PE at Rowan High School…

Every pupil is to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead a healthy active lifestyle and participate in lifelong physical activity. When Physical Education is experienced in a safe and supportive environment it is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. Rowan High School provides a broad and balanced Physical Education Curriculum with the opportunity to increase self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of situations.

If you have any further questions please direct them to Miss Clayton at school who will be happy to help.

Intent

Physical Education develops pupil’s physical competence, confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. Our curriculum is both innovative and progressive in addressing the government’s statutory guidance. Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and think in different ways to overcome challenges as individuals and in teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to be involved in lifelong physical activity.

It is our over-arching intention that our pupils have a meaningful role within society and are able to contribute purposefully to their community. The Physical Education curriculum is reflective of this intention as it embeds important life skills related to team work, communication, problem solving and independent learning and working throughout. The structure allows each Key Stage to build fluidly on these skills and knowledge.

Assessment is used proactively by identifying student gaps in learning and it is with this knowledge that the curriculum reflects and thereby responds to the school’s local context. The curriculum also addresses the needs of our autistic learners and seeks to eradicate their barriers to learning that are heavily affected by the triad of impairments and apparent social, communication and flexibility of thought difficulties. The Physical Education Program of Study offers suggestions throughout on how to teach relevant topics to those with Autism. It is imperative that pupils with Autism are able to access the same curriculum offer as their neuro-typical peers and not be disadvantaged in any way.

On leaving Rowan High School it is our hope and intention that pupils should be confident in their strengths and be prepared to continue working on their areas of development so that they can achieve their overall ambitions and be successful members of today’s society in whatever capacity they are able.

Implementation

At Rowan High School we consider the way that the Physical Education curriculum is developed and adopted by the school and the way that it is taught and assessed in order to best support pupils to build their knowledge and to apply that knowledge as skills. It is with this in mind that the curriculum is shaped and implemented. Physical Education lessons are delivered in line with the National Curriculum as appropriate to the individual and their physical and mental requirements and:

To promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, pupils will be taught:-

  • To promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles
  • To promote enjoyment of learning through a combination of practical activity and discussion
  • To adopt the best possible posture and the appropriate use of the body.
  • To engage in activities that develop cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance.
  • To understand the importance of Physical Education in everyday life

To develop positive attitudes, pupils will be taught:-

  • To develop independence in work, thought and action through the teaching of communication, organisational and problem solving skills within sport
  • To observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators.
  • How to cope with success and limitations in performance.
  • To try hard to consolidate their performance.
  • To be mindful of others and the environment.

To ensure safe practice, pupils will be taught:-

  • To respond readily to instructions.
  • To recognise and follow relevant rules, laws, codes, etiquette and safe procedures for different activities or events, in practice and during competition.
  • About the safety risks of wearing inappropriate clothing, footwear and jewellery, and why particular clothing, footwear and protection are worn for different activities.
  • How to lift, carry, place and use equipment safely.
  • To warm up for and recover from exercise.

Pupils are expected to bring their own change of kit to lessons. If they cannot take part due to injury they should provide a note from their parents or carer.

The structure of the Physical Education curriculum ensures that pupils are able to build upon skills and knowledge already acquired and can then work towards clearly defined end goals. The use of assessment is clear in its purpose to inform delivery and planning and ensure that pupils embed and use knowledge fluently and have a developed understanding across a range of contexts.

Impact

At Rowan High School we consider impact to reflect what our pupils have learnt. The Physical Education curriculum is a well-constructed and well-taught curriculum that has clearly defined end goals for each pupil that they are able to achieve through high quality teaching and assessment. The curriculum is evaluated and monitored continuously to ensure that the needs of all pupils are being met and that they have access to the resources needed that will enable them to succeed in later life.

Accreditation in Key Stage 4 and the Post 16 provision will quantify exactly what students have achieved and this data will be representative of a curriculum that was enriched and well-balanced and structured.

In addition, we measure the impact of our Physical Education curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school
  • Pupil discussions about their learning

Curriculum Overview at Key Stage 3 and 4

Years 7, 8 and 9:

Within Key Stage 3 pupils will build on and embed the physical development and skills acquired at Key Stages 1 and 2. They will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different physical activities. They will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work.

Pupils will be encouraged through the curriculum to develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

At Key Stage 3 pupils will be taught to:-

  • Use 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)
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (for example, athletics and gymnastics)
  • Perform dance using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • Take part in OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) which involve challenges that require pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve personal best
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through school/community links or clubs at whatever capacity they are able

Years 10 and 11:

Within Key stage 4 pupils will tackle more complex and demanding physical activities. The focus shifts to developing personal fitness and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

At Key Stage 4 pupils should be taught to:-

  • Use and develop 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)
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports or physical activities (for example, athletics, gymnastics and dance)
  • Take part in further OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) which involve challenges that require pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through school/community links or clubs at whatever capacity they are able

To ensure meaningful learning at Key Stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to complete the OCR Sports Studies or ASDAN SPORT Short Course Qualification. The qualifications ensures the National Curriculum guidelines are met through its delivery as well as the pupils gaining recognised accreditation.

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