Health, Sport & Dance
Physical Education is the practical and theoretical development of knowledge, skills and techniques.
Career opportunities from studying Physical Education:
- Sports coach
- Professional sportsperson
Key Stage 3 (Yr. 7, 8 & 9)
At Key Stage 3 all students enjoy a vast range of sporting activities. A selection of these include football, netball, basketball, badminton, dance, gymnastics, trampolining, rounders, fitness, athletics and cricket.
In years 7 and 8 the focus is towards learning and building on fundamental skills e.g. throwing and kicking. Once these have been accomplished it then becomes about refining those skills learnt through the development of technique. Whilst the practical element is important, learning and the understanding of these skills are enhanced by developing knowledge of techniques, tactics, positioning and rules.
In year 9 the knowledge and skills learnt are continued and enhanced. These elements are then utilised in other areas such as leadership opportunities and analysis of performance. This progression in experience and knowledge enables us to prepare students for further education in Physical Education through the BTEC Sport course.
Key Stage 4 (Yr. 10 & 11)
Students continue to receive core PE lessons during Key Stage 4. These are used for the same purpose as lessons in year 9 with the added benefit of allowing option students to pursue their chosen sports in more depth.
Level 2 BTEC Sport First Award is delivered to students who wish to gain a qualification in Physical Education. The course is made up of 4 units:
Unit 1 (Exam)
This exam focuses on fitness. Topics include components, principles, methods and tests.
Unit 2 (Coursework)
Students are required to discuss rules, regulations and scoring systems of 2 sports along with analysing their own performance in the chosen sports.
Unit 5 (Coursework)
This unit focuses on fitness training and the development and completion of a fitness training programme.
Unit 6 (Coursework)
This unit is based around the premise of sports leaders and requires students to successfully plan, deliver and review a sports session.
BTEC Dance has been transformed and updated. The new Level 2 BTEC Tech Awards in Performing Arts will be delivered to students, from September 2017, who wish to gain a Qualification in a Dance Pathway. This course is practical and theoretical and made up of:
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Coursework)
Students will gain a broad knowledge of professional works across different styles, learning about skills and techniques, intentions and purpose. They will explore processes and practices, understanding how practitioners create and influence what is performed, in order to reproduce existing repertoire for a performance.
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques (Coursework)
Students will develop skills and techniques in dance, rehearse and apply technical, stylistic and interpretative skills in a performance of an existing piece. They will reflect on their progress and understand how to improve.
Component 3: Performing to a brief (Exam)
Students will use the real-life brief given and respond, choosing appropriate skills and techniques, to create and perform a 10- 15 minute piece to their chosen target audience. They will record planning, development and effectiveness and reflect on their performance.
The department is well resourced with an equipped gymnasium, a large hard court area and an extensive playing field. In addition we have a rubber floored performance room for dance and a BTEC Sport IT suite used for the completion of coursework. The Hatfield Leisure Centre can also be used exclusively by the department for pupils during the school day if required.