The Physical Education programme aims to provide activities in a safe, caring and enjoyable environment while meeting the physical, emotional wellbeing and intellectual development of all pupils. Every pupil, regardless of ability or ability levels, is provided with a challenging learning environment. We believe in encouraging high expectations for success, our motto being “success breeds success.” The department recognises that each pupil is an individual; that all pupils are creative and that all pupils need to succeed.
The curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences that provides pupils with the opportunity to develop an acceptable level of fitness, a broad spectrum of physical skills and the knowledge necessary to use the skills and maintain fitness for lifelong active participation. The use of essential skills; developing thinking, developing communication, developing ICT, developing number and the adoption of different roles are used throughout the programmes of studies where appropriate.
The development of confidence, tolerance, and appreciation of one’s own and others strengths and areas for improvement and the ability to evaluate both individual and group performance are considered to be important parts of the learning process.
It is intended that the programme offered, together with an awareness of leisure opportunities provided by extra-curricular activities, 5 x 60 activities and links within the community will develop those skills and attitudes conducive to a long and active lifestyle.
Key Stage 4
This is a compulsory subject of two, one hour lessons per week. Within this block of P.E. lessons students can opt to do GCSE P.E. or BTEC SPORT or follow a general, practically based course in National Curriculum P.E. (The possibility of completing a recognised Sports Leader Award through this latter option is currently being considered).
National Curriculum Physical Education
In line with National Curriculum guidelines, Year 10 students participate in at least two activities. Pupils are given opportunities to participate in frequent physical activity conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Activities include: hockey, netball, rugby, soccer, basketball and athletics. Students may also experience badminton, cricket and rounders with some softball and tennis.
Building on their experiences in Year 7, 8 and 9 students further develop the skills of planning, performing and evaluating their own work and that of others, demonstrating increasingly refined techniques in their activities. Thus they develop an understanding of principles involved in exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
GCSE Physical Education
Following a course in GCSE Physical Education encourages students to:
- become increasingly physically competent through being actively involved in a range of physical activities.
- become increasingly effective in their performance in different types of physical activity such as player/participant, leader and official.
- develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in the processes of different physical activity.
- develop and maintain their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy active lifestyle.
Students experience a range of physical activities from the National Curriculum. These include, for example;
Games activity, e.g. Football, netball, hockey, rugby, athletics, swimming exercise activity.
ALL PHYSICAL ACTIVITES ARE COMPULSORY ELEMENTS OF THE GCSE COURSE. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE FULLY, REGULARLY AND IN ALL ACTIVITIES. (Exemption from activity for more than two weeks requires a medical note). ANY PROBLEMS PARTICIPATING IN AN ACTIVITY MUST BE DISCUSSED WITH THE HEAD OF P.E. PRIOR TO COMMENCING THE COURSE.
This is combined with theoretical work covering areas such as:-
- Health and Physical Fitness
- Compounds of health and skill related fitness
- Evaluation of health and fitness.
- Health and Fitness Exercise Programmes.
- Methods of training
- Application of training
- Participation and Provision
- Physical, psychological, technical and tactical influences on Health, Lifestyle and Performance.
Written Paper 1 Hour 30 Minutes, 100 Marks (40%)
Section A – Short answer and extended writing compulsory questions on theoretical areas 1-7 above.
Section B – Short answer and extended writing compulsory questions on theoretical area 8 above.
Controlled Assessment (120 Marks)
- Assessment in four performances, at least two of which must be as a player. The other two can be as a player, leader or official.
- Candidates can only be assessed once as a leader and once as an official.
- All performances are supervised and assessed by the teacher and will be externally moderated.
- Pupils will be assessed in all practical activities taught and the highest four grades used for the final controlled assessment.
- Pupils will be given further guidance regarding the leading and officiating option and on the possibility of being assessed in off-site activities.
Lessons will be practically based wherever appropriate but some work will be done through class-based study.
All pupils will plan an exercise programme and produce a Training log book
The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport is a 30 credit, 180 guided learning hours qualification that consists of one, 5-credit mandatory unit plus one 10-credit mandatory specialist unit, plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 30 credits. The course is an exciting option that has been running at Brecon High School since September 2009. Pupils following the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport will achieve the equivalent to 2 GCSE’s grades A*- C.
|Unit||Mandatory Unit – The following must be taken:||Credit||Level|
|1||Fitness Testing and Training||5||2|
|Unit||Mandatory Specialist Unit – 10 credits must be taken from the following:|
|3||Outdoor and Adventurous Activities||10||2|
|4||Anatomy and Physiology for Sport||5||2|
The BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport prepares young people for careers in the sports sector; it provides education and training for sports-related personnel who wish to be employed in a variety of areas such as teaching, fitness, coaching support and land/water based outdoor pursuits. The course aims to motivate learners via applied and alternate teaching and learning styles. Pupils are assessed throughout the course via practical assessments and coursework; there is no written examination in this course. The BTEC qualifications are recognised by employers and education institutions across the country and provide a good progression route to more advanced qualifications, such as A-Level, BTEC Level 3 and foundation degrees.