Physical Education makes a unique contribution to a child's growth and development. It is a subject where all students, whatever their capabilities, can achieve the measure of success which is so important to an individual's self-esteem. Opportunities for success are provided through a wide range of activities which are taught. Social integration and equal opportunities are important and throughout the Physical Education program all students are given the opportunity to develop skills in areas normally associated with the opposite sex.
The PE Curriculum
A broad curriculum will be taught in the first three years in the school, which will be developed and extended further in the senior years with the introduction of option activities.
The curriculum for Years 7-9 will consist of:
- Health Related Fitness
- Educational Gymnastics
- Swimming (Year 7 only)
Games: We aim to develop skills and understanding in individual, pair and team activities which will encourage involvement, commitment and enjoyment e.g. football, rugby, netball, hockey, badminton, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, rounders and cricket.
Health Related Fitness: We aim to educate all our students about the various aspects of health related fitness. These aspects are taught through the activity and in some years, as a module itself.
Gymnastics: We aim to develop skills, mobility and strength and to offer imaginative and challenging activities on the floor and apparatus in Year 7. The expressive and quality aspects of movement are stressed during the programme. In Years 8 and 9 students develop their body management through a unit of trampolining.
Athletics: We aim to provide an enjoyable experience and teach and develop techniques, skill and understanding of the full range of track and field events.
Swimming (Year 7 only): We aim to develop the swimming and water safety (including life saving) of each student so that they can achieve the maximum of which they are capable. Swimming is taught at the Splash Pool in Rushden. Students are divided into five groups according to ability - Beginners, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. Swimming plays a prominent role in our curriculum because we recognise its importance as an essential life skill.
Year 7 PE Curriculum overview
Year 8 PE Curriculum overview
Year 9 PE Curriculum overview
Deployment of teaching time
Year 7 3 x 50 minute periods of Physical Education per week
Year 8 3 x 50 minute periods of Physical Education per week
Year 9 2 x 50 minute periods of Physical Education per week
Students in Years 7-9 are grouped into four ability sets which we find allows all students to progress and perform at their own speed and level. Many activities are taught in single gender groups but where it is appropriate, mixed sex groups are formed.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 students have 2 x 50 minute periods per week. Students make choices from a wide range of activities which include volleyball, badminton, table tennis, trampolining, aerobics, fitness etc., in addition to all those activities studied in Years 7-9.
If, at any time, you wish to discuss your child's physical development, or there is a problem that your child is experiencing during P.E. lessons, the P.E. staff welcomes contact with parents to discuss any matter.
Students are given the opportunity to further their experience and enjoyment and to practise for school teams and inter-form competitions.
Extra-curriclar provision can be categorised as follows:
Clubs Inter Form Competition Team Practices School Matches
Clubs & Practices
Clubs and practices are generally provided during lunch times with inter-school sport taking place after school, however, where time is available, some clubs and practices are run after school also.
A range of inter-form competitions are provided by the department to further the cause of sport for all. The school supports this by providing trophies and other prizes. During this academic year, the department has planned to provide inter-form competition for the following sporting activities, the majority of which were provided through all age ranges:
Basketball, Netball, Football, Cross Country, Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders and Athletics.
The school organises many teams for various sports and enter these teams in a variety of District (East Northants) and County (Northants Schools) leagues and tournaments.
During the winter months, football is by far the dominant sport for boys in our area and hence the majority of inter-school fixtures for boys are football matches. Girls’ football is a growth sport with tournaments and fixtures currently organised and on the increase over the last two years. Rugby is played by very few schools at representative level and hence our rugby teams have few teams to play against locally. We attempt to supplement our Rugby programme by playing friendly fixtures and enter the District Central Venue (CV), 7-a-side & 10-a-side tournaments. Basketball is a sport that we have developed greatly over recent years, with teams entering the District tournaments and playing in the District CV leagues. Hockey is not universally played at representative level and hence netball is by far the predominant sport for girls during the winter months.
During the summer months, Athletics is the major sport of the local district and many fixtures are organised. Cricket and rounders matches are arranged on a friendly basis with some boys cricket teams entered in County cup fixtures. Tennis is a regular summer sport, with our teams entering County and friendly competitions.