The PE curriculum is based around key aspects of Body, Mind and Me. Student learning within PE contributes to the whole school in which we aim to facilitate and produce:
- Learners who experience and achieve success
- Individuals who are mindful of their physical, mental and social health
- Confident individuals who have a resilience to barriers to learning, meaning they “always do their best”
- Learners who understand and can promote positive values and ethics from sport, contributing positively to society
Specific to our subject, we provide students with a positive experience of school sport which enables each individual to make and enjoy healthy choices, respectful of themselves and those around them. Our curriculum is built around the belief that a young person has the opportunity to experience success through performance, creativity and personal traits of character.
Students are provided with a number of sporting activities which make up a large part of the GCSE programme to allow continuity and provide a strong foundation on which to build.
Activities covered at key stage 3 represent a range of practical core skills. These are intended to provide students with a varied skill set by which they can practise to be successful through a range of sports. Students gain experience of activities by which to motivate and engage the individual in participation both in and out of our curriculum programme.
Activities covered at key stage 3 represent a range of core skills. These are intended to provide students with a varied skill set by which they can practise to be successful through a range of sports. Students gain experience of activities by which to motivate and engage the individual in participation both in and out of our curriculum programme. Year 7 and 8’s experience traditional team sports such as football, basketball, netball; individually they also take part in badminton, tennis and athletics. In Year 9 students are given a choice of pathway which allows for maximum participation and engagement. Activities for these students offer competitive, recreational and health and fitness opportunities, including squash, yoga and use of a fitness suite.
We look to educate our students through the positive experiences of playing Sport, where they will learn many attributes that will help to improve their social and moral well-being such as; respect, communication, understanding, resilience all of which will enable them to become positive members of the school and within their community. We continually encourage our students to enjoy their PE experience and embrace the many different activities they will encounter. In addition the aim is to promote a healthy active lifestyle both in and out of school.
We are extremely proud that our students have the opportunity to participate in 2 hours of PE lessons each week, where we look for them to be as physically active as possible during this time. Students are also encouraged to assist in additional leadership sessions within the school and local School Sports Partnership. We try to encourage this as much as possible, as we believe it provides students with a number of very valuable skills that will help them in their future life eg, organisation, communication, empathy, motivation.
Students are provided with a comprehensive list of intra school competitions, where we encourage large numbers of students to attend. They also have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities that occur during and after school. These range from fun inclusive sessions, junior gym fitness to inter school events against other schools in the local area and National competitions. Students are offered trips to local university sports units, National sporting events and a residential surf trip, further enhancing students experience of PE and cultural capital, allowing them to understand the importance of sport and physical activity for every person from differing backgrounds and cultures.
At the end of year 8 students have the opportunity to select an examinable course in PE from two strands, the vocational Edexcel BTEC Sport and more traditional AQA GCSE PE. They start the key stage 4 courses in y9, where the content is based on introducing the fundamental elements of each course to enable there to be a greater understanding of specific topics to be studied in years 10 and 11. GCSE PE has a combination of theoretical elements which are assessed through 2 exams in year 11 and a practical section of the course, which considers an individual’s sporting performance in 3 areas. The course builds on the foundations established at Ks3 and through the entry year of the course in y9. Students are expected to be at a stage of mastery in their chosen sport and be able to analyse their own performance against that of others. Students perform practically in years 9 and 10 to find three highest scoring sports. In year 10 we aim to create a base of knowledge around key anatomical themes and teach carefully selected key skills to allow for a broad and synoptic understanding with year 11 providing a year in which to hone skills of theoretical understanding. The 3 year course is broken down into topics, which are examined after each unit of work has been taught. Progress is then monitored live via the departmental progress tracking grid. Students are regularly made aware of their current levels of attainment in each module, and expected outcomes at the end of the course, by a personal progress sheet. The final two papers are based around the following: Paper 1 covers the human body and movement in physical activity and sport, while paper 2 takes account of socio-cultural influences and well-being. Within the course we aim to embed cultural capital with use of real world examples through sporting topics.
Edexcel BTEC Sport is modular and contains one exam unit and 3 coursework units. Students follow units that see them plan, lead and evaluate practical sessions, also creating, performing and evaluating a training programme. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to work independently to produce work and plan sessions. They also have to be resilient as they work through solving problems to complete their coursework.
Students can study 2 further pathways in PE and Sport at Friesland:
AQA A Level PE – this is a combination of theoretical elements which are assessed through 2 exams in year 13 and a practical section of the course, which focusses on an individual performance in a practical sport. Students must show discipline and commitment to the coursework to enable them to produce performances of a high standard for moderation.
OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 3 – Sport and Physical Activity, in conjunction with Derby County Community Trust. Here students can sit the course completing exam and coursework units to gain the equivalent of one A Level, allowing them to study a number of other different subjects. Alternatively they can concentrate on only studying Sport at 6th form, completing additional units to gain the equivalent of 3 A Levels. On both instances mentioned, all students have the opportunity to train and play for Derby County Community Trust.
We believe the two pathways allow students to achieve their potential and progress to the next stage of their lives, whether it be Higher Education, an apprenticeship, or employment.