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Physical Education

Subject Intent

For our students to leave the academy as confident and multi-talented (versatile) sportspeople. They have a detailed understanding of their own health and fitness, and how to develop it. Our ultimate aim is for all our learners to have a lifelong involvement (in any way) in sport.

Curriculum Objectives

  1. To develop and perform their own skills and techniques in a broad range of physical activities.
  2. To remain physically active for sustained periods of time.
  3. To engage and achieve in a vast range of competitive sports and other physically demanding activities.
  4. To lead healthy and active lives through a range of fitness and sporting activities.

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7, 8 & 9

Students will learn a range of skills and techniques through a variety of sports and activities in Year 7 and then repeat in Year 8 and 9.

These will include: Netball, Basketball, Football, Rugby (invasion games), gymnastics, fitness and trampoline gymnastics and finally Cricket, Rounders, Tennis and Athletics.

Students will develop their technique and improve their performance through static drills and practices before implementing them into conditioned games.

Students will develop their ability to analyse their performance and both self and peer reflect on their performance against a set criteria.

Students will be given the opportunity to work independently and in groups, they will take part in competitive situations through inter and intra-schools.

Key Stage 4

YEAR 10 & 11

Students will all have the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques through a range of activities across the 2 years in Core PE.  These will include: Netball, Basketball, Football, Rugby (invasion games), gymnastics, fitness and trampoline gymnastics and finally Cricket, Rounders, Tennis and Athletics.

In addition, students that opt to take PE will learn through the Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Sports Studies. Cambridge National in Sport is a two-year qualification that:

  • Develops knowledge and skills in outdoor activities. By completing this unit, students will know about the range of outdoor activities that are available in the UK and be able to identify organisations that provide access to these activities. They will also be able to appreciate the reasons why people become involved in these activities and the risks they face when participating. Students will consider how to plan an outdoor activity and be able to participate in one. They will gain an understanding of health and safety and risk assessments in outdoor scenarios, of detailed planning for a group activity with multiple variables, and they will develop their communication, decision-making and leadership skills in challenging scenarios and environments.
  • Delves into contemporary issues in sport which is a reflection of society and, as such, many of the broad issues which affect society are also prevalent in sport. For the same reasons, sport can also be a force for good at local, national and international levels, because of its ability to bring people together. By completing this unit, students will explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, relating to participation levels and barriers, the promotion of values and ethical behaviour through sport and the role of high-profile sporting events and national governing bodies in advancing sports’ attempts to positively impact upon society and showcase their worth beyond providing entertainment.
  • Develops sport skills and leadership. Participation in sport and physical activity provides students with a range of transferable skills. Students will learn to work both independently and as part of a team; to communicate with teammates, or to an audience through performance; to perform under pressure; to use initiative to solve problems and make decisions considering rapidly changing conditions around them.
  • By completing this unit in leadership, students will develop some of the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to be an effective sport leader and plan, deliver and review safe and effective sporting activity sessions themselves. Students will be encouraged to consider and evaluate their delivery and, by doing so, develop their ability to communicate with an audience verbally and through practical demonstration, and adapt to developing situations and the different needs and abilities of those students they are leading.
  • Exposes students to the many career paths that can be followed within the sports industry, some of which people may not be aware of. Some of the careers available are not linked directly to a sport or do not revolve around physical activity but are still vitally important to the participation, progression and success of sports within the UK.

Sixth Form

YEAR 12 & 13

Students will be given the opportunity to study Cambridge Technical Level 3 in Sport or AQA A-level PE which can be studied alongside other vocational or A-level qualifications.

There is also the opportunity to study these as part of the Football or Cricket Academy programme at sixth form level.

Over the two years studying AQA A Level Physical Education, students will experience the following subject content:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology, where knowledge and understanding of bodily systems and processes prior to, during and post exercise is developed, and investigates how differing intensities affect these as well as recovery. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of motion and forces, and their relevance to performance in physical activity and sport; use of biomechanical definitions, equations, formulae and units of measurement, and demonstrate the ability to plot, label and interpret biomechanical graphs and diagrams.
  • Skill acquisition and development focuses on how skill is acquired and the impact of psychological factors on performance. Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the principles required to optimise learning of new, and the development of existing, skills in a range of physical activities. Students will learn how to interpret graphical representations associated with skill acquisition theories.
  • Sport and society and the interaction between them, including their evolution and technological development. Students will learn how to interpret and analyse data and graphs relating to participation in physical activity and sport, and understand types of and use of data analysis to optimise performance.
  • Sport psychology will develop knowledge and understanding of the role of sport psychology in optimising performance in physical activity and sport. Students should be able to understand and interpret graphical representations associated with sport psychology theories.

These topics will be assessed based on two written exams and a practical performance or performance analysis assessment in physical activity and sport.

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 3 for students aged 16+ which are designed with the workplace and progression to higher education in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels at level 3. The courses are designed for those students who prefer coursework as opposed to exam based assessment. Qualifications at levels 2 and 3 have a mixture of internal and external assessments.

If students choose to study the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Sport, they will embark on a wide range of school assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on a wide range of sport-related units with strong links to employment within the sports industry.

  • Human anatomy, including bodily systems and functions, and biomechanics
  • Organisations involved in UK sport such as the Government and National Governing Bodies and their role in developing sport from grassroots performance; improving levels of participation; and the purpose of sport development.
  • Health and safety in sport, including emergency procedures; roles and responsibilities of stakeholders; health and safety legislation in sport; minimising risk in sport, exercise, health and leisure; first aid requirements; and safeguarding.
  • The purpose of, and how to conduct research in sport and physical activity.
  • The business of sport, emphasising issues that the commercialisation of sport has brought along, and therefore prepares you to start thinking about how to manage sport businesses and organisations within this constantly changing business environment

Students have the option to undertake a single A Level (equivalent to 1 A Level), double A Level (equivalent to 2 A Levels) or Triple A Level (equivalent to 3 A Levels) route.