Physical Education

Our aim is to engage and educate young people in the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle by providing a variety of opportunities and experiences for students to develop their skills across a range of physical activity areas and in several different roles. We aim to encourage lifelong participation and would like all students, regardless of ability, to leave Robert Smyth feeling that they are confident to continue to participate in physical activity with an understanding of why this is important and how a healthy, active lifestyle can be achieved.

For each activity area in core PE there are a set of fundamentals that we expect students to reach as a minimum standard across each year.

In addition to our PE curriculum, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These lead to participation in local, regional and national competitions where we have experienced success across several sports and year groups in recent years. We also run a very successful Sports Leadership Academy where we offer the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications in Sports Leadership (Please visit our Sports Leadership Academy page for more information).

Year 7 and Year 8 – Exploration

Core PE

In Year 7, students will learn and develop fundamental skills and identify key terminology (including laws/rules) from several sporting activities. Year 8 will build on the introductory units to sports; students will understand how to work and compete both as part of a team and as an individual. Alongside the sporting skills being developed, students will be introduced to relevant cross-curricular terminology relating to physiological and psychological understanding and their link with physical activity.

Students will gain an understanding of the importance of warming up and will be able to identify the major bones and muscles in the body in Year 7 before embedding this and an understanding of the effects of exercise in Year 8. Students will understand the distinction between sportsmanship, gamesmanship and deviance so that we foster a positive ethos and culture. Students will be given the opportunity to lead warm up activities to further develop confidence and communication skills and will analyse their own performance.

Areas to be covered: Invasion games (Football, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, Handball (Y8), Hockey (TBC start date), Net/Wall games (Badminton and Tennis), Gymnastic Activities (Trampolining), Health and Fitness, Athletics, Striking and fielding games (Rounders, Softball, Cricket). Outdoor and Adventurous Activities problem solving/teamwork).