We are a keen and enthusiastic department committed to providing quality teaching and learning experiences for our pupils, both in lesson time and through our extra-curricular programme.
All pupils at KS3 are taught 2 x 1 hour lessons per week (1 each of two different activities which change each half term). The PE curriculum at KS3 is broad-based, enabling pupils to engage in the following activities:
During KS3 the focus is on progress in 5 areas within the activities undertaken, these being: consistency of performance, knowledge and understanding, the body and exercise, planning and leading drills and being a coach.
At KS4 pupils are taught 3 x 1 hour lessons per fortnight (1 activity changing every 3 to 4 weeks). Within KS4 (core), the curriculum is focused more towards enjoyment and improving fitness and skills, with a view to enabling continued participation after leaving school. KS4 pupils are offered alternative activities in addition to those taught at KS3. These include trampolining, use of the fitness room, dodgeball and aerobics. In year 11 only, the pupils are given an option choice of which activities they would like to undertake and we also introduce alternative sessions from outside agencies which include ten pin bowling, Gravity Force and cheerleading.
For those wishing to opt for a qualification in PE, we offer GCSE PE (AQA board). Pupils will have 5 lessons a fortnight for this course (in addition to their core PE). These will be split between theory and practical lessons. Within practical lessons, the focus is on improving skills and knowledge and understanding in a lead up to a practical assessment. Within theory lessons many topics are covered in preparation for a theory exam at the end of the 2 year course. These include: Sponsorship, The media, Sports nutrition, Individual differences and reasons for participation, The body and sport.
The department offers a wide range of after school activities throughout the year, which are available to pupils of all levels and abilities. These include: Football Club, Netball Club, Rugby Club, Badminton Club, Table Tennis Club, Trampolining Club, Basketball Club, Dance Challenge, Athletics Club, Rounders Club, Cricket Club and Tennis Club.
The school takes part in competitions between local schools as well as county wide competitions. The school also supports pupils with talent in sport outside of the departmental programme.
Where Physical Education can take you
Aspects of physical Education can be used in many different career paths, which include:
- Sport and Exercise Scientist
- Sports Coach
- Outdoor activities instructor
- Sports physiotherapist
- PE Teacher
- Sport and Exercise Psychologist
- Sports Development officer
- Health and Fitness instructor
- Personal Trainer
- Sports journalist
- Sports commentator