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Physical Education

The PE Department is committed to helping all students achieve their potential no matter what their starting ability. The Department strongly believes that PE is a major influence on the social, mental and physical well-being of each student.  Students are encouraged to use initiative and make their own decisions whilst working responsibly and safely. Furthermore, students are urged to use a growth mind set and not to be afraid to make mistakes and to challenge themselves to reach the highest level that they can.

All students are encouraged to take part in the many extracurricular sports that will be made available to them, as the Department firmly believes in the idea of ‘Sport for All’. The Department offers a varied programme of both competitive and recreational extracurricular activities, which will hopefully encourage a number of students to become involved. Whole school events are organised by Medway Secondary School Games where students have the opportunity to compete against other secondary schools in many different sports.

Subject Leader: Mrs S Beck (sbeck@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

Students are able to participate in a number of physical activities within the core P.E. programme. In Years 7 and 8 all students are timetabled to have four PE lessons per two weeks which consist of body management activities such as gymnastics and athletics, plus a games programme that has been designed to cater for a number of different interests and abilities.  This will provide a wide range of experiences for all. 

The activities are provided on a modular basis and include not only the traditional invasion games such as football, netball, basketball, badminton, hockey and rugby but also tennis, cricket and handball. Students are helped to understand about their bodies and the relationship between fitness and health. Students have the opportunity to participate in inter-house competitions in a variety of sports in order gain points for their houses

Year 7

  • Multi-skills
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Softball

Year 8

  • Badminton
  • Footall
  • Fitness
  • Rugby
  • Handball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Table Tennis
  • Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Softball

Core PE

Year 9 and 10 students have three core P.E. lessons every two weeks and year 11 have two. Once again activities are provided on a modular basis but in Years 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to try new sports such as pop lacrosse, flag football, volleyball, trampolining and golf.

Pupils are encouraged to attend extracurricular sports clubs and fixtures are arranged against other schools in the same way as for KS3

Students can choose GCSE PE or Sports Studies as an option and will begin the course in year 9.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE PE (9-1)

Exam board: Edexcel

The delivery of this course takes place through both theory and practical lessons. Over the three year course students are assessed on their theoretical understanding and practical ability. This course consists of two externally examined (60%) and two non-examined assessment components (40%).

Students will study and be assessed on their ability to perform a variety of skills in isolation as well as their ability to perform in a competitive situation in 3 sports (one in a team sport, one in an individual sport and a third in either a team or an individual sport).

Year 9

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Year 10

  • Personal Exercise Programme
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Sports psychology

Year 11

  • Social-cultural influences
  • Revision

Key Stage 4 – Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies

Exam board: OCR

This is a vocational sports course allowing students to experience different aspects of sport and physical activity. This course is assessed through a one hour written exam paper which equates to 25% of the course. The other 75% is assessed through assignments which students will have to complete both in and out of lesson time.

Year 9

  • Sports Leadership
  • Junior Sports Leaders Award

Year 10

  • Contemporary issues in Sport (exam)
  • Developing Sport Skills

Year 11

  • Developing Sport Skills
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Key Stage 5 – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (1 A’Level) or BTEC National Diploma in Sport (2 A’Levels)

Exam board:  Pearsons

In  the sixth form, students will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge in sport by taking either a single or a double award in Level 3 Sport. Both courses are designed to provide students with a vocational understanding of the types of job available if they choose a career in sport.

The National Extended Certificate in Sport includes 4 units of work, of which 3 are mandatory and 1 optional. Two mandatory units are externally assessed.

The National Diploma in Sport includes 9 units of which 6 are mandatory. Three mandatory units are externally assessed.

Year 12

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Skill Acquisition (Diploma)
  • Application of fitness testing (Diploma)
  • Fitness, Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Year 13

  • Fitness, Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Sports Leadership
  • Coaching for performance (Diploma)
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry (Diploma)
  • Practical Sports Performance (Diploma)