The Physical Education program at KS3 encourages students to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding into different physical activities, as well as learning about the invaluable relationship between care of the body, well-being and an active and healthy lifestyle. Students develop a wide range of skills and abilities including the use of tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. The curriculum is designed to ensure students not only enjoy their physical participation, but know what they are doing, analyse situations and make informed decisions so they can reflect on their own and others’ performances.
The key stage 4 curriculum enables students to explore the ethos of life long participation. Through physical education students develop competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. It develops their social and personal skills as they work as an individual in groups and in teams. Through sport and physical activity students will develop the concept of fairness, cooperation, communication and intuition. They will take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that physical education offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
Careers Links and Employability Skills
All Key Stage 4 pupils at Grace Academy will be completing a GCSE in Physical Education. We believe this course not only provides a practical stimulus for our pupils but also embeds a wealth of cross curricular knowledge. We are currently following the Edexcel PE specification which we believe includes a good balance of both practical and theoretical work. The course is breakdown is as follows:
This exam will be sat in June of the final year of study. This will cover a range of different topics including anatomy, physiology, nutrition, lifestyle decisions, fitness testing and training which will be taught in theoretical lessons.
Pupils will be assessed practically in three different ways; as a performer, as an official and as a leader. Pupils will be assessed in these ways through a variety of sports including:
- Outwitting opponents (Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rounders’ etc.)
- Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences (Trampolining and Gymnastics)
- Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions (Dance)
- Performing at maximum level (Athletics, Archery, Cross country etc.)
- Identifying and solving problems (Climbing, Kayaking, Orienteering etc.)
- Exercising safely and effectively (Fitness testing and training)
Within the practical element of this examination course pupils will also be expected to complete an analysis of performance and personal exercise plan.
The GCSE course we deliver to our pupils at Grace Academy Darlaston aims to provide pupils with a comprehensive knowledge of physical education as well as inspire creativity, develop decision-making skills and promotes working with others.
BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Award in Sport
The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. This can include further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching & officiating.
BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance)
The BTEC First Award in Sport is designed for students who have an interest in sport. It is useful for students wishing to pursue a career in sport. During the course students will cover a range of topics including fitness, practical sports and leadership.
The BTEC First Award has units that are internally assessed (school assessed) and one unit that is externally assessed in the form of an exam.
The units covered are as followed
Unit 1: Fitness for sport and exercise – Exam – Externally assessed
Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance – Coursework – internally assessed
Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness – Coursework – internally assessed
Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities – Coursework – internally assessed
Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Performing Arts develops student’s range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. It provides an opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 vocationally specific qualification.
The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) is a 15-credit and 90-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of one mandatory unit plus one optional unit that provide for a combined total of 15 credits (equivalent to one GCSE).
Over the course of the year students learn different dance styles, absorb choreography made by others, and rehearse and take part in performances. In BTEC Firsts all units are internally assessed (school assessed). Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction. Evidence will be generated through practical workshops, rehearsals, demonstrations and performances.
Building on prior knowledge the level 3 BTEC in Sport aims to both the practical and theoretical aspects of sport and develop your understanding and knowledge across a range of subject areas within the discipline of sport.
The units covered on this course are as followed
Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness
Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport
Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
Unit 8: Practical Team Sports
Unit 13: Leadership in Sport
Unit 26: Work Experience in Sport.