“It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”

Mahatma Ghandi

Physical Education offers more than an academic qualification here at REACH. The National Curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all students develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; are physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities and lead health active lifestyles. We believe that Physical Education equips students with the knowledge they need to make informed choices for a healthy lifestyle and for their mental health as sport is a therapeutic outlet and encourages participation in sport beyond the domain of education.

Young people experiencing emotional disorders (including anxiety and depression) has increased by 48% (Youngminds.org, 2019). Mental health problems are common and account for the largest single source of disability (23%) in the UK. With more children being prescribed medication for disorders such as ADHD, Depression and Anxiety, physical activity is important. It can improve cognitive performance, self-esteem, reduce anxiety and symptoms related to mental health problems and improve the quality of life of those experiencing them.

In Physical Education we teach different ways to overcome obstacles that may hinder progress socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. Physical Education at REACH teaches students the importance of exercise and how to exercise, giving them improved self-management skills to put themselves in a better place to learn now and succeed in later life. It provides children and young people with the opportunity to express themselves physically, challenge themselves and others, experience different environments and activities, work together and release energy which helps de-stress and lowers anxiety levels.

“Understanding is more than memorising”

Students of this generation face many obstacles including; body image, weight management, sedentary lifestyles, poor motivation, low confidence and even skill level when comparing themselves to others. Through a learner centred approach we work with each student instilling a positive growth mind-set, improved self-esteem and encouraging a high level of self-efficacy, developing our students beyond academic progress and preparing them for their future socially and physically through a range of visible learning and setting challenging learning intentions. We use Physical Education to instil fundamental British values whilst challenging our students through a wide variety of sports and outdoor physical activities from British classics such as Golf, Badminton, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Boxing and Gymnastics to more adventurous activities including Rock Climbing, Skiing, Water Sports and High Ropes. Our school is built around Challenge Day and with the addition of PE as an option, we present an array of physical and intellectual challenges, encouraging all pupils to be physically active and to work as a team, build on trust and develop skills to solve problems either individually or as a group and throughout their life.

Physical Education at REACH enables our young people to develop character, build on their culture capital and therefore increasing their habitus to succeed through setting high expectations, differentiated lesson and using the kudos of sport, we aim to inspire all of our students in PE and in their future chosen destinations after REACH.

Through experience we increase our Habitus and through education we build our Cultural Capital giving us a better position on any Field.