Physical education is a valued component of academic life at George Mitchell School and offers students an exceptional range of opportunities in which to participate in, and learn about, all aspects of sport and physical education.
The George Mitchell School PE Department strives to create a fully inclusive environment in which all pupils have the opportunity to become physically, socially and morally literate individuals. We aim to enrich the lives of our students through sport and physical activity.
We also aim to educate all of those we teach in the lifelong benefits of leading healthy, active lifestyles. We intend to develop pupils physically, mentally, morally and socially to be physically educated people as well as have an understanding of the different opportunities available within sport and physical activity.
A wide range of sports and activities are taught throughout each academic year, these include athletics, badminton, climbing, dance, fitness, football, hockey, table tennis and trampolining to name a few.
During their time at George Mitchell School, we aim for all pupils to take an active part in a wide range of activities and to be able to:
• improve their own levels of performance
• make and apply decisions in a variety of different activities
• develop physically and mentally
• evaluate and make informed choices about a healthy, active lifestyle
The extra-curricular programme is extremely important to the department and school and helps to make sport at George Mitchell the vibrant and successful subject it is. All staff within the department contributes to the programme as well as other staff within the school who have expertise in sports. Clubs and activities are organised during lunchtimes and after school. Fixtures for sports such as athletics and football are held after school.
Curriculum at KS3
At key stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9), pupils are assessed throughout the year on both their practical ability, in a wide range of activities, and their understanding of the key concepts within the National Curriculum for PE. These grades are recorded in an assessment booklet pupils will refer to throughout their time at school. Key stage 3 classes are taught in single gender groups and all pupils receive two hours of practical PE every week.
Curriculum at KS4
At key stage 4 (years 10 and 11), pupils have the opportunity to choose GCSE PE as one of their options. Pupils choosing GCSE PE will receive nine hours of PE every two weeks, four theory PE lessons and 5 practical PE lessons. Those pupils that do not choose GCSE PE will still participate in two hours of practical PE every week. Assessment of progress and attainment continues to take place through key stage 4 with the use of assessment booklets as well as GCSE PE pupils receiving individual grades for every sports in which they participate.
The GCSE course is assessed over two units.
Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute to a maximum of 40% of the overall GCSE PE grade.
Unit 2 is assessed in two sections:
• Section 1 – pupils perform four practical performances and receive a mark out of 10 for each. This will contribute to a maximum of 48% of the overall GCSE PE grade.
• Section 2 – pupils perform an analysis of performance in one of the chosen four practical performances. This will include the planning, performing and evaluating of a ‘Personal Exercise Programme’ and will contribute to a maximum of 12% of the overall GCSE PE grade.
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