"Physical education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.”
- National Curriculum for England and Wales; Physical Education; p15
BISB seeks to provide a full, varied and interesting Physical Education curriculum which challenges, engages and excites pupils and staff alike. We see Physical Education as a vital part of the educational experience as a whole.
PE at BISB promotes skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. It provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and cooperative and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes toward healthy and active lifestyles.
The aims and objectives of the PE Department relate directly to those of BISB as a whole; namely that we endeavour to provide an educational experience in its delivery and content that helps every individual to be the best they can be.
In order to do this we aim to stimulate and maintain pupil interest and enjoyment in PE and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. We enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary which relates to PE and to see sports as a major feature in their lives, related to employment, leisure and culture and its role in developing interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills.
During lessons students learn about safe practice and its importance in PE, they become acquainted with the short and long term effects and benefits of exercise on the body and their significance in a fit and healthy lifestyle. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive, cooperative and challenging activities. They learn about planning activities, and gain experience in evaluating their own and other’s performance and as an outcome, most of them will be capable of offering practices and strategies which improve aspects of performance by the end of their studies.
Our Physical Education programme enables children to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety, awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence. The establishment of self-esteem through the development of physical confidence is a major aim for the Physical Education department.
We inspire students to work both independently and as part of a group or team in varied activities. We employ teaching methods and resources that will allow all pupils to have equal access to PE and to experience success and enjoyment in their sporting activities. We help to develop children’s awareness of the implications of sport and physical activity for the individual and local, national and international communities. Pupils are encouraged to develop informed opinions and be able to support them in a reasonable argument.
Our objectives relate directly to the aims for PE at BISB and are intended to show how the aims are put into practice.
Staff provide a variety of experiences and activities during the course of study and during the PE lessons if possible and appropriate. A diverse selection of curricular activities is offered in each year group:
- Games (invasion games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games)
- Gymnastics (floor and apparatus work, individual, duo, trio and team work)
- Water Activities (fundamentals of swimming, competitive swimming, personal survival)
- Health Related Fitness (fundamentals of fitness training, training methods, fitness testing)
- Indoor and Outdoor activities
- Individual and group activities
In collaboration with the Extra-curricular Co-ordinator the PE department runs an expanding extra-curricular sports programme. Clubs operate on an open-access basis. Pupils are not penalised for non-attendance but sports teams are usually selected from those who attend extra-curricular clubs and training sessions regularly.
As part of the extra-curricular programme, Inter-House competitions are offered in many sports in both the Primary and Secondary school over the course of the year.