Physical Education


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Subject Leader: Mr S Kennett

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Obstacles don't have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don;t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.


Subject overview

In the Physical Education department, we aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, both within school and outside of the classroom. PE and sport will increase student self-esteem, infuse students with a sense of pride, encourage them to strive for improvement, motivate them to achieve more and therefore raise their standard of achievement in all areas of the curriculum.
Engagement, enjoyment and opportunity for all is at the very heart of our curriculum. Students are exposed to a wide range of activities including team games, such as football, netball, rugby, handball, hockey and basketball; fitness; net games, such as badminton and table tennis; and striking and fielding games, including cricket, softball and rounders, athletics, gymnastics and many others.  
Students are given the opportunity to represent the school in a number of fixtures throughout the year, including football, netball, athletics, rounders and basketball. There are also termly inter-community competitions throughout the academic year, culminating with Sports Day in Term 6. The school boasts some fantastic facilities, including a 3G football pitch, an astro turf hockey pitch, ample playing fields, three sports halls and a fitness suite. 

Year 7

Physical education in Year 7 builds on embedding the physical development and skills learnt in primary school. Our study of physical education in Year 7 focuses upon allowing students to build on the basic skills and techniques required within a variety of different physical activities. We teach the students to become more competent, confident and an expert in their skills and techniques resulting in the ability to be able to apply them across a range of sports and physical activities including gymnastics, football, netball, basketball, athletics, cricket and a range of others. We aim to provide students with the opportunities to take part in competitive sports and activities by providing an extensive extracurricular timetable, including fixtures against local schools and intercommunity competitions. 

Year 8

Our study of physical education in Year 8 focuses upon allowing students to continue developing the skills and techniques taught in Year 7 within a variety of different physical activities. More advanced tactics and strategies are introduced to allow students the opportunity to combine skills with tactical understanding. Students will be encouraged and given the opportunity to assess their own and others’ performances with an emphasis on creating methods to help develop weaker areas. By the end of Year 8, we aim to create students who have further developed their application and understanding of techniques and skills required and who are equipped with an improved tactical understanding, while continuing to understand how physical activity can play a part in a healthy, active lifestyle. 

Year 9

Our study of physical education in Year 9 follows the same pathway as Years 7 and 8. Year 9 PE lessons have an increased focus on leadership, the creating and application of tactics and in games lessons, as well as the application of more demanding advanced skills and techniques. We teach students how to create and apply a variety of tactics to outwit opponents in a range of sporting activities. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, something that is not only needed if they choose to opt for sports studies in Key Stage 4, but also in day to day life. Leadership can be developed by peer coaching or officiating: this could be planning and leading a warm up to a small group of students or refereeing a small sided game. 

Year 10

Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport:
Students have the opportunity to further their understanding of physical education by choosing to study the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport starting in Year 10. This two year course is designed to give students the foundations to study further in a specific area of the sporting career sector. That could be anything from becoming a physical education teacher, a sports therapist, personal trainer or a sports journalist; the opportunities are endless.

This course is ideal for those who want to pursue the academic study of sport. Students will learn about many different aspects of the study of sport, from anatomy and physiology to fitness testing and coaching and leadership within sport. The assessments throughout this course will continuously monitor their progress; these include practical assessments, research tasks or reports and an on-screen examination.

In Year 10, students will cover two units of work: one focussing on their practical sports performance and the other on fitness for sport and exercise. 
Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and exercise is the only unit of work that is externally assessed. Students must complete an online examination lasting one hour and fifteen minutes. The first half of the examination consists of multiple choice questions and the second half of the examination consists of short answer questions. The students will get two opportunities to sit the exam if required. This gives them the opportunity to improve their grade if needed. This examination will test students on their knowledge of the components of fitness, the principles of fitness and training and fitness testing. 

Unit 2: Practical sports performance is a unit that incorporates the students practical ability across a team sport and an individual sport.  Students will have to demonstrate their skills in both isolated practices and in competitive situations. The assessment for this unit of work is made up of 3 assignments.  Assignments 1 and 3 are written assignments and Assignment 2 is a recorded practical performance covering two sports.



Year 11

Year 11 is the second year of study for students completing the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport. In the second year, students will complete the two remaining units of the course. These units require students to work independently and use their creativity to design their own fitness training programme. Both units of work covered in Year 11 require students to develop their knowledge further and use the skills acquired in Year 10 to become confident in leading their own coaching session.

Unit 3: Applying the principles of personal training. This unit gives students an opportunity to experience first hand what it would be like to be a personal trainer or an athlete completing a bespoke training programme to achieve their training goals. Students are required to design and complete a six week training programme based on a sport of their choice. 

The unit consists of four assignments: in Assignment 1, students will develop their knowledge of anatomy and physiology and look at the short and long term effects exercise has on the body. Assignment 2: students will design a six week training programme based on a sport of their choice. Assignment 3: this is the practical element of the unit and students will complete their training programme in the fitness suite. Assignment 4: students will evaluate the effectiveness of their training programme by completing a written evaluation.

Unit 6 is the last unit that students will study. This requires students to confidently deliver a 30 minute sports session of their choice to other students. This unit is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and leadership skills in a coaching environment. Students will be responsible for the planning and delivery of their session. The unit is broken down into three assignments. Assignment 1 is a written assignment where students will investigate the skills and qualities required to become a successful sports leader. The knowledge learnt from this piece of work should help underpin the planning of their session in Assignment 2 where students must design and plan a 30 minute session suitable for Year 7 students. Assignment 3 requires students to evaluate their performance as a sports leader and evaluate the effectiveness of their session.



Sixth Form

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport

If students are looking for a vocation in the sport and leisure industry, or if they have aspirations to progress to university, then this is a course that should help them do so. 

This two year course is designed for ages 16-19. This course is ideal for students who want to pursue the academic study of sport. Students will learn about different aspects of the study of sport, from detailed anatomy and physiology to fitness testing, coaching and development of sport. The assessments throughout this course will continuously monitor progress; these could include practicals, research tasks or reports and presentations.

This course will lead to the equivalent of 2 A levels and a wide range of university courses, such as  teaching physical education, sports science and physiotherapy. Alternatively, students may wish to pursue employment in the sports industry.



Pearson BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Sport and Activity Leaders

This qualification is for learners who want to start a career in sport and physical activity. It is ideal for learners intending to progress directly to employment within sport and activity leadership, or to an apprenticeship.

33% of the qualification in Units 1 and 2 is assessed externally through examinations. All other assessment will be coursework-based units that are internally assessed. 

Key Units: Leading Sport Safely and Effectively, Developing Skills for Sport and Activity Leadership, Working in Sport and Activity Leadership, Getting Others Active Outdoors, Leading Sport and Physical Activity, Leading Different Groups, Coaching Sport, Delivering a Sports Activity Event.

Why study Level 2 Technical Diploma Sport and Activity Leaders?  

To develop skills that will lead to Level 3 learning, to develop employability skills, such as leadership, communication, time management, resources management, attention to detail and evaluation skills. 

There is the option to progress on to Level 3 courses. There is the opportunity to enter employment or to take up an apprenticeship on successful completion of this course.