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Physical Education

The goal of the Physical Education Department is to ensure that all our pupils enjoy sport and physical activity and develop an appreciation of its vital role in ensuring good health, fitness and physical, emotional and social well-being.

Sports: We offer a very wide range of sporting activities, including rugby, football, hockey, basketball, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics, rounders, softball, roller skating, street dance and badminton. Key stage 4 and 5 pupils have access to an additional range of activities, including squash, use of the fitness suite and climbing wall at the local sports centre.

Staffing: Apart from our team of PE specialists, other members of staff contribute to our work: teaching skills, leading KS4 lessons and assisting with inter-house competitions. In addition, specialist coaches (e.g. Step into Dance Company) are utilised to supplement the expertise of the PE staff where appropriate to develop the skills and opportunities of the pupils and non-specialist teachers.

Experiences: Excursions extend opportunities for pupils to develop their sporting interests and talents. Throughout the year, many visits to various sporting arenas are organised to view and partake in a variety of different sports. Pupils and staff relish the occasions and they have provided valuable insights to sporting life outside of school. Visits have included Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre, the British Basketball League final in Birmingham and Mavericks Premier League Netball team in Hertfordshire.

Fixtures: The school enjoys an extensive range of inter-school fixtures in a wide range of sports, which as a department are always looking to expand. The school has a number of pupils who compete at County level, English Schools and are members of Development Squads in a number of sports. Inter-school fixtures are normally organised on a year group basis. The school has a thriving House System with six houses competing each year in all sports. Thus, all pupils have the opportunity to represent the school or house at their level at some stage in his or her career.

Facilities: In 2011, Wembley hosted the Finals of The Champions League Football Competition and St Gregory’s was fortunate to benefit from their legacy by providing a 3G football pitch. This floodlit sporting provision provides an all year round playing surface for every pupil to enjoy. In addition, there are two gymnasia, which provide a versatile space for teaching dance, fitness classes, gymnastics, roller skating, and many more sports.

 

Several activities utilise Harrow Leisure Centre, which is local to the school. The modern, well-equipped fitness suite offers a centre for building on the strong healthy and active lifestyle ethos that exists in the school. Furthermore, the squash courts, full sized basketball court and 5 badminton courts expand the opportunities available to the students further. Woodside Stadium hosts the annual sports day, which is a fabulous day and a tremendous celebration of sporting success and endeavour.

 YEAR 7

Every pupil receives four 1 hour lessons of Physical Education over the two week timetable. Students are taught in single sex classes which are mixed ability, to ensure that the curriculum is accessible and enjoyable for all our students. This allows students to learn in a positive and appropriate environment to nurture both their level of skill and confidence.

 

Girls:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Sport

 

Baseline Assessment Activities

Baseline Assessment Activities

Football & Netball

Hockey & Dance

Rounders & Tennis

Athletics & Rounders

Boys:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Sport

 

Baseline Assessment Activities

Baseline Assessment Activities

Dance & Hockey

Gymnastics & Football

Tennis & Athletics

Athletics & Cricket

 YEAR 8

Every pupil receives four 1 hour lessons of Physical Education over the two week timetable. Students are taught in single sex classes which are mixed ability, to ensure that the curriculum is accessible and enjoyable for all our students. This allows students to learn in a positive and appropriate environment to nurture both their level of skill and confidence.

They will experience the following activities over the Key Stage: Athletics,  Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Softball, Handball, Dodge ball, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby and Tennis.

 

Girls:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Sport

 

Acro Gym & Netball

Dance & Hockey

Gym Flight & Football

Dance & Dodge Ball

Tennis & Athletics

Rounders & Basketball

Boys:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Sport

 

Football & Acro Gym

Rugby & Basketball

Dance & Hockey

Football & Dodge Ball

Athletics & Rounders

Tennis & Cricket

 YEAR 9

Every pupil receives four 1 hour lessons of Physical Education over the two week timetable. Students are taught in single sex classes which are mixed ability, to ensure that the curriculum is accessible and enjoyable for all our students. This allows students to learn in a positive and appropriate environment to nurture both their level of skill and confidence.

They will experience the following activities over the Key Stage: Athletics,  Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Softball, Handball, Dodge ball, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rugby and Tennis.

 

Girls:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Sport

 

Gym Acro 3's & Netball

Fitness & Football

Hockey & Handball

Dance & Basketball

Rounders & Athletics

Softball & Tennis

Boys:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Sport

 

Football & Gymnastics

Rugby & Fitness Basketball & Football Handball & Athletics Tennis & Softball Cricket & Rounders

 YEAR 10 CORE

In Year 10 all pupils receive two 1 hour lessons of Physical Education over the two week timetable. Students are taught in single sex classes which are mixed ability, to ensure that the curriculum is accessible and enjoyable for all our students. This allows students to learn in a positive and appropriate environment to nurture both their level of skill and confidence.

Students will experience the following activities over the Key Stage: Athletics, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Softball and Tennis. Students also have access to an additional range of activities at the local sports centre including squash, basketball and use of the fitness suite.

 YEAR 10 GCSE

Edexcel GCSE Physical Education

 

Course Content:

You will:

  • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
  • Examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
  • Find ways to improve your own performances in a variety of roles
  • Identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity
  • Appreciate the benefits of promoting ‘sport for all’.

 

How you will be assessed?

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

Examination (36%, 90 marks) - Component 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 45 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 36% towards your total marks.

Component 2: Health and Performance

Examination (24%, 70 marks) - Component 2 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 15 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 24% towards your total marks.

Component 3: Practical Performance

Three practical performances (105 marks, 35 for each activity) in the role of player/participant, leader or official. You can achieve 30% of the marks from your three performances, which are internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

The PEP is a non examined assessment (10% of qualification, 20 marks), which is internally marked and externally moderated. The assessment consists of pupils producing a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), and will require pupils to analyse and evaluate their performance.

 

What equipment will I need?

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give pupils exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, so basic equipment such as football boots, shin pads and suitable training shoes are beneficial. You can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

 

Homework:

As well as revision for unit tests and course work completion students are regularly set homework over the two week timetable.

 YEAR 11 CORE

In Year 11 pupils receive three 1 hour lessons of Physical Education over the two week timetable. Students are taught in single sex classes which are mixed ability, to ensure that the curriculum is accessible and enjoyable for all our students. This allows students to learn in a positive and appropriate environment to nurture both their level of skill and confidence.

Students will experience the following activities over the Key Stage: Athletics, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Softball and Tennis. Students also have access to an additional range of activities at the local sports centre including squash, basketball and use of the fitness suite.

 YEAR 11 GCSE

Edexcel GCSE Physical Education

 

Course Content:

You will:

  • Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
  • Examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
  • Find ways to improve your own performances in a variety of roles
  • Identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity
  • Appreciate the benefits of promoting ‘sport for all’.

 

How you will be assessed?

Unit 1: Examination (40%) - Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 40% towards your total marks.

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (60%) - Unit 2 is assessed in two sections.

Section 1: Four practical performances in the role of player/participant, leader or official.

You can achieve 48% of the marks from your four performances, two of which may be in the role of a leader or official.

Section 2: Analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities. This will be worth 12% of the marks and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme

 

What equipment will I need?

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give students exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, so basic equipment such as football boots, shin pads and suitable training shoes are beneficial. You can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

 

Homework:

As well as revision for unit tests and course work completion students are regularly set homework over the two week timetable.

 YEAR 12

 YEAR 13

Who is the course for?

Those interested in a sport or fitness related career, or who are keen to progress onto a sports studies higher education course. The sport and active leisure industry is very diverse and covers such aspects as coaching, fitness testing and sports development. BTEC National Sport will help you succeed in your future career within the sport and active leisure industry. The principles of sport that you will learn here underpin many aspects of professional life within the sector and reflect the enormous breadth and depth of the subject thus a real interest and yearning to develop their understanding of it is invaluable.

 

What can it lead to?

The BTEC Level 3 Sport Science Course is a vocational or work-related qualification. This doesn’t mean that it will give you all the skills you need to do a job, but it does mean that you’ll have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to your chosen subject or area of work; for example,

  • Sport Coaching
  • PE Teaching
  • Athlete Development
  • Leisure Centre Management
  • Personal Training
  • Nutrition

The qualification can also be used as an entry point to higher education qualifications and more specialist courses.

 

Course Structure:

The qualification is structured into mandatory units and optional units. How many units you do and which ones you cover depend upon the type of qualification you are working towards.

  1. BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Sport: three mandatory units plus one mandatory specialist unit plus optional units to provide a total of 60 credits

  2. BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence): nine mandatory units plus optional units to provide a total of 120 credits

  3. BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence): nine mandatory units plus optional units to provide a total of 180 credits

 

Link to specification: http://www.edexcel.com/

 

What will I study?

In addition to the mandatory units, the BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma in Sport allow learners to select optional units that reflect their aspirations, and the diverse nature of the sector. Units include: Exercise, health and lifestyle, Sports injuries, Analysis of sports performance, Organising sports events, Sports nutrition, The physiology of fitness, Assessing risk in sport and many more. 

 

How will I be taught?

The Physical Education department uses a variety of methods to deliver subject matter such as group work, individual presentations, whole class discussions, reports and practical work. You will be expected to undertake your own study and complete the units independently.

 

How is the course assessed?

Assignments (mandatory and optional) throughout the course to be completed to a merit standard.

 

What can I do after the course?

On completion, you can progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport course, take up employment within the sports and leisure industry or use the course as an entry point to higher education qualifications and more specialist courses.

 

Departmental resources:

Various textbooks, DVD’s and online resources are available to use from the department.

 

Recommended revision books: BTEC Sport Level 3: Book 1 and Book 2.