The Physical Education department aim to provide an enjoyable, broad and balanced programme within the guidelines of the national curriculum. The curriculum offers a range of experiences to meet the needs of the individual students. The structured and developmental programmes of study provide for progression, challenge and a sense of achievement. In addition to core PE lessons the department offers the following courses: GCSE Sports Studies, BTEC Dance, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in sport, Leadership and DOE enrichment. New for 2014 is the addition of a basketball enrichment course.
Extra curricular activities are important to the department with clubs running before school, during lunchtime and after school. The whole philosophy of the programme is based upon enjoyment, competition and participation. The PE department enters a wide variety of competitions and teams regularly compete and excel in a number of sports.
The Physical Education department runs a number of trips which in 2013/2014 included:DOE expeditions, St George’s Park football trip, kayaking and rowing competitions and regular county and national fixtures. Ultimately the department celebrates the success of students at their annual sports awards evening.
New in 2014/15 will be the introduction of a fitness suite which all students will be able to access as part of their fitness lessons. This will include some fantastic machines which will help develop students cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength and endurance.
Key Stage Three
In KS3 Core Physical Education lessons students complete a range of activities including:- invasion games, dance, fitness, trampolining, athletics and striking and fielding games. At the end of each unit of work they are given a national curriculum level based on that specific sport.
Key stage four
In KS4 Core Physical Education lessons students select their own pathways focusing on performance, leadership, personal attributes/life skills, extra active participation and health related fitness. Students assess their own progress against teacher criteria.
In GCSE Sports studies students study the Edexcel specification. They complete a unit of theory work studying healthy, active lifestyles and your healthy, active body. This is externally assessed through an examination paper. The second unit of work is practically assessed. It includes the performer being assessed in roles such as player/participant, official and leader for four different sports. They also complete an anlaysis of performance based on a sport of their choice.
In Btec Dance students study 3 units, one which is externally assessed. Students focus on the background behind different styles of dance as well as undertaking the opportunity to take part in workshops. In one unit the students organise a ‘showcase’ which involves them planning the event in addition to performing in it. All the assignments produced during the course are kept in their portfolio which is formally assessed in school.
In leadership and DOE enrichment students learn key skills and qualities needed to be “ a good leader” and take part in experiences and activities to develop these. Students lead our younger pupils in P.E lessons and organise tournaments and assist with primary school events. Students also learn basic outdoor skills such as navigation and camp craft. Pupils who complete their out of school hours are taken away to complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
In Basketball enrichment students will focus on developing their own basketball skills alongside coaching and officiating the game. They will devise a programme of fitness suitable for developing their basketball fitness and will use this knowledge to improve their personal performance.
key stage five
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
During this course students develop their skills of researching, planning, presenting project work and having a greater knowledge and understanding of Sport as a whole. They specifically look at leadership, fitness and practical sport.
Students will complete 7 units of work during this course for a total of 60 credits. This consists of 3 mandatory units, 1 mandatory specialist unit and 3 others. These units will be targeted through various assignments. All work will be formally assessed and you will be awarded a pass, merit or
distinction. You must pass all of the units in order to pass the qualification.
Unit 1 – Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in sport – 5 credits
Unit 2 – The Physiology of Fitness – 5 credits
Unit 3 – Assessing Risk in Sport – 10 credits.
Unit 4 – Fitness Training and Programming – 10 credits.
Unit 7 – Fitness testing – 10 credits.
Unit 10 – Outdoor and Adventurous activities. – 10 credits.
Unit 26 – Work Experience -10 credits.