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Physical Education and Dance

'You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.'

Maya Angelou

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

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At Atlantic Academy our goal is to encourage participation in PE and Dance in all of our students. We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport, dance and other physically-demanding activities. Opportunities to compete in sport and contribute to dance builds character and helps to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

Alongside this we also strive to ensure that students experience and master different roles in sport, such as coaching and leading. 

Our intent is to develop students to:

  • Appreciate the significance of exercising for a lifetime.

  • Learn the fundamental motor skills that will allow them to develop the physical capability for dance, sports and general wellbeing

  • Increase their fitness levels during PE including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.

  • To be creative, cooperative and competitive and to work as part of a team as well as an individual

  • Manage anxiety, tension and stress through the use of exercise

  • Develop leadership skills, negotiation and communication skills

  • Students will continue to apply and develop a broad range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. 

    During Key Stage 2 lessons there is an increased focused on  communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Students will also apply self assessment to their practice; developing an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

    Students will be taught to: 


    • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination

    • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending 

    • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]  

    • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns  

    • Take part in outdoor team building activities both individually and within a team  

    • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


    Students also have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities, trying new sports or developing those being taught as part of the curriculum. 


    At Key Stage 4 students will opt to continue in either Physical Education or Dance lessons and complete a Level 2 course.  We currently offer BTech Tech Award Performing Arts: Dance and BTech Sport, Activity and Fitness.

    Year 10 PE

    • Component 1 - Understand the Body and the Supporting Technology for Sport and Activity  

    • Component 2 - The Principles of Training, Nutrition and Psychology for Sport and Activity  

    Year 11 PE

    • Component 3 - Applying the Principles of Sport and Activity


    Year 10 Dance/p>

    • Component 1 -  Exploring the Performing Arts /p>

    Students will study three different styles of dance seen in various professional works.


    • Component 2  - Developing skills and techniques in the Performing Arts

    Students will train and develop their dance technique in one style of dance. 

    Students will perform two minutes of repertoire from a professional work.< Year 11 Dance

    • Component 3 External Exam - Responding to a Brief

    Students choreograph a dance between 7-15 minutes long in response to a set stimulus. They are required to perform in front of a live audience and to sit three controlled exams that reflect on their choreographic process and review their own performance.

    The PE/Dance Team

    • Mrs Lown - Subject Co-ordinator 

    • Miss O’Reilly - Dance Teacher

    • Mr Randell - PE Teacher

    • Miss Westlake - PE Teacher

    • Mr Knox - Teaching Assistant (PE Specialism)

    • Mrs Russell - Teaching Assistant (PE Specialism)