Why do we study PE?

  • Be able to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.  
  • Develop a range of transferable practical skills.  
  • Develop a range of personal skills including communication, teamwork, and respect.  
  • Develop an aesthetic appreciation of all sports including invasion, net/wall games, striking/fielding and other competitive sports such OAA, Gymnastic and Athletics.   
  • Grow into confident learners that can demonstrate leadership attributes.   
  • Become reflective, resilient, and responsible learners.  
  • Be confident to take part in different forms of competition.    
  • Develop knowledge of short-term responses and long-term adaptations of the human body to physical education.  
  • Gain an understanding of the anatomy including musculoskeletal system and its application during different sports.   
  • Have the ability to use and develop a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual sports.   

The PE Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 – Years 7,8 and 9 

Physical education is an important part of school life in years 7 and 8 students cover a wide range of activities both individual and team. Activities include Football, Netball, Rugby, Hockey, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Athletics, Rounders, Tennis, Cricket, Basketball Fitness and Outdoor Adventurous Activities. The curriculum is designed to improve student’s ability, athletic confidence, and knowledge to be physically activity throughout their life. We aim to foster personal responsibility within our students, equip them with lifelong skills that they will transfer into everyday life. We provide an enthusiastic and enjoyable learning environment, while offering the opportunities for progress along the pathway to excellence for our more talented students.  Students in years 7 and 8 have four hours of physical education a fortnight. Students in these year groups rotate sports each half term including a rotation of Dance and cover a wide range of sports across the two years. In Year 9 students rotate several different sports but this time are taught by specialists for each sport for them to progress even further in this subject. 

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11 

Students participate in a range of core competitive and non-competitive sports and physical activities. These range from traditional sports to lifetime activities such as fitness; badminton and table tennis. Through these activities students are encouraged to further develop vitally important values such as respect, challenge, and determination. Furthermore, students are supported in developing their leadership qualities and the skills to work as part of a team. Students also have the opportunity to take different forms of accreditation in PE. In year 11 students can engage with Sports Leaders UK courses. During year 9, 10 and 11 students can study Sport Science of GCSE PE. This course will allow students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of PE and Sport practically and theoretically.         

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13 

Students are given the opportunity to build upon skills acquired in key stage three and four in both practical and theoretical context. Cambridge Technical Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity provides the students with the opportunity to develop their coaching/teaching skills and anatomy and physiology knowledge. This is a fantastic course for students wishing to pursue a career in sports and or continuing to study sports or physical education at university. Sixth form students may also wish to develop their leadership skills through sport by undertaking one of many Sports Leaders UK courses run at the school. 


When students start Barnhill the first homework task set is to attend at least one Physical education extra-curricular club to encourage students to join the Barnhill sporting community and try new activities. Depending on the sport there are variety of small homework tasks that are set for students to develop their knowledge. Such as researching netball positions, where they are allowed to travel on the court and the role they play in the team. 

Enrichment Opportunities 

At Barnhill, we believe that extra-curricular sporting activities represent a fantastic opportunity for students to enhance their engagement with the subject and develop confidence and competence that will assist them during their lessons. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity, which we believe has a notable impact on their attitudes towards PE and their understanding of a healthy active lifestyle. 

We recognise that students will always have a wide variety of interests, which is reflected in the extra-curricular activities that we have on offer. Currently the timetabled clubs include individual activities such as Fitness Gym, Trampolining and Table tennis; as well as team sports including Rugby (Girls and Boys), Football (Boys and Girls), Netball, Basketball and Dodgeball. Many of these sports offer students the opportunity to represent the school against other local schools in the borough. We change the options available to students throughout the year and other sports include Tennis, Rounders and Athletics.