Physical Education (2015 to 2017)
On this page you will find all the information regarding the programmes of study that the students will follow at KS3 and KS4 and extra-curricular opportunities that are on offer at lunchtimes and after school.
On the Noticeboard you will find details of the upcoming fixtures and associated sporting events. We will do our best to notify you using this space if there have been any late cancellations or re-arrangements.
The PE faculty ensures that British Values are included within its curriculum by teaching sports that are long standing British traditional sports such as football, cricket and athletics. The faculty encourages all students to follow the rules of the games that they play in as well as allowing students to take a variety of roles such as that of official and leader in order to ensure that they understand the concept of ‘fair play.’ Students learn to give each other respect on the pitch to all participants, the facilities/equipment and to their peers both within the game and when in a position of authority. Students’ choice is evident through type of challenge and the level of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. Every child has equal opportunity to be selected and take part in our extra-curricular programme regardless of race, religion or gender.
In Year 7 students undertake baseline skills during the first two weeks. They are then placed into groups which are best suited to their learning styles, taking into consideration physical, social, cognitive, creative and personal abilities.
All students are expected to have the same kit which includes studded footwear.
Students undertake the following courses:
a. Outwitting opponents – invasion (1), fielding/striking (1), racket games (1)
b. Accurate replication of actions, phases and sequences – dance (1), gymnastics (1)
c. Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions – dance, gymnastics
d. Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy – athletics (1), multi-skills (1), fitness (1)
e. Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature – outdoor education (1)
f. Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing – outdoor education, fitness
Policies and Procedures Students are expected to participate unless ill or injured. Students who wish to be excused should have a note from parents. Even if a student is excused they are expected to get changed for the lesson. Absence of more than 2 weeks from PE should be supported by a note from a medical professional.
Provision for Most Able
- All lessons planned to take account of ability range; specific Gifted and Talented registered pupils will be given specific support and mentoring
- Selection for school team
- Liaison with local clubs
- Selection for District or County team
Provision for Least Able
- Large number of extra activities during lunchtimes and after school
- Students in games lessons play small sided games with other students of similar ability, size and strength
- Students given opportunities to succeed and improve in all aspects of their lessons and can include leadership skills
- Sometimes special activities set up for those with special needs
Following the pathways approach followed during KS3, all students undertake an examination course within Physical Education.
- Excellence pathway leads into GCSE PE or BTEC Dance
- Courage pathway leads into Cambridge National Certificate in Sports Science or BTEC Dance
- Determination pathways leads into Cambridge National Award in Sports Science
All students are expected to have full DSLV PE kit which is appropriate to their option choices.
Policies and Procedures Students are expected to participate unless ill or injured. Students who wish to be excused should have a note from parents. Even if a student is excused from PE, they are still expected to change for the lesson. Absence of more than 2 weeks from PE should be supported by a note from a medical professional.
In Key Stage 4 the department currently offers a GCSE course in Physical Education through the Edexcel Board and a BTEC course both Dance and Sport, using the Edexcel Examining Board. The department also runs a Level 1 in Sports Leadership course.
GCSE PE The GCSE course is 60% practical with the majority of marks being awarded by the performance of a student in 4 different activities. Students can be assessed in 4 ‘games’ activities but may also be assessed in activities not followed in school such as horse riding and skiing. During the course students will be assessed in many different areas and will then use their best marks for final assessment. Students are also asked to ‘analyse performance’ in a written piece of coursework, where they aim to improve the fitness of themselves through designing and performing a Personal Exercise Programme in an activity area of their choice. 40% of the marks are assessed using a terminal examination paper where students answer questions on a variety of areas to do with physical education varying from bones and muscles to how you improve your fitness.
Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science It is an accredited NQF Level 2 course as a work-related qualification. The course prepares young people for careers in the sports sector in jobs such as the fitness industry, coaching support and land/water based outdoor pursuits. The course motivates learners through applied learning and assessment and in addition includes an examination in Year 11. It provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications such as Cambridge Technicals in Sport and A Level PE.
BTEC First Performing Arts (DANCE) It is an accredited NQF Level 2 course as a work-related qualification. The course prepares young people for careers in the performing arts industry and develops their confidence to perform in-front of others. The course motivates learners through applied learning and assessment. Assessment includes an examination and practical piece of work from the exam board as well as completion of various units of coursework. It provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications such as the BTEC Nationals.
The new Key Stage 5 curriculum follows the Edexcel AS Level Physical Education syllabus. Students opting for this course should ideally have gained a Grade B in GCSE PE or a Merit in the BTEC First Extended Certificate in Sport or Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science. Students complete practical assessment, coursework and an end of year examination to allow them to progress into Year 13.
Year 13's study Edexcel A2 Physical Education syllabus and again are assessed through practical assessment, coursework and an end of year examination. Students are expected to play sports in their own time in order to fulfill the requirements of the course and provide evidence towards their qualification.
Extra curricular clubs are open to all Key Stage 5 students, indeed it is positively encouraged as the PE Staff are eager to fulfil a fixture list. The other opportunity for students in this age range is to further develop their leadership skills through coaching younger age groups in sports and with officiating in intra and inter school matches.