The PE department is very well equipped. It has the use of an outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, dance/drama hall, tennis courts, cricket nets and a large field for rugby, football, hockey and track and field athletics.
The PE department aims to allow every pupil access to a broad and balanced PE curriculum in which enjoyment, personal achievement and respect for others lies at the heart of each pupil’s experience.
At Key Stage 2, every pupil receives two hours of high quality PE and sport per week. Pupils participate in Problem Solving, Commination and Leadership (PCL) activities and Multi skills, which involve a range of non-sport specific activities based on fundamental movement skills. Pupils also pursue many areas in line with the curriculum including Invasion, tag Rugby, football, hockey, rackets, gymnastics, striking & fielding, athletics and swimming.
At Key Stage 3 pupils receive two hours of high quality PE and sports per week and are taught in single sex groups and a mixed group. A wide range of sporting activities as possible is provided including netball, rugby, hockey, gymnastics, outdoor adventurous activities, badminton, basketball, football, athletics, rounders, cricket and swimming. There is also opportunity to participate in non-traditional activities, health related fitness, sports education and a sports leaders course. With help from local coaches, the PE department also runs a variety of extra-curricular activities which all pupils are encouraged to attend.
Key Stage 2 Programme of Study
Multi Skills - Pupils will undertake a range of activities which are non- sport specific to improve their basic movement and fundamental skills. Pupils will focus on skills such as Agility, Balance and Coordination (ABC) and recognise when certain skills are used to ensure grounding in Physical Literacy. They will also understand the effect of exercise and develop an attitude of fair play and enjoyment.
Invasion (Netball, Basketball, Tag Rugby, Football & Hockey) - In all games activities, pupils will focus on improving the skills and techniques of sending, receiving, striking and travelling with a ball in a range of contexts. They will learn to make informed decisions during small sided games and simplified versions of recognised competitive games. They will also focus on how to use basic principles of attack and defence to plan strategies and tactics to outwit their opponent.
Problem Solving, Communication and Leadership (PCL) - Pupils will be given opportunity to work with others in a team environment, communicating and cooperating to solve problems. Communication and social skills will be developed by interaction with peers using different methods and activities
Gymnastics - Pupils will replicate the basic actions of turning, rolling, jumping, climbing, balancing and travelling on hands and feet and how to adapt, practice and refine their skills on the floor and on apparatus. Pupils will learn to emphasise changes of shape, speed and direction through gymnastic actions as part of a longer series of actions. Pupils will learn how to erect and dismantle apparatus safely.
Rackets – Pupils will learn basic racket skills, replicating and developing techniques in order to rally with a partner. Pupils will be able to demonstrate the essential elements of attack and defence and begin to learn strategic play to outwit opponents in game situations.
Athletics - In this unit, pupils will develop their ability to throw, using a range of objects, over increasing height and distance and with greater accuracy. Pupils will accurately replicate challenges and competitions that require precision, speed and stamina. In all athletic activity, pupils will engage in performing skills, measuring and recording their own performance over a period of time. They will also learn to follow safety procedures and handle equipment.
Striking & Fielding - In this unit pupils will improve the basic skills of sending, receiving, batting and bowling. Pupils will play small-sided and modified competitive striking/fielding games. Pupils will work on the common skills and principles, including attack and defence to play both kwik-cricket and rounders. They will also develop an attitude of fair play, sportsmanship and enjoyment.
Swimming - In this unit pupils will be taught to swim unaided for a distance of at least 25 meters and demonstrate an understanding of water safety such as sculling, floating and surface diving. They will pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival.
Key Stage 3 Programme of Study
Swimming – In this unit all students will be given the opportunity to develop techniques in all recognised strokes (frontcrawl, backstroke and breaststroke). Pupils will learn how to think in different ways to suit a variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They will pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges, related to speed, distance and personal survival.
Games – Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Football & Hockey, Handball. In all games activities pupils will continue to develop their skills and techniques. They will learn to use a variety of passes and demonstrate the ability to receive the ball under control and under pressure. In games situations pupils will display attacking and defending principles and positional and spatial awareness. Pupils will also develop understanding of the rules, scoring of the games and beating personal bests.
Health Related Fitness - In this unit pupils will learn and accurately replicate specific techniques for a variety of fitness based activities. They will carry out investigations into the body’s ability to exercise and the reasoning behind such principles. Pupils will gain an understanding of warm ups, cool downs and health importance through physical tasks. They will also reflect on the benefits that fitness events give to an individual and implications for future life.
Gymnastics - In this unit pupils will demonstrate skills and abilities individually and in combination. They will focus on developing stability when holding their own body position and when supporting a partner. Pupils will incorporate control, precision and aesthetics into sequences showing creativity. Students will evaluate and assess movements to improve sequences. Students will also embark on the fundamentals of skills and techniques through flight and under control.
Outdoor Adventurous Activities – In this unit pupils partake in orienteering activities and challenges where they expand and develop more advanced skills in map reading, plotting routes, decision making and mental and physical exertion. Pupils also take on a variety of roles and responsibilities to safely and successfully undertake a range of team building and adventurous activities such as ‘The Sedan Chair’ & ‘The Catapult’ where they are tested in their ability to problem solve under pressure.
Badminton - Pupils will focus on replicating and developing techniques as well as implementing and refining strategic play to outwit opponents. Pupils will be able to demonstrate the essential elements of attack and defence. In net games, it is the player’s aim to get the ball to land in the target area so that the opponent cannot return it. Pupils will also be able to accurately score and officiate badminton games.
Athletics - In this unit pupils will accurately replicate running, jumping and throwing skills and learn specific techniques for events in order to improve performances. They will carry out investigations into aspects of technique and use the information to become more technically proficient. In all athletic activity, pupils will engage in performing and improving their skills and personal bests in relation to speed, height and distances.
Rounders – In this unit pupils will develop understanding of the game of Rounders with focus on refining their skills and techniques of catching, batting, bowling and ground fielding. They will learn to make informed decisions during small sided and competitive games and demonstrate tactical play, understanding the rules and scoring system of the game.
Cricket – In this unit pupils will further develop their understanding of skills and techniques required in cricket: bowling, batting and fielding. They will learn to make informed decisions during small sided and competitive games. Pupils will also demonstrate tactical play, understanding of the rules and scoring of the game.
Sports Education - In this unit pupils are given the responsibility and the freedom to make decisions. Pupils develop their leadership skills through leading activities and through taking on roles. Pupils will demonstrate an increased understanding of learnt topics such as knowledge of skills, tactics and strategies. They will also be given the opportunity to enjoy, succeed and motivate their peers through teamwork and in competitive matches.