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VIDEO: New Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary subjects 2019
Physical education is a vital part of a balanced school curriculum. Regular exercise improves physical and mental health and there is growing evidence that it improves academic performance across the curriculum. Establishing good patterns of exercise in lower secondary school provides learners with the foundation of an active and healthy lifestyle.
This subject is about learning to move and moving to learn. Learners develop skills through a wide variety of age-appropriate physical activities, including games, team sports, gymnastics and dance. As individuals and team members, they will:
Students develop creative skills that will help with many aspects of their future learning and development. The course supports progression to the next stage of the Cambridge Pathway.
This subject is taught through a broad range of tasks, challenges and physical activities. It includes cooperative, competitive, athletic, adventurous and health-based contexts that are appropriate for each learning stage.
Learners will move for as much of each lesson as possible, with activities designed promote learners’ confidence, self-esteem, cognitive abilities and social skills.
The programme is designed to complement, rather than replace, coaching in individual sports or physical activities.
There is no Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Test or Checkpoint for this subject.
The emphasis of this course is for teachers to give learners formative feedback on the skills they want students to develop. This can be through discussion, observation and lesson outputs where teachers discuss with students ‘what went well’ and how they can improve further, so that students can reflect on, and improve, their performance.
To support assessment in the classroom, we have produced some guidance that is available on the Cambridge Lower Secondary support site.
Visit our Cambridge Lower Secondary support site to download a wide range of resources to help you plan and deliver the course:
Online introductory training is available from February 2020 to support teachers delivering these subjects. You can book a place now using our events and training calendar.
Download our Curriculum outline to find out more about Cambridge Lower Secondary Physical Education.
The programme is free of charge to registered Cambridge schools that offer Cambridge Lower Secondary. If you are already registered with us, you can teach the programme now. If you are interested in becoming a Cambridge school complete our Expression of Interest form.