"I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." - Micheal Jordan

The Physical Education curriculum at Nottingham Free school has been designed with a sequence of high-quality physical activities which enable all students to become more physically literate. Our knowledge-based curriculum focuses on students knowing more and doing more in a variety of different physical activities; this curriculum model enables students’ progress to be incremental and sustained over time. The department’s curriculum aims for each year group are identified below:

Year 7 – Developing fundamental motor competencies learnt in Key Stage 2 and applying them to competitive sporting activities.

Year 8 - Expanding students’ motor competencies into more complex movement patterns that are both efficient and effective for their chosen activity

Year 9 – Creating intelligent and context related sports people who have a deep understanding of rules, strategies and tactics in order to guide successful movement

Year 10 - A range of activities are completed to develop personal fitness, promote healthy active lifestyles and consolidate the knowledge and motor competencies from key stage 3.

Year 11 - Student pathways are chosen to increase engagement and promote healthy active lifestyles for a lifetime.

At Nottingham Free School we believe in personally and socially developing our students through our enriched curriculum. Physical education holds the power to transform lives. In addition to the more traditional skills students gain from participating in sports, we also explicitly teach and celebrate softer skills such as oracy, resilience, cooperation, sportsmanship and problem solving. As a result, NFS students of PE are able to fully develop and aim high in all areas of physical activity and elements of life affected by this. Within all PE lessons students will follow a key theme based on the following 6 areas. Each group will learn, discuss and reflect upon a small section of the overarching theme which develops from year 7 to year 11.


Minority groups in sport

Psychological control

Healthy eating

Sporting heroes

Health and physical fitness

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