Curriculum Area: Physical Education
Introduction to your subject
Physical Education at Solway is at the heart of the school. Positive student/teacher relationships create a strong, safe environment to develop and succeed. PE at Solway is a bespoke experience for ALL students, no exceptions. Inclusivity and acceptance are part of our fundamental values and this allows physical, social and mental well-being to be nurtured.
Students will develop physical, technical and tactical sporting skills; enhanced by an embedded focus on mental skills such as resilience, determination and confidence. We aim to ensure all students leave the school possessing the skills, motivation and knowledge to enjoy a lifelong engagement with sport and physical activity.
Our focus in Solway is developing a healthy, active lifestyle that embeds confident knowledge and understanding throughout student’s life. Ensuring they understand how the body works and how it can adapt because of exercise.
Within Key Stage 3, physical, social and emotional well-being is important at this key stage. Through an engaging range of sport and physical activities, developed with a focus on staying active for sustained periods. The development of student’s physical literacy is key. Students are assessed on the attitudes, skills and knowledge and becoming happy, healthy and successful people through PE. At this delicate stage, positive experience of PE in schools can encourage future involvement in sport/exercise and can influence lifestyle and well-being.
Within KS4, students need to continue to engage in sport/exercise within school and secure strong links with community clubs, in this key stage drop off rates in participation are high in both girls and boys for different reasons. We intend to reduce that rate, and ensure they remain actively involved in sport/exercise. Support is also given to students to ensure barriers are broken and they have access to facilities, coaches and opportunities outside of school time. Teachers working with local agencies to ensure the best support possible is in place for this to happen.
Links to support other subjects across the curriculum in school, activities that provide transferable skills. In particular, access those students that feel academically challenged and provide inclusive opportunities they can succeed and build confidence in other areas. A 12-week model is used within PE, so students have time to develop skills and have an opportunity for further learning within a wide range of chosen sports. As a result, students develop an in-depth understanding of sport/exercise, this promotes a higher level of learning and thinking skills for each individual. This 12-week activity model gives students more opportunity to applying tactics and problem solve when in game situations, rather than just taking part and moving onto another sport, they study and understand the sport in more depth.
Making cross-curriculum links such as orienteering linking into maths and geography that promotes interest in education. New research-based schemes of work are developed to suit the needs of the students and learning styles. Changing from conventional activities such as cross-country and developing our own bespoke cardio-vascular training unit which gives the students the fundamental tools to maintain a healthy active lifestyle and well-being in adult life.
Within KS4, exam providers and courses are carefully selected to ensure every student have access to content and the ability to succeed and provide students with the skills to move onto further education if required. Practical lessons are used where possible to embed content and ensure understanding is secure, before moving onto the following topic. Links are made with everyday student life to allow students to relate learning to put theory into practice.
At both key stages, a vast range of clubs and activities are used to build on basic skill levels provided by curriculum lessons, students are sign posted into clubs and gifted and talented students are shown sporting pathways to allow them to excel in their chosen disciplines.
The PE curriculum allows creativity and flexibility. Students have opportunities to explore new exciting sports that they have not experienced before. One term of curriculum time is dedicated to exploration that the students may be interested in. Previously is has included mountain walking, volleyball, lacrosse, latin dancing, extreme Frisbee, orienteering and swimming to name a few. At Solway we believe traditional sports are equally as important as new exciting ones, this is often the time when some students really find a love for sport.
|Year||Content and implementation|
|7||By the end of year 7, students will have the opportunity to explore traditional sports such as netball, football, rugby, rounders & athletics. Alongside other exciting new sports such as trampoline, dance, lacrosse, volleyball, bench ball, orienteering & our bespoke fitness module.|
|8||By the end of year 8, students will have the opportunity to develop their learning with traditional sports such as netball, football, rugby, rounders & athletics. Alongside other exciting new sports such as trampoline, dance, lacrosse, volleyball, bench ball, orienteering & our bespoke fitness module.|
|9||By the end of year 9, students will have the opportunity to extend their learning with traditional sports such as netball, football, rugby, rounders & athletics. Alongside other exciting new sports such as trampoline, dance, lacrosse, volleyball, bench ball, orienteering & our bespoke fitness module.
BTEC Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport
|10||By the end of year 8, students will have the opportunity to excel in their learning with traditional sports such as netball, football, rugby, rounders & athletics. Alongside other exciting new sports such as trampoline, dance, lacrosse, volleyball, bench ball, orienteering & our bespoke fitness module.
BTEC Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (1 hour 15min exam)
BTEC Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training
|11||The year 11 programme of study of PE is adapted to suit the added increase of stress and well-being associated with older students. Students have more control of their learning and can chose which areas as a group they wish to explore and enjoy. A greater focus of well-being and the benefits of exercise during exam time is a key focus during this year.
BTEC Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities
As a result of our PE curriculum, students are confident in their knowledge and understanding of fitness and well-being throughout their life enhanced through the delivery of a wide range of different activities, sports, exercises, sportsmanship skills, sporting values and key disciplines in PE. Students are encouraged in every aspect of PE to take on leadership roles and independence in the lessons which is the key to leading healthy active lives in the future. Most importantly students are shown the enjoyment of taking part in exercise and the positive benefits attached to taking part.
Link to GCSE specification(s)
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport (2018)
Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (1 hour 15min exam)
Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport
Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training
Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities
Awarding body: Pearson