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Physical Education Faculty

We aim to give all students the chance to improve their physical ability, knowledge and fitness levels across a range of activity areas. The aim is to promote, and establish, long-term healthy choices. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum to allow all students to flourish. We encourage participation for all via a “Kit 4 All” policy that ensures students can contribute in lessons through participation, officiating or through other leadership opportunities.

The faculty has use of a sports hall, gymnasium, fitness suite, multi use games area (MUGA) and generous playing fields. Regular after school clubs are held throughout the year to ensure that students have ample opportunities to participate in activities and for school representation. The PE Faculty also organises Inter-House sport on a regular basis culminating in the annual House Sports Day, a highlight of the sporting calendar.

A brief overview of the topics covered by the faculty in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 core PE

Physical Education

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Outwitting Opponents (Winter/Summer Games)

Accurate Replication (Gym/Trampolining)

Safe Exercise

Maximum Performance (Athletics)

Problem Solving (Orienteering/Team building)

Leadership (Coaching/Officiating)

Students study these topics further but have an increasing amount of pathway options as they progress through the school.

Additional examination courses currently offered by the Faculty in Key Stage 4

GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

AQA GCSE physical education 9-1

This course is very scientific and looks at various theoretical aspects of how the body responds to exercise and contemporary issues in sport. It also assesses the learner in three practical activity areas.

Course structure


Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
What's assessed
• Applied anatomy and physiology
• Movement analysis
• Physical training
• Use of data
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
• 78 marks worth 30% of the GCSE
Questions
• Answer all questions.
• A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.


Paper 2: Socio-cultural and well-being in physical activity and sport
What's assessed
• Sports psychology
• Socio-cultural influences
• Health, fitness and well-being
• Use of data
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
• 78 marks worth 30% of the GCSE
Questions
• Answer all questions.
• A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport 

What's assessed

 • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).

 • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity. 


How it's assessed 

• Assessed by teachers

 • Moderated by AQA 

• 100 marks worth 40% of the GCSE 

Questions 

• For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).

 • Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity. 

Exam board specification link




Sports Studies 

OCR Level 1/2 National Certificate in Sports Studies


This course is a vocational course aimed at students with an interest in a career in the sports industry. It involves theory and practical elements in a range of units.

Course structure


  • Unit R184 - Contemporary Issues in Sport

Pupils must know, explain and apply the following concepts:

  • User Groups
  • Barriers to participation
  • Solutions to Barriers
  • Factors affecting popularity
  • Emerging sports
  • Sporting Values/ Olympic & Paralympic Values
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • Hosting Sports Events
  • National Governing Bodies
  • Technology in sport

How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 15 mins
• 70 marks worth 40% of the qualification


Unit R185 - Developing sports skills


R185 Developing Sports Skills practically in 2 sports (can be individual sport,  team sport or two of both) and a practice methods written project (assessed internally) Leadership and coaching principles and practical application (assessed internally)


R185 Developing Sports Skills in 2 activities:

  • Individual Sport & Team sport
  • Or 2 of one area
  • Practice methods to improve performance

R185 Leadership/Coaching skills

  • Leadership Styles
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Planning safe delivery
  • Leadership/Coaching delivery
  • Evaluation of leadership

How it's assessed
• Internally assessed and externally verified
• 40% of the course

R186 Sport & The Media

R186  Written project on the relationship between Sport & The Media (assessed internally)

  • Types of Media
  • Positive aspects of sport and media
  • Negative aspects of sport and media
  • Relationship between sport and the media
  • Comparison of media coverage of a sports story


How it's assessed
• Internally assessed and externally verified
• 20% of the course



Exam board specification link


PE Staff

Mr D Payne

Faculty Leader
dpayne@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mr R Dignum

Teacher of PE
rdignum@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mrs L Hallam

Teacher of PE
lhallam@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mr C Hartfield

Achievement Leader and Teacher of PE
chartfield@avonvalleyschool.uk

Miss G Keenan

Teacher of PE
gkeenan@avonvalleyschool.uk

Mr K Barnes

PE Support Technician
kbarnes@avonvalleyschool.uk

Miss L Partridge

PE Teaching Assistant
lpartridge@avonvalleyschool.uk

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