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PE and Games Curriculum Overview Statement

The PE & Games curriculum at Poole Grammar School has three elements:

1) Intent: What do we learn?

2) Implementation: How do we learn it?

3) Impact: How do we know we have been successful?

Intent

It is intended that the programmes offered will develop those skills and attitudes conducive to involvement in an active and healthy life-style both in and out of school.

“Physical Education develops pupil’s competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.” (National Curriculum for Physical Education)

PE is taught in Years 7-10 at Poole Grammar School, whilst Games is taught in Years 7-13. All PE lessons are taught by subject specialists however the Games department is in a unique position where we have a number of academic teaching staff who contribute to the department who are not necessarily PE specialists.  Currently there are 17 members of staff who actively teach games and there are more who contribute to extra-curricular programme.

In Games lessons at Key Stage 3 we feel that having a clear focus during the first two terms has a very positive effect on the students and their enjoyment and achievement.  In the first two terms we focus on, outwitting opponents- Games, using rugby in the first term and football in the second term.  We are fortunate enough to have the whole year group on in Years 7 and 8 and half the year during year 9.   This allows us to teach all students at their appropriate level with an advanced group, intermediate group and the developing groups being taught in the security of their tutor groups.  This arrangement also allows for ongoing assessment enabling a constant feed-through of talent through the groups.

In the summer term we deliver a range of activities that cater for all students within the key stage. There is a clear focus on striking and fielding games with different variations of cricket and softball.  Also included is an introduction to tennis and hockey.  The outdoor and adventurous activity we deliver is orienteering.

In Games lessons at Key Stage 4 we introduce more choice and variety of activities with sports such as Rugby, Volleyball, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Fitness training, Cross-County, Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Dodgeball and Handball.  During the Key Stage we also include ‘a’ and ‘b’ team inter-form competitions in Rugby and Football where all the students represent their tutor group.

In the PE programme of study at Key Stage 3 activities include basketball, health related fitness and athletics.  There will also be an experience of gymnastics, table-tennis, volleyball and cricket.  After completing a wide range of fitness work during Key Stage 3 the students in Key Stage 4 are introduced to working in the fitness suite/weights room.  During Year 10 the students work on an extended unit of ‘exercising safely and effectively’ or otherwise known as a ‘health related fitness’ programme.

We believe that students should experience a broad and balanced curriculum. ‘The planned structure of PE into short units of work – often taught in discrete areas of activity – militates against continuity and progression’ With this in mind we have a clear focus on invasion games in both the Autumn and Spring terms. Our school sport and Extra-curricular programme is designed around the curriculum so that the two are complementary of each other.  Alongside this we deliver a range of activities which build upon previously learnt skills.

In PE/Games lessons, students develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in competence, performance, creativity and healthy/active lifestyles. All students also have the opportunity to develop a number of soft skills such as confidence, creativity and problem-solving.

The PE/Games curriculum is ambitious and appropriate for all learners. A considerable amount of time each year is devoted to the planning and evaluation of programmes of study with changes being implemented as and when required. The department actively encourages students to participate in various competitions and is involved in a number of external competitions in a wide range of sports.

Implementation

Learning is coherently embedded through the development of knowledge and skills over time and through overlapping concepts.

Students at Poole Grammar School study the following topics in their PE lessons (2019-2020):

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Autumn 1

HRF

Hockey

HRF

HRF & Badminton

Autumn 2

Basketball

HRF

Table-tennis

HRF & Football

Spring 1

Cricket & Athletics

Basketball

HRF & Basketball

HRF & Table-tennis

Spring 2

Gymnastics & Basketball

Table-tennis

Basketball & Volleyball

HRF & Basketball

Summer 1

Athletics

Cricket

Athletics

Athletics

Summer 2

Athletics

Athletics

Tennis

Athletics

 Students at Poole Grammar School study the following topics in their Games lessons (2019-2020):

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

Rugby

Rugby

Rugby

Rugby, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Hockey

Rugby, Handball, Hockey, Fitness

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Football

Football

Football

Football, Basketball, Fitness

Football, Fitness, Volleyball

Spring 2

Summer 1

Cricket, Softball, Tennis, Hockey, Orienteering

Cricket, Softball, Tennis, Hockey, Orienteering

Cricket, Softball, Tennis, Orienteering

Cricket, Softball, Tennis, Athletics

Options

Summer 2

Impact

The department promotes and enables a variety of experiences in order that all students at Poole Grammar School have opportunities to realise their potential in P.E. We also contribute towards the invaluable ethos that can be created when students perceive their actions and achievements, have a sense of purpose, value and worth. The department contributes a unique and invaluable part in the overall physical, social and mental development of all students in the school. 

Within the department we promote the ethos of the school, ‘Personal excellence through commitment and service’ and our work also reinforces the school moto, ‘Finus opus coronat’ the end crowns the work.

Curriculum

Our curriculum enables all students to enjoy and experience success in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics and strategies to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. They know where to get involved in physical activity and our support and advice helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.