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Physical Education

Curriculum Overview

Physical Education at Yewlands reflects and reinforces whole school aims. High expectations, tailored learning pathways and student voice form the basis of the department's primary aim; to encourage active healthy lifestyles through participation and understanding.

We aim to deliver a motivational curriculum that considers individual student's needs and preferences. Following a pathway of activities that students enjoy promotes overall achievement. High expectations throughout the department encourage and reinforce the school value of resilience. Students are challenged to push themselves and achieve their best whilst showing awareness and consideration for the varying needs of their peers- work hard, be nice!

Year 7 and Year 8

Students in Y7 initially follow short blocks of activities within games, aesthetics and fitness range as a baseline assessment. For the remainder of year 7 and moving into Year 8 students follow a pathway based on their strengths and activity preferences:

Games Pathway – pupils following this route will enjoy a range of team and individual games. Popular games include football, rugby, table tennis, cricket, basketball, badminton and tennis.

Aesthetics Pathway – pupils following an aesthetics pathway will enjoy performing activities such as dance, gymnastics and trampolining. Pupils will be encouraged to create and perform their own sequences and routines.

Mixed Pathway – pupils following this pathway will enjoy a mix of games and aesthetic activities.

All pathways will cover blocks of health related fitness and athletics whilst introducing units of work and key content linked to exam level PE. Leadership and independent styles of working are encouraged throughout all pathways. Pupils will be assessed on their practical performances but also their ability to analyse their own work and the work of others using up to date learning technologies such as iPads.

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11

From the start of Year 9 pupils continue to build and develop their knowledge and understanding of exam level PE. Currently we are following a BTEC Sport specification and A BTEC Performing Arts Dance course where all students are the given the opportunity to perform in areas of Practical Sport, Health and Fitness as well as Leadership and Personal Training.

Exam Level Physical Education

We offer:

BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Sport from the Edexcel Exam board. Core units: Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Practical Sports Performance. Optional Specialist Units: The Mind and Sports Performance, The Sports Performer in Action, Training for Personal Fitness, Leading Sports Activities

BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts from the Edexcel Exam board. Core units: Individual Showcase Preparation, Performance and Production. Specialist Unit: Dance Skills

PE Kit

We have very high expectations within the department regarding PE kit and follow a 100% kit no excusal philosophy. When students are practically unable to take part in lessons there is still the expectation to bring kit and progress in the lesson in other ways such as coaching, officiating or analysing the performance of others. All students are required to wear the kit which was chosen by our student council and consists of a blue Yewlands PE t-shirt, black shorts and black socks. Also available is an optional tracksuit and a sweatshirt. We firmly believe that a smart, consistent appearance results in a good team spirit and a professional approach to learning.

Out of school hours learning

Open participation clubs include football, netball, rugby league, basketball, trampolining, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, badminton, table tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics and fitness. These take place during lunch times and after school and all are welcome to attend.

Through our internal house system pupils will have the opportunity throughout each academic year to represent their house in a number of sporting events. Our houses are Sharks, Steelers, Eagles and Stormers.

Inter-school competitions are our representative squads. Pupils are selected to represent the school and compete against other schools around Sheffield and South Yorkshire in a variety of sports.

For more information please see the whole school extracurricular timetable or ask a member of the PE department.