Physical Education

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand… It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination…the rules of the game are the same for everyone, and behaviour is guided by fair play and good sportsmanship”
Nelson Mandela, 2000

At Eden School, the intent of Physical Education is to help develop the positive physical and mental health of our students, embedding life skills that will have a positive impact on their future.

Eden School recognises the vital contribution of physical education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as the role it can play in a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development.  Eden pupils are often from a socio-economically deprived area and have often missed opportunities to develop their skills and often enter the school with poor educational experiences and low confidence and self-esteem.

We aim to create a safe and supportive environment which inspires all children to take part in PE.  We aim to provide a broad and balanced P.E. curriculum to aid children’s increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.   By building and supporting these key areas we hope pupils will develop a positive relationship with PE which will last for life.

We follow the National Physical Education Curriculum at KS2, KS3 and KS4.

The PE department is very passionate about physical activity and sport, believing that there is a sport or exercise choice for everyone.

The department prides itself on personalised teaching that gives every pupil the opportunity to reach their full potential by building upon existing skills and excellent assessment for learning strategies.   We inspire to contribute an active and enthusiastic generation with the necessary skills to confidently compete in a range of different sports. We strive to give children the tools and understanding to make a positive impact on their own physical health and wellbeing by maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

The PE department’s assessment at Key stage 3 reflects our aim of developing the whole child.  We assess students on their: thinking skills (head) including knowledge and understanding; Skills and application (hands) including skills, techniques, fitness, tactics and problem solving; Motivation and effort (heart) including respect, effort and resilience. Assessment in this format enables students to understand their strongest areas and actively address areas of weakness.

Teaching and learning in PE at Eden follows a process of stepped learning, whereby students will develop core skills and tactical understanding, which build upon each other throughout Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.

We aim to provide challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.

We provide opportunities for children to learn how to stay safe by starting swimming lessons in KS2 and continuing until children have become confident in the water, knowing how to keep safe and also meet the National Curriculum requirements of swimming 25m by the end of Year 6.

Our KS3 and KS4 core PE curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all pupils at Eden School not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, students are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness.

By the time they leave school, students will have a good foundation of knowledge and skills that will allow them to make informed choices about their health, well-being and what sports are available to them. Our core aim is that they leave with a passion for sport or physical activity and an enthusiasm to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Curriculum Maps

“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher