The Physical Education Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director PE
Mr H Bardsley

At Oulder Hill the P.E. curriculum is designed to give students of all abilities the chance to experience a wide range of sporting activities that will help encourage future participation and enhance both enjoyment and excellence for all. The Physical Education department aim to provide all children with a positive experience within their PE lessons and extra-curricular activities. We aim to encourage a lifelong interest in sport and ensure that each and every pupil has the opportunity to develop physically, socially, and morally within the department’s programmes of work.

Key Stage Three

Students will study a broad and balanced curriculum aimed at developing the knowledge of;

  • Physical PerformanceNurturing the fundamental and advanced skills to competently perform in a broad spectrum of sporting activities.
  • Cognitive PerformanceDevelopment of social and moral skills and growth of a student’s understanding of the positive benefits of healthy active lifestyles.

Year 7: Creating a Love for PE

Students will learn to master basic skills, techniques and rules from a broad and balanced range of activities that they have experienced in Physical Education at Key Stage 2 and other sports that are introduced to them for the first time. Students will have the opportunity to develop socially and morally with the promotion of sporting respect within lessons and to also learn about healthy active lifestyles. The aim is to empower students with a breadth of knowledge and understanding whereby they can lead a healthy active lifestyle and enjoy a lifelong love for sport.

Students in Year 7 receive two hours of high quality PE each week, studying a range of activities for a half-term block including games activities such as Football, Netball, Cross Country, Rugby Union, Basketball and Cricket and also individual activities such as Badminton, Swimming, Trampolining, Table Tennis and Athletics.

Pupils can also attend extra-curricular activities and compete in inter-house competitions to further their knowledge and interests.

Year 8: Broadening Sporting Experiences

In Year 8 students build upon learning from Year 7, further developing skills and techniques including tactical knowledge and higher level thinking to outwit opponents or demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Students will have the opportunity to develop socially and morally with the promotion of sporting respect within lessons. The aim is to empower students with a breadth of knowledge and understanding whereby they can lead a healthy active lifestyle and enjoy a lifelong love for sport.

Students in Year 8 receive two hours of high quality PE each week, studying a range of activities for a half-term block including games activities such as Football, Netball, Cross Country, Rugby Union, Basketball and Cricket and also individual activities such as Badminton, Swimming, Trampolining, Table Tennis and Athletics.

Pupils can also attend extra-curricular activities and compete in inter-house competitions to further their knowledge and interests.

Year 9: Developing Skills and Embedding Knowledge

In Year 9 students develop advanced skills and processes for each activity including the use of high level thinking to apply tactics to full game situations. They can now evaluate their own performances compared to previous ones and understand what makes a performance effective including the use of sports specific terminology. Students will have the opportunity to develop socially and morally with the promotion of sporting respect within lessons. The aim is to empower students with a breadth of knowledge and understanding whereby they can lead a healthy active lifestyle and enjoy a lifelong love for sport.

Students in Year 9 receive three hours of high quality PE over a two week timetable, studying a range of activities for a half-term block including games activities such as Football, Netball, Rugby Union, Cross Country, Basketball and Cricket and also individual activities such as Badminton, Swimming, Trampolining, Table Tennis and Athletics.

Pupils can also attend extra-curricular activities and compete in inter-house competitions to further their knowledge and interests. 

Key Stage Four

Year 10/11: Creating Healthy and Active Futures

Students will receive one hour a week of high quality PE in Year 10 and three hours of high quality PE. Students will choose a pathway that they wish to follow for the academic year based upon their sporting interests. There is a traditional games based pathway and two alternative ‘fit for all’ pathways. The curriculum focus at KS4 is for students to physically engage in PE to develop personal fitness and to understand the benefits of their personal well-being by leading a healthy active lifestyle.

The games pathway will allow the opportunity to cover sports such as Football, Netball, Badminton, Swimming, Cricket, Softball, Athletics, Trampolining, Basketball and Table Tennis. The Fit for All pathways will cover a range of sports that may include Handball, Aerobics, Yoga, Dodgeball, Basketball, Rounders Softball, Circuit Training and Recreational Swimming.

Pupils can also access extra-curricular clubs to further extend their knowledge of these games and represent the school.

GCSE PE

GCSE PE is offered as an option to our students at Year 9.

Year 9:

In year 9 students will cover a foundation year in which they will be able to experience a variety of different ways in which Physical Education can contribute to their physical, mental and social well-being and how they can become independent learners; to prepare them for the challenges of the GCSE PE course. There will be many practical opportunities to develop in a variety of different sports which will contribute to their knowledge and understanding of some of the theoretical content of the course expected in years 10 and 11.

Year 10/11:

The GCSE pupils will follow the Edexcel 1-9 specification. In practical lessons students will cover a wide-range of sports to enable them to feel confident in their sporting ability and decision making. They will take part in both team and individual sports in preparation for their practical examination. During theory lessons students will cover both component 1 (fitness and body systems) and component 2 (health and performance) in which they will cover topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, socio-cultural influences, diet and well-being. Students will also spend time completing their own personal exercise programme which is worth 10% of their overall grade. This is an independent task where adequate ICT skills are necessary.

The department delivers the Edexcel syllabus. It is examined in the following ways:

  • 60% Theory Examination through two exam papers. Paper 2 – 1 hour 15 minutes – Health and Performance
  • Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes – Fitness and Body Systems
  • 10% coursework – Personal Exercise Programme
  • 30% practical exam – students are graded in their three best sports (one team, one individual and one free choice) each worth 10%

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Practical Activities are studied during years 9, 10 and 11 in half term blocks.

Activities available to study at Oulder Hill include:

Football, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Athletics, Trampolining, Cricket, Swimming, Table Tennis and Dance.

Other activities that pupils can be assessed in are:

Rugby Union, Rugby League, Boxing, Lacrosse, Climbing and Equestrian.

Pupils can access our extra-curricular clubs to further extend their knowledge of these games and represent the school.

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport

This course is an option choice to our Year 9 students. The BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport qualification is a vocational or work-related qualification. This doesn’t mean that it will gives all the skills needed to do a job, but it does mean that you’ll have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to your future career.

Year 9:

In Year 9 students will cover a foundation year in which they will be able to develop knowledge and equip themselves with skills to enable them to face the challenges ahead on the BTEC Sport course. Students will experience a variety of different ways in which Physical Education can contribute to their physical, mental and social well-being and how they can become independent learners. Students will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive learning experience in PE through covering topics in a theoretical and practical context.

Year 10/11:

Students will receive 5 hours of BTEC Sport lessons over a two week period in year 10 and 11. In total, there are four units to be covered and these will be split over the two years. In Year 10, students will study Practical Sports Performance and Leading Sports Activities. Practical Sports Performance requires students to assess their own strengths and weaknesses when performing, understand the roles of officials and to understand tactics in two sports of their choice. Leading Sports Activities requires students to understand the attributes of a good sports leader before they plan, deliver and evaluate their own lesson in a sport of their choice. In Year 11, students will cover the final two units of the course which are Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Applying the Principles of Personal Training. Fitness for Sport and Exercise is a 1 hour 15 minute exam and covers topics such as the components of fitness, training methods and fitness testing. Applying the Principles of Personal Training requires students to plan, perform and evaluate their own personal exercise plan to improve a particular component of fitness.

This qualification consists of four units of study, each worth 25%. Three of the units studied are coursework and one unit is an exam.

  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training
  • Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities
Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Practical Sports Performance Practical Sports Performance Practical Sports Performance Practical Sports Performance Practical Sports Performance Practical Sports Performance
10 Practical Sports Performance Practical Sports Performance Leading Sports Activities Leading Sports Activities Leading Sports Activities Leading Sports Activities
11 Fitness for Sport & Exercise Fitness for Sport & Exercise Applying the Principles of Personal Training Applying the Principles of Personal Training Applying the Principles of Personal Training Applying the Principles of Personal Training

Assessment:

Students will be set a number of assignments throughout the course. These may take a variety of forms from research, practical activities, presentations, reports and leaflets. Skills and knowledge are evidenced throughout the course.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

The department offers numerous amounts of extra-curricular opportunities with clubs running before school, at lunchtimes, and after school. The department sees extra-curricular sport and activities as a fundamental aspect of the growth of the whole child. To further develop this, the school have recently adopted a house system. PE aim to be at the heart of this, and want to give more students an opportunity to participate in sport. To see young people growing in physical skills, self-confidence and self-worth is a truly enriching experience. Nowhere in school is it more evident than in PE. The department prides itself on offering a wide range of activities and its success in inter-school competition. The list of extra-curricular opportunities is listed below.

Boys and Girls

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Rugby Union
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Trampoline
  • Rounders
  • Dance
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Swimming
  • The school competes in local borough competitions, Greater Manchester competitions and English schools competitions with great success.