PE develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them.
PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
The curriculum should provide opportunities for students to:
- get involved in a broad range of different activities that, in combination, develop the whole body
- experience a range of roles within a physical activity
- specialise in specific activities and roles, taking accredited courses and qualifications where appropriate
- follow pathways to other activities in and beyond school and, where possible, work with sportsmen and women, coaches and other specialists
- perform as an individual, in a group or as part of a team in formal competitions or performances to audiences beyond the class
- make links between PE and other subjects and areas of the curriculum
- use ICT to assist in planning for improvement and involvement in physical activity
- work with others to organise, manage, officiate and run festivals, tournaments, competitions and events, both in school and the local community.