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Physical Education Curriculum


Extended Learning Tasks for Discovery Students: Term 1

Activity - Fitness

Ø  Students will learn to take resting, working and recovery heart rates by finding their pulse and working out their BPM (beats per minute).

Ø  Students will undertake baseline testing to measure skill and health-related components of fitness.

Ø  Students will learn the following components of fitness through practical activities:

o   Cardiovascular Fitness

o   Muscular Endurance

o   Muscular Strength

o   Flexibility

o   Agility

o   Balance

o   Coordination

o   Speed

o   Power

o   Reaction Time

Ø  Students will undergo fitness tests for each component of fitness.

Ø  Students will work at maximal levels in order to provide accurate fitness results.

Ø  Students will learn about working at different intensities using the two main energy systems (aerobic and anaerobic).

Ø  Students will understand why heart rate increases during exercise.

Ø  Students will understand why breathing rate increases during exercise.

Ø  Students will understand some long-term adaptations to the body after a 6-week period of training.

Suggested tasks:

Create a poster comparing the differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Learn the definitions of the components of fitness.

Research the major muscles in the body (there are 12 you should know).

Compare two types of sport performer (e.g. cricket player and a footballer) and describe why they might need different types of fitness.



Extended Learning Tasks for Discovery Students: Winter Terms

Activities - Games, OAA, Gymnastics


Ø  Students will be introduced to basic OAA skills such as orienteering, navigating, map-reading using coordinates

Ø  Students will be encouraged to participate in activities that encourage and develop trust-building, team-building, verbal and non-verbal communication, signalling and cooperation.

Ø  Pupils will develop the skill of problem solving through a range of guided-discovery activities

Ø  Pupils may begin to demonstrate leadership skills through a range of activities which enable them to take control of a team or group of students.

Ø  In outdoor and adventurous activities, pupils develop their ability to respond effectively to problems and physical challenges, both individually and in cooperation with others.

Ø  They will analyse, plan and carry out tasks safely, as they move from familiar activities and environments into unfamiliar and changing circumstances, often leading and managing themselves

Ø  Students are likely to participate in some OAA activities in our school woodland area, meaning appropriate footwear is especially important.


Task: Find out where you can take part in Outdoor Adventurous Activities locally to you e.g. mountain biking, rock climbing, orienteering, map-reading, woodland trekking, kayaking.


Ø  In this games unit students will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities/sports such as badminton, table tennis, football and basketball.

Ø  Students will learn new skills and begin to refine and adapt their techniques in a range of areas

Ø  Students will learn the basics of attack and defence through small-sided games and conditioned drills.

Ø  We aim to develop the precision, control and fluency of all student’s skills.

Ø  They should begin to understand the technical points that will allow them to improve their performance.

Ø  They will understand why it is important to use correct technique and know the importance of space, movement, passing and marking players when attacking and defending.


Task: Research the difference between an invasion game and a net/wall game. What are the differences?



Ø  Students will learn to become confident when demonstrating skills and routines both individually and with others.

Ø  Students will learn to link skills together using fluency and control. Students will learn to travel in different directions using various types of aesthetic movement focusing on body tension and extension.

Ø  Students should develop stability when holding their own body position and when supporting a partner.

Ø  Pupils will begin to work on introducing control, precision and aesthetics into sequences showing creativity. Student will evaluate and assess movements to improve sequences. 


Task: Look at the table below and tick off which skills you can already perform. If you’re not sure what the skills are you may need to research them.  






Teddy Bear Roll


Shoulder stand


Pencil Roll


Side Plank


Forward Roll


V Sit




Front plank














Backward Roll





Extended Learning Tasks for Discovery Students: Spring Term

Activity – Athletics  

Ø  Students will learn to accurately replicate a range of runs, jumps and throws and will learn specific techniques for events in order to improve performance.

Ø  Students will investigate technique and discuss what components of fitness are required for each different type of athletic event.

Ø  Students will be actively involved in peer assessment, helping their partner’s or classmates to improve performance by use of video analysis and technical comparison.

Ø  Students will measure their personal bests in relation to speed, height and distances and know what they need to do to improve these scores.


Suggested tasks:

Design a poster on some of the different events in athletics e.g. long jump, javelin, pole vault, high jump. Describe the event and find out the world record for each.

Research the components of fitness that would be needed for ONE athletic event of your choice

The components of fitness are: Cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination, speed, power and reaction time.