The PE curriculum here at Harris Academy Greenwich emphasises the connection between theory and practical skills and is designed to emphasise a variety of activities which embeds both practical and theoretical knowledge to develop further interest for either examinations and/or participation in later life.
Key stage 3
In year 7 the theoretical focus moves through the definitions of Health and wellbeing, Sporting ethics, skeletal system, components of fitness and diet.
This theoretical knowledge is interleaved with the practical skills taught lesson by lesson in PE. They begin the year studying the fundamental skills of basketball, table tennis and badminton for the boys or in the case of girls Netball, Badminton and Gymnastics. After the first ½ term the boys look to develop their Rugby Union skills while the girls look to focus on table tennis and fitness. Due to the inclusive nature of the curriculum at the start of the spring term the boys will focus on Netball with the girls moving onto Handball allowing them to experience sports that may not have been open to them before. This continues as the Girls then begin to develop the basic skills in rugby Union while the boys complete their chance to study basketball, table tennis and badminton. As they enter the Summer term they will focus on the understanding of the athletics including track events, relay, jumping and throwing. This is taught along side Cricket, where they will learn key batting, bowling and fielding techniques which will provide them with the keys to be able to perform effectively.
In year 8 they develop their knowledge of Health and wellbeing, Sporting ethics, skeletal system, components of fitness and diet being able to apply these skills to sporting situations as well as developing and understanding of how these theoretical aspects may affect their practical activities.
Practically in Year 8 they continue to follow the same sports as in Year 7 and look to build upon to these developing more advanced skills as well as a greater tactical understanding of what is required to be successful in the variety of sports.
In year 9 they begin to diversify their practical knowledge dependant of whether they wish to carry PE forward as an examinable subject at KS4. If this is their desired route, they begin to study Sports such as badminton, handball, netball in a lot more depth focusing on tactical play and applying advanced skills to both drill and game play. If they decide that they will not be asking PE forward, then they follow a more tailored curriculum to encourage lifelong participation that will lead to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Key Stage 4
Those students who opt to take GCSE and Cambridge Technical have the opportunity to build upon the foundation set in ks3; further exploring the way in which parts of the human body work and function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur during training.
At GCSE the students have the opportunity to interleave knowledge from a range of topics including; The cardiovascular system, Deviance in sport, Short term and long term effects of exercise and Engagement in physical activity and sport in the UK. Each topic is broken down into key segments which allows the students to cover segment by segment throughout year 10 and 11. This method of interleaving has proven invaluable in preventing students "forgetting". Let’s not learn all of the cardiovascular system at the start of year 10, but build on it throughout the two year course allowing for much powerful learning and embedding of knowledge.
Further to theory lessons, students will use their new found knowledge and apply it within practical lessons. Students will administer and conduct fitness tests, collate data and analyse within a practical setting, as well as formulate a study for an element of coursework required. Students will partake in a range of individual and team sports and with the assistance of the teacher will work towards choosing three sports to take forward for final assessment in year 11.
At Cambridge National they study factors and participation rates that affect sport in the U.K, as well as the modern Olympic games and the impact ethical issues such as drugs have on Sport. Alongside this they are developing their practical skills in both team and individual sports of their choice. Before analysing their performance and find methods and tools that will help support an improvement in areas of weakness that they have discovered. This then leads into year 11 where they study about the relationship of Sport and the media and how each need each other to be successful. The year culminates in them being able to plan and deliver a progressive set of coaching sessions to younger students before analysing their success and recommending improvements.
Key Stage 5
This then leads into a KS5 where two options are available to students are A level and Cambridge Technical. This allows students who have studied at Key stage 4 the opportunity to continue their study through either pathway that allows them to continue their journey within PE.
In A level PE the main areas which are studied include; physiological aspects which focuses on the impact of physical activity on the body systems; biomechanics which looks at areas of body and how they may help improve performance and prevent injury. Psychological aspects are researched, looking at how memory models can improve movement skills and how psychological concepts may impact and affect participation and performance in sport. Finally, you will develop your knowledge of the emergence and evolution of modern sport including its commercialism in the media. UK routes to sporting excellence looking at ethics and deviance and the use of drugs and the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport, As well as being assessed practically in one chosen sport.
Cambridge Technical provides an exciting opportunity for all students who have a passion for sport and are interested in how excellence in coaching and leadership can be developed. You will follow a vocationally specific qualification which will develop a range of personal skills and knowledge that will be essential for successful performance in working life. You will study a range of topic areas which will require you to participate practically as well as research and produce written responses to work related assignment briefs. The course will be both coursework and exam based. Your skills and knowledge will be assessed through practical tasks, written coursework presentations and teacher observation and 2 exams at the end of units of Anatomy and Physiology and Sports Development
Please find attached the 2019/2020 curriculum map for PE, as well as a narrative of how that curriculum builds over time