About the department
The Physical Education department at PCHS aims to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity so that young people become aware of the unique contribution that Physical Education makes to a balanced, active and healthy life and also to equip them with the capacity, knowledge and skills to achieve this. We are a core subject and also offer academic courses at GCSE, Cambridge Technical Level 3, A Level and a Coaching academy in sixth form where students follow the Sports Leadership Level 2 and 3. These courses are delivered by 7 full time PE trained specialists.
PE at PCHS is a Core subject and each year group receives 4 hours of PE a fortnight. The Department offers a broad and balanced curriculum, students are given opportunities to plan, perform, enhance and evaluate their work.
In year 9 students receive one lesson per week on games, this includes individual and team sports. Activities covered in the games lesson will be invasion, net/wall and striking and fielding games. The other lesson per week is on Physical Education which includes activities such as gymnastics, trampolining, health related fitness, training methods, dance, athletics and problem solving. Students are encouraged to develop their skills, use tactics and strategies when performing, analyse situations and make decisions. They are encouraged to reflect on their own and their peers’ work and to find ways to improve. Students will learn and understand the importance of a healthy active lifestyle and the benefits of taking part in PE and Sport for life. All students will receive an induction to the fitness room after which they are able to access the room in extra-curricular hours. Within the PE programme in year 9 students will also be taught the following skills within the appropriate activity:
– Outwitting opponents in games activities
– Accurate replication in gymnastic activities
– Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions in dance activities
– Performing at maximum levels in athletic activities
– Identifying and solving problems in outdoor activities
– Exercising safely and effectively in fitness and health activities
At key stage 4 students receive 4 hours a fortnight of Core PE. During these lessons students will build on previously learned skills at key stage 3. Students are encouraged to take on new roles in a curriculum that is again broad and balanced. The activities taught will encourage students to participate in an active and healthy lifestyle both during their time in school and beyond compulsory education. Year 10 & 11 students will also be involved in the Schools Sports Leadership Programme, which is the equivalent of the Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership. This is the first of many leadership and coaching opportunities offered by the PE Department. The course is designed to develop generic leadership skills, which can be applied to a variety of sporting activities. It covers organisation, communication, health & fitness, fair play & officiating. By the end of the programme students will have the necessary skills to take on national governing body awards such as the FA Level 1 course held annually at the High School. The Level 2 and 3 awards in Sports Leadership are available to all students in the sixth form.
The PE Departments extra-curricular programme makes good use of the excellent facilities, is open to all students, providing extensive opportunities covering an array of activities that are both recreational and competitive. Extra-curricular activities on offer include: Football, rugby, netball, basketball, handball, badminton, dance, trampolining, fitness club, hockey, XC, rowing, table tennis and volleyball. In the summer: tennis, athletics, cricket, rounders and softball. School teams participate in local, regional and national competitions and in most of the activities listed. The excellent facilities include a full size 4G with two additional 5 a-side pitches, 4 court sportshall, 6 tennis courts 4 netball courts, outdoor basketball court, two playing fields for rugby in the winter and 200mts athletics track in the summer, fitness room, dance studio and main hall which we use for trampolining and table tennis.
GCSE PE at PCHS is a popular option subject. Our results are always excellent, one of the top performing Departments in school with results well above national averages. We follow the OCR syllabus which is made up of the following components
Component 1 – Physical factors affecting performance 30%. Assessment: 1 hour external exam paper.
Within this component students will study applied anatomy and physiology including the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. They will be taught the effects of exercise on these systems. They also look at components of fitness, physical training, optimising performance and injury prevention.
Component 2 – Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology 30%. Assessment: 1 hour external exam paper.
Within this component students will study current issues within sport and engagement patterns of different groups within the UK. They will be taught the effects of Commercialisation on sport and physical activity. They also study ethical issues such as drugs and violence in sport.
Component 3 – Performance in physical education. Non-examined assessment NEA (practical):40%
Students will be assessed in three sports one team, one individual and one other from either.
There is also a coursework component – ‘Analysing and evaluating performance’ AEP This will be completed on google classroom as an ongoing assessment over the two year course.