Key Stage 3
The emphasis in Years 7 to 8 is on gaining a good knowledge of the fundamental and transferable sporting skills and tactics required to take part in a range of sporting activities with the aim of continuing to raise attainment and prepare students for Key Stage 4. Ultimately students are encouraged to lead healthy active lifestyles by finding a sporting activity that they enjoy and can continue to participate in beyond school.
In Year 7 students are baseline assessed and then streamed into 2 sets. They have 2 one hour lessons per week and will cover activities including Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Fitness, Cross-country Gymnastics, Rounders, Short Tennis, Athletics and Cricket. Students will be taught the fundamental skills for each sport and will be required to apply them in isolated and competitive activities.
In Year 8 students continue in the 2 sets and also have 2 one hour lessons per week. Sporting activities in Year 8 remain the same as Year 7 with the emphasis on embedding and developing the skills and knowledge taught in Y7. Students are expected to develop knowledge of improving skills and performance through leadership and independent learning. Assessment plays a key role in this progress, and happens regularly in lessons.
Alongside the development of practical skills taught in Year 7 and 8, students will be taught key parts of the theoretical aspect of Physical Education. This will include topics such as warming up and cooling down, key muscles and bones, the short and long term effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and an introduction to the components of fitness.
Key Stage 4
Year 9, 10 and 11 Core PE
The core KS4 curriculum builds on the basic sporting skills and tactics introduced at KS3 and looks to support the GCSE and BTEC sport course content. Students will be taught new; more advanced techniques and tactics and will be required to apply them into competitive game situations. The KS4 curriculum aims to enable students to become increasingly physically competent in a range of physical activities, as a player/participant but also encourages students to develop roles such as leader and official in order for students to develop and maintain their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.
Keys Stage 4 Courses Offered
Students who opt for GCSE PE or BTEC Sport will receive an additional 2 hours of PE per week including 1 theoretical classroom based lesson and 1 practical lesson.
GCSE Physical Education
Across the three years the course will prepare students to sit 2 theoretical exams and assessment in practical performances at the end of Y11:
Component 1: Fitness and Body systems
Component 2: Health and Performance
Component 3: Practical Performance
Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme
Level 2 BTEC Sport
Across the three years students will complete 3 units of work in the form of both coursework and practical assessment:
Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Online Test)
Unit 2: Practical Performance In Sport
Unit: 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training.
Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities
Cambridge National Sports Studies
Across the three years students will complete 3 units of work in the form of both coursework, practical assessment and a terminal exam.
R185: Performance and Leadership in Sports Activities
R187: Increasing Awareness of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
R184: Contemporary Issues in Sport. (Exam)
Extra Curricular Activities
As a department, we want all students to find a sporting activity that they enjoy and want to take part in beyond school in order to lead healthy active lifestyles. Therefore, all students are actively encouraged to become involved in our extra-curricular programme. We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs to appeal to as many different interests as possible. Most clubs also link to the school’s sports team’s fixture calendar to enable to students to represent the school at local and district level. These are published and displayed in the PE department.