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Physical Education

Why we teach Physical Education

  • To encourage pupils to develop physically and acquire the highest possible level of attainment & achievement in the skills and techniques which form part of the P.E curriculum.
  • To provide a variety of opportunities, both competitive and non-competitive, in which pupils can enjoy the experience and achieve success. Pupils are given the opportunity to play against their peers as well as local schools.
  • To promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and encourage pupils to have an understanding of their body, its capabilities and needs.
  • To encourage pupils to use leisure time positively and constructively and make them aware of opportunities.
  • To develop pupils into mature young people who are able to lead both their own and others’ learning.
  • To make pupils aware that PE and school sport is an effective tool in providing life skills that can be transferred across to other subjects and everyday life and that can lead to a rich and fulfilling life

KS3 Physical Education

Overview of content

Throughout KS3 pupils will study a range of individual and team sporting activities. Pupils will have 2 PE lessons a week, these lessons will teach pupils about the practical skills, rules and tactics associated with the sports that we do, as well as the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

Pupils will study the following physical activities: (the order may change slightly due to resources)

  • Autumn term: Hockey, Rugby, Gymnastics and Swimming
  • Spring term: Netball, Basketball Football, Badminton and Orienteering
  • Summer Term: Rounders, Cricket and Athletics

Pupils will be assessed on their ability to perform the skills in the sport, their fitness levels as well as their knowledge and understanding of the rules, regulations and tactics.

Homework

Pupils will be encouraged to practise their skills outside of lessons at home, enrichment and clubs. They will also be guided to watch sport live at venues or on TV.

Learning outside the classroom

The PE department offers lots of different sporting enrichments after school which pupils are encouraged to attend, pupils can experience Football, Hockey, Netball, Table tennis, Golf, Squash, Running club, Badminton, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics , Gymnastics and Basketball. Some of the clubs are led by outside coaches such as Comberton Gymnastics club and Melbourn Squash club.

Parental support and extension

Parents can support their children by encouraging them to take part in sport after school and outside of school and by taking them to live sporting events.

More information

Pupils are required to wear the PE school uniform for all PE lessons, enrichment and fixtures. Extra protective equipment such as gum shields and shin pads may be required for some sports.

KS4 Physical Education

Core PE

At KS4 pupils will have 2 hours of Physical Education a week, pupils will be given more of a voice as to what they would like to take part in. The aim of PE in Year 10 & 11 is for pupils to take part in a stress-free environment where they have the opportunity to do physical activity and not to worry about their examination subjects. Pupils are encouraged to try new activities and find a sport/activity that they would like to continue once they have left school.

We offer a range of traditional sports such as Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Badminton, Cricket and Rounders.  We also offer non-traditional sports such as Dodgeball, Bench ball, Unihoc, Softball, Walking and use of the Fitness suite. Pupils are given the opportunity to be competitive or to take part more recreationally, this allows everyone to participate within their comfort zone and to get as much as possible from the lessons and to look after their physical and mental health.

There are lots of sports enrichment activities available after school as well as fixtures and tournaments against other schools, and pupils are able to use the fitness suite after school for a small fee. The Sports Leaders programme is also run throughout KS4, pupils are able to apply to become a sports leader and are given numerous opportunities to go on courses, help at enrichment clubs at Melbourn VC and in the primary schools and lead sports festivals.

Optional PE

At GCSE level, there are two courses available.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Physical Education (J587)

Overview of content

In GCSE Physical Education we aim to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance in sport. They develop their understanding of socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, and the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and well-being.

Programme of Study

Year

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

10

Autumn - 1

Muscular and Skeletal knowledge

Two unit tests

Autumn - 2

Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems

Two unit tests

Spring - 1

Components of Fitness, Principles and Methods of Training

Three unit tests

Spring - 2

Warm up / Cool down, Risks and Hazards, Movement Analysis

Three unit tests

Summer - 1

Analysing and Evaluating Performance coursework

Word processed coursework

Summer - 2

Analysing and Evaluating Performance coursework, Paper 1 mock

Word processed coursework and paper 1 end of year test

11

Autumn - 1

Completion of AEP coursework, Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activities and sports

One unit test

Autumn - 2

Commercialisation of physical activity and sport, Ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

Two unit tests

Spring - 1

 

 

Spring - 2

Sports psychology, Health, fitness and well-being

Two unit tests, Paper 2 mock

Summer - 1

Practical moderataions

Personal and video moderations

Summer - 2

Period of Formal Examinations

Two x 1 hour theory papers

Homework

Homework will be set once a week and instructions will be on Go 4 Schools. Resources are also accessible on Microsoft Teams / CATalogue. We recommend pupils use a revision guide / bitesize in order to assist them with homework.

How it is assessed

Two theory papers both out of 60 marks and lasting an hour each are externally assessed (this represents 60% of the course). A written piece of coursework is also completed under controlled conditions at school (10%) then the final 30% of the course is the marking of practical performances in three sports which is videoed and moderated. 

Learning outside the classroom

Pupils taking this course are expected to play competitive sport for the school and externally. They are required to keep a log of participation throughout the course and engage in PE enrichments, particularly those which they wish to be assessed in.

Parental support and extension

We recommend parents encourage their child to watch and participate in sport frequently. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is essential for the practical section of the course. Tracking the above programme of study for theory is also recommended and ensuring pupils revise productively for unit tests. All resources used in lessons are available on the CATalogue so in the event of children being absent they will be expected to catch up. Revision guides are available to purchase through the school and pupils should ensure they a reading up on each theory section and using bitesize regularly.

Sport Studies Level 1/2 Award/Certificate (J803, J813)

Overview of content

Our Cambridge National in Sport Studies enables pupils to develop and apply knowledge of sports-related activities, with a particular focus on officiating. They explore contemporary issues in sport, different ways of being involved in the sports industry, and the impact of sport on wider society.

Programme of Study

Year

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

10

Autumn - 1

R051 Contemporary Issues in Sport: LO1 Issues which affect participation in sport & LO2 Role of Sport in Promoting Values.

External Exam

Autumn - 2

R051 Contemporary Issues in Sport: LO3 Importance of hosting major sporting events & LO4 Role of NGB’s in Sport.

External Exam

Spring - 1

R052 Developing sports Skills: LO1 Individual Performer

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

Spring - 2

R052 Developing sports Skills: LO2 Team Performer

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

Summer - 1

R052 Developing sports Skills: LO4 Applying Practice Methods to Improve Performance.  

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

Summer - 2

R052 Developing sports Skills: LO3 Officiation of a Sporting Activity.

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

11

Autumn - 1

R054 Sport in the Media:

LO1 Know how sport is covered across the Media, LO2 Understand positive effects that the media can have on sport & LO3 Understand negative effects that the media can have on sport.

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

Autumn - 2

R054 Sport in the Media:

LO4 .Understand the relationship between sport and the media.

R051 contemporary Issues in Sport: Revision

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

 

External Exam (Re-sit)

Spring - 1

R054 Sport in the Media: LO5 Be able to evaluate media coverage of sport.

R053 Sports Leadership: LO1 qualities, styles, roles & responsibilities of effective leaders & LO2 Planning sport activity sessions.

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

 

Spring - 2

R053 Sports Leadership: LO3 Delivering sessions & LO4 Evaluating own performance of sessions.

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

 

Summer - 1

Opportunity to improve coursework grades for R052, 53 and 54.

Centre Assessed Task, OCR Moderated

 

Summer - 2

Period of Formal Examinations

 

Homework

Homework will be set once a week and instructions will be on Go4schools. Resources are also accessible on Microsoft Teams/CATalogue. We recommend pupils use a revision guide/bitesize in order to assist them with homework.

How it is assessed

The course comprises of 4 units with each unit worth 25% of the total.

  • R051 is on contemporary issues and is assessed through a one hour written exam paper and is marked externally by the exam board. This exam is normally sat in the January of Year 10. Pupils are also given the opportunity to re-sit the exam in January of Year 11 to improve their final grade.
  • R052 is about developing pupils’ sports skills, pupils perform in an individual sport & team sport. From their performances they must identify their strengths and weaknesses and devise a plan to help them improve in their chosen sport.
  • R053 is based around sports leadership, pupils will learn the qualities needed to be a good sports leader and will devise a practical session that they then deliver to a small group of pupils. Once they have led their session, they will have to evaluate it.
  • R054 looks at the impact that the media has on sport, pupils will look at different types of media and the positive and negative impacts that they can have on sport.
  • R052, R053 and R054 are all coursework-based units and are assessed internally by teaching staff and externally moderated by the examining body. There are only practical elements in R052 and R053, the other units will take place in a classroom.

Learning outside the classroom

Pupils are expected to take part in competitive sports outside curriculum time. We offer an extensive extracurricular programme updated on a termly basis. After attending clubs, pupils may be selected to represent MVC at fixtures against other schools.

Parental support and extension

  • Check your son or daughters exercise book/homework regularly. Support their consolidation of knowledge by purchasing a revision guide.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to join at least one outside of school club, in order to regularly practice their sports outside of school and increase the opportunity of accessing higher practical grades.
  • Wider Reading: latest news in the world of sport through Sports Podcasts, Sky Sports, BBC Sports News Articles etc.
  • Amazon & Netflix Documentaries eg. the All or Nothing Series, Icarus, The Last Dance etc
  • Keep up to date with major sporting events in the UK and around the world.

 

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