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Curriculum Overview

The BSKL Physical Education (PE) curriculum is based on standards found in the English National Curriculum. 

Primary Curriculum

The BSKL Primary curriculum runs from Pre-Nursery to Year 6 and is based on, but not constrained by, the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 standards found in the English National Curriculum. Our aim is to foster an enthusiasm for sport and fitness through positive experiences in Physical Education.

Pre-Nursery, Nursery & Reception (2 - 5 year olds)

Children learn through exploration, experimentation and play. The children are introduced to a broad curriculum which includes; simplified elements of gymnastics, ball skills, athletics and elements of yoga. The students build confidence and competence in a range fundamental movements as we lay the building blocks on which to build more complex skills in later years.

Key Stage 1 (5 - 7 year olds)

In Years 1 and Years 2 pupils focus on building a range of developmental skills including, co-ordination, running, jumping, agility and throwing. These skills are contextualised through a variety of sports to help children understand their importance and the concept of transferable skills. The focus at this stage is on developing competence in a range of core skills. Pupils compete as an individual or work in collaboration with their peers as they begin to learn to win, lose and compete with sportsmanship and integrity.

Key Stage 2 (7 - 11 year olds)

Year 3 students begin to transition from learning developmental skills to technical skills. The focus is on exposing students to a wider range of sports (12 different sports & activities over the course of the year) and learning the basic skills to play. The students begin to collaborate and compete in teams as they learn about about the individual within a team.

In Year 4 students further develop their technical understanding. Sports increase in complexity between Years 3 and 4, moving from short tennis to badminton, for example. Students become more aware of their role within a team through small sided-games. Pupils become more skilled at applying technical skills.

In Years 5 and 6 pupils refine their technical skills and are challenged to apply them to competitive play. Self, peer and group analysis is used as part of our Assessment For Learning (AFL) policy to encourage students to manage their own progress and become independent learners. Students are prepared for the transition to secondary PE. 

For more information, please contact Connor McAlister, Head of Primary PE. 

Secondary Curriculum

Curriculum outcome

“Every student who graduates from BSKL should have the confidence and a level of physical competence to remain involved in some form of physical activity or exercise for the remainder of their adult life”.

Curriculum aim

A high-quality Physical Education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

The national curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities  
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time  
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives

The online PE Curriculum can be found here.

Assessment

The core values we assess at BSKL during PE lessons are:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Engagement
  • Fitness
  • Sportsmanship
  • Leadership
  • Skill Set (40)

A breakdown of the grade boundaries can be here.

Importance of assessment

Assessment is a key component of education because it helps students learn. When students are able to see how they are doing in a class, they are able to determine whether or not they understand the learned material. Assessment can also help motivate students to improve on the skills and qualities they have or have been developing.

For more information, please contact Robert Rudling, Head of Secondary PE. 

House Sports

Every year BSKL pupils in both Primary and Secondary school take part in Inter-House Sports Days and Swimming Galas, giving them the chance to experience competition, sportsmanship and team spirit. Inter-House competitions are an important part of BSKL school life and are renowned for being very lively events. 

Primary:
Competition activities are age-appropriate with our younger students demonstrating motor skills such as throwing, catching and jumping, whilst the older students take part in more direct competition in track and field events. Activities within the Swimming Gala also differ between Key Stages.

Secondary:
Our Secondary students compete in a variety of house sports throughout the year, including, football, tag rugby, volleyball, rounders, track and field and more.

Current parents can access all the house sports events and dates on the parent app.