The P.E. department aims to provide pupils with a high quality curriculum that is broad, balanced and is accessible to all. Through a 10 strand mastery programme we aim to holistically develop pupils and enable them to lead a lifelong, active and healthy lifestyle.
Physical Education is taught by subject specialists and we continually try to improve the range of activities on offer. This, we believe, encourages greater participation, increases enjoyment of lessons and secures positive outcomes.
P.E. is very popular at Bay House with all pupils in years 7 and 8 receiving 4 hours of lessons over two weeks. Students are taught in single sex groups and these are set according to ability. In year 9 curriculum time is slightly reduced to 3 hours over two weeks and in years 10 and 11 pupils will receive a minimum of 1 hour per week. An element of choice is added to the curriculum, pupils can opt for a favoured pathway based on preferred activities. On the whole lessons are still taught in single sex groups. Up to half of students choose to study examination Physical Education.
Physical Education in the lower school 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. National Curriculum requirements are met through the completion of mastery areas of study across a range of different activities.
Extra-curricular activities are a particular strength and regular, competitive and recreational opportunities exist for all pupils. There are fixtures and clubs running throughout the school year. The department works hard to ensure that P.E. and school sport continues to grow from strength to strength.
The department are 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.
Pupils have the opportunity to study Physical Education as an examination based subject. Two main courses are offered, namely the OCR GCSE in Physical Education and the OCR Cambridge National ‘Sports Studies’ Level 2 certificate.
OCR GCSE Physical Education
All pupils who opt for this course have an additional two hours of Physical Education per week. The practical element makes up 40% of the final mark and requires the pupils to demonstrate practical capabilities in one individual activity, one team activity and a third activity that can be either a team or individual activity.
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.
OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Sports Studies
All pupils who opt for this course have an additional two hours of Physical Education per week. Assessment is completed through the completion of practical coursework and written assignments plus one examination. Pupils will study 4 different modules each worth 25% of the final marks:
Unit 1 – Contemporary Issues in Sport (Exam) – Pupils study a range of sociological factors that effect the participation in sport and physical activity.
Unit 2 – Developing Sports Skills – Pupils will study and perform one team activity, one individual activity plus learn to officiate in one activity. They will study and write an assignment applying different practice methods to improve two identifies weaknesses.
Unit 3 – Developing Sports Leadership – Pupils will study the elements that make up effective sports leadership they will then plan, deliver and evaluate their own coaching session.
Unit 4 – Outdoor Adventurous Activities – Pupils will study different aspects of the Outdoor and Adventurous activity sector. They will participate in at least two different activities and study how to deliver sessions safely.