We strive to foster a lifelong love of being physically active in our students. Our aim is to be a thoroughly inclusive PE department that recognises students’ commitment, effort and attitude, irrespective of their sporting abilities. At the same time we take great pride in celebrating and promoting students with great natural ability. They will have the chance to learn about the principles and practices which lead to good performance whilst working individually, in groups and in teams. Students will discover what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how, becoming involved in physical activity, helps them make informed choices about leading a healthy active lifestyle. As a department we want all of our students to succeed and find a sport that they enjoy, so we plan a full and varied timetable of sports throughout the key stages.
The modifications made to the Physical Education National Curriculum over the past few years have enabled us to create an interesting and diverse curriculum that suits all needs and interests of students entering KS3. Students will participate in and spend time learning about a variety of different sports in each of their three years in KS3. These range from traditional winter activities such as Football, Rugby, Gymnastics and Netball to summer sports such as Tennis, Athletics, Rounders and Cricket. We are also big believers in tailoring our curriculum to our students’ needs and providing sporting opportunities that engage and motivate them. With this ethos in mind, we have recently introduced new sports such as Handball and Ultimate Frisbee that are proving popular.
All Year 7 students are put through a baseline scheme of work; this equips them with a basis for all the movement, balance and co-ordination that is essential for every sport. Along with this, students are given the opportunity to take on many different roles in a wide variety of games activities.
We ensure that students are aware of the levels they are achieving and know how they can improve. Students are assessed in a number of different activities allowing them to express their talent in a variety of different ways.
The Edexcel GCSE PE course is assessed over two units.
Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute to a maximum of 60% of the overall GCSE PE grade.
Unit 2 is assessed in two sections:
• Section 1 – students perform four practical performances and receive a mark out of 10 for each. This will contribute to a maximum of 28% of the overall GCSE PE grade. This part of the course takes place during a live moderation when an Edexcel moderator will be in school and marking the students on their practical performances.
• Section 2 – students perform an analysis of performance in one of the chosen four practical performances. This will include the planning, performing and evaluating of a ‘Personal Exercise Programme’ and will contribute to a maximum of 12% of the overall GCSE PE grade.