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Physical Education

Introduction to course

Core PE Is compulsory from Year 7 until the end of Year 11. At St Marys’ School students will receive PE across all Key Stages. Regular participation in physical exercise has a number of benefits to our students.

  • Physical  - to encourage students to lead active healthy lifestyles and developing fitness such as flexibility, strength and stamina and so improving heart health.
  • Mental  - students who actively participate in regular sport and exercise have higher levels of self esteem and confidence. Regular exercise aids  the memory and  learning. It also helps to reduce stress levels and helps students to  sleep better.
  • Social - students will develop skills in PE such as teamwork, communication and leadership. They will also develop values such as fair play and sportsmanship, dealing with both winning and losing in a dignified way.

Aims

There are 5 main aims for the P.E department:

1.   To maintain and/or stimulate pupil interest and enjoyment in P.E. and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.

2.a)            To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to P.E.

2.b)            To enable pupils to see P.E. as:

  • a major feature in our lives related to leisure, employment and culture.
  • part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. interpersonal and problem solving skills (to include analysis and evaluation of P.E. issues).

2.c)            To enable pupils to understand:

  • and use safe practice and to appreciate its importance in P.E.;
  • the short and long term effects of exercise on the body;
  • the role of exercise in a fit and healthy lifestyle.

3.a)            To support the implementation of the statement on 'Shared Values' and to enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.The establishment of pupil self esteem through the development of physical confidence is a major aim of the Department.

3.b)            To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so as P.E. contributes to the development of core skills such as communication by speech.

4.   To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to P.E., and to experience success and enjoyment in their P.E. work.

5.a)            To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of sport and physical activity (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities.

5.b)            To allow pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.

KS3

In KS3 students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum in a number of activities which allows them to experience and develop their skills and interests. Students will participate in the following activities:

Invasion Games - Netball, Basketball and Football.

Net Games - Badminton

Striking and Fielding Games - Rounders and Cricket

Dance

Athletics

O.A.A

KS4

In KS4 students will be given the opportunity to select activities in 8 week lesson blocks. They will be taught more complex skills and tactics and will be provided with further knowledge regarding health-related fitness. Students will be encouraged to take some ownership of the lessons leading warm-ups and umpiring games.

Typical lesson activities

Students will have the opportunity to participate in some of the following sports and activities:

  • Games – Netball, Football, Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball, and Rounders.
  • Individual Activities –Fitness, Non-Contact Boxing and Athletics

Students are expected to come to lessons suitably equipped with Physical Education kit. If a student is ill or injured and has a note to excuse them, they must still bring their kit and will be expected to take on a role other than performer such as coach, official or equipment manager.

Currently in KS4 students may select one of two options for further study:

Edexcel BTEC – Level 2 First Award in Sport

Introduction to course

This is a two year vocational course which prepares students for further study or a career in the sports or outdoors sector. It is equivalent to one GCSE at A* - C and combines both theory and practical elements.

Syllabus content

●     Fitness for Sport and Exercise             1 hour on screen test

A know about the components of fitness and the principles of training

B explore different fitness training methods

C investigate fitness testing to determine fitness levels.

●     Practical Sports Performance                 Coursework Unit

A understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports

B practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports

C be able to review sports performance.

●     Training for Personal Fitness                  Coursework Unit

A design a personal fitness training programme

B know about exercise adherence factors and strategies for continued training success

C implement a self-designed personal fitness training programme to achieve own goals and objectives

D review a personal fitness training programme.

●     Leading Sports Activities                         Coursework Unit

A know the attributes associated with successful sports leadership

B undertake the planning and leading of sports activities

C review the planning and leading of sports activities.

Typical lesson activities

As much of the course content as possible is taught through practical lessons but there is a mix of practical and theory. In essence you will be carrying out fitness tests, experiencing different training methods and devising a training programme for yourself. You will develop your leadership skills and eventually run a sports festival. Finally you will develop coaching skills to analyse performance and identify areas for improvement. There is the opportunity to go offsite for some activities, have guest speakers and coaches in to work with you. Students currently doing the BTEC courses have been to the gym, the local climbing centre and worked with local primary school children and completed coaching qualifications.

Edexcel GCSE PE

Introduction to course

This is a two year course which prepares students for further study or a starting point for a career in the sports or outdoors sector. It is a combination of a final theory exam and a controlled practical assessment.

Syllabus content

●     Written Paper   /   1 hour and 30 mins   /   out of 80 marks –  worth 40%

Knowledge and understanding for the active participant – a scenario will be issued before the exam to help students prepare for the longer questions.

In this unit students will learn about:

  • the relationship between health-related exercise and performance in physical activity, and how an individual’s skill-related fitness can be affected by health-related exercise
  • how performance in physical activity is linked to skill-related fitness
  • how exercise can achieve desired effects on health, fitness and performance, and how rest and physical activity in combination contribute to a healthy lifestyle. They will develop this theme further by planning the targeted selection of physical activity in order to maximise its effects. This should give students the knowledge and understanding to plan their own sustainable involvement in physical activity
  • the importance of diet, work and rest in relation to physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.          

●     Controlled Assessment   /   out of 90 marks – worth 60%

Four assessments from a minimum of two types of sport.

At least two as player or performer and the other two can be as coach, official or organiser. It can include sports that you do outside of school but you must check first.

In this unit students will learn about:

  • know about the rules/regulations of selected physical activities, and how these relate to, and affect, participation
  • demonstrate effective and suitable skills, in isolation and/or competitive situations, as appropriate.
  • understand the role(s) of officials in selected physical activities
  • know, and be able to apply, the rules/regulations of selected physical activities
  • understand, and be able to apply, principles relating to fair play in selected physical activities
  • demonstrate effective, and suitable, officiating skills in selected physical activities (under supervision of a qualified/suitable individual where appropriate), including controlling a competitive situation or managing an event.
  • understand the role(s) of leaders in selected physical activities
  • understand, and be able to apply, principles relating to fair play in selected physical activities
  • demonstrate effective leadership skills in selected physical activities (under supervision of a qualified/appropriate individual where appropriate), including: taking responsibility for the training and preparation, of an individual/team, for competitive situations in a selected physical activity
  • supporting players/participants in the performance of a physical activity with due consideration to health and safety issues.

Typical lesson activities

As much of the course content as possible is taught through practical lessons but there is a mix of practical and theory. Practically you will be carrying out fitness tests and experiencing different training methods. You will develop your leadership skills and you will develop your coaching skills to analyse performance and identify areas for improvement. There may be opportunities to go offsite for some activities and have guest speakers and coaches in to work with you. In theory lessons you will be studying anatomy and physiology (muscular, skeletal, energy, respiratory and circulatory systems). We will look at psychology of sport and sociological issues such as sponsorship, media and gender in sport. We will also look at aspects of international sport and how culture may affect participation.

KS5:

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Performance and Excellence)

The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma has a deepened the specialist work-related focus. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels.

The BTEC qualifications in this specification have been developed in the sport and active leisure sector to:

  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees
  • give sport, leisure and recreation employees opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally specific qualification
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or
  • to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport or related areas
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

All of units are are coursework based with sample materials sent off for external moderation.

To pass the course all units need to be copleted and can be grades pass, merit, distinction and distinction* - equivalent to A* to C at GCE A level.

Unit Mandatory units – all nine units must be taken: Credit Level

1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

2 The Physiology of Fitness

3 Assessing Risk in Sport

4 Fitness Training and Programming

7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

11 Sports Nutrition

17 Psychology for Sports Performance

27 Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport

28 The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Unit Optional units

5 Sports Coaching

8 Practical Team Sports

12 Current Issues in Sport

14 Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

18 Sports Injuries

19 Analysis of Sports Performance

22 Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

23 Organising Sports Events

25 Sport as a Business

26 Work Experience in Sport

SMSC considerations in PE

Students are encouraged to demonstrate the Olympic and Paralympic values in PE. At the end of each term, students in each year group who are identified as having best displayed the values will be recognised. The values are:

Friendship / Respect / Excellence / Determination / Inspiration / Courage / Equality

Sports Leaders, BTEC Sport and GCSE PE students will be given a number of opportunities to develop their leadership skills and in doing so have the chance to work with primary school children and take the responsibility of planning and organising sporting events for them. Encouraging these values and activities will help students to become responsible, active and healthy citizens in their future lives.

Useful websites

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

http://www.careers-in-sport.co.uk/

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