Aims of the Department

  1. To stimulate and maintain pupil interest and enjoyment in PE and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. It is hoped that pupils will continue to participate in some kind of physical activity once they have left school.
  2. To provide a balanced curriculum that offers a range of experiences with opportunities for all pupils to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively in order to achieve their full potential.
  3. To develop a knowledge and understanding of safety procedures and the ability to apply safety principles in differing and varied movement contexts.
  4. To encourage pupils to appreciate, accept and value the work of others regardless of their ability.
  5. To develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology in relation to health and fitness.
  6. To enable pupils to develop a range of personal qualities such as politeness, self- discipline, perseverance, organisation, honesty, reliability, co-operation, sensitivity and leadership.
  7. To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability etc.) to have equal access to PE and to experience success thus developing their confidence and improving their self-esteem.
  8. To encourage the process of maturation, through delegation of controlled responsibility.
  9. To fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Latest News

Tabor Academy students have taken part in athletics competitions during the summer term, with the annual NWESSA secondary schools district sports athletics competition having taken centre stage on Monday 19th June, followed by the Tabor Academy Sports Day on Tuesday 4th July. Both events saw outstanding performances,  excellent participation levels and high levels of effort, commitment and dedication to their teams.

NWESSA Secondary Schools District Sports: Athletics (Monday 19th June)

On an annual basis, Tabor Academy hosts 12 other schools for the athletics district sports competition. The strongest athletes from Alec Hunter, Honywood, Hedingham, Maltings, Ramsey, Forest Hall, Notley, HRS, New Rickstones, Saffron Walden, Joyce Franklin and Tabor compete in a range of age group categories, with an overall competition winner crowned at the end of the day.

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Tabor Sports Day (Tuesday 4th July)

The annual Tabor Sports Day took place on a warm, sunny day with the majority of field events occurring during the morning and the track events taking centre stage in the afternoon when the whole school came out to support. Redgrave have been dominating proceedings for the past two years, so they were looking for the hat-trick victory, Brunel were looking for their first win since 2014 while Austen and Turner were looking for their first overall victory this decade.

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Literacy in Physical Education and the use of Language

All teachers pursue the development of students’ language. Students should be taught to express themselves clearly in speech. This should be considered in all four strands of the subject at KS3 and also in the skill areas defined by examination courses at KS4.

Opportunities to use language in physical education:
Skill development – talking about and describing good technique.
Application of a skill – planning a response to a task and deciding upon appropriate tactics and strategies.
Evaluation – judging performance and providing feedback.
Health related – development of technical vocabulary relating to body systems and training principles.

Practical Examples
Badminton – Students work on improving their overhead clear, this could include making notes on another student’s performance to identify strengths and weaknesses. In feeding back to the group, they can exhibit their ability to describe, analyse and suggest ways of improving techniques and effectiveness.
Gymnastics – Partner work on separate skills like upward jump with half turn will allow students to describe, evaluate and provide feedback.

Numeracy in Physical Education (What is it?)

  • Sense of the size of a number.
  • Recalling mathematical facts.
  • Calculating.
  • Understanding proportions.
  • Using ICT to solve problems.
  • Using formulae.
  • Measurement to include use of units.
  • Calculation of areas, volumes and perimeters.
  • Understand and use measures of time, speed, acceleration etc.
  • Appreciate scale when drawing.
  • Use of mean, median and mode.
  • Collect, display and interpret data.
  • Explain reasoning and methods using mathematical terms.
  • Understand probability and risk.
  • Give results to a degree of accuracy.

Applications to Physical Education

  • Pattern, movement and symmetry in gymnastics and dance.
  • Reference to speed, distance and time in athletics.
  • Use of performance data in athletics and fitness work.
  • Statistics to analyse data obtained from match analysis, fitness work and athletics.

Citizenship in Physical Education

Citizenship issues in Physical Education will be considered through the contribution made to students’ moral, social and cultural development and through the development of responsible attitudes towards the environment in and out of school.

  • Recognition and awareness of their own and others’ values and beliefs through the development of negotiation skills.
  • Discussion of values and attitudes relating to drug use and performance.
  • Analysis of conduct and the notion of etiquette, violence and hooliganism.
  • Socially acceptable behaviour such as accepting authority and supporting referees.
  • Understanding the effects of social groupings such as peers and family on participation.
  • Understanding of group identity.