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Physical Education at St James's

Physical Education is one of the major pillars of the school curriculum. The importance that students know how to lead an active, healthy lifestyle is a vital life skill. Within PE lessons students will understand and be able to implement different methods in order to lead a healthy active lifestyle. Students will develop a number of fundamental life skills including enhancing; confidence, resilience, communication skills, leadership, teamwork, mental toughness, dealing with failure and how to succeed amongst others.


Physical Education Department Vision 

Our vision is centred around ‘fun and active engagement’. We desire to equip all pupils with enjoyment, as well as a skillset for sport, knowledge of the human body, and the ability to lead a healthy active lifestyle once they leave St James’s. We have, and will continue to design a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum that is ambitious for all. By providing regular feedback, clear end points and the opportunity to assess pupils’ own understanding; we provide learners with what they need to succeed now, and in the future. 

Curriculum Intent 

Our curriculum is centred around ‘fun and active engagement’. Our ambitious curriculum ensures that all pupils understand ‘what makes a good sportsperson’ in many sports which includes skills, games, knowledge of the human body, possessing the correct morals and Christian Values, in order to improve physical, mental and social wellbeing. 

Curriculum Implementation 

Our students are offered a broad and balanced array of sports, taught by expert teachers with consistent St James’s lesson essentials, spanning a five year curriculum. Most sports are completed in blocks of around six weeks, built upon prior knowledge each year, and complemented by an extensive extracurricular timetable allowing for further competitive scenarios. All lessons contain a teaching undercurrent of disciplinary knowledge of the human body which is regularly assessed to cement knowledge in long term memory. 

Curriculum Impact 

Students finish their five-year curriculum experience with the ability to lead healthy, active lifestyles beyond St James’s by continuing to take part in team sports, individual sports, or fitness training. Pupils have the foundational physical education knowledge and cultural capital to continue involvement In physical activity, but also to contribute to discussion in society, and to support others around them in their knowledge and participation in sport too.  


Please click below to see what you will study in PE

PE Learning Journey

Revision Lessons

Please take a look at our 'Revision Lessons' folder which contains all the topics that Year 7 - Year 10 will be taught in their six half terms at St James's. These lessons have been expertly drawn together by staff and will cover everything that pupils have been taught in their core lessons. These lessons will also be used when pupils have their revision lessons one month prior to their 'Assessment Week'. 

Reflecting on current research, we have focussed our revision systems to three main strategies: Mind Maps, Self Quizzing & Revision Cards, details of which are included at the beginning of every lesson. We encourage pupils to use their independent time to apply these strategies to the PowerPoint information to enhance their learning.

The content also forms the foundations for the ½ termly homework pupils receive at the end of the half term - for more information on homework, please visit our 'Homework Timetable' option.

Revision Lessons

Homework Timetable

Please see below for the overview of what homework task, will be when, for our students at St James's

Homework Timetable

Assessment Grids

KS3 Athletics Assessment Grid 
KS3 Badminton Assessment Grid 
KS3 Basketball Assessment Grid 
KS3 Cricket Assessment Grid 
KS3 Dance Assessment Grid 
KS3 Football Assessment Grid 
KS3 Gymnastics Assessment Grid
KS3 Handball Assessment Grid
KS3 Hockey Assessment Grid
KS3 Netball Assessment Grid
KS3 Orienteering Assessment Grid
KS3 Rounders Assessment Grid
KS3 Rugby Assessment Grid
KS3 Table Tennis Assessment Grid
KS3 Trampolining Assessment Grid
KS3 Volleyball assessment Grid

Key Stage 3

St James’s Church of England High School is committed to raising standards of achievement across all areas of activity and for all students across the ability range through the promotion of Physical Education, Sport and Healthy Lifestyles. Our curriculum is purposefully designed to allow pupils to have ‘Fun and Active engagement’ whilst covering a broad and balanced PE curriculum in Years 7-9 from the ranges of content:

  • Outwitting opponents, as in games activities
  • Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences, as in gymnastic activities
  • Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, as in dance activities
  • Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy, as in athletic activities
  • Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as in life saving and personal survival in swimming and outdoor activities (OAA)
  • Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing, as in fitness and health activities.

    Year 7 Programme of Study
    Year 8 Programme of Study
    Year 9 Programme of Study 

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 updated below

In Years 10-11 students will opt to follow either a Maximum Performers or Healthy Lifestyles pathway. The Maximum Performers pathway is designed for those students who enjoy the traditional sports from KS3 and like the element of competition (including all of our GCSE PE students). The healthy lifestyles pathway is designed to help students to understand who to remain physically active during their school years and after they leave and will include activities they may consider taking part in outside of school. This pathway has less of an emphasis on competition and more on being active.

Year 10 Programme of Study
Year 11 Programme of Study

Cambridge Nationals Course 

Cambridge Nationals Course - Year 10


GCSE PE Option Information

  • TTLP