The Netherhall PE Spirit
We strive to produce confident, self-assured and successful young adults who have the learning skills, and track record of success in a variety of experiences, that will allow them to make a positive contribution to their society. We aim to instill a passion for sport and make physical activity part of their everyday lives. Students will leave Netherhall School having developed a range of skills that will help them achieve their goals in life and do so with the knowledge of how to live a healthy active lifestyle.
Program of study
Key stage 3 and 4 curriculum
Pupils in years 7 to 11 study Physical Education for two 1 hour lessons per week. They will complete a number of units over an academic year; with each unit comprising of approximately 6-8 lessons. Pupils are taught key themes and content through the mediums of various activity areas. Schemes of work are progressive throughout the key stages, and build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding learned in the previous year to ensure progress occurs. In addition pupils compete in Inter-House competitions, there are five separate competitions including Cross-country and Sports Day.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 are continually assessed across each unit throughout the year. Attainment is measured in levels from 1 – 9 which comprises of 3 strands to reflect the key outcomes which the curriculum aims to achieve. Each assessment strand is weighted differently and is outlined below.
Performance (50%): Based on the ability of the student to perform a variety of basic and advanced skills in each activity strand. This strand also assesses the student’s ability to perform these skills in isolated practices, compared with more competitive situations or sequences of movement. Finally this strand assesses in relation to characteristics of skillful movement such as being pre-determined, fluent, controlled, aesthetically pleasing and efficient. This strand is split into games, aesthetics and fitness based activities.
Knowledge and Understanding (25%): Based on the ability of the student to express and recall information regarding the following topics; healthy active lifestyles, evaluation skills and knowledge of rules, regulations, different playing strategies and how to compose aesthetic routines. This knowledge and understanding can be shown through verbal contributions in the lesson as well as taking on the role of a coach or referee.
Character (25%): Character is a measure of the student’s ability to organise themselves before, during and after the lesson, showing they are ready to learn. Working with others and showing leadership and communication skills throughout units of work is integral to achieving well in this strand. Finally, character is a measure of the student’s positive traits and qualities such as their determination, enthusiasm, resilience and ability to show a positive attitude in challenging situations.
The PE specific attainment levels aim to relate to and provide a flight path of progress through to Level 2. Pupils can review and reflect on their own progress, and set targets for improvement. Their progress will be reviewed at least termly and be referred to in all lessons in order to improve.
Pupils in years 10 and 11 follow the OCR 9-1 ((J587) specification. Students have 3 classroom based theory lessons and 2 practical based lessons on a fortnight cycle.
Topic areas covered include;
Applied anatomy & physiology
Health, Fitness & well-being.
This element of the course constitutes 60% of the overall GCSE and is assessed via two external examinations.
The practical performance element of the course is internally assessed and externally moderated. Students have to perform in 3 sports (2 team and 1 individual or vice versa); demonstrating a wide range of core and advanced skills, tactics and strategies in competitive situations. Each sport is scored out of 20, with an overall weighting of 10%. Pupils will primarily obtain their practical marks from the sports which they participate in for Games; however, some may also come from activities both inside and outside of school. The class teacher must ensure that pupils are graded by a PE specialist, and preferably assess them themselves, so to be 100% confident of the mark awarded according to the OCR criteria. Video evidence will be required if a live assessment cannot be conducted, and for all ‘offsite’ activities such as skiing.
Pupils have to research and compile an ‘Analysing Performance’ piece of coursework under controlled conditions. It involves them having to analyse their own strengths and weaknesses in a chosen sport, and write an action plan for how to improve their performance over time. This constitutes the final 10% of the qualification.
The full specification and other teaching resources can be found at www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-physical-education-j587-from-2016/
Level 2 Cambridge Nationals
Sport is a high-profile and expanding industry and there is a growing need for qualified professionals and capable volunteers. There is a wide range of job roles to progress into such as PE Teacher, Sports Coach, Fitness Instructor and Leisure Assistant. Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies, a course that utilises multiple methods of assessment from practical grading to written examinations, offers students the solid foundation required for further study or progression into industry through four distinct modules:
Contemporary Issues in Sport
Students explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, such as participation levels and barriers, promoting values and ethical behaviour, and how sport contributes to society as a whole beyond simply providing entertainment.
Developing Sports Skills
Students try out a range of sports-related skills and techniques, including different practice methods for improving both their own performance and that of others. They develop their knowledge of the use of tactics and strategies in both individual and team sporting activities as well as their understanding of the rules, enabling them to carry out a number of officiating roles within the activities.
Students learn about some of the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to be an effective sport leader. They put their knowledge into practice by planning and delivering safe and effective sporting activity sessions. Afterwards they review their performance.
Working in the Sports Industry
Students explore the wide range of career opportunities related to the sports industry as a whole, including those not directly linked to a sport or physical activity. They look at how to access these careers and the development paths within them, and the wider role of the sports in national life.
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 and develop skills, techniques and understanding from curriculum lessons.
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 organised to sporting events: the range includes the Varsity Rugby match, England Football Internationals, Wimbledon, and International Netball. An even bigger range is planned in the future.