The Physical Education department prides itself on delivering a broad and balanced programme of study throughout each key stage. Promoting healthy active lifestyles is at the heart of what we do and our aim is to promote enjoyment, competition, challenge and success no matter what level. 

Our excellent facilities lend themselves to the delivery of an extensive extra-curricular timetable. Through a variety of learning opportunities, our students can gain the knowledge and commitment to allow them to be lifelong participants in physical activity whilst sharing our passion for sport.

As well as extra-curricular clubs and competitions, we offer a range of enrichment opportunities. These include reward trips, University visits that offer use of the latest sporting technology as well as career guidance in the sports industry and coaching opportunities to name a few.

Physical Education is well placed to advance students social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Confidence and creativity is encouraged and respect for others is key in developing successful and resilient sports performers. Physical education allows students to understand and adhere to rules, regulations and fair play and in return, learn the consequences of actions.

Key Stage 3

In-line with the National Curriculum, a broad programme of study is delivered which is designed to engage and prepare students for the skills required at GCSE. Students are introduced to a range of different sporting activities and are assessed in relation to their range and quality of skills, decision making and physical attributes. Traditional sports are studied such as football, basketball, netball, hockey, rugby, gymnastics, dance and athletics as well as activities such as table tennis, handball, health development, striking and fielding and badminton. For those students who require additional support, we provide a bespoke programme of study where basic fundamental skills are the focus, where individual needs can be addressed at an appropriate level. Students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular clubs at least once a week in place of homework which is not administered in Physical Education at Key Stage 3. In addition to Sporting activities, Year 7 students complete ‘Mission: Movement’, a programme that promotes knowledge and understanding of a healthy lifestyle as well as increasing basic subject knowledge that is required  in Key stage 4.

Activities covered in years 7, 8 and 9 can be seen below. These activities are delivered on a carousel and fall in line with the sporting seasons.

 

 Year

7

8

9

Gender

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

FOOTBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

NETBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

BASKETBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

HOCKEY

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

RUGBY

Y

N*

Y

N*

Y

N*

GYMNASTICS

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

DANCE

N

Y

N

Y

N

Y

HEALTH DEV.

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

BADMINTON

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

HANDBALL

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

TABLE TENNIS

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

VOLLEYBALL

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

ATHLETICS

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

STRIKING AND FIELDING

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

TENNIS

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

TRAMPOLINING

N

N

N

N

N

N

GAELIC FOOTBALL

N

N

N

N

N

N

FITNESS

N**

N**

N**

N**

N**

N**

DODGEBALL

N

N

N

N

N

N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Girls have the opportunity to participate in Rugby through extra-curricular clubs and coaching opportunities throughout the year.

**Health related exercise/ fitness and Outdoor Adventurous Activities are delivered to all year groups through Health Development.

N.B Further practical activities are covered during wet weather and inter-form lessons.

 

Key Stage 4

Where core PE is delivered, students have the opportunity to take part in the following activities:

 Year

10

11

Gender

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

FOOTBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

NETBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

BASKETBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

HOCKEY

Y

Y

Y

Y

RUGBY

Y

N*

Y

N*

GYMNASTICS

Y

Y

Y

Y

DANCE

N

Y

N

Y

HEALTH DEV.

Y

Y

Y

Y

BADMINTON

Y

Y

Y

Y

HANDBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

TABLE TENNIS

Y

Y

Y

Y

VOLLEYBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

ATHLETICS

Y

Y

Y

Y

STRIKING AND FIELDING

Y

Y

Y

Y

TENNIS

Y

Y

Y

Y

TRAMPOLINING

Y

Y

N

N

GAELIC FOOTBALL

Y

Y

Y

Y

FITNESS

Y

Y

Y

Y

DODGEBALL

Y

Y

N

N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to opt for GCSE PE and will be able to opt for BTEC Sport with delivery beginning in September 2017. Both of these courses include practical, theoretical and coursework elements. BTEC Sport offers a more vocational route.

GCSE PE - OCR (1-9)

GCSE PE is broken down into the following areas:

30% Practical – Students perform in 3 Sports which must be a mix of team and individual Sports.

10% Coursework – Students complete an ‘Exercise Plan’.

60% Theory – Students undertake 2 x 1 Hour Exams during exam season in year 11.

 

The units covered are as follows:

Unit 1: Physical Factors Affecting Performance, Physical Training. 

Unit 2: Socio-Cultural Issues and Sports Psychology, Health, Fitness and Well-Being.

 

GCSE PE Students are expected to complete 1 hour of significant homework a week, as well as independent study and revision. 

 

BTEC Sport First Award - Edexcel

The BTEC Sport Award has been developed to acquaint learners with the specific vocational skills, understanding and knowledge required to enter employment within the sport and leisure industry. The course is designed to enable students to study other subjects alongside their BTEC in Sport. It consists of two core units – Practical Sports Performance and Fitness for Sport and Exercise, as well as 2 optional units, The Mind and Sports Performance and Training for Personal Fitness.

Participation in sports clubs outside of school are advantageous, especially in GCSE PE, but are not compulsory in BTEC Sport.

Key Stage 5

In years 12 and 13, students are given the option to study for the AQA A level in Physical Education. Students who study this course value the range of units covered, as well as the opportunities for analysing performance of themselves and others. This course has both practical and theoretical elements and aims to developing students’ independence and critical-thinking skills in preparation for higher education and/or employment. 

 

A LEVEL PE – AQA

A level PE is broken down into the following areas:

Paper 1: Factors effecting participation in physical activity and sport.

Section A – Applied anatomy and physiology.

Section B – Skill acquisition

Section C – Sport and society

1 x 2hr exam forming 35% of the full A level.

 

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimum performance in physical activity and sport.

Section A – Exercise Physiology and biomechanics

Section B – Sport Psychology

Section C – Sport and society and technology in sport

1 x 2hr exam forming 35% of the full A level.

 

*The remaining 30% is made up of non-exam assessment including practical performance with written and verbal analysis, along with internal assessment and external moderation.

 

Head of Department: Chrissie Sargent

 

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