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Activities at Totnes Progressive School

Physical Education and sport play a great part in life at Totnes Progressive School where we pride ourselves on supporting every student and their personal development. As such, we have a specialist team of staff who dedicate themselves to improving the performance and knowledge of our students. The information below provides an insight in to our curriculum structure, and extra-curricular sports programme.
The PE department also has the enviable reputation of being able to provide students with the opportunity to experience sports beyond that of the normal curriculum with bespoke outdoor activities in the Autumn term include kayaking, archery, climbing, paddle-boarding, caving, zip-lining, bush-craft, canoeing, and more, continually expanding the sporting horizons and capabilities of our students.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Physical Development and Movement gives children the opportunity to experience and develop a range of fundamental skills to improve co-ordination, locomotion, control, balance and manipulation.
Through taking part in physical activities, they begin to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in differing sports, together with confidence and self-esteem. They will gain an understanding of safe practices and the relationship between physical activity and good health in everyday life.
The school planned activities will allow children to work individually, in pairs and in small groups.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8)
Students in Key Stage 3 receive more than two hours of high quality PE each week, with all lessons having a focus of
Skill Development – Nurturing the fundamental and advanced skills to competently perform in a broad spectrum of sporting activities.
Theoretical understanding of PE & Sport – To improve effective performance outcomes and increase students understanding of the positive benefits of exercise.

Each of the above elements are weaved in to student opportunities to experience a breadth of traditional sports including Football, Netball, Badminton, Basketball, Rounders, Softball, and Athletics.
They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.


Key Stage 4 (Years 9/10/11)
Students in Key Stage 4 will be encouraged to
participate in a regular, frequent and balanced programme of physical activity that develops their interests and talents, extends their knowledge, understanding and skills, and contributes to, and helps sustain, a healthy and active lifestyle
use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, football, netball, rounders, and more]
develop their technique and improve their performance in competitive sports or other physical activities
take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs
recognise and manage risk and apply safe principles and procedures before, during and after physical activity
experience and understand different roles within a range of physical activities, and
know how to access sporting and recreational opportunities in the local and wider community.

Covid Adjustments
The school will implement the specific sport governing body modifications to training and game play scenarios when required to reduce any expected Covid impact.

Long term plan.
For each sporting activity progress will be made from the previous objectives by introducing more skills to enrich and provide better understanding and skill levels for each activity, whilst still allowing for revisits to those previous learned elements to maintain the basic principles.
Foundation (Key Stage 1-2)
Initially they will -
Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching dependant on the sporting activity, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
Progressing to -
Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, badminton, basketball, football, netball, rounders), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

Key Stage 3
Building on the basics learned within the foundation years each sporting activity will be progressed within its own specific criteria using the concepts below
Motivation and Confidence (Affective) – An individual’s enthusiasm for, enjoyment of, and self-assurance in adopting physical activity as an integral part of life
Physical Competence (Physical) – An individual’s ability to develop movement skills and patterns.
Knowledge and Understanding (Cognitive) – An individual’s ability to identify and express the essential qualities that influence movement and health benefits of an active lifestyle
Engagement in Physical Activities for Life (Behavioural) – An individual taking personal responsibility for physical literacy by prioritising and sustaining involvement in a range of meaningful and personally challenging activities.

The progression will follow on from the previous learning using the learning concepts above to encompass the skills required to include -


Year 7
Footwork and movement
Defending and Attacking skills
Possession skills of passing and receiving

Ball handling and movement
Passing and dribbling
Set shot shooting
Football intro
Ball skills
Shuttle, racket and footwork familiarisation
Forehand and backhand serves
Basic backhand
Year 8
Tactical awareness and decision making
Enhanced Shooting
Movement to outwit opponent
Shooting - jump shots and rebounds
Lay ups
Passing and turns
Controlling the ball
Beating a defender
Low forehand serve
Serving and returning lob
Forehand serve and block
Forehand drive
Basic net play

Year 9
Performing a range of skills fluently and accurately
Adapting tactics for attack and defence


Goalkeeping and shooting
Throw ins
Backhand short serve
Backhand drive
Net play
Backhand clear


Key Stage 4
The skills learnt in years 7,8 and 9 will be refined and applied in competitive and recreational games and tournaments where appropriate.
Students will also develop their understanding of the contribution that exercise and sport make to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle


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