A curriculum for an Active and Healthy Lifestyle?

In a previous post I was discussing moving away from a PE Curriculum of doing to one of knowledge. Over the last two days my department has, as an academy, tried to design the full curriculum outcomes of what we want students to achieve through Year 7 to 11. This is what we came up with:


‘To give every pupil the knowledge and inspiration to become intrinsically motivated to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle.’

There are 5 Key Concepts behind our curriculum, each one looks at developing a broad range of knowledge and skills that are essential to a healthy and active life beyond school.


Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills that permit a child to move with confidence and competence in a wide range of physical activities. Physical Literacy for us also includes the ability to use correct scientific terminology when talking about PE, Sport, Health, Fitness and Exercise.

‘Being physically active throughout life depends on the individual’s ability to feel competent and confident in a activity setting’.

Our Curriculum looks to develop a range of skills including:

Agility, Balance, Co-ordination, Running, Jumping, Bouncing, Throwing, Catching, Striking, Skipping, Twisting, Turning, Hopping, Kicking, Trapping, Rhythm, Power and Lunging.


Knowledge of Health, Fitness and Exercise

Dictionary definition of Knowledge

A fundamental value of our curriculum is to pass on the knowledge of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils will take part in modules that challenge them to think about how the lifestyle they choose can impact their health and fitness. As well as these specific modules, the majority of all lessons will incorporate elements of the following topics:

  • Definition of health, fitness and exercise
  • Components of Health both physical and skill related
  • Diet, Nutrition and outcomes of an unhealthy diet
  • Fitness testing; why and how it can be used to maintain health and fitness
  • Methods of training, specifically the health advantages and disadvantages
  • Learn how to develop a personal exercise programme




The ability to reflect in and on action is an essential part in the process of maintenance and improvement of a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils will be encouraged to engage in activities that will improve their ability to observe, reflect, plan and refine and develop solutions to promote self and peer improvement. We will try to develop reflection through:

  • Coaching
  • Notational Analysis and use of basic data
  • Video Analysis
  • Personal reflection log




Resilience is an important part of Physical Education and developing motivation for a healthy and active lifestyle. We believe out students need to develop physical, mental and emotional resilience to succeed and feel that our subject is well suited to help them in this aim. Pupils will encounter activities that allow them to enhance their ability to push themselves to their limit and through this we hope to develop:

  • Enhanced physical capacity
  • Enhanced mental capacity
  • Learning to deal with failure
  • Using failure as a tool for improvement
  • Trying to be the best you can be
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Coping with challenges
  • Problem solving as an individual
  • Problem solving as part of a team




Leadership is an integral skill in any environment. We want to create opportunities that allow the students to develop an understanding of the different types of leader, how to lead others and what makes a good leader. We want to also develop the key skills associated with good leadership; planning, clear communication, listening, solution finding, motivation and dealing with confrontation.


Once again as always, I’m very willing to hear you opinions on our progress. The next step for us is to refine this curriculum and look at how we can be delivering it from Year 7 to 11.




2 thoughts on “A curriculum for an Active and Healthy Lifestyle?

  1. Educating the physical and educating the physical being are not the same. The International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program offers a fantastic framework for contextual, life- long physical and health education. Read some of their philosophy and practices as they encompass all of your concepts… And there is more… Great work in bucking the system and moving your curriculum forward! What about creativity, movement composition, collaboration, communication…?


    1. Hi Alison, thanks for taking the time to respond. I shall look into the IBs framework. Have you had experience of teaching it? Do you think it would work for boys aged 11-18? With regards to the 4c’s you mention, we do provide opportunities for development within our curiculum, say through Dance or Gymnastics, but we dont make them explicit like the concepts mentioned in the blog. Whats your take on making them clear outcomes in a PE curriculum. Im unsure how to teach creativity.


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