Curriculum Information

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PE develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them.

PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

The curriculum should provide opportunities for students to:

  • get involved in a broad range of different activities that, in combination, develop the whole body
  • experience a range of roles within a physical activity
  • specialise in specific activities and roles, taking accredited courses and qualifications where appropriate
  • follow pathways to other activities in and beyond school and, where possible, work with sportsmen and women, coaches and other specialists
  • perform as an individual, in a group or as part of a team in formal competitions or performances to audiences beyond the class
  • make links between PE and other subjects and areas of the curriculum
  • use ICT to assist in planning for improvement and involvement in physical activity
  • work with others to organise, manage, officiate and run festivals, tournaments, competitions and events, both in school and the local community

In Year 7, students receive 2 hours of core Physical Education per week.

As part of their core PE lessons, students are offered a broad and balanced range of activities. These include: –

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket/Rounders
  • Dance (Girls only)
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Netball (Girls only)
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities/Climbing
  • HRF (Project based learning to record fitness levels)
  • SAQ & Fitness Training Methods
  • Rugby (Boys only)

The variety of activities on offer provides all students with an opportunity to succeed and gain confidence. Students develop a wide range of skills, tactics and compositional ideas and make progress in learning through the process of performing, analysing and making decisions. They will also be given different roles and responsibilities in lessons with a view to developing basic leadership skills.

In addition to the above students will also participate in a range of House competitions. These include team games (i.e. Football, Netball, Basketball, etc), as well as individual fitness challenges (i.e. Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Cross Country, Athletics, etc).

PARENTS CAN HELP BY:

  • Encouraging them to adopt and healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Ensuring they are organised with PE kit for lessons.
  • Supporting the delivery of extra-curricular sporting activities and fixtures offered at school.
  • Encouraging their child to join local sports clubs. The PE department can provide contact details and information about clubs on request.
  • Extra-Curricular Clubs and Inter-school fixtures are offered in the following activities: –
  • Girls – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Indoor & Mini Hockey, Rounders, and Trampolining.
  • Boys – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Mini Hockey, Rugby, and Trampolining.

In Year 8, students receive 2 hours of core Physical Education per week and 1 hour of Health and Leadership activities (YOUR Leaders programme).

As part of their core PE lessons pupils are offered a broad and balanced range of activities. These include: –

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket/Rounders
  • Dance (Girls only)
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Netball (Girls only)
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities/Climbing
  • HRF (Project based learning to record fitness levels)
  • Rugby (Boys only)

Students increase their competence and confidence in Physical Education by building upon the work carried out in Year 7. They further develop skills, tactics and compositional ideas and continue to make progress in learning through the process of performing, analysing and making decisions.

Health and Leadership

The YOUR Leaders programme enables students to develop personally and socially. They work as part of a team in a range of activity settings and are allocated roles and responsibilities, such as: Team Captain, Equipment Coordinator, Warm-up Coach, Technical Coach and Official. In Year 8, the roles become slightly more challenging and more responsibility is given to pupils. Some students will also have the opportunity to access the Sky Living for Sport Project.

Health and Leadership lessons also encompass a Fitness Programme and Inter-house Sports Competitions. Fitness is developed through a range of training methods (continuous, interval, circuit, x-bikes, etc) and SAQ stations (Speed, Agility & Quickness). House competitions include a variety of team games (i.e. Football, Netball, Basketball, etc), as well as individual fitness challenges (i.e. Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Cross Country, Athletics, etc).

Parents can assist their children by:

  • Encouraging them to adopt and healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Ensuring they are organised with PE kit for lessons.
  • Supporting the delivery of extra-curricular sporting activities and fixtures offered at school.
  • Encouraging their child to join local sports clubs. The PE department can provide contact details and information on clubs on request.
  • Extra-Curricular Clubs and Inter-school fixtures are offered in the following activities: –
  • Girls – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Mini Hockey, Rounders, and Trampolining.
  • Boys – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Mini Hockey, Rugby, and Trampolining.

In Year 9, students receive 2 hours of core Physical Education per week which incorporates Leadership activities (through a selected options pathway).

As part of their core PE lessons, students are offered a broad and balanced range of activities. These include: –

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket/Rounders
  • Dance (Girls only)
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Netball (Girls only)
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities/Climbing
  • HRF (Project based learning to record fitness levels)
  • Rugby (Boys only)

Students increase their competence and confidence in Physical Education by building upon the work carried out in Years 7 & 8 and working towards their final end of key stage assessment. They further develop skills, tactics and compositional ideas and continue to make progress in learning through the process of performing, analysing and making decisions.

Health and Leadership

Students are given more ownership in Year 9 and have the opportunity to select an options pathway they wish to follow. They can choose from Competitive Games, Creative Movement or a Combination Unit. As part of this unit they will have an opportunity to increase attainment and develop leadership skills by following the ‘YOUR Leaders Programme’ through their preferred activity areas. This programme enables students to develop personally and socially. They work as part of a team in a range of activity settings and are allocated roles and responsibilities, such as: Team Captain, Equipment Coordinator, Warm-up Coach, Technical Coach and Official. In year 9 the tasks set for teams are more complex, with onus on the students to cooperate effectively with one another to prepare delivery and evaluate lessons.

Health and Leadership lessons also encompass a Fitness Programme and Inter-house Sports Competitions. Fitness is developed through a range of training methods (continuous, interval, circuit, x-bikes, etc) and SAQ stations (Speed, Agility & Quickness). House competitions include a variety of team games (i.e. Football, Netball, Basketball, etc), as well as individual fitness challenges (i.e. Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Cross Country, Athletics, etc).

PARENTS CAN ASSIST THEIR CHILDREN BY:

  • Encouraging them to adopt and healthy and active lifestyles.
  • Ensuring they are organised with PE kit for lessons.
  • Supporting the delivery of extra-curricular sporting activities and fixtures offered at school.
  • Encouraging their child to join local sports clubs. The PE department can provide contact details and information on clubs on request.
  • Extra-Curricular Clubs and Inter-school fixtures are offered in the following activities:
  • Girls – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Indoor & Mini Hockey, Rounders, and Trampolining.
  • Boys – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Mini Hockey, Rugby, and Trampolining.

In Year 10, students receive 2 hours of core Physical Education per week. This time has been structured to enable all Year 10 & 11 students the opportunity to complete the BTEC Award in Sport and the same students will also study for the Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership.

BTEC AWARD

The BTEC Award in Sport is equivalent to 1 GCSE and it consists of 4 units:

  • Practical sports performance
  • Fitness for sport and exercise
  • Training for personal fitness
  • The sports performer in action

The units will be delivered through practical PE lessons, but will involve some written assignment work.

LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPORTS LEADERSHIP

This award is accredited by Sports Leaders UK and is nationally recognised. It will be delivered alongside the BTEC Award and enables students who excel in leadership to gain two valuable qualifications at the same time.

The Level 1 Award is designed to develop leadership skills and self-confidence in young people through learning how to coach and lead small groups in sporting activities. As well as leading their peers, all students will have the opportunity to go into local primary school to deliver basic sporting activities. They will also be expected to organise and deliver primary sports festivals. This is a rewarding qualification and one which looks particularly impressive on a CV.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS AND INTER-SCHOOL FIXTURES

Just like in years 7-9, students are actively encouraged to become involved in the opportunities available to them outside of curriculum hours. An extensive programme of clubs and fixtures is available for students to access in the following activity areas: –

Girls – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Hockey, Rounders, and Trampolining.

Boys – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Mini Hockey, Rugby, and Trampolining.

GCSE PE

This qualification combines performance in Physical Education (60%) with the theory of Physical Education (40%), making it a unique and interesting course and gives students the foundations they needs to progress onto A level and BTEC pathways.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

The theory of physical education will be split into 2 sections and you will study a range of topics including: benefits of healthy active lifestyles, personal health and well-being, exercise and fitness, physical activity and its effects on the cardiovascular, muscular, skeletal and respiratory systems.

Students will carry out a range of practical activities as part of the course and will develop skills as a performer, leader and official. To supplement this, students will be given opportunities to gain leadership and officiating qualifications in a variety of sporting activities.

Students will also develop their ability to analyse their own performance and that of others in order to improve. They will also devise a personal exercise programme based on their own needs which they will carry out and monitor.

HOW WILL STUDENTS BE ASSESSED?

The theory of Physical Education is assessed via an external written examination, consisting of multiple choice, short-answer, and longer-answer questions. This takes place at the end of year 11.

The performance unit will be assessed under controlled conditions and will be externally moderated. Students are required to offer four performances in the role of player/participant, official, or leader. At least two of the four performances must be in the role of player/participant. Staff will advise students on activities for assess them and provide opportunities for them to gain leadership qualifications.