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Fullhurst Community College


Curriculum Intent:

Striving for an active, healthy and successful future


Year 7 Curriculum – Creating a love for Physical Education

When students join us from Year 6, we spend the first 2 weeks of Year 7 looking at their fundamental motor skills. The students will then cover a number of different sports throughout the year. Sports included in Year 7 are Football, Rugby, Dance, Badminton, Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Basketball, Netball, Handball, Table Tennis, Health and Fitness, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders and Softball. Within Year 7 we aim to introduce students to the rules and regulations of different sports, whilst focusing on improving their techniques and life skills.


Year 8 Curriculum – Broadening sporting experiences

In year 8, students aim to build upon the knowledge learnt in Year 7, focusing on the tactics that can be applied within different sports. Students are encouraged to develop leadership qualities through self-officiating and more student led activities. Sports included in Year 8 are Football, Rugby, Dance, Badminton, Trampolining, Basketball, Netball, Handball, Table Tennis, Health and Fitness, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders and Softball.


Year 9 Curriculum – Developing skills and embedding knowledge

Students start by looking closely at practical performance in sport. This focuses on developing and improving students’ own practical sports performance. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in selected sports and carry out skills, techniques and tactics in different situations within those sports. Students reflect on their own performance to identify what they are good at (their strengths) and assess the areas of their performance they need to develop (areas for improvement). As students progress through this unit, they will develop an understanding of the processes for reviewing their performance and ­finding ways to improve their skills.

For the second half of the academic year students focus on the individual performer, training to improve and enhance personal fitness for one activity/sport they participated in for Unit 2. Students must select one component of fitness and one method of training to improve their fitness for their chosen activity/sport. Students will design a 6-week training programme that incorporates a number of different activities to enhance their fitness. Once they have completed their training programme, they will again reflect on their performance and underpin the ability to keep their bodies active for future participation. The ability to improve personal fitness is essential for sports performers. However, the same knowledge, understanding and skills are required to improve other people’s fitness, and are essential for a number of progression opportunities in sport and life.


Year 10 Curriculum – Striving and thriving in PE

BTEC Level 2 – Students start year 10 starting with a focus on Unit 1, the only examination module in the course. Fitness for sport and exercise is core to the programme of study and underpins the other units. In learning aim A students will cover the components of physical and skill-related fitness and the principles of training. Learning aim B explores different fitness training methods for developing components of fitness, and for learning aim C students will gain knowledge and skills in undertaking and administering fitness tests. This unit is particularly relevant if students would like to progress into qualifications in sports coaching, teaching, elite sport or personal training, but also helps to develop their understanding of their own fitness.

Students go on to explore Unit 5 – The Sports Performer in Action. For learning aim A, students look at the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems and how they function normally (before a training programme, taking part in exercise/sport regularly) and how they can function as a result of taking part in training/exercise/sport over a length of time. For learning aim B, students look at the energy systems for different sporting activities. So, if a performer needs energy quickly, they’ll rely on energy already stored within the body. For a longer-term period of sport or exercise, the body struggles to store a lot of energy, but it can make energy from resources inside and outside the body. By understanding how your body works and how it can be trained, as a sports performer, as a coach or as someone who wants to improve their own fitness, students can help to make the necessary adaptations in order to produce improved sports performance.

GCSE PE - This course will prepare students for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology. Students explore the ways in which parts of the human body work and function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. Students also develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results. The study of these topics will aid students in the development of both their own practical performance and that of others. Year 1 of the course sees students focus on component 1: Applied Anatomy and Physical Training as well as completing their coursework in evaluating their own performance.


Year 11 Curriculum – Creating a healthy and active future

GCSE PE – Students will continue to learn about Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology. In Component 02, Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology, students will develop their knowledge of socio-cultural influences impact on participation and performance in physical activities and sports. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of how sport impacts on society. Engagement patterns of different social groups will be understood by students, along with strategies to promote participation with practical examples. The commercialisation of physical activities and sports will be understood, including the influences of sponsorship and the media. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activities and sports. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of sports psychology theories related to acquiring movement skills and optimising performance, will be able to reflect on their own learning and performance of physical activities and sports skills to recognise the key psychological concepts affecting performance. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the benefits of participating in physical activities and sports to their health, fitness and well-being. The physical, emotional and social aspects will be understood as well as the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of energy use along with diet, nutrition and hydration.

Core PE – For those students who have completed the BTEC and have not taken GCSE PE, they will participate in 1 hour of Core PE each week. Within this hour, we aim to focus on creating a healthy and active future for our Year 11s, so that they can leave with the understanding of how to keep healthy when they leave school. We focus on a number of sports such as Football, Health and Fitness, Basketball, Volleyball, Dodgeball, Netball, Handball and Invasion Games. We hope that all students leave Fullhurst with a love for physical activity of some sort and can use this within their everyday routines as they go out into the working world.


Extra-curricular Opportunities

***In line with the current Coronavirus Risk Assessment we are unfortunately unable to offer our usual wide range of extra-curricular activities across both the Fosse and Imperial Sites.***

We hope this becomes something that we are able to offer once again in the near future.

Here at Fullhurst we are very proud of the extra-curricular clubs that we run throughout the year. The school provides multiple opportunities for students to participate and gain experience in a number of different sports. We are represented in

PE kit

  • Black T shirt with Fullhurst logo
  • Black shorts or tracksuit bottoms (no leggings, no hoodies)
  • Suitable footwear (trainers with non-marking soles indoors) (moulded studs are optional but advised for winter sports)
  • Gum shield and shin pads

Failure to comply with the PE kit policy will result in a 30 minute after college detention.


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Fullhurst Community College

Fullhurst Community College
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