Crispin School

Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to develop the whole child through a broad range of experiences, whilst at the same time developing their motor competence and confidence to engage in a wide range of physical activities. We want our students to enjoy a positive relationship with physical activity and acquire a range of inter-personal skills that can be used in all aspects of their lives.

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Our school values underpin our ethos:

Aspiration – it is of paramount importance to us that every student is healthy and happy. We aim to make the link between physical education and well-being; whether this is pursuing the best possible levels of competition or having the confidence to take part in a range of physical activities for enjoyment.

Compassion – by building positive, trusting and strong relationships with students, we take time to listen to and understand the aspirations and concerns of all students, which in turn supports student engagement in physical activity.

Excellence – By redefining excellence in PE as someone who...

  • has the courage to have a go at every task or activity
  • shows resilience to failure when learning new skills
  • helps others to make progress
  • shows independence as a learner
  • is willing to challenge themselves
  • demonstrates creativity during physical activities

…we have made it such that every student is able to achieve excellence in PE, regardless of their current levels of fitness and physical ability.

Curriculum Implementation

At Key Stage 3, students have 4 lessons of Core PE a fortnight. Students start lessons at Crispin in Year 7 in mixed gender / ability groups. As students’ progress through the school, preferences about who they would like to participate in PE with can change. Student voice is used to inform the PE Department about groupings.

The curriculum maps below set out the key concepts of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. They also highlight the wide range of activities from across the National Curriculum in addition to location of all of the lessons throughout the year.

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At Key Stage 4, all students continue to do 2 Core PE lessons a fortnight. Students have the choice to be in a single or mixed gender PE group. Students remain in the same class with the same teacher throughout the year. Four classes are on at a time and are allocated a facility per term, where specific concept will be explored. The students help to shape the curriculum, guided by the teacher, to ensure a broad and balanced offer over the year. We encourage students who are specialists in sports to contribute to lessons by helping to teach their peers. Another key feature of Key Stage 4 PE is the shift in responsibility of the learning to the students themselves; equipping them with the skills and confidence to continue a physically active lifestyle on leaving Crispin.

Curriculum Impact

Regular student voice opportunities and reviews of the curriculum offer, allows the PE Department to be responsive to the needs of students in a rapidly changing world. By aiming to make all lessons meaningful, students have the chance to connect with their peers, choose an appropriate level of challenge and links to the wider world are made. As such, engagement levels in Physical Education are high across all year groups. A large number of students choose to engage in the PE enrichment programme, which consists of a combination of competitive and recreational activities.


Students are expected to arrive at PE lessons ready to learn, as they do in other subjects. The full PE kit list is available on the website. If a student fails to bring the correct kit, a conversation will be had to try and establish the root cause and suggest possible solutions.

If a student continues to forget their kit, indicating that the problem is not being resolved through teacher-student conversation, parent/carers will be contacted to discuss further support strategies.

If students do not have PE kit, they will still be expected to participate in the lesson in roles other than that of performer e.g. helping to officiate, lead small groups, give feedback etc.

OCR Level 2 Cambridge National in Sport Science




In Year 10, students have the option to study for a Level 2 Cambridge National Level in Sport Science, which is equivalent to a GCSE in PE.  This is a popular course that supports our vision of promoting well-being, life-long participation and excellence for all. The course consists of three units:

Unit Assessment Method Year Studied

Unit R183

Nutrition and Sports Performance

Internal (portfolio work) 10

Unit R181

Applying the principles of training: fitness and how it affects skill performance

Internal – (Portfolio work) 10 & 11

Unit R180

Reducing the risk of sports injuries and dealing with common medical conditions

External – (exam) 11

The combined knowledge, understanding and skills gained through these units enable students to lead healthy and active lifestyles beyond school. They also lay the foundation for active participation in sports clubs in addition to multiple careers in the sports industry.


In Year 10, students start the course by learning about nutrition and the link to sports performance. Students learn to consider the composition of healthy, balanced nutrition and consider the necessity of certain nutrients and their role in enabling effective performance in different sporting activities. The knowledge gained will be used to produce an appropriate, effective nutrition plan for a performer.

Following the nutrition unit, students learn about the principles of training and how fitness affects skill performance. Students will learn how to conduct a range of fitness tests, what they test and their advantages and disadvantages. They will also learn how to design, plan and evaluate a fitness training programme. This will give them the background knowledge they need to be able to plan and deliver appropriate fitness tests, some of which will be adapted to suit the skills of the sporting activity. Students will then interpret the data collected from fitness tests and learn how best to feed this back so that participants can go on to make informed decisions about their fitness training.

Finally, in Year 11, students learn about how to reduce the risk of sports injuries and dealing with common medical conditions. In this unit students will learn how to prepare participants to take part in sport and physical activity in a way which minimises the risk of injuries occurring; prepare them to be able to respond to common injuries that can occur during sport and physical activity and to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions. This unit will be examined by an exam at the end of the course.


The knowledge, understanding and skills gained from the Level 2 Cambridge National Level in Sport Science course can provide a springboard into Level 3 college courses; many of the last year’s cohort went on to Study Level 3 BTEC Sport at College. Regardless of next steps, we hope that all students that study the Cambridge National, go on to live an active and healthy life, applying what they have learned on the course. The examination courses delivered by the PE Department at KS4 have consistently high residual results, meaning that students tend to perform better in these courses than the majority of their other subjects.

Last updated: September 2022

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