Team Leader: Mr D Towler
Our PE department aims to inspire and motivate all pupils to be physically active and to work on a wide range of skills that can not only be used within that activity, but across the curriculum and into later life. Such skills include: communication, evaluation, team building, confidence, independence, ICT skills, problem solving and exploring ideas.
In all of KS3 and most of KS4’s core PE, the subject is taught is single sex groups. A number of activities are taught throughout a broad and balance curriculum. The curriculum allows pupils to discover new activities and work on skills that can be transferable across a number of activities. In Year 7 and 8 the PE department run an annual interform competition, where pupils will perform as a tutor group against the other tutors. The sports which are competed in for the interform competition are: Football, Rugby and Basketball (Boys); and Netball, Badminton, Hockey (Girls).
Key Stage 3:
Year 7 PE is taught in single sex, mixed ability groups. Pupils are taught a range of skills in: Football, Fitness, Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Rugby, Gymnastics, Basketball, Athletics, Tennis, Hockey, Strike and Field, Netball, Handball, Hockey and Badminton.
Year 8 PE is taught in single sex groups, which are split into 3 ability sets. Pupils are taught a range of skills in: Badminton, Basketball, Rugby, Hockey, Football, Health Related Exercise, Table Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders, Tennis, Netball, Gymnastics and Handball.
Key Stage 4:
Within Key Stage 4 Core PE, pupils have the opportunity to pick any option from 3 sports which they would like to do for that block. For those who opt for an examination PE course, one or more of these blocks may be dictated to them. Pupils can choose one the following options in order to gain a GCSE or BTEC qualification:
Edexcel GCSE PE
This course is assessed with 40% of the grade coming from practical assessments and 60% coming from theory based assessment, including 2 exams at the end of Year 11. The theory specification covers such topics as: Healthy and active lifestyles, influences, exercise and fitness, your personal well-being, psychology of sport, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, muscular system, skeletal system. Within school, teachers will give a practical assessment in the following activities: football, basketball, rugby, hockey, netball, table tennis, badminton, cricket., however activities outside of school can also be assessed. In previous years we have had pupils assessed in horse riding, skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics, athletics, golf and tennis.
OCR Cambridge National Sport
This course is assessed with 75% of the course coming from coursework based assignments, and 25% coming from a 1 hour written exam. Pupils will be assessed in both theory and practical based assignments. During the course, pupils will be assessed in 4 units over 3 years. The mandatory units are: Contemporary Issues in Sport (exam), Developing Sports Skills. The optional units, chosen by staff who will decide which units pupils will have the best chance of succeeding in: Sports Leadership, Sport and the Media, Working in the Sports Industry. Pupils will take part in practical activities such as badminton, basketball, table tennis, tennis and football. This course carries the same weighting as a GCSE subject when applying for Post 16 education.
OCR Cambridge National Outdoor Pursuits
This course course is assessed with 75% of the course coming from coursework based assignments, and 25% coming from a 1 hour written exam. Pupils will be assessed in both theory and practical based assignments. During the course, pupils will be assessed in 4 units over 3 years. The units will be: Contemporary Issues (exam), Developing Sports Skills, Sports Leadership and Developing knowledge and skills in Outdoor Activities. Pupils will take part, and be assessed in, a 10 week course of Rock Climbing at Leeds Climbing Wall, in addition to a number of day walks and 2 overnight camps in the Peak District. They will also have to plan and lead their own Rock Climbing session, which again will take place at Leeds Climbing Wall. This course carries the same weighting as a GCSE subject when applying for Post 16 education.
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How to support pupil learning:
There is a robust lunchtime and after school extra-curricular programme including Hockey, Football, Netball, Strength & Conditioning, Weight Training, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton and Touch Rugby.
It is proven that healthy children are healthy learners which means that parents should advocate an active lifestyle.