The Da Vinci Physical Education department is an inclusive department delivering a broad and balanced programme of study throughout each key stage. Promoting healthy active lifestyles, and enjoyment of participation in physical activity is key to our programme. Our aim is to promote participation, enjoyment, competition, challenge and success for all students of all abilities. 

In support of our curriculum we offer of an extensive extra-curricular timetable. Through a variety of learning opportunities, our students can gain the knowledge and commitment to allow them to be lifelong participants in physical activity whilst sharing our passion for sport. 

As well as extra-curricular clubs and competitions, we offer a range of enrichment opportunities. These include reward trips, these include opportunities in outdoor education and promoting the use of facilities in the local community. Students will also be offered career guidance and support in the sports industry and coaching opportunities. 

Physical Education is well placed to advanced students' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Confidence and creativity is encouraged and respect for others is key in developing successful and resilient sports performers. Physical Education allows students to understand and adhere to rules, regulations and fair play and in return, learn the consequences of actions. 


Key Stage 3

In-line with the National Curriculum, a broad programme of study is delivered which is designed to engage and prepare students for lifelong participation in sport and the skills required at Key Stage Four and beyond. Students are introduced to a range of different sporting activities and are assessed in relation to their range and quality of skills, decision making and physical attributes. 

Traditional sports are studied such as football, basketball, netball, rugby, gymnastics, striking and fielding, dance and athletics as well as activities such as table tennis, handball, health development, softball and badminton. We aim to cater for students of all abilities, starting with a focus of the basic fundamental skills, and developing more sport specific skills as students move through the curriculum. Students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular clubs in place of homework which is not administered in Physical Education at Key Stage Three. In additional to sporting activities in Academy, students have access to a range of competitive opportunities in the local community and at county level. A focus on leadership and coaching helps prepare students for Key Stage Four courses and future roles in sport. 

Year 7

Focus on developing fundamental skills and introducing new skills.

Sports covered:

Fitness, Football, Rugby, Netball, Gymnastics, Basketball, Dance, Badminton, Striking and fielding, athletics, trampolining and orienteering.

Year 8

Focus on developing sport specific skills and introducing new skills.

Sports covered:

Fitness, Football, Rugby, Netball, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Basketball, Dance, Badminton, Table Tennis, Rounders, softball, trampolining, athletics and team building.

Year 9.

Focus on developing and embedding sports specific skills.

Sports covered:

Fitness, Football, Rugby, Netball, trampolining, Basketball, Dance, Badminton, table tennis, softball, rounders , athletics and orienteering.

Key stage 4 Core PE

All students will participate in 2 lessons a week of Core PE during years 10 & 11. Students will have the choice to be more specific with their choice of sport, and start using facilities in the local community.

Sport Options

We currently offer two options for students who wish to further their studies at Key stage four.

GCSE PE - Edexcel (1-9)

GCSE PE is broken down into the following areas:

  • 30% Practical – Students perform in 3 Sports which must be a mix of team and individual Sports.
  • 10% Coursework – Students complete an ‘Exercise Plan’.
  • 60% Theory – Students undertake 2 x 1 Hour Exams during exam season in year 11.
  • The units covered are as follows:
    • Unit 1: Physical Factors Affecting Performance, Physical Training.
    • Unit 2: Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology, Health, Fitness and Well-Being.

GCSE PE Students are expected to complete 1 hour of significant homework a week, as well as independent study and revision.

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport.

The BTEC Sport Award has been developed to acquaint learners with the specific vocational skills, understanding and knowledge required to enter employment within the sport and leisure industry.

The course consists of four units,

  1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise, (externally assessed through an online exam)
  2. Practical Sports Performance
  3. Training for Personal Fitness.
  4. Leading sports activities.

The final three units are all internally assessed.

Level 2 BTEC Sport Unit 1

Level 2 BTEC Sport Unit 1 Videos


Work Scheme