|Physical Education Faculty|
|Mr S Lawrence||Head of PE - Technology Teacher|
|Miss H Gallant||PE Teacher - BTEC Coordinator - 2nd in PE|
|Mrs R Brown||PE Teacher - D of E Coordinator|
|Miss A Costin||PE Teacher - Barnard House Leader|
|Mr D Dann||PE & ICT Teacher - Rivers House Leader|
|Mr A Francis||PE - Food Tech Teacher - Designated Senior Person|
|Mrs S Clark||PE Teacher - Head of Year 11|
|Mr A Palmer||PE Teacher - PSc|
Physical Education and sport plays a central role in the life of Leventhorpe. Our dedicated team of eight experienced professionals ensures that there are opportunities for everyone to gain an understanding of the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle and, more importantly, to find an enjoyable way in which to do so. Our goal is provide our students with enjoyable experiences that will motivate them to engage in activities that they enjoy for the rest of their lives.
The School’s facilities are arguably the best in the East of Hertfordshire with access to a new £5.5 million Sports Centre which includes a sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio, all-weather astro-turf , five acres of sports fields and tennis courts.
The Physical Education Curriculum
In year 7 we intend for our students to learn basic skills for a wide variety of activities and be able to perform them with some consistency in a variety of situations. They should grasp an understanding of the rules or laws of the activity and know how to play or perform safely within them.
Students should also gain an understanding of the impact and value of physical activity has on their physical, mental and social well being.
In year 8 we intend for our students to develop the core skills that they have learnt in year 7 and to be able to apply them more consistently in game or full context situations and whilst under increased pressure. They should have a developed understanding of the rules and laws and start to have an appreciation of the roles of different positions within the activities.
Their understanding of the importance of physical activity should continue to develop and they should know how to improve their physical fitness
In year 9 we intend student to be able to select the correct skill for the situation they are facing and apply it with developing consistency. They should be aware of tactical decisions that can be made to gain an advantage over their opposition and can plan to apply these into different context. Students should be using technical language relevant to the activity they are studying and will be able to evaluate their own performance or the performance of others in order to help them improve.
Students should be aware of their own level of physical fitness and understand how it can be improved.
For the students who select to study the theory side of sport we intend for them to broaden their wider knowledge of sport and gain an understanding of how the different systems in the body work to allow for them to participate in physical activities, the types of training and fitness tests that can be conducted in order to improve fitness and performance as well as some of the socio-cultural influences that effect participation in physical activity.
Year 10 and 11 Core PE
In years 10 and 11 we intend for students to engage in and enjoy regular physical activity inside and outside of lessons hopefully leading to lifelong participation. They should be able to apply the skills, tactics and rules learnt in KS3 to participate in full context activities.
They will have opportunities to develop their leadership and take responsibility for their own health and fitness.
Year 10 and 11 GCSE PE
At Leventhorpe we study GCSE with the exam board AQA and over the two years of key stage 4 we work to ensure that all of the content from their syllabus is covered by students as well as giving them the opportunity to perform and be assessed in a number of practical activities which will contribute towards their final grade.
In year 10 we intend to enrich their curriculum by giving them opportunities to participate in new sporting activities on a residential trip to Yorkshire. We introduce them to key topics from both aspects of the theory content (paper1 & paper2) and embed the knowledge so that they are ready to apply it in year 11.
In year 11 we aim to complete the teaching of the specification to give the students the full range of knowledge needed for their exam. We will then use a range of teaching strategies to work on the student's exam technique with a particular focus on writing in continuous prose in preparation for answering extended questions. The students will reflect on their own performance in sport and write an improvement plan which will be submitted as coursework. There will also be a number of opportunities to compete in the full context of their chosen sports in order to gain game or competition experience and work towards achieving their full potential in the performance aspect of the course.
Year 12 and 13 Core PE
During key stage 5 all student take part in physical activity bi-weekly in 6th form games as part of the school's enrichment offer. during this time we students can select activities to participate in on a Rota. the focus of these sessions is very much around promoting heatlh, fitness and all-round wellbeing. We bring in experts such as yoga teachers and spinning instructors to offer something different the normal school offer and students can also be taken to do off site activities.
Our outstanding fitness suite is also open and available to 6th form students during their non-contact time throughout the day as another way of promoting health and wellbeing.
Year 12 and 13 BTEC Sport and Exercise Science
Students in the 6th form can select to study this course as the Extended Certificate or the Extended diploma. This course follows the specification set by Pearson and sees the Extended Certificate student complete 4 units over the two years and the Extended Diploma students completing 8. Our focus during this course is very much around developing the relivent knowledge that was gained by the students during their GCSE studies whilst introducing them to new concepts, such as research methods in sport, that will prepare them to study Sports Science at university should that be their desired destination. We intend to create opportunities to allow the students to work in a university setting to see how their knowledge and understanding could be further developed after the 6th form.
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- KS3 - Key Stage 3 indoor lessons include fitness, badminton, dance, basketball, orienteering and table tennis. In outdoor lessons students will cover football, rugby union, hockey, netball, cross country, rugby league, rounders, cricket, tennis and athletics.
- KS4 - At Key Stage 4, students again have a wide range of options available to them, where they will get the chance to improve their skills in many of the sports above a well as complete fitness programmes, take part in aerobics and have the opportunity to take part in the Sports Leaders Level 1 qualification.
- Students in KS4 will also have the opportunity to select to study at GCSE level. This course allows pupils to gain an understanding of how the human body reacts to exercise as well as tackling some of the more contemporary issues involved in sport. Practical performance and analysis of performance will also be assessed in this course.
- KS5 PE - All students will take part in PE once a fortnight. Students will be able to choose what activity they take part in, and be asked to wear appropriate kit of their choice.
- Level 3 BTEC Sports and Exercise Science:
- Year 12 – Students will study towards to exams in year 12, Unit 1 Physiology in Sport and Exercise, and Unit 2 Anatomy for Sport and Exercise. They will also complete two units of coursework, one focussing on fitness testing, and one on research in sports and exercise
- Year 13 – Students will study toward one controlled assessment, Unit 3 Sports Psychology, and also complete three units of coursework, Sports coaching, Sports Massage, and a Research project.