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Physical Education at the Polygon School


At the Polygon School, we believe that Physical and Outdoor Education is one of the most powerful tools in changing and improving the lives of young people. We operate a strong ethos of inclusion and enjoyment, whilst building confidence and raising the self-esteem of our boys. We believe our pupils can learn many valuable transferrable skills through participation including teamwork, problem solving, communication and resilience. Our department aims to provide our boys with many opportunities to build cultural capital through wider experiences and personal development residential trips.


Key Stage 3 (years 7-9)

The primary aim is for our pupils will develop their confidence and interest to get involved with a full range of activities available at school and as a consequence develop communication, resilience and teamwork skills. Pupils will be able to understand the principles of warming up and the long-term health benefits of physical activity.  Pupils should understand what makes a performance effective and start to develop performance analysis skills. The pupils will be encouraged to develop the fundamentals of fitness and gain an understanding of the importance of exercise. Pupils will be taught a variety of sports and activities including football, cricket, basketball, deck hockey, racket sports, and circuit training.

Personal development opportunities such as interschool sports fixtures, ABA boxing awards and powerboating experiences will also help build confidence and self -esteem.

Key Stage 4 (years 10-11)

Pupils will continue to develop and enhance their technique and practical performance in team and individual sports. KS4 pupils will begin their NCFE technical award level 1 / 2 in health and fitness where they will learn about the different body systems, and apply this knowledge to training and fitness principles. During the synoptic assessment in the second year pupils will further develop their understanding of training and will be able to create an individualised training programme.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in, and gain accredited awards in outdoor and adventurous activities such as sailing, mountain biking, kayaking, indoor rock climbing and stand up paddle boarding.




The NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness.

The qualification is graded at Level 1 Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* and Level 2 Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction* (equivalent to GCSE grades 8.5-1).


This Level 1/2 qualification is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding in health and fitness and be able to apply their learning.


The study of health and fitness involves understanding the functions of the body systems, understanding the principles of training, and knowing how the body reacts in the short and long term to fitness activities, how to create and apply lifestyle analysis tools and how to create a fitness programme for a person with specific goals. 


The qualification focuses on an applied study of the health and fitness sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector.


Picture 1 Bouldering
Picture 2 Rifle Shooting
Picture 3 Archery
Picture 4 Sailing