Subject Leader – PE

Mrs S O’Sullivan- sosullivan@ndonline.org

Aims

Physical Education should be an enjoyable experience which is accessible to all learners. The curriculum is delivered in a safe, fun environment where the learners are encouraged to achieve their potential and lead healthy and active lifestyles.

Physical Education takes a ‘ME in P.E.’ approach which aims at developing 3 areas for all learners – 

  1. Physical ME – students to develop their skills and techniques in order to improve their performance, gaining precision, fluency and control of their skills in competitive and non-competitive situations, developing more advanced skills to execute tactics, strategies and perform more complex choreography. Fitness for a healthy lifestyle should be part of each lesson. (Hands)
  2. Thinking ME – students analyse and evaluate their own and others performance identifying strengths and areas for improvement and can make decisions on how to improve in order to achieve their personal best performance and support others in achieving theirs, including appropriate selection and use of tactics, strategies and compositional ideas in a variety of contexts, refining and adapting these ideas in relation to changing circumstances  (Head)
  3. Social ME – students to work cohesively within a team/group and to develop trust, communication skills and confidence to lead others – including the School games and Gospel values (Heart)

Participation and Fitness –  students to be encouraged to take part in sports and activities outside of school and maintain an active lifestyle.

Curriculum

The curriculum is based on developing the 3 areas throughout yr7 – 11 in relation to the assessment journey.

The activities taught are used as vehicles to achieve the levels in each area of the aims. 

The following activities make up the students journey in PE – 

Years 7-9

  • Core skills (yr7),
  • Gymnastics, 
  • Dance, 
  • Net games, 
  • Netball, basketball, 
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities (yr9) 
  • Rounders/Cricket 
  • Athletics.

Year 10 and 11

A wide variety of activities are used to teach the 3 areas in yrs 10 and 11. This enables us to encourage our ethos of lifelong participation. Some are studied in greater depth and others are to experience new activities. 

  • Aerobics
  • Bootcamp
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Netball/basketball
  • HIIT
  • Boxing
  • Dance
  • Fitness suite

Core PE Assessment

Students are given regular verbal feedback during lessons and in addition peer assessment is widely used in all activities.

Students are assessed throughout Yr 7- 11 in the 3 key strands

  1. Physical ME in PE
  2. Thinking ME in PE
  3. Social ME in PE

Students have an assessment and progress booklet which is completed for each activity covered.  Written feedback in the form of ‘even better if ‘ebi’ is given by the teacher as well as peer and self assessment. It is recorded in the booklets.  A self-evaluation checklist is completed by students at the start, middle and end of each activity.  Overall progress is recorded by the teacher on the front of the booklet.

Examination Physical Education

KS4

The department offers a qualification in OCR Cambridge National Sport Science

The units that are covered in this qualification are –

  • Reducing the Risk of injuries – mandatory written exam 40%
  • Applying principles of training – mandatory coursework 40%
  • The body’s response to physical activity – optional coursework 20%
  • Sports nutrition – optional coursework 20%

KS5

The department offers a qualification in OCR Cambridge Technical Sport and Physical Activity (which is equivalent to one A’level)

The units which are covered in this qualification are variable depending on the group but the mandatory units are –

  • Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity – exam
  • Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership – coursework, including practical
  • Sports Organisation and Development – exam

Plus

  • 2 optional units

Exam PE Assessment

Students have regular formative assessment in line with the school marking and feedback policy. 

The summative assessment is either coursework or exam, depending on the unit being studied.

House Events

All students are encouraged to take part in the wide variety of Inter House events that take place throughout the year, culminating in Sports Day in July. Participation is key.

House events include – benchball, dance, basketball, badminton, tennis, tug-of-war, rounders, rowing, table tennis and athletics.