Students at Top Valley Academy partake in 1-2 hours of PE
per week through a diverse range of sports and physical
activities. They are taught the importance of leading a
healthy active lifestyle, the theory behind physical education as
well as the importance of the principles of: teamwork, leadership
The focus varies depending on the key stage and the
qualification, but the fundamental principles are the same.
In Key Stage 3 the focus is very much on developing physical
maturity in a variety of sports and increasing their knowledge of a
wide range of activities, whilst improving their understanding of
the importance of health. In Key Stage 4 core, the emphasis
is very much on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being
physically active, developing leadership qualities and advancing
their skills in their chosen activities. In the qualification
subjects (GCSE PE and Cambridge National in Sports Science), the
focus is on learning a wide range of theory in sport; from
physiology, to sports psychology, leadership, government sporting
initiatives and more. GCSE PE also includes the additional
element of being assessed on a student's practical sporting ability
in four activity areas.
A wide range of opportunities are available through the
extensive PE extra-curricular timetable, which covers a wide range
of sports across the curriculum and includes some external
providers such as 'Nottingham Forest' and 'Notts County' who come
in to run additional sessions.
The activity areas differ per group per half term.
The activities covered per year include:
All Years cover:
Football, Netball, Hockey, Badminton, Rugby, Cricket,
Athletics, Volleyball, Fitness and Handball
Additionally the following activities are
The curriculum activities will be the same for all
students, however, a higher level of skill will be expected for
students accessing the 'mastery' strand in their PE
core lessons include activities such as: Zumba, Ultimate Frisbee,
Dodgeball and Indoor Hockey.