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Physical Education

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Physical Education in Primary

All students have Physical Education (PE) lessons, reflecting the National Curriculum of England, designed to show them that exercise and activity are important and fun. They learn how to prepare for and recover from sport, and what happens to their body when they exercise in a variety of ways. This is a vital foundation to help them lead a healthy active lifestyle as they grow up.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PE lessons are focused on developing our student’s Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS). FMS essentially provide the foundations for more complex and specialised movement skills and the EYFS is recognised as a critical time for young students to develop these skills. FMS include movements such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, balancing, striking and kicking. These skills form the building blocks that underpin the learning and development of more complex physical activities. EYFS PE lessons take place in our specialised Forest School setting, led by trained PE staff, enabling students to feel safe to explore and take risks, pushing themselves outside their comfort zones where their physical development can really flourish.

By encouraging students to take greater risks and develop a wide array of robust FMS from an early age, there is a significant impact on improved performance, confidence and motivation when participating in physical activity. Time invested in developing FMS also considerably improves both student’s physical and mental health. Alongside their weekly PE lessons, students in Early Years 2 (EY2) will also have swimming lessons throughout the year. Swimming is an important life skill and therefore developing water confidence in our students from an early age is a vital part of their physical development. 

During Years 1 and 2, our emphasis is on further developing FMS and beginning to apply these skills to a variety of appropriately conditioned sporting scenarios. These skills will be used in activities including gymnastics, dance, athletics and a variety of net, invasion and striking and fielding games. Years 1 and 2 students will also continue to participate in swimming lessons to further develop their water confidence and stroke technique. By watching, listening and experimenting with movement and ideas across a range of physical activities, students can further develop their movement and coordination, and they enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations. These activities continue to nurture various aspects of our students' physical fitness and health.

In Years 3 to 6, we build on these skills and encourage students to use them in more complex and pressurised scenarios. Students continue to participate in swimming, a variety of invasion, net and striking and fielding games, as well as spending time improving their physical fitness and conditioning to further enhance their performance across all areas of the PE curriculum. By the end of their time in Primary school, students are taking part in more formal games. They understand the rules and basic strategy of a range of sports and they have learned to participate as part of a team. Importantly, they know that games are played in the right spirit: a blend of competition, co-operation and fun.


Physical Education in Secondary

During Secondary PE lessons, students learn to analyse situations, make decisions and appreciate the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle. By the end of Years 7 to 9, students will further develop their skill application and tactical awareness of a wide range of activities including swimming, gymnastics, various net, invasion and striking and fielding games and fitness, conditioning and athletics. 

Year 7 to 9 PE lessons will develop students personally and socially. They will work as an individual, in groups and in teams with different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences they have, they will learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

PE during years 10 to 11 is for everyone. The emphasis in lessons is on developing students’ competence and confidence to take part in physical activities that, hopefully, will become an important part of students’ lives, both in and out of school. Students will acquire a wide range of more complex skills and the ability to use advanced tactics and strategies to perform successfully across the PE curriculum.

The programme for Years 10 and 11 is based around three different pathways: Competition, Recreation and Individual. The three pathways are specifically designed to cater for our students’ range of interests and skills. Students have the option to choose one of the three pathways to follow over the course of the year. By giving students more flexibility regarding the activities they participate in over the course of Years 10 to 11, they will hopefully develop a lifelong interest and commitment to physical activity and leading a healthy active lifestyle. 

At BISB, we offer an optional IGCSE course in PE for Year 10 to 11 students. This is an excellent choice for students who wish to further their understanding and skill level in various physical activities. This course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and practical skills in a range of sports, find ways to improve their own individual performance in a variety of roles and identify strategies to develop and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle through participation in physical activity.

The sports, health and fitness industry is extremely vast, and growing rapidly. The IGCSE PE course can be the first step on a pathway that leads to many careers and a wide variety of employment opportunities. Throughout our students’ Physical Education journey at BISB, emphasis is not solely on developing physical skills and fitness across a range of sports and activities. Students are also encouraged to develop their cognitive skills as well as the social and emotional aspects of learning that are also important in producing successful sporting performance. 

In Physical Education at BISB, students are assessed in three domains of learning: 


The Head  - In this domain of learning, students are encouraged to develop various cognitive skills.

The Heart - This domain of learning nurtures a range of social and emotional skills.

The Hands - In this final domain of learning, emphasis is placed on developing physical skills.


All three domains are important for students to produce optimal performance in all physical activities and many of these transferrable skills will help students thrive in other areas of their school lives and beyond. The skills the students will develop over the years in PE include the following:


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Alongside curriculum PE lessons, house sports competitions are also available for all students to participate in throughout the year. These house events provide opportunities for friendly competition and a chance for students to display their talents as part of their house team. Whilst winning is never everything, the chance to be involved in some inter-house rivalry can be a valuable and enjoyable experience for those students who choose to participate. 

For students with a keen interest and commitment to more competitive sport, we have our BISB Wolves sports teams. Please look at the BISB Wolves page for further information on the sports, training, and competitions available at BISB.