Oak updates

27 March 2024

Introducing our PE curriculum partners

Hannah Packer

PE Subject Lead

Hannah is the PE Subject Lead at Oak National Academy. Hannah is a qualified teacher of physical education, having led PE, sport and well-being at a departmental and MAT level. Hannah has a passion for memory, retrieval and disciplinary literacy and strives to ensure pupils lead healthy, active lifestyles.

Developing our new PE curriculum

Our focus is on lowering workload and supporting teachers to increase their expertise. Over the coming year we’ll be creating a new primary and secondary PE curriculum with teaching resources designed to better support your planning, in-class teaching and to help you develop your own curriculum.

Our fantastic partners reflect the diverse range of educational providers and expertise across the country. We are one of many teaching resource and curriculum suppliers, and I am delighted that we can improve this offer so that teachers have an even better choice of foundation materials to build upon in their classroom.

Curriculum partner

I am proud to announce that we will be collaborating with PE Scholar to create brand new curriculum PE content. These resources will include a well-sequenced curriculum and planning and delivery materials for practical PE across Key Stages 1-4 as well as GCSE PE content. PE Scholar was established in 2010 and has built a strong reputation for bridging the research-practice gap to ensure Physical Education stands for Positive Experiences for all by offering the latest insight, outstanding resources, expert-led courses, professional development and consultancy.

PE Scholar will be working in partnership with Complete PE who will be leading on the primary content and Youth Sport Trust who will be paramountly involved in content review. In addition to this, we will also be seeking input from our subject association AfPE and importantly we also want our network of physical educators to inform what is created to ensure it has maximum value and impact.

Our PE curriculum principles

Our guiding principles are a rigorous guide to guarantee that our new curriculum is grown from a strong foundation of core values and key ingredients, ensuring that our curriculum is cohesive and enriching. In primary and secondary PE, these are:

  • Focuses on the knowledge and skills specific to physical education, taught through theoretical and practical units, including:
    • Fundamental movements and physical activity;
    • How pupils connect with each other and feel about physical activity with an emphasis on positive experiences and self-reflection;
    • Health and the encouragement of lifelong active lifestyles;
    • Rules, tactics and strategies in a range of sports and other activities.
  • Ensures sustained movement for the majority of curriculum time.
  • Promotes purposeful competition.

One of our curriculum principles is diversity, and this will be a focus for subject expert groups.

Our overall curriculum approach

These PE-specific principles dovetail with our overall approach to curriculum design, and how we hope teachers can use Oak, as explained by Emma McCrea, our Head of Curriculum Design. You can also find out more about the new partners and subject experts we’re excited to be working with.

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