The physical education programme is designed to contribute, support and complement the aims and aspirations of the school. The programme aims to develop in young people the enthusiasm, competence and understanding to pursue an active lifestyle by regularly taking part in some form of purposeful physical activity.
The formal curriculum is taught by specialist teachers of Physical Education. The programme is structured to allow for continuity, depth, differentiation and progression in learning. The informal curriculum is delivered through a range of clubs, inter-form/school/county competitions and endless special initiatives and opportunities. Through the informal curriculum we seek to provide extensive access for all students to participate at a level suited to their individual preferences – enjoyment and recreation, developing personal competence or challenging the able and talented.
The gymnasium is used for a variety of activities including all team sports, dance, gymnastics and fitness.
The hall is used for badminton, table tennis and dance, whilst also a being a large indoor space for wet weather activities.
The outdoor courts area is a large Tarmac playing surface complete with two netball court markings
The field is laid out in the winter with two football pitches with goals and in the summer there are two outdoor volleyball courts, four rounders pitches, 300 meter athletics track and athletics throwing areas.We also have an artificial cricket wicket.
Key Stage 3
Students take part in two one hour lessons each week with an intense 3 or 4 week block on a particular sport per half term for instance 3 weeks (6 lessons) of dance with one assessment lesson, followed by 3 weeks (6 lessons) of badminton and one assessment lesson. This is supplemented with extracurricular activities.
In line with the aims of the department, pupils are introduced to a wide variety of sports and activities. Lessons have a strong focus on fitness and the ten high quality outcomes of PE: ‘Commitment’, ‘Understanding’, ‘Healthy active lifestyle’, ‘Confidence’, ‘Skill’, ‘Competitiveness’, ‘Decision making’, ‘Desire to improve’, ‘Stamina, suppleness and strength’, and ‘Enjoyment’.
The sports that pupils will take part in as part of normal lessons in Year 7 are: basketball, rugby, netball, football, orienteering, dance, table-tennis, badminton, gymnastics, cricket, rounders, softball and athletics. Some of these sports may change if a professional coach for a new sport is available.
The sports that pupils will take part in as part of normal lessons in Year 8 are: basketball, rugby, netball, football, orienteering, dance, table-tennis, badminton, gymnastics, cricket, rounders, softball and athletics. Some of these sports may change if a professional coach for a new sport is available.
The sports that pupils will take part in as part of normal lessons in Year 9 are: basketball, rugby, netball, football, orienteering, dance, table-tennis, badminton, gymnastics, cricket, rounders, softball and athletics. Some of these sports may change if a professional coach for a new sport is available.
Key Stage 4
All Pupils in years ten and eleven take part in two one hour PE lessons per week, where they take part in various sports (rugby, football, volleyball, fitness, dance, table-tennis, badminton, softball and basketball). In addition to these core PE lessons some students may choose to sit either Edexcel GCSE Physical Education or OCR Sport Science.
The Edexcel GCSE Physical Education course is divided into two parts; 60% theory and 40% practical. The theory is further divided in to topic areas: ‘Healthy Active Lifestyle’ (The theory behind health, Influences in sport, fitness and exercise) and ‘Healthy Active Body’ (anatomy of the body, how the body adapts to the stress of sporting activities). The practical side is also broken up into the ‘Practical Performances’ and ‘Analysis of Performance’ (Judging how well others perform and why). This means that pupils will have 3 lessons a week of which 2 are theory and 1 practical.
OCR Sports Science is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of different aspects of sports science including sports psychology and nutrition and equip students with practical skills such as learning to design and evaluate a training program.
Extra Curricular Activities
The current Extra Curricular timetable can be viewed via the link but the activities and sports we offer are football, rugby, badminton, table-tennis, basketball, gymnastics, dance, netball, cricket and rounders. (Not all these clubs take part at once; they are on a rotational basis).