P.E.

Physical Education is an integral part of the curriculum and research proves that schools who provide a strong PE curriculum often achieve higher grades in other academic subjects. Cross curricular links to Mathematics and English are embedded within the PE curriculum and additional life skills such as team work, communication skills and expressing creativity are vital to be successful in Physical Education.

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all students:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

The BTEC examination subject from year 9 to 11 is developed to;

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities
  • give students a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units
  • encourage students to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees
  • give opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 vocationally-specific qualification
  • give full-time students the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences, or on to GCE AS or A level, and, in due course, to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector
  • give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in P.E. this year?
During this Foundation year students will learn the fundamental skills in a variety of sports that will be developed throughout the rest of KS3. Students will participate in 5 different sports.

The sports covered for boys across Year 7 are;

Block 1- Football or Badminton

Block 2- Rugby or Football

Block 3, Fitness

Block 4- Athletics

Block 5- Cricket or Softball.

The sports covered for girls in Year 7 are;

Block 1- Rugby or Netball

Block 2- Rugby or Badminton

Block 3- Fitness

Block 4- Athletics

Block 5- Rounders

Through these sporting activities and the practices delivered the students will be taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present physical challenges
  • Analyse and evaluate their performance and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside of school through community links or sports club.

What type of homework will be set?
Students are encouraged to join an extra-curricular sports team. The after school sports provision is varied and caters for all ability ranges. Through extra-curricular and lesson time students will be introduced to key areas of the Key Stage 4 PE exams (Training methods, components of fitness, training principles, exercise intensities fitness testing).

How will my child be assessed in P.E.?
Staff observe student performance and assess mental understanding throughout each block of activity. Performance is assessed against level descriptors that are displayed in changing rooms. Students will get the opportunity to self-assess their performance and identify areas for improvement ready for the next time they revisit the same sport.

A students’ overall level that appears on their KAP update is an average of the scores achieved throughout each KAP period.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Encourage your child to take part in extra-curricular sports teams and wider community teams.  Support your child in any homework tasks and ask them questions related to the homework to check understanding.

Key Stage 3

Year 8

What will my child learn about in P.E. this year?
Students will further develop all fundamental skills learnt in year 7. Students will develop their understanding of the skill and health related fitness requirements needed to improve in all sports. Students will participate in 5 different sports.

The sports covered for boys across Year 8 are;

Block 1- Football / Table Tennis or Tennis

Block 2- Football / Rugby or Trampolining

Block 3, Fitness

Block 4- Athletics

Block 5- Cricket or Softball

The sports covered for girls in Year 8 are;

Block 1- Rugby / Netball or Tennis

Block 2- Rugby / Badminton or Trampolining

Block 3- Fitness

Block 4- Athletics

Block 5- Rounders

Students will continue to have the opportunity to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present physical challenges
  • Analyse and evaluate their performance and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside of school through community links or sports club.

What type of homework will be set?
Students are encouraged to join an extra-curricular sports team. The after school sports provision is varied and caters for all ability ranges. Through extra-curricular and lesson time students will be introduced to key areas of the Key Stage 4 PE exams (Training methods, components of fitness, training principles, exercise intensities fitness testing).

How will my child be assessed in P.E.?
Staff observe student performance and assess mental understanding throughout each block of activity. Performance is assessed against level descriptors that are displayed in changing rooms. Students will get the opportunity to self-assess their performance and identify areas for improvement ready for the next time they revisit the same sport.

A students’ overall level that appears on their KAP update is an average of the scores achieved throughout each KAP period.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Encourage your child to take part in extra-curricular sports teams and wider community teams.  Support your child in any homework tasks and ask them questions related to the homework to check understanding.

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in P.E.?
Students will build on previous knowledge from Key Stage 3. They will undertake four units over Key Stage 4, which include 1 external assessment.

Throughout Key Stage 4 students will complete the following units;

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise- This is a one hour online assessment and students must further develop their knowledge of components of fitness, training principles, exercise intensities, fitness testing and methods of training.
  • Practical Sports Performance- Students will be assessed on their practical performance in 2 selected sports. This also includes having knowledge of the rules, roles of officials, skills and tactics. Students also need to be able to analyse their own performance and discuss their strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Training for Personal Fitness- Students have to plan and perform a 6 week training programme based on an area of fitness they need to improve. Students must also review their performance in training and suggest areas for further development. They must also have an understanding of why people may not participate in sport and how this can be overcome.
  • Leading Sports Activities- Students must discuss the skills and attributes required to be a successful sports leader and refer to specific examples. They must also plan and lead a sports session to a group of students.  Once completed students must evaluate their leadership performance and discuss strengths and areas for future development.

What type of homework will be set?
All homework is linked to their coursework and students should expect homework once a week, which is in line with the school homework timetable. All work will help broaden their understanding of the units being taught. Alongside any homework tasks, students are expected to revise in their own time for the external assessment.

How will my child be assessed in P.E.?
Students will be assessed through practical performance, written coursework and an online external exam.  Written coursework will be given regular diagnostic feedback to help support your child in achieving their best grade.  Practical performance will be assessed through video evidence in addition to written coursework. The online external exam will be taken at the end of year 10 and regular mock examinations will be conducted during key points of the year.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Ask your child questions about the homework tasks they are completing at home and have discussions with them about the content presented in the work in order to extend and deepen their understanding.

Encouraging your child to read regularly about the topics linked to the external exam is one of the best ways that you can support your child’s learning at home. Useful reading materials include: Revise BTEC Sport: Revision Guide.

You can also encourage your child to proofread their work, checking for basic errors of spelling, punctuation and text organisation to ensure they structure their answers properly.

What can my child move onto with P.E.?
Studying BTEC Sport covers a broad range of areas within the sports industry.  Students could go on to post 16 education and University courses such as Sport & Exercise Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Development & Fitness, Sports Nutrition and Sports Psychology, etc. This could also lead on to further careers within sports coaching, management or science, including a teacher, a sports development officer, sports recreation manager, sports physiotherapist, a personal trainer, sports scientist, etc.

The wider skills learnt within the PE curriculum such as communication skills, team work, creative thinkers, independent students and self-managers underpin all professional careers, enabling students to progress to senior levels in their chosen careers.