Physical Education

Teaching British Values through Physical Education

As an academy, we believe sport to be an effective vehicle for promoting British values. From the earliest years children gain an understanding of the playing within the rules and developing the concept of fair play. Children gain an understanding of mutual respect through participation and showing respect for officials and other players. Our commitment to intra--school and inter-school sport provides many opportunities for children to play against others from a wide variety of backgrounds at both local and county level. In our school the children gain an understanding of democracy as they vote for their House Captains each year. Children develop an appreciation of equality and competitiveness as they experience selection on merit with mixed teams of both boys and girls taking part in intra sport.

Physical Education at Key Stage 3

All students in KS3 receive a triple lesson of PE once a week, which meets the government expectation of two hours of physical education. Students are taught as single sex classes, wherever possible. Lessons are blocked in units of work to promote greater depth of understanding, developing of skills, contextual application of these skills and the ability to perform reflectively. Students will be presented with opportunities to be creative, competitive, co-operative and to face challenges as individuals and in small groups or teams. They will learn how to think in different ways to suit the different challenges. They will be given the opportunity of demonstrating their learning, using a range of communication styles, allowing for effective assessment. This assessment will be used to inform planning and promote greater learning.

Year 7

Gymnastics

Pupils will explore the basic gymnastic actions and will learn how to replicate them accurately in performance. They will develop the ability to contribute ideas and plan sequences of movements which they will perform on your own and with others demonstrating control and precision. Pupils will also learn to identify strengths and weaknesses within your own and others performances.

Dance

Pupils will investigate and develop their ability to accurately replicate and perform the 5 basic dance actions: Turn, Jump, Pause, Travel and Gesture. They will become aware of musical accompaniment and will learn how to listen to the beat and move in time to it. They will be introduced to the choreographic devices of canon, unison and motif development. They will also learn to observe each other’s performances identifying strengths and weaknesses.

Athletics

In Year 7 the main focus for this area of study will be to learn the fundamentals of both track and field athletics events. Pupils will learn to accurately replicate skills and techniques, and develop their physical and mental capacity to perform them at maximum levels.

Invasion games

Girls will develop the principles of movement with the ball, passing the ball, movement without the ball, scoring and the rules of the game through Netball, Football, Basketball and other similar games. Boys will develop the principles of movement with the ball, passing the ball, movement without the ball, scoring and the rules of the game through study Football, Rugby, Basketball and other similar games.

Striking/fielding games

Pupils will concentrate on accurately replicating the correct technique of throwing, catching and hitting the ball in ccricket, rounder’s, softball and other striking and fielding games.

Net/wall games

Pupils will concentrate on accurately replicating the correct technique of recognised shots, using correct hand placement and body position in Badminton, Table Tennis and Volleyball. Pupils will also begin to use these techniques to develop gameplay/rallies and their understanding of the rules.

Year 8

Gymnastics

Pupils will develop and refine the basic gymnastic actions and will move on to explore flight. They will explore ways in which flight can be used to link movements in sequences and how it can be used to make shapes in the air. Pupils will develop the ability to communicate these ideas by selecting appropriate and more complex movements for sequences and applying compositional devices. Not only will they be able to identify strengths and weaknesses within their own and others performances but you will also learn and be able to suggest ways in which performance can be improved.

Dance

Pupils will explore the genre of contemporary dance and will learn to express themselves using the techniques of leading choreographers. Choreographic devices introduced in year 7 will be developed and they will explore the use of formation, mirror Image and contact.

Athletics

In year 8 pupils will develop and improve their knowledge and ability of the track and field events studied in year 7. Pupils will learn to accurately replicate skills and techniques, and develop their physical and mental capacity to perform them at maximum levels.

Games

Pupils will learn how to overcome an opponent in face to face competition, how to affect another person’s performance to enable them to outwit the opponent.

Invasion games

Boys will continue to use the principles of movement with the ball, passing the ball, movement without the ball, scoring and the rules of the game through the study Football, Rugby, Basketball and other similar games.  Girls will build on the principles of movement with the ball, passing the ball, movement without the ball, scoring and the rules of the game through Netball, Football, Basketball and other similar games.

Striking/fielding games

Both Boys & Girls will continue to develop the correct technique of throwing, catching and hitting the ball in cricket, rounder’s, softball and other striking and fielding games. The focus will be on developing their understanding of the rules and using strategies to outwit their opponents.

Net/wall games

Both Boys & Girls will concentrate on using the skills learnt last year to outwit  your Opponents You will learn how to overcome an opponent in face to face competition, how to affect another person’s performance to enable you to outwit them.  By using the correct technique of recognised shots, using correct hand placement and body position in Badminton, Table Tennis and Volleyball. Pupils will also begin to use these techniques to develop game play/rallies to affect the game to their advantage and their understanding of the rules.

Year 9

Trampolining

Pupils will develop and refine the basic Trampoline actions. They will develop their ability to construct a routine by selecting appropriate and more complex movements for sequences. Some will be able to identify strengths and weaknesses within their own and others performances and will be able to suggest ways in which performance can be improved.

Dance

Girls will explore the genre of street/contemporary dance and will learn to express themselves using the techniques of leading choreographers. Choreographic devices introduced in year 7and 8 will be developed and will explore the use of:

  • Formation
  • mirror image and
  • contact
  • Pupils will be assessed using the key concepts.

Athletics

Pupils will develop and improve their knowledge and ability of the track and field events. They will develop their ability to demonstrate these skills with improved precision, control and fluency.

Games

Pupils will focus on Outwitting Opponents by learning how to overcome an opponent in face to face competition, how to affect another person’s performance to enable to outwit them.

Invasion games

Pupils will build on the principles of movement with the ball, passing the ball, movement without the ball, scoring and the rules of the game through Football, Basketball and other similar games.

Striking/fielding games

Pupils will continue to develop the correct technique of throwing, catching and hitting the ball in Cricket, Rounder’s, Softball and other striking and fielding games.

Net/wall games

Pupils will concentrate on outwitting opponents by using the correct technique of recognised shots, using correct hand placement and body position in Badminton, Table Tennis and Volleyball. Pupils will also begin to use these techniques to develop game play/rallies to affect the game to their advantage.

Physical Education at Key Stage 4

Core PE

All students in KS4 receive a double lesson of PE a week, which allows them to continue their development of competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Pupils will work as individuals, in groups and in teams, focusing on concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They will take on different roles and responsibilities, including coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Pupils must perform in 2 areas of activities from the following:

Area of activity 1: Team sports Area of activity 2: Individual Sports
Football 

Basketball

Netball

Softball

Rounder’s

Volleyball

Ultimate Frisbee

Trampolining 

Table Tennis

Badminton

Athletics

Bowling

Tennis

Teachers will follow department lesson plans for each of the activities taught.

GCSE PE

At the GCSE level, the school follows the new OCR (9-1) specification. The course is divided into three components.

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

Students will start to explore the ways in which parts of the human body work and function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results. Students will sit an exam paper at the end of the course which is worth 30% of their final grade.

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

Students will develop their knowledge of socio-cultural influences that impact on participation and performance in physical activities and sports. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of how sport impacts on society. Engagement patterns of different social groups will be understood by students, along with strategies to promote participation with practical examples.

The commercialisation of physical activities and sports will be understood, including the influences of sponsorship and the media. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activities and sports. Students will sit an exam paper at the end of the course which is worth 30% of their final grade.

Component 03: Performance in physical education (NEA)

Students are internally assessed in performance of three selected practical activities and one performance analysis task. They are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions.

In addition to three practical performances, learners are required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance in order to analyse aspects of personal performance in a practical activity; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the performance; produce an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance. Students will be assessment by their class teacher and moderated externally, this contributes 40% to their final grade.

BTEC Sport at KS4

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport has been set up to provide students with the opportunity to gain a qualification and experience in a sporting environment. Students will study four units of work over the two years. The qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop the communication skills needed for working in the sport sector. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where you have the opportunity to express your opinions. The course also opportunities for learners to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills, an English and mathematics knowledge and skills, in a sport-related context. In year one, students will complete the fitness for sport and exercise unit, which is an external exam and the practical sports performance unit. In year two, student will complete the final two units, the mind & sports performance and leading sports activities.

BTEC Sport at KS5

At KS5, students follow the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport. This is equivalent in size to three A Levels. 10 units are assignment based and 4 are external assessments/exams. The course gives students the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification that can be used when applying either for higher education or employment. Providing a sound, intellectually demanding vocational learning experience, giving the students the opportunity to acquire coaching and leadership awards and to use these to help develop sport within the local community.

Students assessed through a variety of assignments or assessments. The course is a combination of theory and practical activities. To succeed students will need to complete assignment work, take part in practical and be confident in leadership and coaching.

Externally-assessed units

Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. Students must achieve all external units at pass grade or above to complete the course. The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Sport are examinations and set tasks.

Internally-assessed units

Most units are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. In line with the requirements and guidance for internal assessment, we select the most appropriate assessment styles according to the learning set out in the unit. This ensures that students are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Students could be given opportunities to:

• write up the findings of their own research

• use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations

• carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes

• demonstrate practical and technical skills.