PE and Outdoor Education

Aims

To provide our students with opportunities to develop both mental and physical aspects of themselves and their character through a broad range of team sports, independent activity as well as outdoor adventure activities. As well as supporting and encouraging pupils to future and continued participation in sport.

PE develops students 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 the academy. A high-quality PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas 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.

PE Curriculum

Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3): These work as individual year groups for standard P.E and Outdoor Education. At the moment, students are undertaking gymnastics and football which develops onto rugby, basketball, volleyball, hockey, badminton, tennis, rounders, baseball and athletics as the year continues and develops. In core P.E like with Key Stage 4, students are one class to allow them to be involved in 11 a-side football matches and other sporting tournaments (in which they have had a good success rate and are currently tag rugby champions). They also undertake health and fitness, rugby, hockey, badminton, hand ball, athletics, tennis, dodge ball and other sporting activities.

Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4): These two years are concentrating on completing their short court GCSE in year 10 and the full course in year 11, with comprises of both classroom based and practical work. Their core P.E lessons are together to allow them to be involved in 11 a-side football matches and other sporting tournaments (in which they have had a good success rate). They also undertake health and fitness, rugby, hockey, badminton, handball, athletics, tennis, dodge ball and other sporting activities.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is also very important to us as well as to the students, it allows students (not always the ones you think) to develop leadership skills and be involved in activities they would not normally do within the academy. We challenge students by choice and offer such skills and activities as; fire lighting, fire and trangia cooking, navigation, camping, various problem solving and team work activities, kayaking, and snowboarding plus much more.

We currently run two camps per year over our summer term, one being based near to the academy for those who would find 3 nights 4 days difficult with some joining us for extended days. These students still had a varied program range from swimming to wakeboarding to basic camp craft. Our second camp was in Mid Wales with the students who really excelled and enjoy the wilderness taking on hill climbs next to waterfalls and such activities as gorge walking. Both camps are enjoyed by staff and students.

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