Aims and Philosophy of the Department
Physical Education is education through the physical. It is a vital part of your child’s development and teaches them a wide range of key skills. The Physical Education department work hard to create a bespoke program of study based upon the national curriculum. Our aims are:
- To offer learning experiences designed to give each pupil the opportunity to develop a positive awareness of their body, and be better informed of its function, ability and potential in Physical Education and everyday life.
- Provide attainable experiences that promote success at every level.
- Encourage pupils to foster a positive attitude to physical fitness and health that will continue post 16.
- Provide challenging situations and environments that improve specifically identified skills and techniques.
- Contribute to a pupil’s social development through cooperation, teamwork, leadership and competition.
- To encourage and develop pupil’s appreciation for the aesthetic and artistic qualities in movement, providing a medium for expression and creativity.
- Enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team, so as to contribute to the development of core skills such as communication and teamwork.
- To support the implementation of the shared values statement and to enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities. These include safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.
Key Stage 3
In years 7, 8 and 9 every student participates in a double lesson of PE as part of the national curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to experience a range of sports including:
Football, Rugby, Netball, Dance, Gymnastics, Rounder’s, Softball, Badminton, Tennis, Fitness (HRE), Table Tennis, Athletics and Trampolining.
We aim to build upon the previous year’s knowledge, skills and understanding in order to develop confidence, competence and enjoyment.
Key Stage 3 Assessment
Students are assessed using national curriculum levels in each sport they participate in. We also assess pupils based on the key processes outlined in the key stage national curriculum:
- Developing Physical and Mental Capacity
- Making & Applying Decisions
- Healthy & Active Lifestyles
- Evaluating & Improving
- Developing Skills in Physical Activity
The department utilises a special PE assessment page in the student’s planners in order to set targets and track progress.
Key Stage 4
In years 10 and 11 every student participates in a double lesson of PE as part of the national curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports including:
Football, Rugby, Netball, Team games, Dance, Rounder’s, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Softball, Badminton, Tennis, Fitness (HRE), Athletics, Trampolining, Ice skating, bowling and golf.
Key Stage 4 Assessment
Students are assessed using national curriculum levels in each sport they participate in.
Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
At key stage 4 we recognise this as a key opportunity to develop transferable leadership skills. We offer the nationally recognised Level 1 Sports Leadership Award to Year 10 students. Pupils plan, deliver and evaluate sports session in local primary and Infant schools and support them in competitions and local events.
Extra- curricular Opportunities
Enhancement and extension of the Physical Education learning experience, for both the competitive and non-competitive student is critical for their development. Aldworth School prides itself on both the range and quality of its Extra Curricular Opportunities. Using the skills of teachers within the college – both in the PE Department as well as other curricular areas, and the expertise of specialist coaches, we deliver a range of competitive and non competitive sporting activities in which students may take part after school.
Please see the PE Extra-curricular timetable in the Students section of this website.
Gifted and Talented
Young people that are talented in sport show a higher ability than their peers in the sporting environment and are considered to be Gifted and Talented (G&T).
These talented young performers face challenges in realising both their academic and sporting potential. The school plays a critical role in helping to support them and encourages their development. The department organises trips for G&T students to Surrey University Sports Park in order to educate them on advanced training, testing and diet techniques.