Welcome to Core PE here at GBA.
We follow the UK National Curriculum Guidelines to provide a PE curriculum that offers breadth and depth in a variety of activities and experiences. We also follow the UK recommendations where pupils have two hours of timetabled PE lessons a week. At GBA, we build on the National Curriculum foundations, incorporating key holistic elements that the PE Team believe are vital for success in our subject and beyond. We include one of our 6 Pillars of PE in each lesson, which are:
Competency: providing opportunities for pupils to develop PE-specific skills such as throwing, catching and running.
Health & Fitness: providing opportunities for pupils to develop their own health & fitness for today as well as an appreciation of its importance throughout life.
Responsibility: providing opportunities for pupils to develop their levels of responsibility for their own learning and, therefore, performance.
Empathy: providing opportunities for pupils to develop their levels of empathy, trying to not only acknowledge the feelings of others (teammates and opponents) but also how to adapt their own behaviour to best help others.
Teamwork: providing opportunities for pupils to develop their ability to work as a team, which includes elements such as communication and leadership.
Enjoyment: providing opportunities for pupils to have fun in PE!
PE at GBA teaches a variety of sports and activities in order for pupils to develop and demonstrate the above. Whilst boys and girls continue to be taught separately, GBA is moving away from a traditional model of sport-specific units of work, where a class would spend 6 weeks doing football, then 6 weeks doing basketball etc. This model means that pupils only have one window of opportunity during the year to develop their skills which are PE-specific.
The holistic approach to PE here at GBA allows our 6 Pillars of PE are taught each term; revisited each term; developed each term, and an opportunity for pupils to access a curriculum that looks to develop a pupils confidence and key-skills that give them a head-start in life beyond PE. Moreover it also allows pupils to access sport through a variety of pathways such as officiating, organising and coaching.
Each pupil at GBA also has one term of swimming where pupils can not only continue to develop their competency and confidence in the water but the more-able will also begin to explore alternative water-based activities such as water-polo and synchronised swimming.
Pupils at GBA also have the opportunity to extend their skills through 3 pathways beyond core PE:
Interhouse and extracurricular activities run after-school, normally 2.30pm – 3.45pm.
Inter School Athletic Conference Kuwait (ISACK): inter-school competitions, normally 2.30pm – 4.00pm.
Sports & Arts Academy: Afternoon sports sessions, normally 4.30pm – 6.30pm.
We hope that this mixture of curricular and extracurricular activities encourages pupils at GBA to embrace PE, physical activity and school sport whilst they are at school and for a lifetime to come.