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Yewlands Academy

Physical Education


Physical Education at Yewlands reflects and reinforces whole school values of ambition, determination, respect and responsibility. High expectations, tailored learning pathways and student voice form the basis of the department’s primary aim; to encourage active healthy lifestyles through participation and understanding of PE and Sport.

We aim to deliver a motivational curriculum that considers individual student’s needs and preferences whilst offering a wide breadth of activities. Following a pathway of activities that students enjoy promotes overall achievement. Students are challenged to push themselves and achieve their best whilst showing awareness and consideration for the varying needs of their peers.


Key Stage 3: Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9

Students in Y7 initially follow short blocks of activities within games, aesthetics and fitness as a baseline for assessment and also activity engagement. For the remainder of KS3 students then follow a pathway weighted towards their strengths and activity preferences whilst still covering all areas of the national curriculum.

Outwitting Opponents: most suited to games activities such as football, rugby, netball, badminton, basketball, cricket and rounders.

Aesthetic Appreciation: most suited to dance, gymnastics, cheerleading and trampolining.

Problem Solving: most suited to team and individual based challenges, orienteering and outdoor adventurous activities

Personal Best: most suited to athletics and fitness training/testing.


Key Stage 4: Year 10 and Year 11 

In KS4 all pupils are offered Core PE because as a school we value the contribution to overall well-being, mental health and academic success. Within Ks4 students continue to build and develop their knowledge and understanding of KS3 activity areas whilst also focussing on the development of wider key skills recognised for further education and the world of employment. Through active participation pupils will develop leadership and organisation, understand the need for healthy competition, develop their personal fitness and also explore creativity and collaboration in creating performances. Pupils can also opt for an additional Exam based PE/Sport qualification on top of their Core PE time.


Exam Level Physical Education 

We offer: 

BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Sport from the Edexcel Exam board.

Core units: Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Practical Sports Performance. Optional Specialist Units: The Mind and Sports Performance, The Sports Performer in Action, Training for Personal Fitness, Leading Sports Activities 


OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies

Units: Contemporary issues in sport, Developing sports skills, Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities.


PE Kit 

We have very high expectations within the department regarding PE kit and follow a 100% kit no excusal philosophy. When students are practically unable to take part in lessons there is still the expectation to bring kit and progress in the lesson in other ways such as coaching, officiating or analysing the performance of others. All students are required to wear Yewlands PE t-shirt, black shorts and black socks. Also available is an optional tracksuit and a sweatshirt. We firmly believe that a smart, consistent appearance results in a good team spirit and a professional approach to learning. 


Out of school hours learning 

Open participation clubs include football, netball, rugby league, basketball, trampolining, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, badminton, table tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics and fitness. These take place during lunch times and after school and all are welcome to attend. 

Through our internal house system pupils will have the opportunity throughout each academic year to represent their house in a number of sporting events. Our houses are Don, Loxley, Rivelin and Sheaf. 

Inter-school competitions are our representative squads. Pupils are selected to represent the school and compete against other schools around Sheffield and South Yorkshire in a variety of sports. 

For more information, please see the whole school extracurricular timetable or ask a member of the PE department. 



PE Curriculum Plan