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Physical Education

The aim is to provide and promote opportunities for every pupil to participate in high quality Physical Education and school sport and to encourage healthy lifestyles.

We offer opportunities for students to:

  • Become skilful and intelligent performers.
  • Acquire and develop skills, performing with increasing physical competence and confidence, in a range of physical activities and contexts.
  • Learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking.
  • Develop their ideas in a creative way.
  • Set targets for themselves and compete against others, individually and as team members.
  • Understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge others' success.
  • Respond to a variety of challenges in a range of physical contexts and environments.
  • Take the initiative, lead activity and focus on improving aspects of their own performance.
  • Discover their own aptitudes and preferences for different activities.
  • Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives.
  • Develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity.

The PE Department has a range of facilities, which includes a gym, a hall, tennis courts, netball courts, playing fields and a cricket wicket. We also have access to and use of the Astro Turf pitch. 

Pupils are taught in single sexed and mixed sexed groups during lessons.  There are a range of intra-school and inter-school activities and fixtures in a wide range of sports.   Pupils have the opportunity to study a OCR Cambridge National in Sports Science at KS4.  Leadership opportunities are plentiful and are encouraged.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

Lunchtime clubs and practices change each term depending on what is being taught as part of the curriculum or what fixtures are arranged with other schools in our superzone.

COLOURS:

Banovallum school colours are used to award students for excellence, participation in and dedication to extra-curricular activities.

Students can be awarded their preliminary colours (ribbon) and full colours (tie) in sport depending on their contribution throughout the year or over a key stage.

Preliminary colours (lower school)

  • Participation for the school in a sport and regular attendance at practices (at least 3 per half term)
  • Support for their team and staff members.
  • Development of leadership.
  • Good attitude in lessons and around the department.
  • Regularly attending house activities.

10 points will be awarded to the house competition total.

Full colours (upper school only)

For continuation of the above.

  • Improvement in skills and exemplary conduct within the sport.
  • Improvement made in school house activities.
  • Leadership ability demonstrated.

25 points will be awarded to the house competition total.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

All pupils have at least two hours of physical activity per week in year seven. They also have opportunities to join in with extra-curricular and inter-house competitions throughout the year. Pupils are baseline assessed through a number of generic sporting skills delivered through a range of mediums at the beginning of year seven.  They are then split into one of three groups so that tasks and activities can be suited to their needs.  Each block of activity is taught for four weeks. They will be introduced to a variety of sporting activities including invasion games, racket sports, athletics, gymnastic activities, dance, fitness, inclusion sports, multi-skills and problem solving activities.   

Year 8

All pupils have at least two hours of physical activity per week in year eight. They also have opportunities to join in with extra-curricular and inter-house competitions throughout the year.  Students are taught in three groups, two single sex and one mixed sex group. Students will experience the following sporting activities, invasion games, racket sports, athletics, gymnastic activities, dance, fitness and inclusion sports.  Each block of activity is taught for four weeks. Students will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned and developed in year seven with a view to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should be more competent in knowing what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Students will be taught to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, and tennis]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Year 9

All pupils have at least two hours of physical activity per week in year eight. They also have opportunities to join in with extra-curricular and inter-house competitions throughout the year.  Students are taught in three groups, two single sex and one mixed sex group.  Students will experience the following sporting activities, invasion games, racket sports, athletics, gymnastic activities, dance, fitness and inclusion sports.  Each block of activity is taught for four weeks. During year nine students will take on more responsibility and challenge as there is a greater focus on leadership and coaching. 

 

 

Key Stage 4 

Year 10

All pupils have one hour of physical activity per week in year ten. They also have opportunities to join in with extra-curricular and inter-house competitions throughout the year.  Students are given the opportunity to choose the activities most suited to them throughout the year.  The activity block changes each term.  The activities are designed to help students find appropriate exit routes into sport in the community that they can continue to participate in when the leave school.  They are able to choose from traditional sports but also activities such golf, uni-hoc, fitness and the use of the local gym, swimming pool and squash club.

Year 11

All pupils have one hour of physical activity per week in year eleven. They also have opportunities to join in with extra-curricular and inter-house competitions throughout the year.  Students will get a choice from a range of physical activities to take part in each term.  Emphasis is placed on being able to make informed choices about the activities they prefer to do as part of a healthy, active lifestyle so that they continue to be active when they leave school.

The pupils will have the opportunity to play different roles that are best suited to them within the activities undertaken, including those of performer, coach, leader and official.  They are also encouraged to be more independent and help guide their own learning.

Their involvement in active lifestyles out of school and in later life is strongly influenced by their perception of their own skilfulness and personal competence, and the knowledge they have which gives them confidence in exercise and physical activity.

Students who have not opted for AQA GCSE PE or the Cambridge National Sports Science level 2 can still develop their sporting skills in the allocated lessons.  Pupils will be given opportunities to choose some of the activities they do throughout Key Stage 4 so that they are able to make informed choices about the activities they prefer to do as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Examination Support 

CAMBRIDGE NATIONAL SPORTS SCIENCE LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE J812

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge National in Sport Science reflects this and provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of different aspects of sports science including sports injuries, principles of training, the body’s response to exercise and technology in sport.

This qualification has been designed with practical and engaging ways of teaching in mind and enable learners to:

  • develop a range of skills through involvement in sport and physical activity in different contexts and roles.
  • develop their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
  • gain a better understanding of the complexity of different areas of sport and the sports industry.
  •  increase their awareness of different ways to stay involved in sport and physical activity and of different careers and roles within sport.

Students will study for this course for 5 lessons over the two week timetable. Assessment for this course consists of a one hour examination and centre assessed controlled assessments. Students must be able to stick to strict deadlines when completing and handing in assignments and homework.

AQA GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION  4892

GCSE PE students study for 5 hours over the two week timetable.

 

Unit 4: The active participant.  Practical – 60%  (90 marks)

Pupils will submit their best 4 practical assessments of which at least 2 assessments must be as player/performer and they must include activities from at least 2 different groups.

Each practical assessment carries a maximum of 20 marks.  A further 10 marks comes from a piece of coursework known as Key Process C that is completed at the beginning of Year 11.

Pupils who are skilled in activities that cannot be done in school (such as skiing, horse riding, squash, swimming etc) or who perform at a high level can be assessed outside of school.   Students will have to provide video evidence for this.

Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant.  Theory – 40% (80 marks)

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins

Exam structure: Multiple choice questions, some structured shorter answer questions and extended written answer questions set in response to a pre-released scenario.