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The PE Department
“PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.
A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.”
PE helps students develop personally and socially: by working as individuals, in groups or in teams, they learn the principles of fairness and social responsibility toward others. The range of opportunities in PE allows them also to take on different roles and responsibilities, such as leading, officiating or coaching. Through this range of challenging activities they understand how to become effective participants.
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Through Years 7, 8 and 9 experience a range of activities covering all aspects of the National Curriculum, developing the key concepts of Competence, Performance, Creativity, and leading a Healthy Active Lifestyle. This includes a number of team and individual games, gymnastics, dance, and trampolining, health and fitness, and athletics. The principles of Leadership in PE are introduced in Year 7 and developed as students move through the Key Stage, improving their organisational and communication skills. The InterHouse sport competitions provide an opportunity for students to experience a competitive situation.
PE at Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students are given the opportunity a pathway in their PE lessons that suits their skills knowledge and ability: a Competition and Performance route, an Aesthetic and Health route, and a Fitness and Personal Challenge route. On each pathway students will experience a range of activities relevant to their choice.
In addition students have the opportunity to take one of a number of Accredited courses to give them an additional qualification in PE;
- GCSE PE
The course follows the OCR syllabus: students are assessed in up to four practical activities, in the roles of either performer, coach or official, and this represents 60% of their total mark. The other 40% comes through a written exam on the theoretical principles of training, performance and participation in sport.
- Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
This qualification develops confidence, communication and organizational skills necessary to lead small groups in a sporting activity. The Leadership programme at Netherhall is very strong, and our Leaders spend a number of hours in our partner primary schools leading activities and organizing Sports Days.
- Level 1 Award in Dance Leadership
This qualification is very similar to the above but devoted particularly to Dance.
- BTEC First Certificate/Diploma in Sport
This is a vocational qualification specifically designed for those who have a strong interest in sport and are interested in a career in the rapidly expanding Sport and Leisure industry.
- CYQ Introductory certificate in Fitness Instructing: Level 1
This is a new course for 2009, giving those who might be interested in a career in the Fitness industry a foot on the ladder. It covers the principles of training, safety in fitness work, and leading sessions in weights or to music.
- St John’s Ambulance Young First Aider
A new course that complements many other courses (eg GCSE, Btec, and Duke of Edinburgh Award), but also a valuable life skill in its own right. This covers the basic principles of first aid treatment and dealing with injuries.
PE at A Level
Students follow the AQA syllabus at AS and A2. The range of theoretical concepts widens from GCSE and are explored in greater depth. Students are encouraged to work more independently, particularly in developing their knowledge and analytical ability with respect to their practical performance assessment. The extensive range of facilities at Netherhall allows for a wide range of acticities to be catered for. Students are well supported by very experienced and knowledgeable staff. A number of visits also take place, such as to Loughborough University for research.
Netherhall provides a massive range of additional opportunities for all students to get involved in sport. Recreational clubs take place at lunchtimes, and after school there are even more opportunities to learn new skills, ranging from team sports such as American Football to trampolining, cheerleading and the regular Friday Fitness Club.
In addition to this we have a large number of representative teams in all year groups in many sports, and there is an extensive Inter School fixture programme which includes both local and national competitions.
Many trips and visits are organized to sporting events: the range includes the Varsity Rugby match, England U21 Football Internationals, Wimbledon, and International Netball. An even bigger range is planned in the future.
Additional Exam Information
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