Physical Education

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The aim of Physical Education is to help students to recognise the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle so that they value physical activity throughout their academy and adult lives.

At key stage 3, students will experience a variety of sports including invasion games, striking and fielding, net/wall sports, accurate replication and outdoor adventurous activities. These aim to develop a range of skills and prepare students for examination courses, should they choose to study them.

Key stage 4 students have access to core PE with a range of sports offered, driven by students’ interests. There are also sports leadership opportunities offered to students, with the chance to showcase leadership skills through local events. PE is a popular option at Key stage 4, with students guided towards either Edexcel GCSE PE or BTEC First in Sport. See below for full details of each course.

The PE department offers a variety of extra-curricular opportunities, which are adapted in accordance with the sporting season and competitions. Our state-of-the-art fitness suite is open at lunchtimes and after school for students to use. We also offer a full range of sporting activities, both indoor and outdoor, for students to compete in as individuals or part of a team.

The academy is affiliated to the Bassetlaw School Sports Partnership, Nottinghamshire Schools Football Association and Mansfield and Ashfield Schools Football Association. Extra-curricular clubs and fixtures are supplemented by regular visits to live sporting events.

GCSE Physical Education

Exam board: Edexcel
Course code: 601/8161/8
Contact: Mr L Dickinson ldickinson@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk, Mrs K Lamb klamb@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

Physical Education continues to attract students for all the right reasons here at Retford Oaks Academy. It offers a variety of topics and develops a knowledge base which provides a platform for further education and employment. We welcome students with a passion for sport who are keen to progress in the area.

What will I study?

Units studied include applied anatomy and physiology; movement analysis; physical training; use of data; sports psychology; socio-cultural influences, and health, fitness and well-being. Students will select three sports for their practical assessment, which must include one team and one individual activity.

“The practical component of GCSE PE is brilliant and allows you to develop your skills even further.”
– Student

How will I be assessed?

This course is made up of 40% practical (10% of which is a personal exercise programme) and 60% theory examination. There are two exams: Fitness and Body Systems (105 mins) and Health and Performance (75 mins).

The practical assessment on-site activities will be recorded and moderated by an external visiting moderator.

Off-site activities (e.g. climbing and cycling) will be video recorded and submitted to the visiting moderator.

The theory paper will be sat following the completion of all practical assessments.

The personal exercise programme will take place under unlimited controlled circumstances and will comprise of identifying an area for development within a sports activity, planning and undertaking a training programme and analysing and evaluating its effectiveness.

Course outcomes

1 x GCSE (grades 9-1)

Why study this course?

  • It gives you an opportunity to perform your sport at a recognised level
  • It links directly to Science, in particular Biology
  • It helps you understand how the body works
  • It helps improve your evaluative skills

What careers could I pursue?

  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Journalist
  • Sports coach
  • Sports scientist
  • Sports technician
  • Armed Forces

BTEC First Sport

Exam board: Pearson
Course code: 600/4779/3
Contact: Mr L Dickinson ldickinson@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk, Mr S Kane skane@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

Physical Education continues to attract students for all the right reasons here at Retford Oaks Academy. It offers a variety of topics and develops a knowledge base which provides a platform for further education and employment. We welcome students with a passion for sport who are keen to progress in the area.

“The practical component of GCSE PE is brilliant and allows you to develop your skills even further.”
– Student

What will I study?

Compulsory units:

  • fitness for sport and exercise
  • practical performance in sport
  • applying the principles of personal training

Optional units (students choose one):

  • the mind and sports performance
  • the sports performer in action
  • leading sports activities

How will I be assessed?

This course is made up of four modules worth 25% of the overall grade each. There is one externally assessed unit, which is an examination (75 mins), and the remaining units are assessed internally through practical activities and assignments.

The exam paper will be sat upon the completion of the fitness for sport and exercise unit, when deemed appropriate by the PE department. The practical activities will be recorded and moderated by an external visiting moderator.

Assignments will be completed under unlimited controlled circumstances once the content has been delivered through lessons. These will also be moderated by an external visiting moderator.

Course outcomes

Level 1 – Pass

Level 2 – Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction Star

Why study this course?

  • Helps you to understand how fitness training improves performance in sports activities and how to test components of fitness
  • Gives you an opportunity to perform your sport at a recognised level
  • Enables you to learn about the rules, regulations, scoring systems and officials in sports
  • Allows you to evaluate your own performance in sports
  • Links directly to sports psychology
  • Develops leadership skills
  • Assignments are presented in a range of formats

What careers could I pursue?

  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Journalist
  • Sports coach
  • Sports scientist
  • Sports technician
  • Armed Forces
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