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Physical Education & Games

Our Aim 

PE and Games is a great vehicle for learning about yourself and learning about others. At Downland School, pupils will experience a range of sports and will be inspired to succeed and excel. They will be provided with opportunities to improve their physical abilities and be encouraged to develop personal, social and decision making skills. We aim to influence every pupil that passes through Downland School in these skills and help develop their ability to apply them in all areas of life. PE and Games at Downland School help pupils to embed values such as fairness and respect.

As a department, we aim to:

  • Develop pupils’ competence in a wide range of physical activities
  • Develop improved fitness and sporting skills in pupils
  • Contribute to the development of pupil confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop personal qualities that promote positive behaviour and attitudes in pupils
  • Promote enjoyment and achievement for pupils through sustained participation in physical activity in both curricular and extra-curricular programmes
  • Encourage pupils to lead healthy and active lives

As part of the Key Stage2, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 lessons, there are a range of different sports and activities which build on previous learning, including:

  • Football/Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Trampoline
  • Badminton
  • Dance
  • Cricket
  • Softball
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Dodgeball
  • Health and Fitness

Our impact on pupils’ progress is measured on the following:

  • Measuring progress of pupils over a wide range of physical activities against national standards of achievement
  • Asking pupils views and comments on activities
  • Engagement of pupils in learning

Key Stage 2 & 3

All pupils in Key Stage 2 and 3 receive three lessons of PE or Games per week, which are taught in their corresponding year groups.

During Years 6-9, pupils experience Games in many different activity areas. Most lessons are delivered to mixed ability groups although, when appropriate, pupils may be split into ability groups for certain activities. Pupils are taught to master basic movements including running, jumping and throwing as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. We enter pupils towards the English Schools Athletics Award Scheme and issue certificates and badges for achievements. Pupils benefit from a curriculum which is delivered by qualified staff who continually strive to update subject knowledge and expertise in order to benefit pupils’ learning. Our intent is to enhance pupils’ ability to participate in team games, develop simple tactics for attacking and defending. We concentrate on developing their health, building resilience, improving wellbeing and supporting them to fulfil their potential.

Key Stage 4

All pupils in Key Stage 4 have three lessons of PE per week, which are taught in their corresponding year groups. During Key Stage 4, some pupils choose to do a GCSE equivalent qualification (OCR Sports Studies) although all pupils experience Games in many different activity areas.

Most lessons are delivered to mixed ability groups although, when appropriate, pupils may be split into ability groups for certain activities. Pupils benefit from a curriculum which is delivered by specialist staff who continually strive to update subject knowledge and expertise in order to benefit pupils’ learning. Our intent is to enhance pupils’ health, build resilience, improve wellbeing and support them to fulfil their potential.

If pupils choose to do this as one of their main options by entering for a GCSE equivalent course here are the details:

Qualification: Cambridge Nationals – Sport Studies
Examination Board: OCR
Number of lessons per week: 3 Lessons

One core unit will be externally assessed as an exam, whilst the other three units will be assessed using a range of evidence. This will include written assignments, verbal presentations or practical performance.

Cambridge Nationals are vocational qualifications at Level 1 and 2 for pupils aged 14–16. They are designed to fit into the curriculum and to offer the same size, rigour and performance points as GCSEs. The course is offered at level 1 and 2 based on ability.

The qualifications are recognised by Ofqual, DfE and by 16-19 providers as progression to A Level, further education or on to an apprenticeship/work.

The different Year 10 & 11 study areas are:

Year 10 Year 11
  • Contemporary issues in sport
  • Developing sports skills
  • Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities
  • Contemporary issues in sport
  • Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities
  • Sports leadership

More information can be found on the following website:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/sport-studies-level-1-2-j803-j813/