Members of Physical Education department and roles
Mr Denham - Curriculum Team Leader Physical Education
Ms Dennis - Year 9 Pastoral Achievement Leader
Ms Thomas - Healthy Schools Coordinator
Ms Maguire - Assistant Curriculum Team Leader Physical Education
Mr Nazar - Physical Education Apprentice
Curriculum overview and aims (KS3 and KS4):
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
KS3 Physical Education Overview
Sport plays a hugely important part in the life of the school. We aim to build the resilience in our young people to allow them to make rapid progress in their physical literacy. Little Ilford School seeks to enable each student to pursue their chosen sport to the highest level whilst providing all students with the opportunity to enjoy and experience a variety of physical activities, sports and exercise while developing their fundamental movement skills (FMS).
The aim of Physical Education is to provide appropriate opportunities and experiences for individuals to achieve their full potential in sport and exercise. Physical Education is primarily concerned with physical capabilities but the associated aspects of social and thinking skills are also vital components for all children. Additionally, the development of personal skills within a social setting can be further enhanced by participating in an appropriate and sensitively designed Physical Education programme.
The ethos of the department is epitomised by the dedication of the staff within it. Staff are consistently willing to commit time to extend the opportunities for students beyond the curriculum. Examples of extra-curricular opportunities provided by the PE department staff throughout the year include; Football, Basketball, Dance, Fitness Training, Table Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders and Softball. All students are encouraged to participate in sport through their attendance at extra-curricular clubs - these opportunities are open to all students.
It is to be acknowledged that the aim of Physical Education is to encompass enjoyment and satisfaction and thereby encourage a lifelong commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle.
Curriculum content and aims
- To encourage and motivate all students to develop their full potential through a range of purposeful, yet enjoyable activities within a challenging environment.
- To develop an understanding of the benefits gained when participating in physical activity now and in later life.
- To enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to Physical Education.
- To develop an appreciation of skilful and creative performances in a variety of sports activities.
- To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students to have equal access to Physical Education, and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
- To show equality in developing opportunities for all students and foster the culture of inclusion.
- To promote the development of interpersonal skills (organisation, co-operation, initiative and responsibility) and to heighten self-esteem, whilst encouraging respect for other groups and individuals.
- To provide the necessary stimuli to encourage the development of decision making, imaginative thinking and problem solving.
- To encourage students to develop personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm and an appreciation of honest competition and good sportspersonship.
- To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them using reasonable arguments.
- To provide students with the opportunities to work with others in the wider community.
- To make students aware of local community sports clubs where they can build upon skills learnt and further develop their social skills.
Details of studies - Example KS3 Lesson Sequencing
At KS3 students partake in activities on a half-term cycle giving them opportunity to perform a number of sports that will enable them to find an activity that they can engage in outside curriculum time. Following a broad curriculum allows the opportunity for maximum exposure to a variety of sports and exercises. Each week, a student will have 100 minutes of lessons for them to follow the closely monitored curriculum and be guided by their class teacher through the individualised schemes of work for each sport and activity.
How students are assessed
Students are assessed on their physical literacy within different sports and exercises in three areas:
- Physical ‘Me in PE’
- Social ‘Me in PE’
- Thinking ‘Me in PE’
Students are then placed at a learning stage for each sport and given the skill level they have achieved for the assessment.
Home learning (frequency and expectations)
Key stage 3 students receive 2 pieces of online homework each half term. These cover topics such as rules and regulations of sports, cultural capital and physiology. These homeworks prepare students for GCSE PE and how to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Students are also encouraged to lead active lifestyles outside of their school lives. To achieve this, the Physical Education Department has strong links to local sports clubs and Newham Borough sporting initiatives in order for students to further enhance their sporting prowess and ensure they are participating in physical activity. The extra-curricular clubs on offer allow students to use outside school learning hours to improve the frequency of participating in sport and exercise. The department expectation is for each student to attend at least one extra-curricular club per week.
How parents / carers can support their child
This can be achieved through parents being willing to support their child in joining a local sports club, playing fixtures, attending club practice and encouraging them to develop a love for sport and exercise.
While it is an accepted practice that children and youth should be doing homework on a regular basis, the same sentiment is usually not transferred to the physical activity area. Yet growth and development in this area are crucial for the well-being and health of the child. When children play, parents often let them do so by themselves. A valuable routine for children, youth, parents and caregivers would be to target some time each day to spend together being physically active. Parents play an integral part in the development of positive attitudes towards physical activity in their children.
KS4 Physical Education Overview
Courses offered – (inc. examining board)
At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to study Edexcel GCSE PE. This pathway is suited to those who partake in a large amount of extra-curricular activity or participate in regular sport outside of school. There is a large theory content where topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, physical training, health, fitness and well-being and sport psychology.
The GCSE course is designed to build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stage 3, encouraging learners to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities whilst deepening their knowledge of content studied previously.
For those who don’t wish to study GCSE PE, our core programme enables students to pick a pathway that suits their interest within PE. There are a number of options students have open to them including a competitive pathway where highly competitive sports are frequent on the calendar; an individual pathway suited to those who prefer individual sports; or a sports leader’s pathway suited to those who wish to be involved with running sports competitions.
Progression to A Level – this course ensures sensible progression of content from GCSE to A Level and similar approaches to assessment. Students will have a coherent and diverse experience of physical education if they take both Edexcel GCSE and A Level in Physical Education.
Curriculum Content and Aims
Core Physical Education (non-examined) - Example KS4 Lesson Sequencing
Students tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle. Students are taught to:
- use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games.
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports.
- take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team.
- evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.
- continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
GCSE Physical Education
GCSE specifications in physical education equips students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. This will require them to:
- develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.
- understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport.
- perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.
- develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport.
- understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.
- understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.
Details of studies per year
Students receive 150 minutes of GCSE Physical Education lessons per week - this is broken down into practical and theory lessons as these elements of the course contribute to the assessment methods used. GCSE Physical Education students are role models for the subject and should perform at their best throughout each lesson. Alongside this, students will have opportunities to attend elite sporting events, residential trips and access to more sport and exercise throughout their participation in the course. These events can take place inside and outside of school, depending on the arising opportunities.
GCSE Assessment Methods
Home learning (frequency and expectations)
Students are expected to spend around two hours per week outside of lesson time completing home learning for the theoretical examinations.
For the practical performance, students are encouraged to be regular sports performers outside of school - this could be at a local sports club, for a sports team, or from making use of the extensive extra-curricular clubs organised by the PE department.
How parents / carers can support their child
This can be achieved through parents being willing to support their child in joining a local sports club, playing fixtures, attending club practise and encouraging them to develop a love for sport and exercise.
While it is an accepted practice that children and youth should be doing homework on a regular basis, the same sentiment is not always transferred to the physical activity area. Yet growth and development in this area are crucial for the well-being and health of the child. When children play, parents often let them do so by themselves. A valuable routine for children, youth, parents and caregivers would be to target some time each day to spend together being physically active. Parents play an integral part in the development of positive attitudes towards physical activity in their children.
For theory lessons and homework, parents can support their child in completing homework that is individualised for each student. This will challenge them as much as possible with support provided for students where the teacher sees necessary.
Physical Education lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries that you may not have considered before.
- Sports scientist
- Physical Education teacher
- Professional sportsperson
- Sports coach/consultant
- Sports policy at local and national level
- Diet and fitness instructor
- Personal trainer
GCSE Physical Education - BBC Bitesize
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How parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum / syllabus you are following.
Using the examination board website, this provides the full details of the course being studied and the requirements of each student. This also provides further information regarding the subject contribution to the holistic development of each child.
Pearson Edexcel GCSE Physical Education (2016)
Students, parents and carers | Pearson qualifications
Name of person in your department who parents can contact if they need more information about your syllabus.
Mr J Denham
Ms S Maguire