Head of Department | Mr D Portsmouth
Our pupils take part in a wide range of sports and disciplines from trampolining and golf to basketball and rugby at varying levels; elite, semi-professional, league and amateur or just for fun.
Our philosophy in the PE department is summed up in a quote by Nelson Mandela and we invite anyone to come and have a go:
Sport has the power to change the world and unite in a way that little else does. Sport speaks to the youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. Sport laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.
Assessment will focus on one of the five key processes of the Physical Education curriculum:
- Developing skills in physical activity
- Making and applying decisions
- Developing physical and mental capacity
- Evaluating and improving performance
- Making informed choices about healthy active lifestyles
During Key Stage 3, the Physical Education Department offers a broad and balanced curriculum. The key aims of the Knights Curriculum are:
- A broad range of activities
- Introduction to Sports Science
- Preparation for examined PE
- An introduction to leadership
Students study different courses as to the individual.
- GCSE PE,
- Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership,
- BTEC Dance,
- and an option of BTEC Sport Level 2.
GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION FULL COURSE
60% practical, 40% written examination
UNIT 3: KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING FOR THE ACTIVE PARTICIPANT (40% OF THE TOTAL MARKS)
Key topics will focus on:
- Training zones
- Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
- Fitness components
- Training methods
- Lactic acid
- How the muscular, skeletal, circulatory and respiratory systems support movement
UNIT 4: THE ACTIVE PARTICIPANT (60% OF THE TOTAL MARKS)
Pupils are assessed on their performance in a number of sporting activities or roles (Performer, Coach or Official.)
Activity areas include:
- Outwitting opponents (as in games activities)
- Performing at maximum levels (as in athletics activities)
- Outdoor and adventurous activities (as in rock climbing, canoeing)
- Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being (as in circuit training and SAQ training)
The PE Department has an 'all change' policy. This means unless there are exceptional circumstances, all students should change for PE regardless of illness or injury. PE Teachers will adapt lessons to be inclusive for all pupils regardless of illness or injury. Any pupil that does not get changed will receive a 30 minute detention.
Homework will usually focus on healthy active lifestyles. This may include research, application of theoretical knowledge or practical tasks.
Technology in PE
The Academy has a big drive to develop the use of technology across the curriculum and PE is at the forefront of this.
All PE staff are equipped with iPads which allows staff to increase opportunities in lessons for:
- Video Analysis
- Peer and self-assessment
- Watch video footage of correctly performed skills
- Time keeping
- Anatomy and physiology apps