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Physical Education

Subject Leader Mr L Mason
Teacher & SENDCO Miss J Harrison
Teacher  Mrs E Winder
Teacher Miss L Underwood

The Physical Education (PE) Department at The Axholme Academy ensures that all students of all abilities have access to a broad and balanced PE curriculum with the aim of inspiring a lifelong commitment to sport and physical activity. PE facilities are outstanding and include a four badminton court sports hall, 9 a-side floodlit 3G football pitch, multi-use games area, 25m four lane swimming pool, fitness suite, dance studio, gymnastics/table tennis hall and extensive fields. At the forefront of all our PE lessons are the PE Core Values of Respect, Effort, Sportsmanship and Teamwork. Students are encouraged to display these values within a sporting context but also throughout everyday life. Outside of lessons students are given a vast range of opportunities to be involved in PE with extra-curricular clubs, fixtures and tournaments as well as sports tours abroad.

The PE Curriculum

The subject content contained within our curriculum is fully compliant with the statutory content outlined in the Key Stage 3 and 4 National Curriculum

Core PE:

Students should expect to:

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games (for example, badminton, handball, cricket, football, volleyball, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, table tennis and tennis) 
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (for example, athletics and gymnastics)
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms 
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group 
  • develop knowledge of health and fitness, fitness tests and training methods
  • have the opportunity to develop confidence and competence in water using the swimming pool at Axholme North Leisure Centre
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best 
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through extra-curricular clubs, fixtures, tournaments and local club links
  • take on alternative roles such as leader, coach or official

Within core PE, lessons are sequenced so that students develop and focus on a core skill for that sport (e.g a drop shot in badminton) by isolating the skill, refining it and then applying it to conditioned practices. Only when a range of skills have been developed, practised and refined will the students experience the full context version of the sport.

OCR Sport Science:

Students who opt for Sport Science during Key Stage 4 should expect to develop their understanding and love of sport from a Sport Science perspective. Key topics are covered with students developing knowledge and understanding of how to work with elite performers in a range of focused units to include assignment work and an exam. These include:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Principles of Training, Fitness Tests and Training Methods
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Technology in Sport

Theory topics are sequenced so that students are initially exposed to topics relating to Sports Injuries such as intrinsic and extrinsic factors for injury, common medical conditions and a range of common sports injuries. Once students have established strong foundations, they progress onto more applied topics such as principles of training, nutrition and technology in sport. When complex topics are introduced, synoptic links to prior knowledge are made to help students make sense of new related information.

During lessons students experience interleaving regularly in order to retrieve and retain knowledge of previously taught topics. The units within the course all interlink naturally and students are encouraged to work synoptically within lessons. Students typically record key knowledge using structured materials such as flipped learning mats, bullet pointed notes, worksheets, mind maps and practice exam questions along with model answers. Students’ classwork is filed in folders that have sections for each of the units covered. This becomes a great resource for both exam preparation and assignment work.

Students naturally progress onto a Level 3 Sport Science course or A Level PE following successful completion of OCR Sport Science at Key Stage 4.

Students who excel in PE have the opportunity to extend learning by:

  • Becoming a coach, leader, official or teacher within the lesson
  • Representing The Academy in extra-curricular clubs and fixtures
  • Using Answer PErfect to further develop knowledge and understanding
  • Representing North Lincolnshire in sports events
  • Participating in sports tours both in the UK and abroad

Students are encouraged to develop employability skills by;

  • Communicating effectively within a sporting context
  • Working as a team
  • Solving problems and creating solutions within a sporting environment
  • Using initiative to find solutions
  • Being organised with kit and attendance to clubs and fixtures
  • Independence during sports tours abroad
  • Self-discipline with commitment to fitness and training
  • Resilience and determination when the going gets tough
  • Developing a growth mindset regarding improvements in performance
  • Winning and losing gracefully within a sporting context

We ensure that Year 7 effectively builds upon content delivered during Key Stage 2 by reviewing curriculum plans by our feeder primaries. For PE these clearly include invasion games, dance, athletics, net and wall games as-well as striking and fielding games.

The PE curriculum has links with the following subject areas:

  • English - command words used in assessments and exams
  • Science - body systems, physics of speed, aerobic and anaerobic exercise
  • Maths - measuring distance, scoring, rank orders
  • Technology - nutrition and a healthy diet, modern technologies relating to sports kit and equipment and training aids

We develop students’ Cultural Capital whilst studying PE by;

  • Extensive extra-curricular programme both at lunch and after school focusing on the popular sporting activities within the local area and feeding into participation at local clubs outside of school
  • Sports trips and tours such as PGL, Valencia CF Football Tour and Disneyland Paris Netball Tour
  • Sports Presentation Evening - guest speakers who are successful athletes
  • Opportunity to complete Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students are encouraged to engage in wider reading relevant to PE such as;

  • OCR Sport Science by Mike Murray and Ross Howitt
  • GCSE Simplified Sport Science - Reducing the Risk of Sports Injuries (2nd Edition)
  • My Revision Notes Cambridge Nationals Sport Science by Sue Young & Symond Burrows