Physical Education is one of the most popular subjects on the curriculum with over 70% of students voting PE as one of their most enjoyable subjects. Our dedicated team of PE staff already specialise in a range of sports and constantly update their skills, knowledge and experience to add variety to pupils learning. We encourage our pupils to be healthy and active within and through school, as we believe that being healthy and active in school will lead to healthy and active adults long after they have left us.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students in Years 7 have two lessons of PE per week. During lessons pupils experience a dynamic and varied curriculum, including activities and learning opportunities from all national curriculum strands. In year 8 and 9 students have one lesson of PE per week. 90% of classes at Key Stage 3 PE lessons are taught in single gender groups. The six key areas of the national curriculum, as follows
Outwitting opponents – strategies, tactics, skill development in a variety of team games; football, netball, etc.
Accurate replication – sequencing and phrasing found in Dance, Gymnastics and Trampolining activities.
Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions – expression through different dance styles
Performing at maximum levels – Athletic events
Identifying and solving problems – assisting pupils to overcome a range of challenges within a sporting context.
Exercising safely and effectively – caters for pupils health and wellbeing with health related fitness and fitness testing across all year groups.
Sporting Activities Undertaken by Boys and Girls at Key Stage 3:
Year 7:, Basketball, Netball, Football, Tag Rugby, Fitness, Dance, Gymnastics, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders, Badminton, Table Tennis.
Year 8: Basketball, Netball, Football, Rugby, Fitness, Dance, Gymnastics, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders, Badminton, Table Tennis
Year 9: Basketball, Netball, Handball, Football, Tag Rugby, Fitness, Dance, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders, Badminton, Table Tennis.
Our curriculum ensures that all of our pupils, across the diverse spectrum of learning needs and talents, can achieve at their best in all of the sports we offer. Our pupils who have an avid and keen interest in sport are encouraged to excel their performance within lessons and beyond the school day into our Breakfast, and After Schools Clubs. Similarly, we recognise those pupils who need more encouragement to perform at their best in lessons and introduce a range of roles within sport where pupils can still develop and learn a variety of new skills, improve their confidence and self-esteem.
At the end of each six week period, pupils undergo an assessment where they are graded on their progress and performance. As a result of our inclusive PE policies, all pupils can achieve at their own level and receive a grade that reflects their progress, their knowledge and understanding.
Key Stage 4
Key stage 4 Physical Education focuses on participation, engagement and provided pupil with a range of opportunities to be involved in Physical activity. At Key Stage 4 students have 1 lesson of PE, where year 10 and 11 pupils can opt to adopt a number of responsibilities in a variety of sporting activities. Lessons can be both taught in mixed and in single gender groups
Sporting Activities Undertaken by Boys and Girls at Key Stage 4:
Year 10/11: Basketball, Handball, Football, Trampolining, Fitness, Dance, Volleyball, Athletics, Rounder’s, Cricket, Table Tennis, Badminton.
The department offers one academic course for those students who wish to develop their understanding further and are considering a sports-related career or an A Level/higher education course. The course is introduced in year 8 which is designed to enable students the opportunity to ‘get a good grasp’ of all aspects of the GCSE PE syllabus and to increase the chances of achieving A*-B grades at year 11. GCSE PE has 4 lesson per week 2 practical and 2 theory lessons. Currently, the qualification has a ratio of 60% theory and 40% practical. We do however, expect this ratio to change in the near future.
Homework is a compulsory requirement on the Edexcel GCSE PE programme. With the push for students to demonstrate excellent levels of spelling, grammar and punctuation, in addition to excellent sports performances, it is essential that students are able to work independently, and demonstrate their written knowledge and understanding of physical education. Help is always at hand and pupils are given additional assistance within lessons and during intervention sessions to assist them in the application of their learning towards achieving their full potential.
We also offer the Sports Leaders’ Award (SLA) course. This is ideal for students wishing to improve their communication and leadership skills. SLA students undergo a series of lessons, culminating in their final assessment which involves leading students from a local primary school for an afternoon of sports activities.
SPORTS COMPETITIONS AT THE ACADEMY
We currently offer a wide range of sports clubs that allow pupils to participate in physical activity. Some clubs are purely designed for pupils enjoy and have fun. These clubs work particularly well for pupils who prefer sport more as a social activity. Equally, we offer the traditional competitive sports; like Basketball, Football, Table Tennis Cricket, Badminton and Athletics, where teams are entered into local and national competitions. We are also offer a morning Breakfast club where pupils have the chance to participate in sport before school.