Leeds East Academy


PE and Sport

 Curriculum Intent – PE & Sport  

“Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility and how to resolve differences.” - Kobe Bryant 

Powerful Knowledge

The curriculum will develop powerful knowledge that will enable students to acquire specialised knowledge that takes them beyond their own experiences to ensure that they can access areas of the curriculum, where they excel, in depth. It provides the knowledge, skills and understanding to not only develop as a sports performer but the wider skills important to sports development such as character, leadership and the ability to analyse and improve performance, as well as the contemporary issues surrounding sport in the UK.  

Powerful knowledge in PE & Sport: 

  • Competence in a broad range of physical activities including knowledge of the skills, tactics, rules and regulations of the activity. 
  • Understanding of what it takes to be physically active for sustained periods of time including knowledge of the different components of fitness, how to improve them and how they are important to different physical activities. 
  • Knowledge of how to engage in sport for competition including the understanding where to access different levels of competition and the mindset and training required to be successful. 
  • Knowledge of how to lead, healthy, active lifestyle including diet, exercise and mental well-being and how sport can contribute to this. 
  • Knowledge of sports leadership including the characteristics of successful leadership and how to be a competent sports leader. 
  • Knowledge of the wider roles of sport and the skills required for different roles including leading, coaching and officiating. 
  • Understanding of how to improve performance through evaluation, analysis and coaching. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of issues that impact participation in sport. 

Curriculum Features

The intent of the PE and Sport Department at Leeds East Academy is to instil a lifelong love of physical activity through an active and engaging curriculum. By providing a  broad curriculum, students will participate in a wide range of physical activities both as an individual and as a team. Activities include invasion games such as basketball, netball, football and rugby as well as the emerging sports such as handball and American football, which adds further breadth. We also offer central net activities including badminton, tennis and volleyball as well as striking and fielding activities that include rounders, cricket and softball. Students also have the opportunity to take part in creative activities such as dance, gymnastics and trampolining as well as learning about the importance of keeping fit through a variety of different training methods such as boxing. Lastly, students take part in a wide range of athletics disciplines covering running, jumping and throwing. 

The focus of the key stage 3 curriculum is on stage not age in order to develop lasting transferable skills preparing them for their KS4 courses and beyond. During KS3 they will take part in a wide range of these physical activities on a rotation so that by the end of the key stage they have covered and revisited a broad range of sports. This allows students to develop a love for at least one physical activity and master the skills and tactics required. This leads them onto KS4 where each student will specialise in their strongest activities and develop a range of advanced skills, tactics and strategies to outwit opponent and develop their techniques to improve performance. Opportunities will be provided, at appropriate times of the year, to take part in outdoor and adventurous activities, which present intellectual and physical challenges as well teamwork, trust building and developing problem solving skills At all levels, students will be taught to analyse and evaluate their performances compared to previous ones, and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

At every opportunity, students will be encouraged and be guided to take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs. Students who choose to study Sport in key stage 4 will also learn theoretical elements, which continue from key stage 3, and these include contemporary issues in sport, what makes an effective sports leader and detailed analysis of performance skills, which are tested through written coursework and an exam.  

Cross Curricular & Wider Experiences

Students will be provided with pathways to utilise the skills mastered, to be physically active, resilient members of the community and use the values developed through PE and Sport to support themselves in everyday life leading to healthy lifestyles where exercise, diet and mental well-being significantly support them in their futures. In order to widen their experiences and they are provided with enrichment  activities such as the opportunity to take part in a varied extra-curricular offer with competitive pathways. They will experience the expertise of external sports coaches from the community coming in to deliver sessions, give presentations or visiting their venue such as Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Northern Ballet Theatre, Team Rubicon Skateboarding, Leeds United, Leeds Rebound Gymnastics Club, Row Leeds and Leeds Force Basketball. There is a regular Inter-House Competition program, including an annual Sports Day, students will be encouraged to take part in. They are offered a sports leadership program in which they can become involved in non-performance roles in sport such as House Sports Captain, Journalist and Officials for the House Competitions. Students will also be shown how sport can contribute to wider issues such as fundraising and there will be opportunities for students to be involved in various fundraising activities such as Children In Need, Comic/Sport Relief and Race for Life through either participating in sporting events or supporting with the running of the event. 

Students will learn about how sport can unite people together especially during international major sporting events and they will have chance to participate in Olympic Themed Days. Students will be involved in themed weeks for example ‘Healthy Eating’ and students who are moving onto the next stage of their education (Year 9 & 11) will be offered advice and guidance on where sport can take them through ‘Careers in Sport Week’ which is supported by a permanent display. Following the PE curriculum also provides links with other subjects. For example, students will use maths skills to analyse their performance when looking at angles and trajectory of their techniques, calculations when keeping score of games, area when using different parts of a playing area and measuring when recording scores in athletics. Links can also be made with science when looking at the effects on exercise on our bodies and how diet affects performance. In addition links can be made to geography when learning about how major sporting events can affect the economy, using different countries as examples. Finally, links to history can be made through studying the Olympic Games and the development of sport and their National Governing Bodies.  

For further information regarding the PE & sport offer at Leeds East Academy, please contact Ms Moss - moss.s@whiteroseaademies.org