Programme of Study – PE
The KS3 curriculum focuses on development of basic skills, which can be practiced in isolation and implemented into competitive scenarios both in lessons and at extra-curricular clubs and teams. Students cover a minimum of 8 different sports across the year to give them individual grades and an overall sporting grade. Grading is based on understanding, implementation and coaching of technique, tactics, GCSE terminology and application of teamwork, leadership and ownership on personal development.
PE is an essential part of the curriculum as it facilitates an environment for students to learn theoretical content in a practical environment whilst developing their own personal understanding of the importance of health and well-being. Across the curriculum, PE applies concepts, which can be utilised later in life to enable students to be healthy and supportive members of the community, as well as lead into examination qualification where content in KS3 is further analysed.
Physical education also develops students’ teamwork, leadership and morality. This has been proven to create individuals who are more likely to get better overall grades and improve concentration levels due to the release of endorphins in the body. PE also provides a more rounded link to other subjects, examining where they are used in practical situations; for example measurements in athletics, trajectory of the ball, speed/power/muscular endurance which is all cover under the KS3 content.
Physical education also provides an environment for students to succeed outside of a classroom, in a much more dynamic and kinaesthetic learning which would not be possible in a classroom.
The PE department offers clubs every Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday throughout the whole year, developing the skills learnt in lessons and provide opportunity for all students to find a passion that they can develop and continue past education.
The PE department also offers extra-curricular teams, which compete in local and national competitions, which are set up and run as a collective department.
Each member of the department offers a minimum of 3 clubs a week- providing as much opportunity for students as possible.
This year we have run cricket tours to Sri Lanka and Barbados. The tour developed the squad and allowed students to development their maturity and independence. This can be evident in all year groups that took part (8/9) who were the last state school in the Middlesex cricket competition and are going forward to the semi- final and likely the final of the competition.