Physical Education

The Physical Education faculty at the British School seeks to provide a full, varied and interesting Physical Education curriculum which challenges, engages and excites staff and pupils alike. We see Physical Education as a vital part of the education experience as a whole.

The aims and objectives of the Physical Education Faculty relate directly to the aims of the whole School itself. They are:

  1. To maintain and/or stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in P.E. and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.
  2. To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to P.E.
  3. To enable pupils to see P.E. as:
    • A major feature in our lives related to leisure, employment and culture.
    • Part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. interpersonal and problem solving skills (to include analysis and evaluation of P.E. issues).
  4. To enable pupils to understand:
    • And use safe practice and to appreciate its importance in P.E.;
    • The short and long term effects of exercise on the body;
    • The role of exercise in a fit and healthy lifestyle.
  5. To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities. These may include politeness, perseverance, initiative and independence.
    • NB The establishment of pupil self-esteem through the development of physical confidence is a major aim of the Faculty.
  6. To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team, in varied activities so that P.E. contributes to the development of core skills such as communication by speech.
  7. To employ teaching methods and resources that allows all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to P.E., and to experience success and enjoyment in their P.E. work.
  8. To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of sport and physical activity (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities.
  9. To allow pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them with reasonable arguments.

Staff provide a variety of experiences/activities during a course of study and during a P.E. lesson if possible, e.g.

  • Games, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and outdoor / adventurous activities;
  • Indoor and outdoor activities;
  • Individual and group activities;

Students are encouraged through physical activity to adopt the attributes of the IB Learner Profile and strive to be:

  • Inquirers --They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Knowledgeable --They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Thinkers --They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators--They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Principled --They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Open-minded --They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring --They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  • Risk-takers --They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Balanced --They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective --They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Safety is further enhanced by emphasis of the following:

  • The need to wear the correct clothes/equipment;
  • The need to follow rules;
  • How to lift, move, carry and place heavy objects / equipment;
  • The need for a warm up and recovery period when exercising;
  • Teaching how to swim and how to be safe in and around water;
  • How to survive in exposed situations, e.g. when climbing is undertaken.