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The Physical Education Department


Physical Education

At Humphry Davy School students study physical education (PE) through units of physical activity and sport planned to develop skills and ensure the physical progress of all students. The high-quality PE curriculum at Humphry Davy School inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Students are encouraged to learn how to excel in a broad range of physical activities, be physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.

Years 7, 8 and 9

PE in years 7, 8 and 9 builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of our students' Key Stage 2 experience. Students will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned becoming more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. Students will be taught to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games, for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports, for example, athletics and gymnastics. Building trust and developing skills to solve problems, both individually and in groups, will be encouraged through outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges. Throughout years 7, 8 and 9 students will be taught to understand apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity, with a particular emphasis on fitness development as well as analysing their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Years 10 and 11

PE in years 10 and 11 continues to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed from the previous years. In addition to pursuing the sports and activities covered in years 7, 8 and 9 students will  tackle more complex and demanding ideas and concepts to fulfil their potential in each activity. Students will be encouraged to get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle; the concept of ‘life-long’ activity is one which we try to instil as students prepare for life once they have left school. All students will be encouraged to continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

PE Qualifications

For those students wishing to take a PE and sports-related qualification we offer Edexcel BTEC First Award in Sport. Year 9 students opting for one of these courses will study a foundation year as they work towards developing the practical and theoretical skills needed for the courses. The Edexcel BTEC Sport course is a combination of theoretical and practical aspects of physical education and sport. Pupils are assessed on their practical ability in a range of individual and team sports and will be required to sit an exam during the course. The course also offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed should they wish to go on and study a similar course but at post-16 level; potentially laying the foundations for a career in the sports industry.

Extra-Curricular Provision

Beyond the curriculum all students will have the opportunity to compete in sport and participate in other activities that build character as well as further develop physical skills. The PE department at Humphry Davy School offer a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme of sports and activities, from fitness to fencing and surfing to cheerleading. Regular fixtures are arranged against other local secondary schools in a range of sports, as well as frequently competing in competitions and tournaments on a local and county-wide level, allowing students to proudly represent their school and demonstrate their practical skills as well as values such as teamwork, respect and commitment. The extra-curricular programme is a truly inclusive one with all students encouraged to get involved.