotate between spaces / activities. However, flexibility and innovative thinking in schemes of learning is needed to cope with external forces placed on the department, which include: the weather, use of internal space for whole school needs and timetabling constraints.

Students receive 7 blocks (different sporting activities) throughout the year.  Each block will be between 8-12 lessons. Students are taught in separate gender groups.  There is no firm policy on streaming groups by ability; instead each cohort is looked at for its particular needs.

Students have the opportunity to learn and compete in invasion, aesthetic, rackets, adventurous/ problem based activities and fitness/ athletic activities. In these lessons students will look at key concepts and processes including; outwitting an opponent, development and replicating of a skill; problem solving and decision making & evaluating and performing.  The department is also looking at how employability skills can be further enhanced / signposted through individual lessons and not purely put into schemes of work. Schemes of work are written for Yr7 individually and Yr8/9 combined, mapping out a journey through KS3. Staff use professional judgement linked to individual groupings and progress mapped out in learning journals (booklets) to take students through this at a pace which suits all involved so as to maximise learning and progression opportunities throughout this journey. We are also looking to develop and embed employability skills into the PE curriculum through developing content in lessons.


Typical sports studied:

Year 7: Benchmarking, gymnastics, badminton, tennis, football, rugby, netball, hockey, athletics, cricket & rounder’s

Year 8: Fitness, orienteering, gymnastics, badminton, tennis, football, rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, cricket & rounder’s.

Year 9: Fitness, orienteering, basketball, volleyball, tennis, football, rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, cricket & rounder’s, trampolining / dance.


Students will be assessed for their cardiovascular fitness twice a year through the 12 minute cooper run and learn about healthy active lifestyles through a specific unit of work in the fitness suite.  There are long term and short term schemes of learning in place, with differentiated tasks to guide individual teachers.  There is also key terminology / vocabulary that needs to be taught.

Students are assessed in each block.  Each student’s learning is supported by a learning portfolio.  With the guidance of previous learning and from their PE teacher students decide their starting assessment point/objective.  They can then assess how this went at the end of each block. The aim of the learning portfolio is to help students look back at previous progress made.  Teacher observation assessments are done at the end of each block.  To allow best practice and consistency, there are opportunities for staff to do joint assessments.

Competition plays an important part in the curriculum, which also plays a big part in fostering college identity.  During their PE lessons all KS3 students will take part in 5 inter-college sports weeks.  At the end of the year both KS3 & 4 sport will participate in a whole school sports day.  The aim is for students to physically model the 5 core school values.  Students can extend / improve their knowledge and understanding through a vast enrichment programme.  There are also many trips students can go on.  Annually there is always a focus to give pupil premium students the opportunity to participate in as many trips and enrichment activities.

Students in key stage 3 will have the opportunity to lead.  All students in year 8 & 9 will plan warm-ups at the start of the year.  Each group will have two leaders that will specifically do the warm-ups for that group.  These leaders will also have the opportunity to go out of school and work with primary students.

Throughout the year English and Maths skills are looked at in a variety of ways. Examples where the PE department supports Maths and English include:

  • ‘National book week’ by having a book fair where all students bring in and swap books.
  • Cross-curricular work with the maths department, especially in the summer to look at data.


Key Stage 4:

All Key Stage 4 students have two x 1 hours a week of core PE.

In year 10, students will all follow the ‘Creative Curriculum’ (Finham’s own course).  This is a structured, but flexible one year course that the PE department has put together to give students all round knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of sport.  The curriculum intent is as follows:

  1. Continue your learning journey from Y7-9.
  2. Opportunity to gain an accredited National Qualification (JSLA)
  3. Enjoy the physical, emotional and social reasons of taking part in sport.
  4. Understand how PE develops key employability skills needed to be successful in your future careers.
  5. Opportunity to develop your leadership and help others develop theirs.
  6. Take part in competitive sport – Inter-college 5 times in the year
  7. Challenge yourself physically and learn new fitness concepts and principles.
  8. Understand and be able to administer basic first aid
  9. Have the opportunity to learn new sports.

Students learning is supported by a work booklet that maps out what they need to do to achieve a bronze, silver and gold award.  Mid way through year 11 students have a ‘pass out’ awards assembly to be given their awards.

In March year 10 students have a ‘broken block’ of activities where we work in conjunction with community sports coaches to give them a taster of new sports including yoga, boxing, American football, lacrosse, golf, ultimate football and kabaddi.

Year 11 students will take part in ‘recreational PE’, with the intent focusing on student’s physical, emotional & social well-being. Students are split between 4 groups. There is a specified rota of activities that teachers must follow in year 10.  Both Year 10 & 11 will take part in inter-college once per half term.   The department is currently looking how it can introduce ‘mindfulness’ into the year 11 curriculum to help students cope with examinations.



The course is broken down into 60% theory, 30% practical & 10% coursework. This course suits students who regularly compete in physical activity outside of school.  Lessons will consist of one theory (classroom based lessons) and one practical per week.  However, as the course goes on students will do more theory than practical lessons.

In year 9 students cover an ‘overview curriculum’ which allows them to learn the key concepts on both of the two examination papers.  Learning in year 10 is specifically geared towards learning all practical knowledge and paper one’s theoretical knowledge content.  Year 11 focus on student’s coursework and paper two’s theoretical content.


A-Level PE OCR

This subject will allow students to develop knowledge and understanding of physical activity and performance, in relation to their own physical activity and healthy lifestyle, and sport in a wider context. Students will have the opportunity to apply theory to practical performance and develop their potential in a number of activities.

The course looks at the following components:

  • Component One: Physiological factors affecting performance.
  • Component Two: Psychological factors affecting performance.
  • Component Three: Socio-cultural issues in physical education and sport.

Component Four: Performance in physical education


Students can underpin their knowledge and understanding by using the departments FROG site


BTEC Sport (NEW 2019/2020) – Post 16

The BTEC Certificate is a vocational course. This is an optional subject chosen by year 12 students to fit alongside their 3 A-levels.  The course is made up of 2 units: Practical Sports Performance Anatomy and Physiology. The course is worth half an A-Level.


Sports Leadership

Finham Park School believes passionately about the benefits of leadership for every young person, as well as recognising the crucial and beneficial role young people play in delivering school and community sport opportunities for others.


Aim of the Sports Leadership in PE

  • To provide a starting point for students in years 7-10 to develop their sport leadership skills and hopefully inspire to be the next generation of sports leaders in the local community.
  • To inspire greater capacity of feedback & guidance given to enrichment sports at Finham.
  • To provide structured support for young people to lead and give them an insight into the enjoyment gained through sports leadership.
  • To develop generic skills which can be applied to a variety of sporting activities (KS3).
  • To provide specific coaching skills which can be applied to specific sporting activities(s) (KS4).


KS3 Leadership Model

  1. In the first couple of weeks of the academic year all students create and have opportunities to lead their own warm-ups through the ‘IDEAS’ principle.
  2. At the start of October students in every PE group can apply to be a sports leader through application to their teacher.  Each group have TWO leaders.
  3. These students will work specifically with their PE teacher to develop their leadership skills.
  4. They will come together once a half term to share ideas with the teacher in charge of sports leadership.
  5. This will create a maximum of 24 Sports leaders in Key stage 3.

Specific roles

  • Lead the group in warm-ups (specific and general to the activity).
  • Set up and organise equipment when needed.
  • Coach and umpire where needed.
  • Help in the delivery of inter-college i.e. captains etc.

KS4 Leadership Model

  • 21 students will opt to study the Level One Junior Sports Leadership Award (JSLA).  They will work specifically with the coach / teacher of KS3 sports teams to develop their leadership ability.

Employability Skills

PE is one of the only subjects that allow students to develop and enhance their employability skills.  As such in KS3 there will be a focus that looks at one of the 10 most wanted employability skills.  This is further developed in our KS4 curriculum.

  • Communication skills – Block 1
  • Team work - Block 2
  • Problem solving skills – Block 3
  • Using your initiative –Block 4
  • Organisational skills – Block 5
  • Valuing diversity & differences – Block 6
  • Negotiating skills Block 7

Department Staff

Curriculum Leader of PE Mr Amos
2nd in Department Mrs Chester
Mrs Walker
Miss Oldfield
Mr Day
Mr Shepherd
Mr Morey
Miss Hartopp