Oakfield High School Physical Education Department

The contribution of P.E to the curriculum:

The primary reason for participating in Physical Education at Oakfield High School is for learners to enjoy physical activity. Through enjoyment and involvement, learners develop physical, mental and social skills.

Physical Education is a sequential educational experience. It is based on physical activities undertaken in an active, caring, supportive and welcoming environment in which every learner is challenged and successful. Learners of all abilities are provided with a learning environment that is modified, when necessary, to allow for maximum participation and progess. Outside agencies such as physiotherapists, Wigan Sports Development Team and Secondary Sports Co-ordinators are used when appropriate to support the department and learners ensuring that all are able to engage in physical activity.

Physically, learners acquire and refine skills whilst gaining an understanding of movement. They understand the need to participate safely and the contribution physical activity makes to a healthy balanced lifestyle. Through participation learners begin to appreciate the performance of themselves and others.

Mentally, learners acquire and practise the skills of decision making, co-operation and leadership whilst having the opportunity to release stress and develop activities that can be pursued lifelong.

Socially, learners develop friendship, an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others, whilst developing teamwork and an appreciation of the concept of fair play.

Physical Education also contributes to the extended curriculum through organised clubs and teams that are accessible to all learners regardless of age, race, gender or ability. This plays an important role in Oakfield’s educational, social, recreational and cultural life.