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Physical Education

The P.E. department aims to provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum. This will enable them to continue with an active and healthy lifestyle after leaving school either through competitive sport or recreational activity.

P.E. is only taught by subject specialists and we continually try to improve the range of activities on offer. This, we believe, encourages greater participation and enjoyment of lessons

P.E. is very popular at Bay House with all Key Stage 3 pupils receiving two hours of P.E. every week. At Key Stage 4 pupils have one hour of core P.E. per week,in addition, almost half of the pupils choose to study the subject at GCSE level (an extra two hours).

The department are also actively involved in running school trips including skiing and water sports, which are residential. Day trips to a variety of sporting venues and fixtures are also on offer.

Extra-curricular activities are a particular strong point (as recorded in the recent Ofsted report) and regular, competitive and recreational opportunities exist for all pupils. The department works hard to ensure that P.E. and school sport continues to grow from strength to strength.

Key Stage 3

Physical education at KS3 aims to provide an enjoyable, satisfying and balanced programme, with opportunities for all pupils to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The physical education curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences and activity areas designed to meet the needs and interests of individual students whilst encouraging active involvement by all as performers.

All year 7, 8 and 9 students receive 2 x 1 hour lessons of PE per week. National Curriculum requirements are met through the completion of five programmes of study (swimming being the exception). Students are taught in single sex groups which are set according to ability from year 7.

Key Stage 4

All pupils in Key Stage 4 participate in one hour of compulsory Physical Education per week. This core curriculum operates as an elective, option-based programme, whereby pupils are offered a variety of activities in which to choose from. The options run in half-term blocks and different activities are offered throughout the year. Pupils are guided towards choosing a balanced option programme that runs in conjunction with national curriculum guidelines.

As a department we endeavour to offer an extensive and broad based curriculum taking into consideration pupil preference and encouraging interest and participation for the benefit of later life. Pupils are provided with opportunities to experience a variety of sports and are encouraged to try new activities such as ice-skating, golf tuition and self-defence classes.

Examinations

Pupils have the opportunity to study Physical Education as an examination based subject. Two courses are offered, namely the AQA GCSE in Physical Education and the Edexcel BTEC First Certificate in Sport.

GCSE

All pupils who opt for this course have an additional two hours of Physical Education per week. The practical element makes up 60% of the final mark and requires the pupils to demonstrate practical capabilities in four sports. They are also expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of the rules and regulations of these sports and be able to analyse and provide constructive feedback to other performers. As a part of this practical mark pupils are required to produce a piece of coursework in the format of a training programme.

The theoretical component is worth 40% of the final mark. Pupils sit an external examination based on their subject knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

  • Health and fitness
  • Body systems
  • Principles of training
  • Factors affecting performance
  • Safety and risk assessment
  • Factors affecting participation
  • Social and cultural issues.

BTEC

This course is examined through continual assessment and pupils are given regular assignments which are marked on  pass, merit or distinction criteria. Each pupil has an additional four hours P.E. and the course is  equivalent to two GCSE’s. The pupils study in depth the following three units:

  • The Body in Sport
  • Practical Sport
  • Planning and Leading Sports
  • Activities