Remember it, Test it!

Remember it, Test it!

  • School can have a large impact on how an individual views sport.
  • Physical Education (PE) is part of the National Curriculum.
  • All schools are expected to have a Physical Activity Policy in order to ensure physical education is an important part of school life, both curricular and extracurricular.
  • Pupils can take part in a number of roles all of which carry different benefits and assist with individual development.
  • Schools can increase pupil participation through qualifications, facilities, sports clubs, extra-curricular activities and improving staff attitudes.
  • The provision of extra-curricular activities can also be influenced by a number of factors including staff attitudes, facilities and links to clubs and other sporting providers


Test it!

1) Physical Education is a very important part of the National Curriculum and schools are encouraged to include it within school life as much as possible. Name another curriculum subject in which Physical Education would be incorporated and give your reasons why.

2) Within Physical Education pupils have the chance to take on different sporting roles. Write down three such roles and explain how the pupil could benefit from each.

a) Role 1___________________________________________________________


b) Role 2__________________________________________________________


c) Role 3___________________________________________________________


3) Schools are seen to have a major impact on increasing sport participation.

a) Extra-curricular activities in one way. Write down three other ways they can achieve this.

i. __________________________________________________________

ii. __________________________________________________________
iii. __________________________________________________________

b) What is one benefit to extra-curricular activities?

c) What three factors could have a negative effect on the number of extra-curricular activities offered at a school?

i. __________________________________________________________
ii. __________________________________________________________
iii. __________________________________________________________


1) Examples:

a) English or other languages: being able to communicate well is important within sport. As a player you need to be able to listen well and as a coach give clear instructions. In addition, if you want to take exams it’s important to write well.

b) Science: within sport it’s important to have a good understanding of how the body works.

c) Mathematics: this is important for keeping score in a match or measuring and timing athletes.

d) Food Technology: in order to perform well it’s important for sportspeople to know about nutrition and diet.

e) Music: this is usual for dancers and also choreographers.

f) Geography: this is usual for sportspeople who undertake activities outside, like sailing, or deal with maps, like orienteering.

g) PSHE or Citizenship: this is good for promoting responsibility, teamwork and trust.

h) ICT: helps when searching for information for exams or theory. It can also be beneficial in the future for those who decide to become teachers for extra guidance.

2) Any three of the following:

a) Player or performer: able to learn new skills and techniques and improve your performance.

b) Official: is still part of the team although not actively playing (which is ideal for people who have mobility issues). They provide another viewpoint and so can broaden knowledge of the sport being played. They can also help to improve fitness levels.

c) Organiser: is still part of the team although not actively playing (which is ideal for people who have mobility issues). Good role for developing time management and organisational skills.

d) Leader or coach: their goal is to improve the skills of the players. Even though they don’t directly play they can still have that feel good factor out of watching their players succeed.

e) Choreographer: good for developing clear communication skills. Is still part of a team although not actively participating.

a) Examples:

i. Exams and performance awards
ii. Good facilities
iii. Positive staff attitudes
iv. Links to sports clubs

b) Examples:

i. Getting pupils participating in sport more

ii. It can offer a range of different activities not provided in school

iii. Pupils can get better at a particular sport by taking part in it more

c) Examples:

i. negative staff attitudes
ii. bad past experiences at the school with extra-curricular activities

iii. bad facilities at the school to cater for extra-curricular activities

iv. no links to local clubs