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As a member of Northern Ambition Academies Trust, we ensure that our curriculum is ambitious, enriched, broad and engaging and that it incorporates the Trust’s values of Ambition, Bravery and Respect.

The aim of the PE, Health and Wellbeing department is to ensure students leave Airedale Academy with the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding of the importance of leading a healthy active lifestyle for not only themselves, but that of others. The department will offer a wide range of activities to develop their skills and improve or maintain their physical, emotional and social health.

Airedale Academy’s PE curriculum intent:

●       Will encourage students to develop an enjoyment for sport and physical activity, which can be taken into their future lives beyond Airedale Academy.

●       Students will experience activities within lessons with a competitive element so they can learn to handle and accept defeat whilst becoming gracious when winning showing respect at all times.

●       Within lessons, students will build character and embed British Values such as rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance. They will also understand that physical activity is also about active participation not just success.

●       Opportunities will be provided to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness.

●       Students will be exposed to a broad range of physical activities to develop their competence and key skills, which can be transferred to other sports some of which they may not experience outside of PE lessons.

●       They will be encouraged to problem solve in small groups demonstrating social skills as well as working independently. Lessons will prepare students by securing foundations for progression onto BTEC and the desire to lead a lifelong healthy, active lifestyle.

●       In Key Stage 4 option subjects, students will develop an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, appropriate training methods and principles and leadership qualities to coach or manage sports activities.

●       They will use cross-curricular literacy skills to access text and develop a good understanding of written English within PE. The faculty uses strategies to ensure that learning is embedded through retrieval activities such as Do It Now tasks, frequent links to prior learning and application of subject knowledge that builds in layers showing their progress.

●       Is sequenced so that lessons build upon their knowledge and core skills over time

●       Uses a range of assessment opportunities to check understanding and that skills are embedded and mastered including DIRT opportunities to address individual and whole-class misconceptions

●       Exposes students to an enriched Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary and provides opportunities to embed and apply new vocabulary through the Vocabulary Vault in a sequence of lessons. Encourages the use of PE vocabulary in every lesson.



Lessons will be taught by PE teachers with a love and passion for sport and physical activity that will be consistent throughout the department and across both Key Stages. Practical lessons and activities will be at the forefront of all KS3 lessons that will also include elements to prepare students for the deeper learning and understanding of knowledge in KS4. Students will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different spots and physical activities. Teachers will promote independence and resilience and ensure an appropriate level of challenge for all. Students will be taught a range of tactics and strategies to outwit opponents whilst developing their techniques and skills by improving their performance.  Students will be given the opportunity in lessons to review their own and others performance through peer and self-assessment to achieve their personal best. They will develop their confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and later life. 

The programme of study at KS3 features two hours per week where students cover two different sporting activities over a sustained period of time. Students will cover a minimum of 10 sports within the six performance categories (invasion, net and wall, aesthetic, striking and fielding, maximum performance and health and fitness). After each sustained period of time (between 5 and 7 weeks), students will know, apply and understand their attainment level for each activity.

In Key stage 4, the PE programme features 1 hour per week where students will cover a wide range of sports, activities and fitness classes over a shorter period. Some of the lessons are delivered by experienced coaches with a particular expertise to ensure variation and high-quality lessons. The focus of KS4 lessons is to further develop students technical and tactical capabilities and increase the desire to lead a lifelong healthy, active lifestyle.

All KS3 and KS4 compulsory practical lessons are delivered in single sex classes. This is to ensure that students receive the appropriate challenge and competition, ensure that all students are safe and develop confidence and self-esteem of participating. This is with the exception of KS4 option subjects in GCSE PE and BTEC Sport where theory and practical lessons where appropriate are of mixed sex classes.

A variety of strategies will be used within KS4 theory lessons to develop knowledge and understanding and ensure that students make the appropriate progress. Assessment will be used to measure progress over time working alongside the departmental and whole school marking policy. Students are given assignment briefs to work towards and use a variety of scenarios to apply their theoretical knowledge.

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, tactics and teamwork through competing against other local schools in different activities and sports fixtures and through community links and sports club. The department also offer opportunities for students to experience different careers through school trips, conferences and other activities along with attending a range of sporting events.


The impact of the PE curriculum is to develop a lifelong appreciation for physical activity in order for students to make positive choices about living a healthy active lifestyle. Students will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. The students will have developed their teamwork and communication skills to take into future careers as well as their confidence and self-esteem.

Knowledge and understanding of key topics will support their further studies at KS5 and build a foundation to carry on into their chosen career path. Our students choosing PE in KS4 will have an awareness of the different careers in the sport and leisure industry and will develop an aspiration to continue with their studies.