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Physical Education

Head of Department/Faculty

Mr Andy Staff
Head of Physical education and Healthy Lifestyles faculty
astaff@commonweal.co.uk

Overview

The mission of our Physical Education Department is to enable every student to participate in a structure programme of Physical Education; so that the physical, social and cognitive needs of each individual student are developed to their full potential and therefore inspired to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

It is based on physical activities undertaken in an active, caring, supportive and non-threatening atmosphere in which every student is challenged and successful.

When the students leave the school it is expected that each student would have:

  • Developed a wide range of physical skills and abilities in a variety of activity areas.
  • Fostered a positive attitude towards regular participation in sport and exercise.
  • Gained an understanding of the need for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Developed and gained an understanding of safe working practice.
  • Developed their social interaction skills.
  • Demonstrated sportsmanship and acquired the ability to lead others in physical exercise.
  • Enjoyed Physical Education

Top Tips to do well in Physical Education

  1. Exercise regularly

    You should be taking part in some sort of physical activity for 30 minutes every day!

  2. Find a sport of interest to you

    There are lots of sports and activities available. Find one that interests you and your friends. It will contribute to mental and social wellbeing

  3. Bring kit, work hard and you will enjoy physical activity.

    You will only get out what you put in.

  4. Go above and beyond.

    Get involved in as many activities as you can. Representing your house, school or even district is a great achievement.

  5. Once you’ve learnt something, use it again and again.

    You can also further your knowledge and contribute to the wider community by leading, coaching, organizing or officiating.

The Curriculum

Year 7 PE
Students taught in single sex groups. The emphasis is on developing skills and trying a diverse range of activities

Boys

  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Rugby
Both

  • Fitness
  • Gym
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
Girls

  • Dance
  • Netball
  • Rounders

Year 8
Students taught in single sex groups.  The emphasis is on developing skills and trying a diverse range of activities.  Students set to allow them to work at a suitable level and allow greater differentiated tasks

Boys

  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Rugby
  • Table Tennis
Both

  • Fitness
  • Gym
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
Girls

  • Dance
  • Netball
  • Rounders

Year 9
Students to choose a pathway that they will follow through into KS4.  All students to focus on key concepts of Developing skills and evaluating and improving but will be weighted towards.

  • Making and Applying Decisions
  • Accurate Replication
  • Sports Science
  • Practical opportunities can be used across core and GCSE PE to broaden coursework opportunities

 

  • Making Informed choices about Health
  • Developing physical and mental capacity
  • Sport Studies
  • Practical lessons can be used to help provide practical sport and leadership units

Independent learning

There are three main types of homework:

Extra curricular clubs;
To attend at least 1 sports club at KS3
All exam PE students are expected to attend at least 2 sporting clubs

Core Homework; set as an extended piece of writing students will need to complete 6-10 mark question, that are set at the end of each unit of work. This homework along with the end of unit tests allows progress to be tracked.

Research and complete tasks in Sports Studies courses.

Enrichment and trip possibilities

Extra curricular clubs

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • Gym
  • Rounders
  • Atheletics
  • Trampolining
  • Dance
  • Badminton
  • Boccia
  • Bowls
  • Cross Country

A full and vibrant house system and competition;
All Students take part in a house competition at the end of each unit of work at all ages

Intra school competitions
These take place locally (Swindon Schools competitions) and nationally. We have a long and proud history of being successful in sporting events.

Trips to local sporting events

  • Bath Netball
  • Gloucester Rugby
  • National basketball finals
  • T20 cricket
  • Ski trip (France/ Italy)
  • Water sports trip (Spain)

Assessment

All students are baseline tested at the start of each year allowing PE staff to set challenging but achievable targets.

Students are assessed in all activities across a broad and balanced curriculum.  We assess at the beginning middle and end of each unit of work.  The end assessments are then used to calculate the overall outcomes of a student.  These are primarily based on Teacher/ peer and self-assessments.

Teachers in the Faculty

  • Mr A Staff – Head of PE
  • Mr J Hillis – Head of KS5
  • Miss A Scrivens – Head of KS3
  • Mrs M Drew – Head of House
  • Mr J Sheppard – Teacher of PE
  • Mr O Burton-Towell -Teacher of PE
  • Miss L Chivers – Teacher of PE