PE at Jesmond Park Academy


We are committed to broadening the sporting horizons of our students and developing individual talents to their highest level, whilst developing a lifelong love of exercise and sport. 

Physical Education Curriculum Philosophy and Intent Statement

Our curriculum consists of three clear aims. The first of which is to develop knowledge of key skills and concepts that underpin sporting performance.  From this understanding of each sport, and a recognition of where individual strengths lie students can make informed choices about which activities they wish to pursue beyond school.  In doing so, our learners will be in a better position to lead an active lifestyle that will aid their health. 

A second aim of the department is to instil in our students a sound knowledge of the importance of fitness and exercise and how this contributes towards health.  A thorough understanding of health will enable students to understand the mental and social benefits of exercise, as well as the physical ones.  Our curriculum will provide students with knowledge of physical training and the benefits to be gained from an active lifestyle.

Lastly, physical education provides a great platform to equip our learners with a range of personal attributes which include but are not limited to: teamwork, respect, discipline and decision making.  Furthermore it teaches students how to cope with success and failure.  A knowledge and understanding of these attributes is applicable in all areas of life in the future, to provide our students with skill set to be successful in whatever passion they choose to pursue. 



Physical Education Content Statement

The P.E. curriculum should be based upon the acquisition of the core knowledge necessary to develop a deep understanding of the subject.  The structure of the curriculum emphasises this, allowing students to develop and progress their knowledge by revisiting key principles related to effective performance in a range of sports.  Such knowledge will enable students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.  Furthermore, acquisition of this knowledge will enable students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.  The repetitive nature of this approach to learning ensures that there will be a greater complexity and challenge every time a student returns to a sport that they have studied previously. 

It is important students see how key knowledge can be transferred between different sports within PE.  An example of this is the principle of attack; within an invasion game this would link to finding space to get free to receive a pass from a teammate. Whereas in a net/wall game such as badminton this would link to placing the shuttle in space, making it difficult for the opponent to return the shot.

The underpinning knowledge is understanding that space is useful when attacking but the context in which it is applied changes depending upon the game being played.

PE at Jesmond Park Academy

This knowledge is further developed at KS4 in examination PE where students are required to analyse and improve their sporting performances, whilst utilising knowledge of the components of fitness which is initially acquired at KS3.

At KS5 students who take A Level PE will learn how a performer acquires new skills through the study of theories of learning and methods of guidance. They will also discover how different psychological factors such as personality and aggression can affect performance.

To develop long term memory, regular recall and retrieval of key knowledge must take place.  We facilitate this through regular practice of key skills, game play and use of key vocabulary throughout a topic.  At KS4 and KS5 regular low stakes testing is used in order to promote the acquisition of subject knowledge and vocabulary. 

We aim to ensure that the subject knowledge of P.E. staff is as up to date as possible through regular cross discipline collaboration and external opportunities.  Our staff are passionate about sport and the disciplines it consist of.  Consequently, staff read sport literature and regularly watch and attend sporting events to maintain their knowledge of key physiological, biomechanical, psychological and socio-cultural issues.  Our staff maintain a regular involvement in physical activity to lead by example and inspire our students to partake in regular physical activity. 


Physical Education curriculum offer

KS3: Students study a variety of sports during their core PE lessons.

KS4: Students study the following course at KS4

  • GCSE PE (Edexcel)
  • BTEC Sport

KS5: Students can study the following A level course:

  • A Level PE (OCR)