P.E.

 

Physical Education at Rivers Academy

Curriculum Team Leader: Ms S johnson Scott

Get in touch: sscott@rivers-aspirations.org

KS3 PE 

Sport plays an important part in the life of the school. Rivers Academy seeks to enable each student to pursue their chosen sport to the highest level whilst providing all members of the school with the opportunity to enjoy and experience a variety of physical activities.

The aim of Physical Education is to provide appropriate opportunities and experiences for individuals to achieve their potential. Physical Education is primarily concerned with physical capabilities but the associated aspects of knowledge and understanding are also vital components for all children. Additionally the development of personal skills within a social setting can be enhanced by participating in an appropriate designed Physical Education programme.

The ethos of the department is epitomised by the dedication of the staff within it. Staff  are consistently willing to commit their own time to extend the opportunities for students beyond the curriculum. Examples of extra-curricular opportunities ran by the PE department staff throughout the year include; Football, Netball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Fitness Training, Cheer leading, Table Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders and Handball. 

It is to be acknowledged that the aim of Physical Education is to encompass enjoyment and satisfaction and thereby encourage a lifelong commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle.


Fundamental Aims of the Department:

  • To encourage and motivate all students to develop their full potential through a range of purposeful, yet enjoyable activities within a challenging environment.
  • To develop an understanding of the benefits of participation in physical activity now and in later life.
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to P.E.
  • To develop an appreciation of skillful and creative performances in a variety of sports activities.
  • To develop the holistic approach to learning of all students by promoting the Academy’s 8 guiding principles.
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to P.E, and to experience success and enjoyment in their P.E. work.
  • To show equality in developing opportunities for all students and foster the culture of inclusion.
  • To promote the development of interpersonal skills (organisation, co-operation, initiative and responsibility) and to heighten self-esteem, whilst encouraging tolerance of and respect for other groups and individuals.
  • To provide the necessary stimuli to encourage the development of decision making, imaginative thinking and problem solving.
  • To encourage students to develop personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm and an appreciation of honest competition and good sportsmanship.
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
  • To provide students with the opportunities to work with others in the wider community.
  • To make students aware of local community sports clubs where they can build upon skills learnt in the Academy and further develop their social skills.

KS4 

 

Course Description: This course allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as OCR Nationals in Sport and BTEC Level 3.  The course develops the transferable skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.  This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry, physiotherapy, sports massage and rehabilitation, sports psychologist, the Armed Forces and the Civil Service.

The vocational route (Cambridge National) course is an excellent option as the course allows you to develop:

Knowledge and understanding through practical involvement

Understanding of the benefits of sport and exercise

Help improve your own performance in a range of sports roles

Aid your progression towards a sports/health-related career or an A Level/higher education course.

You will learn about:

Healthy active lifestyles and how they can benefit you.

Training and Diet for specific athletes

Anatomy and physiology of an athlete and the benefits of exercise on the body.

Sports injury

Sports Psychology 

GCSE PE option 2

This course allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Sport Level 3. It also allows for progression into A level Physical Education.  The course develops the transferable skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities.  This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry, physiotherapy, sports massage and rehabilitation, sports psychologist, the Armed Forces and the Civil Service.

The exam based (GCSE PE) course is an option for students interested in taking Physical Education at A level. This course allows you to develop:

Knowledge and understanding through practical involvement.

Understanding of the benefits of sport and exercise.

Help improve your own performance in a range of sports roles.

Aid your progression towards a sports/health-related career or an A Level/higher education course.

You will learn about:

Healthy active lifestyles and how they can benefit you.

Training and Diet for specific athletes.

Anatomy and physiology of an athlete and the benefits of exercise on the body.

Sports Leadership and set up in the UK.

Performance enhancing drugs and the role the media plays in sport.

Sports science and testing of athletes.

 

KS5 

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)

The BTEC option provides highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The course provides learners with a chance to practically lead and develop their skills in a range of sports related topics including trips to OAA centres as well as the opportunity to coach and lead in school. The course is assessed through course work only and allows progression opportunities to higher education with a number of alumni from Rivers now studying sports science at university.