PE in Key Stage 3 takes place over 2 years and covers a wide range of activities that span the breadth of the curriculum. Activities include: football; netball; basketball; rugby; handball; trampolining; fitness; badminton; gymnastics; dodgeball; health related fitness; indoor athletics; cricket; rounders; athletics; softball and handball. We are also leading the way in the implementation of new activities such as futsal and parkour.
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PE is an essential part of life at Ridgeway and students enjoy and look forward to their lessons. There are 3 key aims of PE at Key Stage 3:
- Enjoyment to encourage the leading of healthy and active lifestyles and participation in PE beyond the school day.
- Development of technical and tactical aspects of different sports to prepare students for the rigours of GCSE and BTEC PE and develop successful sports teams that compete, locally, regionally and nationally.
- To gain a basic understanding of how the body responds to exercise in preparation for KS4 PE.
At Key Stage 4, students are given a greater choice in their activities and encouraged to lead a healthy and active lifestyle as they mature into young adults. Core PE at Key Stage 4 is more focused and allows students more autonomy over their lessons.
Students may also choose to study GCSE PE or BTEC Sport. Student uptake in PE is high and students study the course that offers them the best possible chance of exceeding their target grade based on their individual learning needs. GCSE PE is examined through the OCR PE board and 40% of the mark is made up of a practical element, with 60% awarded upon the successful completion of 2 challenging 1 hour examinations. For BTEC, students study 4 units over the course that covers: practical sport; the sports performer in action, leading sporting activities and an exam unit that tests knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
Homework tasks are set once a week for both GCSE and BTEC. At Key Stage 3 students are expected to attend one of the many extra-curricular clubs at lunch or after-school to extend their learning further.