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Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) is designed to help our children gain much needed exercise whilst making the process fun at the same time.

Physical education, as well as promoting healthy exercise and healthy living, also aims to promote team building and working as a member of a team. Games such as football, cricket and badminton where the use of teams are a must aim to help the students build a rapport with their peers and also show how they can win – or at least play to their best – whilst working as a unit.

Many of the sports undertaken through Physical Education allow for personal development as well and going some way to helping the individual realise his or her potential when it comes to carrying out a particular task. Perseverance is another key attribute to be learned and enhanced through Physical Education; this is all the more important in those students who would normally have no interest or lack motivation in the subject.

The overall aim of PE at Forest Moor is to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.



Key Stage 2


Key Stage 3 topics:


Net/wall games (table tennis, tennis & badminton)

Invasion games (basketball, football, rugby)

Gymnastics (incl trampolining)


Key Stage 4:

Students follow the AQA GCSE ‘Short course’ syllabus, which includes a combination of two controlled assessments and an end of year exam.

Topics include;

  • The body; skeleton, muscles and how they are used in sport
  • Diet & healthy lifestyle
  • Types of training
  • Factors affecting performance
  • Opportunities in sport
  • Media and sport

Controlled assessment - practical activities

Students are assessed in two activities, from a list including table tennis, badminton, boccia, mountain biking, climbing, trampolining and circuit training.

Students choose one activity as a player/performer and another activity as an official.



KS3 students are assessed at the end of each unit. 

KS4 students are assessed during unit work, through exam practice questions, in addition to teacher assessment.


Enrichment and Extracurricular

As part of the North Yorkshire Special Schools Sports Partnership, pupils get opportunities to take part in a range of sports competitions, including football, badminton, boccia, athletics & cricket.

Pupils get an opportunity to access a range of clubs and activities at break and lunchtimes, including football, trampolining and biking. Some activities are also offered as part of the weekly pupil enrichment (reward) programme.

All pupils are encouraged to take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

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