Physical education is for all. We aim to educate pupils, regardless of ability or gender, to be able to make choices in order to lead a healthy lifestyle now and in the future. We work to develop flexibility, strength and endurance in a safe and controlled environment. Physical education will also help explore problem-solving techniques and encourage independent learning skills, whilst developing pupils’ awareness to become caring members of society.
The curriculum allows pupils to participate in a wide range of sporting activities, to fulfil the aims of the department and the national curriculum. Traditional games such as hockey, netball, rugby, football and athletics are covered, and teams are organised in most of these. We also introduce pupils to other team and individual sports such as dance, gymnastics, basketball, table tennis, badminton, rounders and fitness. Many more lunchtime and after school clubs are run to encourage a high level of extra-curricular sports participation. We are proud of the success we achieve with both teams and individuals.
Gartree has great sporting facilities, allowing a range of activities to take place comfortably. They include a sports hall, fitness suite/dance studio and and hall inside, together with extensive all-weather multi-purpose playing areas and grass pitches outside.
The department also benefits from having a specialist team of well-trained PE teachers, whose experiences in working across the 11-16 age range are used to inspire and challenge pupils and help them reach their full potential.
Key Stage 3
Our curriculum provides both depth and breadth, with Gartree’s current pupils experiencing a challenging programme of activities.
Pupils are given an understanding of how to build on their successes is an important part of their learning process. Staff will provide pupils with regular verbal feedback, whilst end of unit mastery levels confirm a pupil’s achievement in many of the activities they experience.
These are used to understand what they need to do to move forward.
Activity specific mastery levels can also be found in both changing rooms, as well as the Sports Hall, when particular units of work are being taught.
Key Stage 4
GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
How the course is assessed:
- Non- Exam Assessment (NEA). Three practical performances (30%)
- NEA. One Performance Analysis task (10%)
- A total of two hours assessment split over two examination papers (2×1 hour) taken at the end of the two year course (60%)
Exam Board: OCR Physical Education (J587
The emphasis throughout the course is on introducing the concepts with Physical Education and relating these to performance whilst developing your knowledge, competence and confidence in a wide variety of skills that will enable you to confidently move forward in life. The theoretical side of the course is complemented by the practical element where you will get to put this newly learned theory into practice and improve and develop in your chosen activities.
You can expect to:
- Enjoy a mix of practical and theory lessons
- Improve personal performance and the performance of others through effective coaching
- Develop analytical skills and be able to evaluate performance
- Broaden your theoretical knowledge of sport
Where does it lead?
This course will lead to a secure foundation to be able to go onto:
- A level PE
- BTEC level 3 Sport
- Higher Education Qualifications
These qualifications can then lead to career opportunities within sport, such as sports management, teaching, personal trainer or physiotherapy.