Our aim within PE is to consistently deliver high quality PE lessons that promote the enjoyment of lifelong participation in physical activity. This includes an emphasis on skills used in both PE and the wider world. Lessons focus on students' development of physical attributes, teamwork, attitude and decision making. We want to offer students opportunities to take part in a range of physical activities outside of the classroom to allow them to build positive relationships, challenge themselves physically and develop a state of physical, mental and social well-being.
As a department we want to Enthuse, Empower and Enrich our students' experience of PE.
Key stage 3 (years 7, 8 & 9)
In year 7 students have two hours of PE per week. This consists of a PE lesson when students are taught in mixed gender classes and will experience a range of activities including Movements Skils, Net Wall Games, Aesthetic Activities, Health and Wellbeing and Striking and Fielding activities. These activities rotate on a half term basis. The second lesson each week is year 7 games, this is when the whole year group are taught at the same time in single gender classes. The focus in these lessons is on Traditional Team Games such as Rugby, Lacrosse, Cricket and Rounders.
In year 8 lessons are taught in mixed gender classes and grouped by ability. Students have three lessons over a two week timetable and experience a range of activities including Movements Skils, Traditional Team Games, Net Wall Games, Aesthetic Activities, Health and Wellbeing and Striking and Fielding activities.
In year 9 lessons are taught in mixed gender classes and grouped by ability. Students have four lessons over a two week timetable and experience a range of activities including Movements Skils, Traditional Team Games, Net Wall Games, Aesthetic Activities, Health and Wellbeing and Striking and Fielding activities. In addition to year 8 lessons year 9 pupils have the opportunity to undertake a Sport Education Unit which will develop skills that will prepare them for Sports Leadership and Duke of Edinburgh during year 10.
Assessment is ongoing throughout each activity. The four assessment pillars that students are assessed on are their Physical Attributes (Physical Competence), Teamwork (Communication skills and relationships with peers), Decision Making (Rules, tactics and strategies) and Attitude (Healthy participation). Staff assess students across these four pillars and make a judgement which is a best fit across all four to give a single judgement. Assessment language is in line with school policy and students are encouraged to reflect on their own progress during question and answer sessions in lessons using this language.
Prep is set twice per activity. The tasks set will be research based to consolidate learning from the lesson or to prepare students for future lessons. They are also designed to develop cultural capital and students' wider knowledge of sport and physical activity. Tasks will also allow students to reflect on their learning and progress.
Key stage 4 (years 10 & 11)
The Key Stage 4 core programme is designed to give students a wide variety of sports to participate in as well as giving them the option to choose and select their own curriculum. The focus is to promote physical activity and life time sports as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle. Students will be given access to a range of activities through the Key Stage 4 PE options system. In this system students will choose a pathway containing four activities that they will take part in up until Easter. They will then select further activities to complete in the summer term. The activities include Invasion Games, Health and Wellbeing Activities, Alternative Indoor Games, Aesthetic Activities, Net Wall Games, Striking and Fielding Games and Sports Leadership many of these activities they have already experienced during Key Stage 3. The addition of Sports Leadership is to develop students ability to lead, coach and officiate sporting events and activities. This supports the development of skills they will need during Duke of Edinburgh and will help them develop organisation and leadership skills. The programme is designed to not only improve performance, but also to allow students to enjoy actively participating in physical activity so that they continue to be physically active when PE ceases to become compulsory.
Students opting for Physical Education at GCSE will complete the OCR course. The course comprises three units:
Applied anatomy and physiology and Physical Training
Social-cultural influences, Sports psychology, Health fitness and well-being
Practical activity assessment Analysing and Evaluating Performance
Throughout the course students’ progress will be monitored through topic tests and assessments. The three final GCSE assessments are a practical moderation of three chosen activities, a written piece of NEA Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP) and two written examination papers.
Key Stage 5
Key stage 5 (years 12 & 13)
Sixth Form Games
The Sixth form games programme is designed to give students a recreational sports experience which can help support their physical, social and mental well being. The activities include Invasion Games, Health and Wellbeing Activities, Alternative Indoor Games, Aesthetic Activities, Net Wall Games and Striking and Fielding. The programme is designed to allow students to take ownership of their own physical activity to enjoy actively participating in physical activity so that they may continue being physically active even when PE ceases to become compulsory.
Students opting for Physical Education at GCE will complete the OCR course. The course comprises four units:
Physiological factors affecting performance
Psychological factors affecting performance
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
Performance in physical education
Throughout the course students’ progress will be monitored through topic tests and assessments. The four final GCE assessments are a practical moderation of their chosen activity, a verbal presentation Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) and three written examination papers.
Extra Curricular practices for a breadth of sports
Competitive sports fixtures in a breadth of sports
Overseas tours and trips