Physical Education has been elevated, by the government, to a prominent position amongst school subjects, as it seeks solutions to the increasing projected health problems caused by lack of activity and increasing prevalence of obesity amongst young people. There is also growing evidence from neuro-scientists about the importance of movement for the development of the brain and of the psychological benefits of being physically active. As a Department we embrace this recognition and the challenges it brings to our profession.
In essence we believe that children and young people require a minimum of 4-5 hours of activity per week, delivered by a wide range of teachers, coaches and volunteers. Lunch times, breaks and after-school are key times for the provision of Daily Physical Activity (DPA) as are the provision of facilities and staffing to secure high quality provision. The curriculum is being modernised with a greater emphasis on activities that provide strong health promoting influences, good body management and encourage lifelong learning.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 provides a PE programme which emphasises lifelong activity, skill acquisition and a knowledge and understanding of activities which enable good decision making leading to efficient performance in a broad range of activities. In years 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed ability groups and follow a spiral curriculum where the Key Processes of Physical Education are revisited with increasing levels of complexity and independence. Students experience a range of roles (Performer, Official, Coach/Leader, Organiser and Choreographer) through a broad range of activities in preparation for year 9 and the start of Key Stage 4. Units of work last between 6 and 12 lessons and are delivered using the Devon PED PASS medium term plans and the key concepts of competence, performance, creativity and healthy active lifestyles. QCA core tasks (adapted) provide a platform for both formative and diagnostic assessment early in the unit and a summative assessment towards the end.
Mens sana in corpore sano
(A sound mind in a healthy body – Roman poet Juvenal)
Key Stage 4 Core PE
What will I learn?
All students will participate in two hours of Physical Education each week and will be asked to select a ‘Pathway’ depending upon their own strengths and aspirations. Pathways currently specialise in adventurous activities, creative activities and the more traditional strategic and tactical games. Athletic activities and health related fitness are incorporated across the pathways. We aim to provide a balanced curriculum which allows students to demonstrate increasingly refined techniques; performance becomes more consistent and effective. Students anticipate the responses of others and use this information to adapt their own performance. They undertake different roles, such as performer, coach and official and evaluate accurately and make judgements using the relevant technical terms. Students regularly participate in health-promoting physical activity, and show an understanding of the principles used to prepare and monitor exercise programmes for an active healthy lifestyle.
How will I be assessed?
This is not an examination subject but nevertheless we expect no less in terms of commitment and standards. Students will have the opportunity to gain National Governing Body Awards for performance, coaching, officiating and Sports Leadership.
Our hope is that all students continue with some form of regular physical activity for the rest of their lives, enjoying its benefits.
GCSE Sport Studies
Why Study GCSE Sport Studies?
‘Citius, Altius, and Fortius’
Sport is no longer limited to the traditional study of coaching and teaching. Contemporary Sport is now characterised by the demands for elite performers and of a ‘healthier’ society. Here at St. Augustine’s, the study of Sport requires as much engagement with the principles of natural and social science as it does with participation in practical sport and fitness activities. Therefore, Sport Studies now functions as a pathway for people with a variety of interests, such as elite sports performance and its analysis, public health, sport and exercise participation, coaching, teaching, the fitness industry, the armed forces, public services and as a stepping stone into further and higher education. GCSE Sport Studies aims to enable students to become increasingly physically competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities, and to become increasingly effective in their performance of different physical activity roles such as player/performer, leader, official and choreographer.
What will I learn?
Over the two years students will:
- Develop and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of Sport through a selection of practical activities.
- Develop their knowledge and understanding of the major factors which affect both participation and performance and demonstrate the relationship between them.
- Understand and implement rules and conventions in a selection of activities.
- Develop their understanding of both the health benefits and risks associated with participation in physical activity.
- Develop the skills necessary to analyse and improve performance.
- Further their personal and social development through adopting the different roles of performer, coach, organiser and official in a range of sporting activities.
- Fitness and healthy active lifestyle
- Individual differences; training
- Fatigue and stress; injury
- Differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise
- Health and safety in sport
- Emotional health and well-being
- Social groupings
- Sports provision
- Leisure time
- Fairness and personal social responsibility
- Opportunities and pathways available for becoming or remaining involved in physical activity
- Role models
- Science and ICT
Four activities from at least two of the following activity areas:
- Games Activities
- Gymnastics Activities
- Dance Activities
- Athletics Activities
- Life Saving
- Personal Survival, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
- Fitness and Health Activities
How will I be assessed?
Unit 3 (Theory) Knowledge and Understanding of the Active Performer (40% of the course) 1 hour 30 minutes written exam in the Summer of Year 11 80 marks
Unit 4 (Practical) Controlled assessment throughout the course 90 marks (60% of the course) For each activity students will be assessed in Key Process A – Developing skills in physical activities (10 marks) and Key Process B – Being creative and making decisions (10 marks). For one activity students are assessed on their ability to analyse, evaluate and improve performance Key Process C (10 marks)
Extra-curricular and off-site activities are important components of GCSE Sport Studies and allow students to develop their own areas of expertise. Students can be assessed in over 120 different physical activities, many of which form part of our own extra-curricular programme.
The course is designed to enable students to progress from GCSE PE and to prepare them for further study in sport related courses at Higher Education. Throughout the course students can focus on a single physical activity however they will also be given the opportunity to experience a variety of roles such as performer, official and leader/coach .
The principal focus of the course is to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in sport and physical activity . They will also be challenged to evaluate and discuss contemporary developments in sport, such as the impact of new technology, sport-specific rehabilitation and the use of ergogenic aids.
The focus in the AS year is on participation and exploring all the factors that affect an individual’s type and level of participation. At A2 the focus switches to Elite Performance and students will learn about the many factors that contribute to an athlete progressing to elite level.
At AS, the specification develops knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities for, and effects of, leading a healthy and active lifestyle:
– Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle
– Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s.
At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques:
– Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport
– Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation.