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Curriculum Intent 

At Fullhurst we strongly believe in the importance of PE to support students in setting the foundation for a healthy and active life, building a lifelong love of sport and fitness.

Year 7 - Striving for an Active, Healthy and Successful Future

Students will experience a wide range of different activities throughout the year to give a balanced experience.  Activities covered in Year 7 include: Badminton, Rugby, Gymnastics, Ultimate Frisbee, Tchoukballl, Handball, Orienteering, Athletics and Rounders. 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, building declarative knowledge of techniques, rules and regulations and procedural knowledge of how and when to best apply skills and tactics in each activity area.

Year 8 – Broadening sporting experiences

In year 8, students aim to build upon the knowledge learnt in Year 7, with a greater focus on procedural knowledge. In particular the correct application of strategies and tactics within the different activities covered. Students are encouraged to develop leadership qualities through self-officiating and more student-led activities. Sports included in Year 8 are Badminton, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Dance, OAA, Athletics, Rounders and Softball.

Year 9 – Developing skills and embedding knowledge

Students in Year 9 will start to look more 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 activities including; Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Handball, Volleyball, Tchoukball, Personal Fitness and apply their skills, techniques and tactics in increasingly complex and competitive situations. Students reflect on their own performance to identify what they are good at and assess the areas of their performance they need to develop. As students progress through their Year 9 units, they will develop an understanding of the processes for reviewing their performance and ­finding ways to improve their skills.

Students will look at training to improve and enhance personal fitness for one activity/sport they have participated in. Students will select one component of fitness and one method of training to improve their fitness for their chosen activity/sport, designing a training programme that incorporates a number of different activities to enhance their fitness, and they will reflect on their performance. This develops their ability to keep their bodies active for future participation.

Key Stage Four – Striving and thriving in PE

At Key Stage Four students can opt for either GCSE PE or BTEC.

BTEC Level 2 – Year 10

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. By understanding how the 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.

Core PE – Year 11

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.


Year 10

Throughout the course, students participate weekly in a range of different sports, looking at tactics and building their skills as a sports performer. They link this to their theory learning in year 10 by exploring the ways that parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training, as part of their Applied Anatomy and Physical Training module. Students also develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of training, understanding why athletes 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.

Students go on to look at the Socio-cultural issues and Sports Psychology module, looking at influences on participation and performance in physical activities and sports. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of how sport impacts on society, understanding engagement patterns of different social groups, along with strategies to promote participation. They will consider commercialisation of physical activities and sports, including the influences of sponsorship and the media. Students look at theories of sports psychology related to acquiring movement skills and optimising performance, and 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 health, fitness and well-being, 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.

Year 11

Students continue to develop their practical skills in a range of sports, beginning to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately deciding which team and individual sports they are strongest in for their practical assessment. They go on to use this and their theory learning from year 10 to complete coursework in assessing and evaluating their own performance in one key sport.

Once students have completed their coursework, they return to their modules on Applied Anatomy and Physiology and Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology and use this to prepare for their final GCSE exams.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

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, including dance, rugby, netball, basketball and football.

PE kit

  • Black T shirt with Fullhurst logo
  • Black shorts or tracksuit bottoms
  • 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.

Fullhurst Community College

Imperial Campus
3 Ellesmere Rd

Fosse Campus
Imperial Avenue

tel: 0116 282 4326
fax: 0116 282 5781