During their time at Key Stage 3, pupils will experience a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum.
Emphasis is placed on both skill development and enjoyment during their lessons, with an ambition to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Each half term, students participate in different activities covering a variety of the following: Rugby, Football, Basketball, Netball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Dance, Health and Fitness, Rounders, Cricket, Softball, Stoolball, Tennis and Athletics. In addition to this, students will also have the opportunity to take part in a Sports Leadership programme as well as experiencing GCSE taster sessions. This allows students to build their confidence within the subject and make an informed decision when choosing their options at the end of year nine.
The department offers a wide range of extra curricular activities and offers pupils the opportunity to compete for the school across most of these. The school enters all the District leagues and several of the County tournaments.
Pupils foster an enjoyment of and involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle; and develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. There are two practical and two theory lessons per week, plus one prep per week.
The GCSE PE course covers a wide variety of theory. This ranges from learning about the body, the muscles and bones, to the way our body changes when we exercise and how it adapts to cope with the demands of physical activity. It also looks at how we learn things, what a good performance is, how to be active and healthy, our diet, training and coaching. We also study ethical issues in sport, sports psychology, pathways into sport, participation rates, and why we get involved in physical activity.
Much of the theory is learnt through practical activities, so we are not always in the classroom. Pupils should therefore be enthusiastic about sport and enjoy taking part.
Our Physical Education qualifications allow students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic skills for further education and a healthy future. It teaches students to evaluate performance and suggest plans for improvement.