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The importance of Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

A high-quality PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, they analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve upon them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles.

Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity. PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Our aims are to:

  • encourage a healthy and active lifestyle throughout the school body
  • nurture sportsmanship in all aspects of competition
  • widen each student’s sporting experience and enjoyment
  • create a passion for active recreation and sport
  • assist students in reaching their physical potential in a variety of sporting environments.

Physical Education (PE) Curriculum Structure

Foundation Stage

Foundation stage 1 classes are taught one 25 minute swimming lesson as well as one 25 minute PE lesson per week. In Foundation stage 2, students receive one 25 minute swimming lesson combined with a 55 minutes PE lesson per week.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 – 2)

Students are taught one 55 minute lesson of PE and one 55 minute lesson of swimming per week. In order to keep the curriculum varied and broad, students change their activities/units of study after 6 weeks.

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6)

Students are taught one 110 minute lesson of PE per week. The students follow 4-5 week blocks of PE throughout the school year. Students will access between 14-17 hours of swimming per term. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

Students are taught one 110 minute lesson of PE per week. The students follow 4-5 week blocks of PE throughout the school year. Students will access between 14-17 hours of swimming per term. 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 -11)

Year 10 and Year 11 consists of two lessons of 55 minute periods a week for the majority of students. 

Students will be provided with a number of enrichment opportunities throughout the year in order to further inspire and engage our students into continuing their participation in health-related exercise, sport and physical activity.

Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE PE

The department run a full course GCSE in Physical Education and follow the EDEXCEL programme. This involves three lessons a week and is split between one theory and two practical lessons.

The GCSE course itself is split 40% practical coursework and 60% theory, which has an external examination paper at the end of Year 11. During the practical element of the course the students are assessed at three practical activities. In addition to this, they must plan a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) and an Analysis of Performance examination.

Curriculum Outline and Aims

Throughout each year group four of the following range and content of the National Curriculum are reflected through the different activities undertaken including;

Through a broad and balanced programme, students will be taught to be physically active, developing co-ordination, control and body management. They will be involved in problem-solving, communication with others and team-building. Students  will be encouraged to understand the importance of a healthy life style through participation in and enjoyment of a variety of activities and environments.

Juilliard Dance

In order to support the Nord Anglia Education and Juilliard Performing Arts School partnership, the PE department have developed FS, KS2 and KS3 schemes of learning extending the provision for Dance in KS1. 

Year 1 and Year 2 classes  receive a twenty-five minute dance lesson per week delivered by a dance specialist. Co-curricular activities for Dance run throughout the year in a newly-created designated dance space to support our ambitious plans to become the regions’ leading Dance centre of excellence.


BIS Abu Dhabi works in partnership with Neptunes Swim Academy to deliver a high quality swim program to our students during lessons. Neptunes Swim Academy have an outstanding reputation around Abu Dhabi and have assisted hundreds of children learn to swim, and coached swimmers who compete in national championships.

Sport for all

We believe that every student should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential. Subsequently we seek to ensure that students of all abilities are encouraged to be the best they possibly can. By this rationale, the department believes that both 'Sport for All' and Elite sporting performance can flourish side by side.

All lessons from Foundation Stage to Year 2 are taught mixed gender, mixed ability groups. Lessons from Year 3 – 11 are taught as single gender groups. Groups are differentiated into ‘extension’ and ‘development’ cohorts. Further differentiation happens within the lesson in order to assist all students to work at a level that is both challenging and tangible.

Assessment and Reporting

Students are assessed continually throughout the year through the use of school’s Individual Learning Record (ILRs) reporting system. Within PE, the ILRs are broken into three main areas of assessment: Developing Physical Competence, Understanding of an active and healthy lifestyle and Evaluating and creating solutions. Within these three areas students are assessed on different requirements within each assessment focus. Teachers can then decide if the student has shown any evidence of meeting that requirement and this data is stored centrally on the school’s student management system ISAMs. Due to the flexible nature of the ILR statements, students will have opportunities throughout the year to demonstrate their ability to meet the standard of the relevant statements. The reporting on the ILRs are complete using a four-point scale, these are as follows:

  • Exceeding (E)
  • Meeting (M)
  • Working Towards (W)
  • Below (B)

Within the PE, we have adopted an eight-point scale to support our formative assessments as well as provide opportunities to evidence progress. The framework is highlighted below:

BIS Abu Dhabi school reporting PE internal assessment
Exceeding (E) E1
Meeting (M) M1
Working Towards (W) WT1


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