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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Physical Education

Introduction to course

Core PE Is compulsory from Year 7 until the end of Year 11. At Reading Girls’ School students will receive 4 hours of PE across a two week timetable. Regular participation in physical exercise has a number of benefits to our students.
  • Physical  - to encourage students to lead active healthy lifestyles and developing fitness such as flexibility, strength and stamina and so improving heart health.
  • Mental  - students who actively participate in regular sport and exercise have higher levels of self esteem and confidence. Regular exercise aids  the memory and  learning. It also helps to reduce stress levels and helps students to  sleep better.
  • Social - students will develop skills in PE such as teamwork, communication and leadership. They will also develop values such as fair play and sportsmanship, dealing with both winning and losing in a dignified way.
Syllabus content
 
KS3
In KS3 students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum in a number of activities which allows them to experience and develop their skills and interests. Students will participate in the following activities:
 
Invasion Games - Netball, Hockey, Basketball, Football and Rugby.
Net Games - Badminton and Tennis
Striking and Fielding Games - Rounders and Cricket
Gymnastics
Dance
Athletics
 
KS4
In KS4 students will be given the opportunity to select activities in 8 week lesson blocks. They will be taught more complex skills and tactics and will be provided with further knowledge regarding health-related fitness. Students will be encouraged to take some ownership of the lessons leading warm-ups and umpiring games.
 
Typical lesson activities
Students will have the opportunity to participate in some of the following sports and activities:
  • Games – Netball, Hockey, Football, Badminton, Volleyball, Rock-it-Ball, Basketball, Rounders, Softball and Tennis.
  • Individual Activities – Trampolining, Gymnastics, Street Dance, Fitness, Zumba, Non-Contact Boxing and Athletics
Students are expected to come to lessons suitably equipped with Physical Education kit. If a student is ill or injured and has a note to excuse them, they must still bring their kit and will be expected to take on a role other than performer such as coach, official or equipment manager.
 
Currently in KS4 students may select one of two options for further study:
 
Technical Award – Level 2 First Award in Sport
 
Introduction to course
This is a two year vocational course which prepares students for further study or a career in the sports or outdoors sector. It is equivalent to one GCSE at A* - C and combines both theory and practical elements.
 
Syllabus content
●     Fitness for Sport and Exercise             1 hour on screen test
●     Practical Sports Performance               Coursework Unit
●     Training for Personal Fitness               Coursework Unit
●     Leading Sports Activities                     Coursework Unit
 
Typical lesson activities
As much of the course content as possible is taught through practical lessons but there is a mix of practical and theory. In essence you will be carrying out fitness tests, experiencing different training methods and devising a training programme for yourself. You will develop your leadership skills and eventually run a sports festival. Finally you will develop coaching skills to analyse performance and identify areas for improvement. There is the opportunity to go offsite for some activities, have guest speakers and coaches in to work with you. Students currently doing the BTEC courses have been to the gym, the local climbing centre and worked with local primary school children and completed coaching qualifications.
 
PE GCSE
 
Introduction to course
This is a two year course which prepares students for further study or a starting point for a career in the sports or outdoors sector. It is a combination of a final theory exam and a controlled practical assessment.
 
Syllabus content
 
●     Written Paper   /   1 hour and 30 mins   /   out of 80 marks –  worth 40%
Knowledge and understanding for the active participant – a scenario will be issued before the exam to help students prepare for the longer questions.
               
●     Controlled Assessment   /   out of 90 marks – worth 60%
Four assessments from a minimum of two types of sport.
At least two as player or performer and the other two can be as coach, official or organiser. It can include sports that you do outside of school but you must check first.
 
Typical lesson activities
As much of the course content as possible is taught through practical lessons but there is a mix of practical and theory. Practically you will be carrying out fitness tests and experiencing different training methods. You will develop your leadership skills and you will develop your coaching skills to analyse performance and identify areas for improvement. There may be opportunities to go offsite for some activities and have guest speakers and coaches in to work with you. In theory lessons you will be studying anatomy and physiology (muscular, skeletal, energy, respiratory and circulatory systems). We will look at psychology of sport and sociological issues such as sponsorship, media and gender in sport. We will also look at aspects of international sport and how culture may affect participation.
 
SMSC considerations in PE
Students are encouraged to demonstrate the Olympic and Paralympic values in PE. At the end of each term, students in each year group who are identified as having best displayed the values will be recognised. The values are:
Friendship / Respect / Excellence / Determination / Inspiration / Courage / Equality
 
Sports Leaders, BTEC Sport and GCSE PE students will be given a number of opportunities to develop their leadership skills and in doing so have the chance to work with primary school children and take the responsibility of planning and organising sporting events for them. Encouraging these values and activities will help students to become responsible, active and healthy citizens in their future lives.