Key Stage 3
All students will have 2 x1 hour PE lessons per week, with an exception during the summer term. Boys and girls are taught separately, unless in Year 7. Lessons work in an 8 block system. Each block is divided into 8-10 lessons with schemes of work broadly followed. There is no firm policy on streaming groups by ability; instead each year is looked at for its particular needs.
Students have the opportunity to learn and compete in games, individual, aesthetic and problem based activities. These include: football, netball, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, trampolining, fitness/orienteering, rugby, hockey, athletics, rounder, cricket and tennis.
The curriculum follows guidelines set by the new National Curriculum in PE:
"Pupils should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others' work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.
Pupils should be taught to:
- use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games such as badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis.
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports such as athletics and gymnastics.
- perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms.
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
- analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
- take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs."
In Key Stage 3, students will take part in three inter-college sporting events, including a 'estival of Sports' day. To assess student's entry into Year 7, all students are bench marked using various sporting tests to determine national curriculum entry level. Students cardiovascular fitness is also assessed using the multistage fitness test on two occasions throughout the year.
There are four groups on at a time, with five groups in Year 8 and 9. This allows for the gender imbalance in each academic year to be taken into consideration. In KS3 students are set mid-block targets and they record their National Curriculum level in their school planner for each activity covered.
In the summer, students are split into mixed gender groups (not Year 7). All students study athletics and are awarded the departments own bronze, silver or gold award. As well as athletics, students in Year 8 and 9 have a personal choice on the summer activity they wish to study.
Key Stage 4
All Key Stage 4, students have two hours a week of core PE time. However, students in Year 10 (end of Year 9 or those who wish to continue on their GCSE PE studies from Year 9) choosing to study full course GCSE having an extra four lessons of PE a week. In Year 10 and 11 students have a double period of PE (2 hours).
There are three aims to Key Stage 4:
- Build upon learning in Year 7 & 8
- Complete a nationally accredited course
- Enjoy sport for what it is
- Have regular competitive experiences
In Year 9, students will continue to follow the Year 8/9 model. However, students with a particular interest in sport can opt to study GCSE PE in their core games lessons. Lessons will consist of one theory (classroom based lessons) and three practical based lessons. Students will study a variety of different sporting activities as well as developing their knowledge and understanding of key theoretical areas connecting to sports performance. On completion of Year 9, successful students will need to decide if they want to explore GCSE PE further at Year 10 & 11. This will fall outside of their core PE lessons and will take up one of their options.
The curriculum follows guidelines set by the new National Curriculum in PE:
"Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. Pupils should be taught to:
- use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games such as badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis.
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports such as athletics and gymnastics, or other physical activities such as dance.
- take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
- evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.
- continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs."
Year 10 & 11
In Year 10 and 11, students can study GCSE full course PE (Edexcel), where they have four further lessons outside their core PE time. In core PE all students will study the 'Creative Curriculum & Junior Sport Leadership'.
The Creative Curriculum (Finham's own course) is a structured two year course that the PE department has put together to give students all round knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of sport. They will also be able to develop on what they have learnt from Key Stage 3. The course has the following aims:
- Have opportunities in new sports.
- Promote competition and co-operation with others.
- Gain an understanding of fitness programmes and carry these out at 'Effective Fitness' gym.
- Have the opportunity to gain the Junior Sport Leadership Award Level One.
- Have the opportunity to lead their peers, KS3 and primary pupils.
- A structured inter-college sporting programme.
- Gain knowledge and experience in first aid.
- Enjoyment of playing sport.
On successful completion of the course, students will be accredited with the 'Junior Sports Leadership' Award. Students will also achieve a 'Gold, Silver or Bronze Award' depending on criteria's met during the course. Every 5 weeks, all core student come together to compete in inter-college sports. There will be a graduation style event on successful completion of Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 5
The department offers OCR A-Level PE. We need to explore core PE in Post 16, but staffing and lack of available facilities affects progress. We are looking to re-establish 'The Community Sports Leadership Award' which has not run over the last academic year due to timetable implications.
Aims & Vision
In PE, we want to inspire young people to participate and enjoy physical activity. We want them to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which continues into adulthood. This can be done through the following Olympic values:
- FRIENDSHIP - Enjoyment, cooperate & teamwork
- RESPECT - Others and take responsibility for their own and Others learning
- EXCELLENCE - Always strive to achieve your potential
- DETERMINATION - Work hard to over come challenges
- INSPIRATION - Take responsibility for learning to inspire others and instil positive attitudes
- COURAGE - Take the opportunities as they arise
- EQUALITY - Release everyone deserves their chance to shine
We want to instil this through effective teaching and learning that is constantly looking to move forward, providing opportunities for pupils to assume responsibility for their learning, to engage inquisitive minds and provide learners with a high standard of learning that is expected of them every lesson.
At Finham Park, we want to make Physical Education into its own unique brand that motivates and excites pupils of all ages and abilities. We are striving to be an ever developing department with a passion for allowing pupils to grow and learn. We want to provide moments of inspiration and enjoyment that will remain with them beyond their time at Finham Park.
This vision is to be achieved with the following core aims and values in mind:
- Encourage enjoyment in PE through a range of physical activities.
- Maximum participation in all lessons.
- Pupils to have the opportunity to learn through different key stage pathways.
- Pupils to assume own responsibility for learning through leading parts of the lesson allowing them to inspire others and instil positive attitudes.
- Pupils to engage in enjoyable and challenging learning experiences which are child centred.
- Provide a variety of sporting opportunities outside of the curriculum that accommodate for all levels.
- Foster and nurture each child's talent and potential, including G&T.
- Maximise examination results.
- Develop awareness of physical development including fitness, skills and hygiene
What's Distinctive about the Finham Park PE Department?
Special features of the Finham Park PE curriculum:
- All students participate in inter-college events during core PE time.
- An extensive variety of enrichment activities which have high attendance rates.
- We annually play 150+ fixtures, with success at Town, County, Regional and National level. This also includes an annual Sports Derby against Bishop Ullathorne School.
- All students have specific fitness lessons in the new 'Fitness Suite'.
- We have a unique whole school 'Sports day'.
- We celebrate 'National Sports week'.
- We offer a variety of sports related trips for all students including ski trips abroad.
- A variety of sports are covered across all Key Stages.
- Sports Leadership pathways following all Key Stage transitions.
- All students in KS4 acquire an accredited qualification, with students also studying the schools' own 'Creative Curriculum programme'.
- Students in KS4 learn new sports through external providers.
- Students from Year 9-11 choose topic areas that they want to study.
- Students can opt to study GCSE PE from Year 9.
- A variety of accredited courses are on offer: GCSE Full & Short Course, A-Level PE, Junior Sports Leadership Course and more.
- We promote all student success through: sports colour, honours boards, flagship trophies, postcards, achievement stickers, assemblies, letters, team photos and newsletters.
September 2013: Finham Park Achieve Quality Mark Distinction for Physical Education & Sport
The PE Department has been awarded the new Quality Mark for PE by the Association for Physical Education. The PE Department is one of the first in the country to be assessed for this new award and is one of the first to achieve the top mark of outstanding.
The Qualification has been awarded for 'demonstrating outstanding commitment to improvement in physical education & sport'.
'As a department we are delighted to have received this award. It is recognition for how hard the PE Department has worked over the last several years. We are very grateful for the support we get from many staff and the senior leadership who promote PE and sport throughout the school and local community. It is also an award for the students who embrace PE at Finham Park'. Although we have achieved the Award, there is still further ambition for the PE Department to achieve'.
Mr Amos, Head of PE.
PE kit & valuables
Finham Park PE Kit
Years 7-11 all now use the new, simplified and improved unisex sports kit. This consists of:
- A navy and sky blue reversible sports top
- A navy and white short sleeved polo shirt with Finham Park logo
- Navy shorts
- Navy and sky blue hooped socks
- Optional navy sports trousers
- Gum guard for boys (optional for girls)
- Football boots for boys (optional for girls)
- Trainers - these should be predominately white with a non-marking sole. (Canvas, plimsolls, black trainers or trainers with black soles will not be allowed)
Boys are strongly advised to purchase shin pads & gum guards.
It is expected that all students in year 7-11 wear the correct Finham Park PE kit to their PE lessons. Pupils are expected to bring their kit to every lesson. If pupils are suffering from illness or are injured they are still expected to bring their PE kit, as they can take part in some aspect in the lesson whether it be skills, refereeing, coaching or organizing equipment.
If pupils do bring notes explaining they can not fully take part in lessons we advise them to wear a suitable warm jacket. Pupils are encouraged to ensure all kit is clearly named/labeled.
Students will receive a consequence if they forget any part of their kit. If they receive 3 consequences they will automatically receive an hours school detention on Friday. If students fail to tell their teachers at the start of the lesson that they do not have thier full kit for what ever reason. they will automatically recieve a hours detention on a Friday.
If students have not brought their PE kit:
Students must bring a signed letter form home explaining why their child is unable to do PE. All students must still bring their PE kit with a suitable jacket to keep them warm. There is always something they can do in lessons i.e. coach, help the teacher set up resouces, referee etc.
Athletics & School Records
In the summer of 2010 the department introduced a new Athletics Awards Scheme for students in years 7-9. Throughout their athletics lessons all students will be taught the techniques and skills needed in running, throwing and jumping events. In each event students will score points for how well they perform. At the end of the unit students will combine their top five scores giving them an overall total pentathlon score. Please see PDF showing the point boundaries and Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
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