Physical Education

Portrait1_0047About Curriculum Area

Core PE

Physical Education is a statutory government requirement for students in education across key stage 3 and 4.  Physical Education at St Aldhelm’s Academy helps pupils develop personally, socially and mentally. Students are given opportunity to work as individuals, in groups and in teams to develop concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

GCSE PE and Sport BTEC

Within their options in Year 9 students can choose to study GCSE PE or BTEC Sport. GCSE PE is offered for those students who are outstanding in sports performance in at least four sporting disciplines. BTEC Sport is offered to those students who have a keen interest in sport and leadership but are not necessarily outstanding sports performers.

Introduction

Physical Education in the first instance is a course designed for students who enjoy sport and exercise. Students will gain an in depth knowledge of the biomechanics of the human body, how it works and the changes seen when exercising. Students will learn elements of rules and regulations, leadership styles, sports psychology and even touch on sport in education. Both GCSE PE and Sport BTEC give the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as fair play, etiquette and team work. All of these key characteristics will be looked upon favourably by educational provider and potential employers. All courses lend themselves to further education opportunities at both sixth form and college level. Careers in coaching, teaching, leisure and team management are all avenues possible from this course.

Teaching Staff

Curriculum Leader, PE – Teresa Young

PE Teacher – Guy Lambert

PE Teacher – Simon Atkins

PE Teacher – Levi Goddard

PE Teacher – Lee Prout

Facilities

Trampoline centre (4 fixed trampolines)

Gym (2 badminton court size)

Sports Hall (4 badminton court size)

Fitness suite (Cardio-vascular equipment, mats and weights machines)

Multi-use games area (4 tennis / netball court size)

Field (2 football pitches and training grids)

Mirrored dance studio

25m swimming pool

Approach to Learning

Students will learn through a variety of methods both practically and through theory based learning. Some elements of the course requires independent work and research, whereas others lend themselves to group work and discussion. Where possible students will be assessed practically with the use observation records and witness statements. Coursework based elements for different modules will be delivered using assignment briefs which will cover a variety of different learning activities.

Core PE year 7-10 – 2 hours per week

GCSE PE – 3 hours per week (2 hours practical learning and 1

hour theory)

BTEC Sport – 3 hours per week (2 hours practical learning and 1 hour of theory)

Year 7

In year 7 students will develop the fundamental skills required to transfer into a multitude of sports.Students will develop their abilities in all areas through a range of different sports over the 6 terms including: football, rugby, multi-skills, netball, athletics, rounders, fitness, basketball, badminton and handball amongst others. Students will also have access to a varied extra curricular timetable where they can improve their skills further, as well as have the opportunity to represent the school in competitions.

Year 8

In year 8 students will further develop the fundamental skills required to transfer into a multitude of sports. Students will develop their abilities in all areas through a range of different sports over the 6 terms including: football, trampolining, multi-skills, swimming, athletics, rounders, fitness, basketball, badminton and handball amongst others. Students will also have access to a varied extra curricular timetable where they can improve their skills further, as well as have the opportunity to represent the school in competitions.

Year 9

In year 9 students will develop transferable leadership skills through schemes of work in different activities. Students will develop their abilities in all areas through a range of different sports over the 6 terms including: football, trampolining, netball, athletics, rounders, fitness, basketball, personal survival and swimming amongst others. Students will also have access to a varied extra curricular timetable where they can improve their skills further, as well as have the opportunity to represent the school in competitions.

Key Stage 4

GCSE PE

Students are assessed in three different modules for GCSE PE:

Practical – 50%

Coursework Personal Exercise Programme – 10%

Theory – 40%

Students are externally assessed in 4 sporting disciplines through a moderation day. These scores out of 40 equate to 50% of their final grade.

Students will complete 2 pieces of coursework which equates to 10% of their mark. The students plan and carry out  a 6 week exercise programme and complete an analysis of performance in 1 of their 4 sports chosen in practical. Both of which are completed in controlled exam conditions.

Students will complete an exam on all of the theory content they have learnt in year 1 and 2 on the course. This will be completed at the end of year 2 in the summer exam period.

BTEC Sport

Students choosing to study BTEC Sport complete a 1 hour online exam for unit 1 (Fitness for Sport and Exercise) in controlled conditions. Unit 2, 3 and 6 are internally assessed through coursework based activities in the first instance which build evidence to be externally verified.

 

Year 10

Year 10 Core PE has a different focus to that of key stage 3. Students will opt for pathways in aesthetic, creative and competitive activities during the year. The objective of core PE in year 10 is to engage and enthuse students to continue sport and exercise for lifelong learning. Activities include: team games, zumba, swimming, pilates, kick boxing, circuits and access to the fitness suite.

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