Throughout learners’ time within Physical Education they experience a wide range of learning activities that allow them to develop their physical skills and sporting knowledge. Our aim is to make every PE experience an enjoyable and active one, encouraging all learners of all abilities and ages to participate in physical activity inside and outside of the school. Learners develop a number of interpersonal skills that contribute to youngsters’ happiness and success.
Learners in KS3 are offered a variety of sports throughout the year ranging from Rugby, Netball, Football to Gymnastics, Dance or Fitness. Each half term two sports are made available and learners choose which one they would like to follow. During each sport, learners complete regular reflections to allow them to track their progress and set personal targets.
Through their time in PE, learners explore the relationship between health and physical activity. Learners are also encouraged to pursue a range of sports through the extra-curricular clubs and school-club links that are provided.
At GCSE learners explore sport and physical activity from both a theoretical and practical perspective, both having an important role in determining the final GCSE outcome. The practical element of GCSE PE contributes towards 30% of learners’ final grades; learners are assessed in 3 sports as a performer. The choice of sports the learners have is vast, including sports such as skiing, boxing, rock climbing and many more.
The theoretical element of GCSE PE contributes towards 60% of the learners’ final grades. The learners explore a number of topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, physical training, health fitness and well-being and sports psychology. The final 10% comes from the planning, carrying out and analysing of a personal exercise programme.
Progress is measured using GCSE grading criteria at KS4 and sport specific criteria for every sport for KS3. Progress is expected throughout the year as learners begin to transfer their physical skills across the range of sports, becoming more physically literate, as well as developing their appreciation and knowledge of sport.
At Honywood we offer a vocational PE pathway covering level 1 and 2 as an alternative to GCSE PE at KS4. Learners will practically explore sports performance, officiating and leadership skills. They will theoretically explore the influence of the media, why people participate in sport and what barriers prevent others as well as the role that national governing bodies play in the promotion of sport. Assessments happen throughout the course, with 3 of the 4 units being internally assessed either practically or through a written assignment. The final unit is an externally assessed exam.