What do we study in PE at Ridgeway?
Why do we study Physical Education at Ridgeway?
At Ridgeway, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles and making a positive impact on physical, mental and social health. The PE department offers a broad and balanced curriculum in KS3 and 4. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all students with high quality PE and sport provision, not only as a participant but in leadership roles such as a coach, official or choreographer. Another aim of the department which falls in line with the National Curriculum is to allow students to be active for sustained periods of time. Students will be completing a scheme of health-based PE which is a Sport England project aimed at enriching students’ opportunities to take part in a healthy, active lifestyle encouraging our students to be Habitual, Motivated, Informed and Critical Movers. Please see our delivery grids for the sports and activities that we offer during the course of the school year.
PE Programme of study at Key Stage 2 and 3 (Year 6-9)
It is our vision for every child to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles beyond their years at secondary school. We strive to inspire our students through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our young people of Ridgeway to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and to become lifetime movers. Through our teaching of PE, we will instil our core values and transferable life skills such as resilience and mutual respect. The number of sports offered has also been expanded over recent years to include Table Tennis, OAA, Health Based PE. This is to enable students to participate in a wider variety of individual sports to make progress and more importantly, individual sports are more often sustained throughout life.
Students are assessed in Key Stage 3 using the Head Heart Hands model. Each strand focuses on a different set of knowledge and skills designed to develop the whole performer in line with the school’s ethos of ‘developing the whole person’ in Ridgeway 360.
Head Heart Hands Assessment
Knowledge organisers contain:
- Factual Knowledge about each sporting activity that students will have access to, in easily digestible chunks; such as rules of the sporting activity
- Technical terms and key vocabulary associated with each sporting activity
- Visual Representations such as diagrams of skill skills, playing area
Mastery Descriptors: Mastery Descriptors PE
The curriculum is sequentially planned so that the core and wider skills and knowledge required to be physically literate are developed over time.
- Movement skills (Hands): students develop locomotor, non-locomotor and object control skills, these are the building blocks of developing physical literacy. The success of developing these skills can positively affect health throughout an individual’s lifespan.
- Health and fitness (Hands): students will develop the knowledge and skills required to maintain and improve their health as part of their commitment to lifelong healthy choices. Teachers will encourage the holistic development of students’ health and wellbeing ensuring that physical education not only improves their physical development but their intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development.
- Technical skills (Hands): students learn the skills required to take part in a wide range of sports, providing them with the necessary skills to be physically competent and, if they desire, to excel in their chosen sport(s).
- Tactical knowledge (Head): students learn how to select and apply appropriate tactics and strategies and apply these to the sport or situation they are in.
- Leadership (Head & Heart): students will develop teamwork and communication skills that will encourage them to become effective leaders, they will foster leadership qualities through experiences and extra qualifications that will enable students to be active role models to others.
- Analytical skills (Head): students will be able to identify strengths and areas for improvement in themselves and others, offering effective advice to improve performance.
- Sportsmanship (Heart): students will learn the importance of respect and fair play in sport, they will actively role model a positive sporting etiquette.
PE Programme of study at Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)
In Year 10 and 11 students follow a similar sports pattern that are available to the other year groups. At Ridgeway we look at giving students more choice over their PE within the last 2 years at the school. Therefore, we offer the following pathways:
The Performance pathway is offered to encourage students to refine techniques and implement tactics in order to perform at the best of their team/owns ability. This allows students to study different sports in depth by taking part in the 6/7 lessons of one sport with the aim of increasing performance.
The Participation pathway is offered to encourage students to find a gateway into physical activity. This is done by rotation of activities every 2-4 lessons in order to offer a broad choice of activities so that every student finds a sport they wish to participate in after school. This builds on the HBPE knowledge delivered in KS3 that encourages our students to be Habitual, Motivated, Informed and Critical Movers.
At KS4 we also offer the opportunity for students to study the GCSE PE qualification, with our examination board being Edexcel.
As a department we recognise the importance of homework as an effective teaching and learning strategy. We believe that homework teaches students responsibility and gives students an opportunity to practice and refine their skills. Homework is also used within the department to develop students’ knowledge of the benefits of exercise and to encourage continued participation outside of the school environment. At KS3 students are required to complete one piece of homework per sporting activity completed in school and spend approximately 20-30 minutes completing the tasks set. The homework task set will vary in nature from self-marking quizzes, reading sporting articles, investigating sporting opportunities in the local area and key term literacy. Within KS4 GCSE students will be expected to complete one piece of homework every two weeks as per the school homework policy. This is recommended to take the students one hour to complete, with the type of homework set varying from exam questions, topic reading, research tasks and the expectation of attendance at sports clubs outside of school.
How can parents and guardians support at home?
Parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, as well as monitoring homework and supporting the more independent tasks set, parents are also able to help develop key PE skills. The department has incorporated a Health Based PE unit of work throughout Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 in order to allow students to learn the benefits of taking part in a healthy, active lifestyle and to encourage our students to become critical and lifetime movers. This will teach students about how physical activity can help physical, mental and social health and how to seek opportunities to take part in regular activity to become habitual, motivated, informed and critical movers. As part of this parents will act as a bridge to uphold these key principles when teachers are not there such as in the school holidays and after school.
Within KS4 parent support can be more focused towards preparing revision materials and revision techniques, such as employing some of these stated with your child:
- Flashcards are one of the most popular methods for revision. They are simple to make and use, but also incredibly useful and versatile. The first step in using flashcards as a revision technique is making the cards themselves. Make sure they know what content they are expected to revise.
- Helping with access to past papers, although knowing the required content for a test is important, a big part of preparing for an exam is getting used to the style of questions. For this, past papers and exam questions are the best resource. They allow students to both check their knowledge and familiarise themself with the setup of the exam paper.
- Mind maps are a quick way to condense a topic, making it much more manageable to revise. Students can challenge themself to fit all the key points of a topic onto a single piece of A4 paper, in the form of a mind map. This often makes revision less daunting. It narrows down the huge amount of content taught in lessons to a clear guide of the essential information to know for the test.
- There are a huge number of exam resources available on YouTube. Students can find everything from short clips for a specific topic, to dedicated revision channels. They are a great option for students who prefer to learn by listening, rather than reading or writing.
- It can be hard to maintain focus when students are revising alone, particularly with distractions like phones nearby. One revision method that provides a different approach if your child is tired of studying on their own is to try to explain a topic to someone you, who has not been taught the content.
- Post-It notes are best used for the most important bits of a topic or sections students are finding most difficult to remember. Post-it notes can be easily kept in areas students will see every day, which really helps the information stick in their memory.
- Buying a revision guide and asking your child the questions for each section to check their knowledge and understanding.
Useful Websites for revision:
Edexcel GCSE Physical Education (2016) | Pearson qualifications – revision booklets
In order to further the initial passion that students display for sports within lessons we also provide an engaging extra-curricular program, which is targeted to a variety of students. Some of the clubs will be aimed at students to simply come to PE and enjoy being active by taking part in a variety of fun activities that are intended to allow students to enjoy being active and learn invaluable movement habits. We will also offer clubs which will be aimed at raising participation, where students can come and take part in a sport that they enjoy. Finally, there will be clubs that mirror that of the PE curriculum to enable students to further their skills and deepen their knowledge within activities. These clubs such as Rugby, Football, Netball and Basketball allow students to train for the school teams and represent the school against others in district and county competitions. Students will also be guided to local sports clubs in order to encourage our students to not only be active within school time but also to engage in sports outside of school hours.
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