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The PE department is very passionate about physical activity and sport, believing there is a sport for everyone. The intent of our PE curriculum is that every child leaves with a good foundation of knowledge and skills that will allow them to make informed choices about their health, well-being and what sports are available to them.
The functioning of the PE department is underpinned by the Academy's three core values; we care; we listen; we succeed. The PE staff implicitly teach students to express these values within lessons as these are the mental processes that will enable students to succeed in school and beyond.
In each year, across each activity studied, students will look to develop at least three key skills or concepts, which are progressively more challenging and will enable the students to compete against, or perform well in, sport and physical activity. Through a process of repetition and revisiting previously learned skills, students will develop metacognition in the form of muscle memory. Through this developmental approach, students at key stage 3 will be prepared to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, or a sport pathway through BTEC Sport.
The secondary curriculum follows the programmes and breadths of studies of the National Curriculum and is a follow on from Key Stage 2. Schemes of work are progressive and allow pupils to develop through at least three core skills in various sports.
Fundamental movement skills will be taught through the units to develop balance, agility and coordination using small sided and conditioned games.
Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils are also taught Health Related Fitness in the local fitness gym including how to lead an active and healthy life, the effects exercise has on the body both short and long term, and how to plan appropriate exercise programs.
At Key Stage 4, pupils are given the option of studying BTEC Sport. This comprises 4 units of work, 1 unit is an externally assessed exam. The further 3 units contain elements of written and practical work and aim to provide students with the opportunity to apply the principles of personal training, analyse their own sporting performance and to lead their own sporting activity.
The intention of the Physical Education curriculum is to give students the confidence, skills and knowledge to continue to take part in physical activity and sport away from the Academy, post 16 and beyond.
It is expected that students will have an understanding of the importance of health and fitness, exercising safely and the importance of following rules within sport and society.
It is also hoped that students will view their vast experience in PE and sport at the Academy as a positive one and that this will shape future behaviour. Some students may wish to follow a career as a result of their experience in Physical Education and these careers could include: teacher, personal trainer, coach, physiotherapist, sports scientist, diet and fitness instructor, armed forces, leisure and tourism industry.
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport
The PE department is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil both inside and outside of the school premises. We implement our whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken.
To promote literacy in PE lessons we highlight subject-specific keywords in our teaching practice. This includes a display of keywords in the teaching area and most importantly students will hear teachers using the keywords appropriately and repeatedly, therefore comprehending their meaning and beginning to use them in their vocabulary. We use actions to support the understanding of the keywords, and test the pupils on their understanding of them during plenaries.
In KS3 students are assessed at the beginning and end of each sports module to see their progress. Students are assessed on their ability to identify core skills, perform core skills in isolation, perform core skills in a game situation, display leadership and their attitude to learning.
In BTEC Sport assessment is a combination of an external exam and internally assessed coursework.