Physical Education at George Spencer Academy aims to develop pupils' abilities and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that may become a fundamental part of their lives, both in and out of school. Students are able to develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.
When performing, students are encouraged to think about what they are doing, consider the situation and make decisions. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their own and others' performances and find ways to make improvements.
Students are taught about the value of healthy, active lifestyles, as well as developing their personal and social skills through working in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. This, then allowing the students to develop confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life.
They are encouraged to take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating, more noticeable at Year 10 where students are given the opportunity to study the Level 1 Sports Leaders Award. Through the range of experiences that Physical Education offers, students can learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
KS3 Programme of Study
Pupils work in groups set on ability in KS3 PE, with one single sex and one mixed sex PE lesson per week.
The classes study aspects of the curriculum based on:
- Using a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
- Developing their technique and improving their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
- Performing dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
- Taking part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
- Analysing their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
- Taking part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
KS4 Programme of Study
In Year 10 students work in groups set on ability, with one single sex a lesson per week. During Year 11 students are given options so that they can choose a PE curriculum more suited to their preferences and their interests and will have one lesson per week.
The classes study aspects of the curriculum based on:
- Developing a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
- Developing their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports,[for example, athletics and gymnastics], or other physical activities [for example, dance]
- Taking part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
- Evaluating their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
- Continuing to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
Parents can support students learning in PE by:
- Encouraging students to fully participate in all lessons.
- Ensuring students are in the correct Physical Education kit for all lessons for health and safety reasons. (Including not wearing any bracelets or other jewellery which could cause them or others injury and wearing a hair bobble)
- Writing notes in planners, asking for students to be excused if they are ill or injured (excused pupils are still required to bring kit for the lesson so that they can still play an active role in the lesson - extra layers are advised if a student is excused from outdoor lessons).
- Providing a doctor's note in the case of long-term illness or injury.
- Encouraging students to take part in school sports clubs, extra-curricular activities and inter-house competitions.
- Participating in physical activity with their children or supporting their participation in sport outside school.
- Encouraging students to let staff know about their participation in sport away from school so that the school can record this and praise them for their achievements.
- Ensuring that medical information regarding their children is kept up to date with the school office and that any medication required is brought to the lesson each week (inhalers, glucose testing meters etc).
- In Year 9, discussing the options that students will have to choose within Physical Education in Yr 9 –BTEC or GCSE PE, Sports Leaders course. Please see Yr9 Option Handbook or a member of the PE Department.
- Extra–curricular sport: George Spencer Academy offers a wide range of sporting activities for students to take part in before school, at lunchtimes and after school.
- The school runs teams in Rugby, football (boys & girls), Netball (girls), Dodgeball (boys and girls), Badminton (Boys and Girls), Basketball, (Boys and girls), Rounders (boys and girls), Cricket (boys & girls), Athletics (boys & girls), tennis (boys and girls), X-Country (Boys and Girls).
- Other clubs are also ran purely to learn new skills and meet new people: Dance, Cheerleading, Smash Up Badminton, Us Girls Fitness (Girls Year 9-11), Badminton Club.
- All students are encouraged to take part in inter– house sporting activities which take place in their normal PE lessons for a two week period each term, with the main inter-house competition of Sports Day taking place in late July each year.
- Information on local clubs is advertised in the PE Department on the notice boards.