PESt. Aidan’s boys love PE and Sport!
To develop a healthy body and mind that will allow all students to promote independence and leadership skills that will enable them to climb to the top of their mountain.
Through providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced, physical education compliments and supplements the aims of St Aidan’s Catholic Academy.
The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate the students; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in football, rugby, badminton, basketball, table tennis, handball, volleyball, futsal, squash, cricket, tennis, gymnastics and athletics. Students will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, leaders and referees/umpires/officials.
Lessons and schemes/units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the students. Expectations are high but realistic in terms of achievement, discipline, behaviour and dress. The atmosphere of lessons is such that students gain confidence in physical activity in a safe environment where student success is positively reinforced.
Students will regularly work in group situations. In many areas the emphasis is on competition, where students are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goal. In all situations empathy is paramount where students cater to the needs of their peers. Through performance, students will be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others.
Within physical education at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy it is our purpose that:
- all students will be encouraged and helped to achieve their full potential, both perceived and latent. This includes the ability to think, enquire and debate logically, as well as apply themselves to tasks and develop skills;
- all students will acquire knowledge and skills relevant to their life after they leave the Academy. The nature of our present day world demands the ability to respond flexibly and positively to change;
- students will be encouraged to strive for high standards of literacy and numeracy at the level appropriate to their intellectual ability;
- students should be encouraged to appreciate human achievement and aspirations in the context of a cultural and aesthetic life;
- offering students, a well ordered and disciplined environment should enhance the learning process;
- we will strive to ensure that all students are physically challenged subsequently achieving their potential in developing motor skills;
- students will acquire knowledge and skills relevant to continuing in sport after they leave the Academy, be it as a performer, spectator, official or group leader;
- we will encourage students to strive for high standards in performance, appearance and sportsmanship;
- students will be encouraged to appreciate the physical achievements of others;
- we will strive to create a learning environment, which is well ordered and disciplined;
- students will value the contribution, which physical education and exercise can make towards their health, well-being and lifestyle;
See Curriculum Map below.
As students’ progress through the Academy they will be encouraged to adopt a positive attitude to activity and healthy living, motivating them to fulfil their sporting potential both within the Academy and through leisure facilities and clubs in the local community.
During Year 7&8 students will take on the role of a leader and work towards gaining the Young Leaders Award qualification in Sport. The Young Leader Award is a great introduction to leadership, giving young people aged 11 and over knowledge of how to organise and lead small games and activities that can be used as a part of uniformed organisation, community club or sports club sessions.
As students enter Year 10 and 11 they are expected to take an active role in their physical education by choosing from various options and courses provided in the curriculum. They will also have the opportunity to help lead primary sporting competition for students in the wider St Aidan’s community.
To promote the physical wellbeing of the student.
- To enjoy exercise and promote a concern for health and fitness through participation in physical activity.
- To develop their ability to ‘strive to be their best’, by working at maximum effort.
- To assist in the aims of education at St Aidan’s Academy by contributing to and enhancing the following all aspects of the curriculum.
- To install independent skills that promote creative thinking and students to have confidence to use their own initiative.
- To develop leadership skills from Year 7 onwards
- To develop an awareness of the environment’s potential for leisure and recreation.
- To develop positive attitudes towards self-esteem, co-operative learning, leadership and respect for others’ abilities.