PETo 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, building on and embedding the physical development and skills learned in Primary school. 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.
As students’ progress in their learning, they have the opportunity to study BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Sport. Students will develop their knowledge of training methods, practical sports, anatomy and physiology and leadership. BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. The qualifications enable learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team work, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression to further study and responsibility in the workplace. This qualification will give students an insight into the roles of: a coach, personal trainer, performance analyst, fitness coach and a P.E teacher.
The department will promote the physical wellbeing of every student during practical lessons:
- 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.
As students’ progress through curriculum at 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.
Lessons and schemes/units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to build knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the students. The learning is structured around a process of interweaving skills and regular self-reflection aid the development of long term memory and mastery of both the skills and the knowledge required.
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 an 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. We ensure we consistently follow our ARR handbook by testing through two frequent processes: formative and summative. Students will complete low stake and high stake tests to ensure knowledge of key concepts are being embedded and fully understood. DIRT time is allocated to allow students to be able to reflect on PEN comments and work on their areas of weakness.
They will also have the opportunity to help lead primary sporting competition for students in the wider St Aidan’s community.
St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of student progress in:
- Appreciation of human achievement and aspirations in the context of a cultural and aesthetic life;
- Acquiring knowledge and skills relevant to continuing in sport after they leave the Academy, be it as a performer, spectator, official or group leader;
- Valuing the contribution, which physical education and exercise can make towards their health, well-being and lifestyle;
- Understanding of the importance of sport and physical activity on mental health and wellbeing.
- Using a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, rugby and tennis]
- Developing their technique and improving their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
- Participating in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges
- Working 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 demonstrating improvement to achieve their personal best