In all Physical Education lessons we ensure that all students are inspired to achieve and develop their ability in a variety of sports on their learning journey. There are many opportunities provided by our excellent staff which provides a platform for our students to progress both in PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs. As well as this there are also competitive opportunities to represent our school in a variety of sports such as; football, rugby, basketball, netball, athletics and many more. Participation in Physical Education allows all students to develop physically, mentally and also allows them to build character and embed values such as fairness and respect as well as the rule of law linking into our British Values.
Key Stage 3
In years 7,8,9 the students will spend 2 hours per week building on their knowledge and developing a variety of skills in the range of sports delivered on their year groups learning journey. The students will become more confident and competent in the range of sports delivered and will therefore make progress to meet and exceed their potential. Students will also develop an ability to become student leaders within their PE lessons and will be responsible for leading their own warm-ups and delivering phases of lessons to their peers so that they are ready for their option choice at KS4 interlinking with the Sports Studies course which we currently deliver.
Involvement in sport allows each of our students to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and will be able to apply them across a range of different sports. They are taught what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles in their own and others' work.
Students are taught to:
- use a wide range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games ( football, netball, rugby, basketball, handball, badminton, rounders, dodgeball, cricket and tennis)
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports ( athletics, gymnastics, trampolining)
- perform dances using advanced dance techniques with a range of styles and forms
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activities and are encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems (orienteering)
- analyse their performance compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best (fitness)
- take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links and sports clubs
Key Stage 4 / Core PE
Throughout KS4 all pupils continue to study Physical Education for one hour per week. Students are encouraged to get involved in a range of activities that continue to develop their personal fitness and promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.
Students are taught to:
- use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in teams and individual games ( football, netball, rugby, basketball, dodgeball, handball, badminton, rounders, cricket and tennis)
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports ( for example athletics, gymnastics and trampolining), or other physical activities ( for example dance and fitness)
- take part in further outdoor activities
- evaluate their performance compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
- continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community sports links or sports clubs
Key Stage 4 / OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies PE
At KS4 students opt to follow the Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies, it is made up of 4 units, 3 being coursework based with elements of practical study attached to each and one exam based unit which is made up of 60 marks.
Unit R051 - Contemporary Issues in Sport
Students will study a variety of topics on the exam based unit Contemporary Issues in Sport which comprises of 60 marks. Throughout this unit students will develop their knowledge in the following topics;
- LO1 - The issues which affect participation in sport
- LO2 - The role of sport in promoting values
- LO3 - The importance of hosting major sporting events
- LO4 - The role of national governing bodies in sport
Revision guides and revision workbooks written for the OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies specification are excellent learning resources, they are available to purchase from the PE department at £2.00 each.
To further support your child learning at home, past exam papers including mark schemes, example answers and examiners reports are available from; https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/
Alongside this to further support our students we provide them with intervention classes after school which gives them further opportunities to complete coursework, develop practical elements in preparation for assessment and also exam revision sessions.
Students will be set regular homework to support what they are studying at both key stages. Examples of the type of homework set are:
- to attend an extra-curricular club
- to research a particular skill and come with a list of coaching points to the lesson
- design a warm-up relevant to the sporting activity
- complete a written worksheet to support the learning in Sports Studies PE
- research tasks
- revision of end of unit tests and examinations
How will I be monitored and assessed
Students’ progress is constantly being assessed and monitored in every lesson, which supports the teachers planning to ensure progress is made by each individual student. At the end of each unit of work the students' have a final assessment lesson and are given a working level and a description of the skills they are able to perform. In KS4 Cambridge National Sports Studies PE students are given regular end of unit tests and examinations to monitor their progress in this area, as well as regular marking of coursework and homework to monitor pupil knowledge and progress.
Extra Curricular Activities
There are a wide range of extracurricular activities, and participation levels are good. We would like to see as many students as possible taking part in these sessions and developing their skills and fitness levels, as well as having lots of fun and meeting new people.