Why do we teach PE?
We teach PE to challenge and inspire our 21st century learners to lead a healthy active lifestyle. Improvements in health, learning achievements, development of positive relationships and social skills are integral to our curriculum. In addition, we teach them about good sportsmanship, dealing with failure and showing resilience. Our core purpose is to get pupils moving and they can do this through following accelerated, traditional and non-traditional pathways. Our interests also extend beyond the curriculum to include extra-curricular activities associated with Physical Education such as sports clubs, sports teams and field trips.
Physical Education is an exciting and dynamic part of the Hele’s School curriculum taught by six experienced specialist staff who share their passion for the subject with learners. Pupils enjoy working in fantastic sports facilities and achieve satisfaction from producing very high-quality outcomes. Staff strive to create physically literate lifelong learners who have a passion for physical activity and the knowledge to continue participating long after they leave school.
Key Stage 3
All learners follow a challenging course throughout Key Stage 3 which teaches them how to develop skills, make and apply correct decisions, evaluate their performances and improve their knowledge of fitness and health. The persistence and effort of students are rewarded throughout and a deep understanding of how learning takes place enhances their ability to make progress.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 we have our core offer to every student of one hour of physical education. At the end of Year 8 students can choose an “active lifestyles” pathway for their KS4 provision. We offer traditional games like football, rugby and netball as well as alternative games, for example rocketball and dodgeball. Other pathways include a healthy active lifestyles package and individual competitor packages that tap in to our local activity providers, including Elfordleigh and Boringdon Golf Clubs. At KS4 we also deliver leadership qualifications such as the Level 1 Sports Leader.
The department offers GCSE P.E. for those students who are interested in studying P.E. and sport at the next level. This option is open to students who are participating in sports on a regular basis and would like to learn more about how the body works when we exercise and train it. Students are assessed in two written examinations taken at the end of the course (60%) and practically (40%) through 3 sports (combination of team and individual sports) and an analysis project.
Key Stage 5
The department currently offers A-Level P.E. and Sport for advanced level students. The physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of elite athletes are explored. Biomechanics is also taught in Year 13, adding rigour to the theoretical content of this challenging course. Students need to specialize in one sport that will be assessed in a fully competitive situation as part of their coursework
Our extra-curricular programme is comprehensive. We have numerous lunchtime and after school activities on offer for all abilities and we also enter many teams into local, county and national school competitions.