Physical Education contributes to the overall education of young people, by fostering learning that leads to success, achievement and provides the opportunity for them to lead full and valuable lives, through engaging in purposeful physical activity. The physical education department aims to make a substantial impact on the cultural life of the academy. We offer our students a wide range of activities which are designed to help them develop their knowledge, performance and evaluation skills. We encourage the students to develop their team work and co-operation skills as well as improving individual performance which is reflected in the diverse range of team and individual activities we offer. We aim to promote lifelong learning and encourage students to continue with physical education outside of school and beyond.

The Melior PE curriculum at KS3 and KS4 is built around the areas identified below, and students should expect to –

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, 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 within 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.
  • Develop knowledge of health and fitness along with fitness training methods.
  • Analyse performance of themselves and others
  • Take part in competitive sports through extracurricular clubs, tournaments, and fixtures.
  • Take on roles such as leader, coach, timekeeper, umpire and scorer.

At KS3 students have two hours of PE per week. At KS4 students have one hour of PE per week.

Key stage 3&4 curriculum intent

At Melior Academy we aim to:

  • Give students the opportunity to experience a balanced and varied curriculum allowing students to participate in a wide variety of activities
  • Allow students to use technical terminology with confidence accurately and precisely
  • Give students the opportunity to attend extra-curricular sporting clubs and competitions, have an opportunity to represent their school and community.
  • Develop a lifelong love of sports and physical exercise.
  • Have students who make positive informed choices around their health, well-being and diet.
  • Link the benefits of a healthy diet and physical activity to mental and physical well-being.
  • Allow students to develop their leadership qualities and skills through sport.
  • Give students a sound understanding of different sports
  • understand how to exercise safely.

Key Stage 3 & 4 PE curriculum implementation

The curriculum is delivered in half termly blocks. During the half termly blocks students will develop:

1. Their knowledge of how to perform the activity and why each of the elements of that activity are important.

2. Their performance of the key elements of that activity.

3. Their evaluation skills to help themselves and others improve.

All of the activities we offer feed directly into the KS4 PE options programme so all students can access the courses we offer should they wish to.

PedagogyEnrichmentOther general principles
Our pedagogy is underpinned by:
Clear modelling of specific skills/concepts and high-quality teacher instruction.
Using errors as a learning opportunity and building resilience.
The importance of giving students’ regular opportunities to improve their work.
Students to understand what they are doing well and how they need to improve.
A range of strategies to deepen knowledge so that it is committed to the long-term memory.
We will enrich our curriculum by: Encourage students to contribute to the life of the school and the community and use these ‘real’ competitions to develop their skills and knowledge in Sport.
Providing sporting events/competitive situations both on and off the site.
Holding trust wide competitions to celebrate best work and extraordinary talent.
Our curriculum will enable students to:
Students learn within a coherent chronological framework.
develop their character, including resilience, confidence and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment.
Improve their spiritual social, moral and cultural understanding of the world and be able to form reasoned opinions around sporting competitions/events/issues.

Our KS4 offer

We currently offer students the opportunity to develop their interest in Physical Education via Btec Sport.

  • Component 1 (30% of the course) = Preparing Participants to Take Part in Sport and Physical Activity

Assessment – Explore different types of sports provision for a case study, understand the equipment and technology required for participation plan and demonstrate a suitable warm-up considering the case study.

  • Component 2 (30% of the course) = Taking Part and Improving Other Participants’ Sporting Performance. Assessment – To develop an understanding of participating in sport by developing their knowledge and understanding of skills and strategies used, in addition to being able to demonstrate these skills through conditioned practice or drills. *A sample of learners will be required for video evidence.
  • Component 3 (40% of the course) = Developing Fitness to Improve Other Participants’ Performance in Sport and Physical Activity. Assessment – External assessment set and marked by Pearson, under supervised conditions. The assessment will by completed in 1.5 hours within the timetabled period set by Pearson.

Students cultural capital

We develop students’ Cultural Capital whilst studying PE by;

  • Extensive extra-curricular programme
  • Competitive fixtures
  • Sporting trips and events

Meet the staff:

​Miss F.Lawson ​ ​Head of Department 
​Mr S. Kirk ​ ​Teacher of PE   
​Mrs L. Potter ​ ​Teacher of PE (Part Time)  
​Mr A. Joy ​ ​Teacher of PE   
​Miss E. Hodgson ​ ​Teacher of PE and Dance 
​Mr A. Lawis ​ ​Teacher of PE   
​Mr R. Saunders ​ ​ ​Teacher of PE/Vice Principal