Physical Education has continued to grow at The Westgate School where we aim to create exciting and challenging opportunities for all to engage in physical activity and sport. We believe strongly in the power of Physical Education to aid students in developing confidence and physical development as well as improving the health and well-being of students. We aim to provide all students with an understanding of the benefits of sport and physical activity and equip them with the skills needed for lifelong participation outside of the school setting.
We are passionate about our ‘Sport for All’ philosophy and believe that through the opportunities we offer, students will be able to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts which will stay with them throughout their lives.
Students will participate in a wide range of activities throughout the year within curriculum time, including; football, rugby, netball, table tennis, badminton, basketball, athletics, cricket, softball, handball, dance, rounders, aerobics and trampolining. In year 7 and 8 these activities will be closely linked to the Westgate6 Curriculum and taught in single sex, mixed ability classes.
In year 9 students will cover some basic theory concepts within their practical lessons and work on the following activities throughout the year within curriculum time; football, rugby, badminton, trampolining, netball, fitness, softball, cricket, rounders and athletics.
There is an extensive extra-curricular programme of sport where students are encouraged to continue their learning outside of curriculum time. We compete in a number of activities at a variety of levels and believe passionately about creating opportunities for students outside of the classroom.
In years 10 and 11 students get two hours of Core PE time per week. Students will participate in a range of activities including; fitness, aerobics, athletics, basketball, football, netball, badminton, rounders, softball, cricket and trampolining.
In addition to this, a number of students will also have the opportunity to complete the Level 1 Sports Leaders UK qualification in Leadership. This is a nationally recognised qualification that will involve them learning and developing their Sports Leadership skills that will stay with them for life. The course focuses on leadership skills including organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport.
There are currently two options for students who are interested in studying PE as an examination subject;
GCSE Physical Education – we follow the AQA Specification with 60% of the course being theory and 40% being practical. The theory consists of two examinations at the end of the course of study. Paper 1 – The human body and movement in sport and Paper 2 – Sociocultural influences and welling in sport.
The practical element is assessed with students taking three sports through supported by a piece of written coursework.
BTEC Sport – Students can opt to complete the Level 2 BTEC Sport qualification with three assignment based units and one externally set examination of Fitness for Sport and Exercise. The additional units of study are selected to suit the cohort at that time.