Curriculum Intent Statement
Physical Education at Whitworth Community High School provides students with sporting opportunities both in and out of school through an inclusive programme that aims to foster a lifetime of commitment. Physical Education will also instil in students: knowledge, skills, and values to make appropriate physical activity choices to integrate exercise into their lives.
Within the department we cover the national curriculum aims below utilising a range of sporting activities and schemes of learning.
After making the transition from primary to secondary school students embark on their learning journey in Physical Education and we encourage students to to reach their potential in a wide variety of activities. This ensures that students thrive within their lessons and receive a high level of challenge. Enjoyment is at the core of all lessons through engaging tasks and a variety of teaching approaches. Through year seven to nine students will partake in a range of sports developing both skills, knowledge and tactics that will enable them to excel within competitive situations. In year 8 a “health” lesson is also incorporated that covers healthy eating, first aid and theoretical topics that prepares students for examination subjects. Across the years, transferable skills will be developed and students are given opportunities to build on the fundamentals developed early on. Across school resilience is a key message and is therefore promoted within the competitive elements of Physical Education. Students are assessed both within and after each sport using a framework that takes into consideration theoretical knowledge as well as practical ability. Within each sporting unit students are expected to make progress based on their starting point and this enables staff to set high aspirations for all students.
As well as having the opportunity to study Physical Education as an option, all students will take part in one hour of core PE per week. The aim of this is to develop a love of sport that fosters a lifetime commitment thus creating healthy individuals within society. Within year 10 and 11 students participate in a range of sports through competitive lessons that encourage them to use the skills developed previously. Within core PE lessons students will also develop interpersonal skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication which can be transferable across many other subjects. Students are not assessed within this area of Physical Education however there is still a requirement to show high levels of engagement and effort.
At level 2 students can choose to study Physical Education through the options process and this is usually oversubscribed. Throughout the two years a range of theoretical topics are covered including; The Skeletal System, Muscular System and other body systems. Students also look at applying the different systems to health and fitness activities as well as exploring them in practical ways. As an example students undertake a practical experiment whereby they dissect a heart, providing students with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge in a fun and exciting way. These units provide opportunities to link Physical Education to other subjects including Maths and Science. Throughout the different units staff provide links between the content and future jobs, this challenges students' thinking and inspires them to achieve at the highest level. Units are taught in order of the specification but this allows students to build on knowledge in a structured way allowing them to make links between the different body systems. At the end of each unit students are assessed through the completion of a test that utilises questions from past papers. This prepares students for the final examination and provides staff with a clear understanding of students progress and provides opportunities for targeted intervention.
Physical Education at Whitworth Community High School is centred around the holistic development of all students; providing them with extended opportunities, whilst allowing them to make progress towards a level 2 qualification.
Extra Curricular Programme
At Whitworth Community High School we understand the value of a high quality extra curricular programme. Students can develop many personal skills such as teamwork and leadership whilst also experiencing competitive situations. The programme we offer has two main aims. Firstly we aim to offer a wide variety of activities that will encourage all students to be involved: activities range from Trampolining to Football and Dodgeball to Fitness. Secondly we aim to make sure that each club leads to a competitive fixture or tournament against other schools so that students can learn other skills such as learning to accept winning and losing. Over the past few years we have not only competed regularly at local level but have also competed at a regional and national level. All information including club timetable, fixtures, results, student successes can be found on the PE Twitter page @WCHS_PE.