Strategic Lead of PE: Mrs V

PE Curriculum Key Knowledge

At Kirkburton Middle School we believe that all pupils, irrespective of their academic and physical ability should have an equal opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential.

We aim to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum to inspire all our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. A multitude of opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and  respect.

Spiritual education at Kirkburton Middle School involves pupils developing a variety of skills in order to fulfil the feelings of success, enabling them to express emotions and feelings and to fully understand what their bodies can achieve eg; performing a sequence in gymnastics or a routine in dance. Moral education relates to pupils understanding how PE can influence their healthy living and lifestyle, reasons why they need to abide by rules and developing an understanding of fair play. This is continually developed through a vast variety of team games and a focus on Health Related Fitness. Pupils reflect on values surrounding competition which includes ‘winning at all costs. Social education involves pupils having many opportunities to work as a team or in a small group, as well as reflecting on feelings of determination and enjoyment. Pupils are given the role of a coach or leader to develop their social skills in co-operation and communication. Cultural educational involves pupils’ learning games and dances from different traditions, including their own, as well as being able to appreciate the differences between male and female roles within sport.

The PE Department ensures that British Values are included within its curriculum by teaching sports that are long standing British traditional sports such as football, rugby, cricket, hockey, table tennis and athletics. The department encourages all students to follow the rules and principles of games and experience roles of officials and leaders to promote the concept of ‘fair play’. Throughout their time at school pupils are encouraged to show respect towards others, promoting kinship and affiliation. Our outstanding annual whole school cross country and sports day competitions are a testimony to this where every child is not only encouraged to do their personal best but to do the best for their House.  A strong emphasis is placed upon celebrating success graciously and being magnanimous in defeat. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices and every child has equal opportunity to be selected and take part in our vast array of extra-curricular activities regardless of race, religion or gender. Democracy is at the heart of the selection process for our appointment of House Captains with candidates submitting their applications for all to view and every pupil in their related ‘House’ voting for their preferred candidate.


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

Subject: Curriculum Timetable

PE Curriculum Timetable

What career?

Sports Coach, PE Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Physiotherapist, Sports Psychologist, Professional Athlete, public services such as Police and Fire Brigade. Further information

Pupils apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They are encouraged to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. We aim to develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own successes.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

Year 7 & 8

Pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Year 6 to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. Our pupils learn how to make a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. We aim to develop pupil confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, ,cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs



  • A code of conduct for the school that permeates all subjects, including PE.
  • Pupils are taught about the need for different roles and different responsibilities, including team work and decision making.
  • A pupil voice for PE & School Sport (e.g. re curriculum, extra-curricular activities, kit).

The rule of Law

  • Pupils are taught about age appropriate rules, fairness and respect, through a variety of PE activities.
  • Pupils learn to work individually and in groups.
  • An established ethos in PE with regard to how to win and lose fairly and understand good sportspersonship.
  • Competition against oneself is encouraged in addition to competition against others.

Individual Liberty

  • PE recognises individual differences.
  • There is an ethos where the views of individual pupils are listened to and respected within an acceptable framework.
  • Pupils are taught safely and about safety.
  • There is a buddy and mentoring system in PE.

Mutual Respect

  • Pupils are taught about historical, cultural and religious differences, through a variety of PE activities.
  • The culture in PE respects cultural differences.
  • Pupils are taught about the environment and different activity contexts.
  • There are appropriate rewards and sanctions in PE for inappropriate behaviour.
  • The school engages in competition and encourages competition within and across the community.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

  • Pupils avoid stereotyping groups.
  • Pupils can articulate their own beliefs.
  • The culture in PE respects cultural differences.

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