The Physical Education programme and extracurricular activities at King Edward VI Handsworth School develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a wide range of physical activities that become a central part of the girl’s lives, both in and out of school.

We offer a high-quality P.E curriculum, which enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

P.E at King Edward VI Handsworth School helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Aims

There are a number of key aims that underpin the PE department.

  • Improve pupils’ competence in physical activity areas by developing control of whole-body skills and fine manipulation skills, exploring ways to select and use skills, tactics and compositional ideas effectively in different types of physical activity and respond with body and mind to the demands of an activity. We want pupils to take risks and adapt to a widening range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Within the pupils performance we develop understanding of how the components of fitness combine, and applying them to produce effective outcomes. Ensuring the pupils know and understand what needs to be achieved, critically evaluating how well it has been achieved and finding ways to improve.
  • The P.E department teaching staff use imaginative ways to express and communicate ideas, solve problems and overcome challenges. Exploring and experimenting with techniques, tactics and compositional ideas to produce efficient and effective outcomes.

Promote an understanding that physical activity contributes to the healthy functioning of the body and mind and is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Recognizing that regular physical activity that is fit for purpose, safe and enjoyable has the greatest impact on physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Curriculum

KS3 (Year 7 & Year 8)

KS3 (Year 9)

KS4 (GCSE)

KS4(Awards in Leadership)

KS5

Term 1

In year 7 and 8 your daughter will attend 5 Physical Education lesson per fortnight taught by a subject specialist.

What topics your daughter will study

Year 7 and 8 is a concept driven curriculum. Therefore different sports are taught within the topics of:-

•    Outwitting an Opponent
•    Exercising Safely and Effectively
•    Exploring and Communicating Concepts Ideas and Emotions
•    Identifying and Solving Problems
•    Accurate Replication and
•    Performing at Maximal Levels

Term 2

What your daughter may do in lessons

Pupils do practical work where possible in the extensive facilities; however there is a classroom for research projects and the teaching of current theoretical issues.  The department uses this space for group and individual research tasks.

How your daughters progress will be assessed

Throughout the course your daughter will be assessed by her teachers. Her contribution to class work and discussions will be commented upon, homework is regularly marked and improvements suggested. Her practical skills will be observed and outcomes monitored. Individual tasks such as regular topic tests also allow your daughter and her teacher to be aware of her current level of attainment.

Term 1

In year 9 your daughter will attend 4 Physical Education lesson per week taught by a subject specialist.

What topics your daughter will study

Year 9 is used as a GCSE or Leadership Award primer, topics that are taught are particular sports; Badminton, Netball, Dance, Gymnastics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Athletics and Football, we also build upon the Year7 and 8 topics throughout.

Term 2

What your daughter my do in lessons

Pupils do practical work where possible, for research the department has a classroom that is used for group and individual research tasks. Pupils lead the learning of the group under the supervision of the teacher at points within the curriculum ready for the leadership awards.

How your daughter’s progress will be assessed

Throughout the course your daughter will be assessed by her teachers. Her contribution to class work and discussions will be commented upon, intermittent homework is regularly marked and improvements suggested. Her practical skills will be observed and outcomes monitored. Individual tasks such as regular topic tests also allow your daughter and her teacher to be aware of her current level of attainment.

Term 1

Girls do the Edexcel Physical Education GCSE. The course is split into 2 parts; practical (40%) which includes assessments in 3 sports, an analysis of Performance and a Personal Exercise Programme. The second is Theory work (60%), which is examined by a 2  x 1.5 hour  papers.

The Physical Education GCSE exam board is Edexcel.

This course is offered as a two year curriculum course.

The course is split into 2 units:

UNIT 1 Written Paper – Factors Affecting Participation and Performance (70%)

This involves two papers that will be taken in the summer of Year 11. Students study training methods, drugs in sport, diet, body systems (Cardiac, Respiratory, Muscular and Skeletal) and sporting injuries, to name a few.

Pupils are also required to carry out a Personal Exercise Plan (6 to 8 weeks) where they train for their sport and we discuss training methods for a particular sport, rules and strengths/ weaknesses of their performance.

UNIT 2 Practical Performance – Performance in Physical Education (30%)

Students follow practical courses in a range of physical activities including Netball, Dance, Trampolining, Athletics, Badminton, Rock Climbing etc. The three highest marks, which must include an individual sport and a team sport, are taken by the examination board. Pupils can also be assessed in activities they follow outside of the school environment (e.g. swimming, horse riding).

What topics your daughter’s will study.

Within school the practical areas covered includes – Dance, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Trampolining, Football, Volley Ball, Netball, Rounders, and at a cost Rock Climbing. There is a wide variety of activities that can be also assessed by video evidence if done outside to a high standard.

Term 2

What your daughter may do in lessons

Lessons have a variety of learning activities, practical work is the basis of all Physical Education activities and we endeavour to assess the candidate in as many as possible at school, and then the top four marks will be put forward. This means that pupils are expected to do extracurricular activities. Your daughter will be taught theory in the purpose built classroom using a variety of methods. Pupils will use discussion time, teacher led explanation, and their own research and experiments to make sense of the sporting world.

How your daughter’s progress will be assessed.

Throughout the course your daughter will be assessed by her teachers. Her contribution to class work and discussions will be commented upon, homework is regularly marked and improvements suggested. Her practical skills will be observed and outcomes monitored with a final moderation day at the end of year 11. Individual tasks such as topic tests as well as mock exams also allow your daughter and her teacher to be aware of her current level of attainment.

Term 1

There are currently four awards being offered

  • Sports Leaders Level 1
  • Sports Leaders Level 2
  • Dance Leaders Level 1
  • Dance Leaders Level 2

Each pupil in KS4 (except GCSE Students) will get the opportunity to complete two of the awards above.

What topics your daughter will study.

  • Plan a sport/activity session.
  • Lead a series of sport / activity session
  • Understand the skills, qualities and values that a leader will need.
  • Lead activities that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Identify the factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Understand what inclusion is.
  • Describe how participants may have diverse learning needs.
  • Lead an activity session that is fully inclusive.
  • Understand what appropriate sporting behaviour is.
  • Understand how a sports leader could make use of their position as a positive role model.
  • Organise and deliver a sports event or competition
  • Know the provision of sport and recreation at a local, regional and national level
  • Understand the range of leadership opportunities within the organisation

 

Term 2

What your daughter may do in lessons

Practical activities are used where ever possible to show Physical Educational Leadership in action. These may be in the form of a small groups or individual tasks to hone specific skills that may be used in leadership. As a leader pupils are expected to work together to solve problems and make sense of the observations they make. There is a greater emphasis on the use of role modelling, taking risks and making links to determine good qualities as a leader.

How your daughter’s progress will be assessed.

Throughout the course your daughter will be assessed by her teachers. Her contribution to class work and discussions will be focussed upon, homework is regularly given. Her practical skills will be observed and outcomes monitored.

Term 1

All Year 12 and 13 have one hour per week of recreational PE

Staff

There are currently 5 passionate and enthusiastic teachers of Physical Education from a wide variety of backgrounds:

  • Mrs L Gardner (Head of Department)
  • Mrs S Shepherd (Year 11 Pupil Achievement Leader)
  • Miss C. Collins (Year 11 Pupil Achievement Leader)
  • Mrs N. Morgan (Teacher of Physical Education)
  • Mrs S. Hampson (Teacher of Physical Education)

How can parents help?

  1. Encourage students to watch sports related documentaries.
  2. Share your sporting experiences.
  3. Share opinions and knowledge of any issues such as drugs in sport – Is it fair? Etc
  4. Encourage students to watch the sporting news.
  5. Encourage students to read about sports in a newspaper
  6. Encourage discussion about current sporting affairs.
  7. Allow on-line access to key websites.
  8. Encourage students to use the library.

Where next

Here are just a few areas in which doing Physical Education would prove to be useful:

  • Becoming a Doctor or a nurse
  • Becoming a Vet
  • Anything in Travel and Tourism and Sports
  • Science research into Anatomy and Physiology
  • Teaching
  • Academia
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology of sports
  • Becoming a Dietician
  • Any profession that requires confidence in collaboration, communication, flexibility, loyalty, persevering and the willingness to embrace a new challenge

Opportunities out of lessons

Physical Education opportunities out of lessons

King Edward VI Handsworth School offers an extensive range of extracurricular Clubs including –

  • Netball
  • Trampolining
  • Gymnastics
  • Various Dance including contemporary, Jazz, street, Tap
  • Football
  • Indoor and Outdoor athletics
  • Indoor and Outdoor Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Bench ball
  • Archery
  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Rounders
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis

Useful links

Please see the Edexcel Website