Physical education provides students with a planned, sequential, whole school standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviours for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence.
Studies show that students who participate in regular physical activities exhibit improved memory, concentration, communication, problem solving and leadership abilities which improve their learning in other subject areas.
PE develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.
A high-quality PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. From Upper Primary they develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles.
PE helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
In Year 10 students may opt for further learning and opportunity by taking the academic Cambridge IGCSE PE full course where students take a two year course learning about the principles of training, the social benefits of sport, the history and development of sport in society and schools, diet and nutrition for sport and the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle. This is assessed at the end of the course via a 150-minute exam which allows them to achieve up to 40% of the total mark. Students also need to perform to the highest level in four sports and provide coursework that consists of a personal analysis of performance and write a personal exercise programme for their chosen sport.