Physical Education

PE & Sport play an essential role within the day-to-day life at the College. We aim to provide a balanced and interactive curriculum that is inclusive for all, whilst at the simultaneously providing opportunities for students to face new sporting challenges and to update existing skills. Students will be introduced to new sports and teams, allowing them to become team players and independent thinkers.

Sport also plays an important role in teaching the students about how to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. All students are expected to attend one of the extracurricular clubs, either before school, lunchtime or after school.

Students will access a range of activities, including sports such as volleyball, table tennis, basketball, and swimming. Combining skill development and a basic understanding of anatomy & physiology is key to providing a good knowledge base for students to build upon.

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum replicates areas of the GCSE syllabus. For example, the Mastery Curriculum is used to assess the practical performance in areas such as Tactical & Compositional Concepts, Observation & Analysis, and Fitness. The aim is to bridge the gap so that students selecting some of the examination-based courses in Key Stage 4 can draw on the knowledge that has already been covered.

We provide access to competitive situations and links to extracurricular clubs help to promote skill development, independence, and friendship across the year groups, as well as allowing the students to experiment and challenge their understanding of the body during exercise.

At the beginning of each six-week block, students will complete a set of baseline tests. This will give them a guide to their current fitness level.

The theoretical content for each year group is delivered via homework and set every two- or three-weeks using Teams.

Year 7

Students will develop key skills in a range of different settings using a combination of team and individual sports. Each sporting block lasts for six weeks, followed by assessment of the skills learnt.

Students will be exposed to six different sports:

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Cricket

Students will focus on fitness as this year’s theoretical concept. This will cover:

  • Health-related fitness
  • Skill related fitness
  • Components of fitness
  • Fitness testing
  • Fitness for different sports or position
  • Baseline testing

Assessment

Homework is set on Canvas every two- or three-weeks.

Year 8

Students will practice these sports throughout Year 8:

  • Table Tennis
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Fitness
  • Swimming
  • Short Tennis

The theoretical concept of this year is to develop understanding of:

  • Rules & Regulations
  • Tactics and Techniques
  • Skill continuum

Assessment

Homework is set on Canvas every two- or three-weeks.

Year 9

Students will show more consistency and co-ordination when performing. Students will participate in all sports but will have developed more advanced skills in their preferred activities. There will be more in-depth focus on how fitness affects performance.

Sports activities:

  • Volleyball
  • Fitness
  • Swimming
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Football

Assessment

Throughout the year, homework will focus on planning a four-week training programme on a sport of their choice with a focus on the following areas:

  • Personal information
  • Aims / goals
  • Adherence factors
  • Training diary

Key Stage 4 Recreation PE

Recreation PE

This option is compulsory for all students. In Recreation PE, we offer six activities throughout the year. Each activity lasts for approximately six weeks. The aim within recreational PE is to allow the students to form and lead their own teams. The Sports Education Model gives the students ownership to implement and manage the team from start to finish. 

In PE, we challenge the students to do their best and have fun knowing that there are no exams or external demands from the subject. The key focus is for all students to select a session of their choice and have fun.

Sport activities:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Fitness
  • Table Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Short Tennis

BTEC Sport Level 2

This is an Edexcel optional vocational qualification that is offered to students who aim to further their understanding of sport and wish to progress to a Level 3 course in the Sixth Form. This course is made up of four units of work and has a duration of two years (Years 10 and 11).

Assessment

There are three units of coursework. Students complete assignments on:

  • Practical Sport performance
  • The Sports Performer in Action
  •  Applying the Principles of Personal Training
  • Fitness for Sport & Exercise

 

Key Stage 4 GCSE PE

This is an OCR examination assessed course. This course is optional and demands a higher level of academic focus for students, developing a further understanding of sport and exercise. 

It is designed for those that want go on to study A-level PE at Sixth Form. 

Topics covered include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Social Cultural issues in sport
  • Training principles

Assessment 

This is a two-year course with two external examinations. 

Students complete an analysis of sports performance coursework booklet. This assesses the ability to observe and critique a live sporting performance. 

Students will also be assessed in three practical sports of their choice.

 

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