Head of Department: Mr Guildford

Physical Educdtion at Ark Greenwich Free School focuses on ensuring that students are given every opportunity to study a broad and balanced curriculum. The department prides itself on its existing community links, which means students have access to lessons and sports within the wider Ark Greenwich Free School community. Physical Education at Ark Greenwich Free School is committed to offering our students pathways to elite performance, through a strategic elite sports programme.

 

Key stage 3 curriculum

At Key Stage 3 students are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in every aspect of Physical Education. Students are given the opportunity to develop their existing knowledge and skills in the core areas of Physical Education – invasion games, striking and fielding, gymnastics, dance, swimming and athletics. Students work through a half-termly assessment cycle, with assessment grades being drawn down from the Edexcel GCSE PE practical specification. Students are also given the opportunity to analyse and reflect on their practice by articulating how they have responded to feedback during their lessons. Year 9 students also sit a theory paper in January to assess their suitability to undertake GCSE PE.

Year 7:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Rugby and Tennis Students are assessed after each 6 week unit of work, in which they are given GCSE PE criteria to aspire to. In Year 7, this ranges from learning the principles of playing rugby safely, to learning how to perform in front of a group, and building on athletics skills for sports day.
Term 2 Gymnastics and Table Tennis
Term3 Swimming and Athletics

 

Year 8:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Football and Basketball Students are assessed after each 6 week unit of work, in which they are given GCSE PE criteria to aspire to. In Year 8, this ranges from building on knowledge of invasion games, to how to perform in taekwondo safely and learning new skills in striking and fielding.
Term 2 Taekwondo and Fitness
Term3 Rounders and Athletics

 

Year 9:

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Netball and Football Students are assessed after each 6 week unit of work, in which they are given GCSE PE criteria to aspire to. Students practical focus is centered around sports that are prominent at GCSE level.
Term 2 Fitness and Table Tennis
Term3 Cricket and Athletics

 

Key stage 3 revision

Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extracurricular sports clubs to further development their knowledge, understanding and performance. These clubs are updated every term. Students are also encouraged to use the schools existing links with clubs to further their experiences outside of the school grounds. Ark Greenwich Free School are proud of our numerous local links, if you have an interest in joining an external club please speak to anyone in the PE department who will be more than happy to help, and can even make the initial contact for you.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

Edexcel GCSE PE has never been more challenging. Students are put through their paces in a variety of practical and theoretical disciplines that most certainly requires a growth mindset. To name but a few, students will cover the following topics theoretical topics: the skeletal system, antagonistic muscle pairs, the cardio-respiratory system, biomechanics, sports psychology, sportsmanship and the media. These areas are assessed over 2 papers that make up a 60% weighting of the entire course, because of this, students can expect 2 of their 3 hours of GCSE PE to be in the classroom.

Year 10:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Functions of the skeleton, classification of bones, structure of the skeleton, the vertebrae column, joint classification, joints and movement, ligaments and tendons, muscle types, location of muscles, antagonistic muscle pairs, fast and slow twitch fibres, functions of the cardiovascular system, the heart, cardio-respiratory system, blood pressure and blood distribution. The student’s ability to recall the new information will be assessed after term 1 in the form of a written end of unit exam and the November mock series.
Term 2 Energy sources, short and long term effects of exercise, graph interpretation, lever systems, mechanical advantages/disadvantage, planes and axis of movement, health exercise fitness and performance, benefits of a healthy active lifestyle, health related components of fitness, The student’s ability to recall the new information and apply it to a sporting context will be assessed after term 2 in the form of a written end of unit exams and the Easter mock series.
Term3 Fitness testing, principles of training (iSPORRO and FITT), thresholds of training, methods of training, long term effects of exercise, PARQ, preventing injuries, types of injury and RICE and performance enhancing drugs. The student’s ability to recall the new information and apply it to a sporting context will be assessed after term 2 in the form of a written end of unit exams and the summer mock series.

 

Year 11:

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Benefits of exercise on physical, social and emotional health, lifestyle choices, consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Students will be focusing on consolidating new content, and developing their exam technique during the 2 mock series.
Term 2 Diet and nutrition, factors effecting optimum weight, energy balance for optimum weight, classification of skills, SMART targets, guidance, feedback, mental preparation for sport, factors effecting participation in sport, sportsmanship/gamesmanship/deviance in sport, commericialisation and the media.
Term3 Revision and GCSE Exams

 

Key stage 4 revision

Practically, students should ensure they are practicing their chosen GCSE sports as regularly as possible, this can be through extra-curricular clubs at school or through external providers. If any students would like assistance in finding a local club or provider please contact the PE department. Theoretically, students can use a variety of revision techniques to ensure they have consolidated their knowledge, past exam papers, CGP revision guides, revision guide booklets, practice exam questions, students can also create flash cards with important information on them, and try to remember and write down as much as they can from each flash card.

 

Feedback

Feedback is given during KS3 PE in every lesson. Students give themselves a Red, Amber, Green (RAG) rating against the lesson objectives based on the feedback they have been given in lessons. This is entered into their KS3 assessment booklets. Students also received verbal feedback every lesson, this may be individual or as a group. Students will also write in their assessment booklets the verbal feedback they have received and how they have used it to improve their sporting performance.

 

Ambition and careers

The Sport and Physical Education market is continuing to expand globally. The rise of social media has created a brand new platform for sports, teams and companies to expose their products and continue to increase revenue streams. Outside of this, the world of professional sport continues to be extremely lucrative, a desire to achieve this would have to be realised through focused training inside and outside of school. Through GCSE PE students are given the foundations to build an interest in anatomy and physiology, which could assist in careers such as physiotherapy, sports medicine and sports science. Students also engage with biomechanics, which could support a career in performance analysis. Media, sponsorship and sports psychology are also covered during the course, given students a unique insight into areas such as sports marketing and becoming a sports psychologist.

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

AGFS has a comprehensive sports enrichment programme, each year students are given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports, for example, basketball, hockey, netball, fitness, rugby, badminton, swimming, roller skating and tennis. These are supported by Drop Down Days (DDD’s), each year group has the opportunity to play a role in the House Cup by playing in a house sports day, winning points for their respective houses of Harrison, Nightingale, Sancho or Waugh.

Day Year group Lunchtime (13:05-13:50) After School (16:00-17:00/15:15-16:15)
Monday 7 Basketball Basketball (Year 9/10)
Tuesday 9 Basketball Taekwondo (all years)
Wednesday 11 Football Year 11 GCSE Practical
Thursday 10 Football Cricket (all years)
Friday 11 Badminton Year 11 GCSE Practical