Head of Department: Mrs Brooks
Studied Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan University and gained a first class honors degree. Went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary PE. Regularly plays Netball for a team based in Birmingham.
In Physical Education students gain experience in a variety of sports and get to take on various roles including performer, coach and referee. Students are given opportunities to develop their leadership and analytical skills in a variety of sports.
The PE Option is split into two courses, GCSE and BTEC.
In KS3 students experience a wide range of individual and team sports including Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Trampolining, Football, Table Tennis, Rounders, Athletics, Cricket and Health Related Fitness. In year 7 & 8 Physical Education is based around acquisition of skill and analysis of performance. In Year 9 students get the opportunity to begin a unit of work exploring the effects of exercise on the human body and how to improve fitness. This gives students an idea of the theory involved if they select a PE course as one of their options.
The curriculum is enhanced by a broad extra-curricular offer available to all students. These clubs focus on participation but also have teams competing in Sandwell leagues.
In core PE in year 10 students have the opportunity to pick a pathway. The pathways they can choose from are:
Sports Leadership – Students can gain and additional qualification though their core PE. This qualification focuses on leadership, organization and communication skills that will benefit students in all subjects.
Sports Competition – Students who pick this pathway will be competing in a variety of sports during their PE time, focusing on improving and developing skills in order to improve performance.
Sports Participation – Students who choose sports participation will focus on enjoyment in PE. They will experience a variety of sports, with the aim to find something that they enjoy and can take part in outside of Academy life.
Fitness – This pathway focuses on educating students in different ways that they can maintain and improve their fitness. Students will take part in a variety of different fitness activities including aerobics, continuous training and use of the Academy Gym.
In Year 11, students are able to pick options in PE. These change every half term and students are allowed to opt for whichever sport they would prefer. Lessons are focused on maximum participation and a life-long enjoyment of physical activity. Students are given the information needed to take part in a sport that they enjoy when they leave the Academy.
GCSE Physical Education provides you with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling you to make informed choices about your own physical development. You will participate in a variety of both team and individual sports and will be assessed in three of those sports. During the course you will take part in a residential trip in order to experience sports that cannot be completed in the Academy.
Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement
Subject content Students will explore to gain their GCSE:
Students who choose to complete GCSE PE should be attending extra curricular regularly and have experience of playing at least one sport outside of the Academy.
The GCSE course has two exams which are worth 60 per cent of the total qualification.
“The human body and movement in physical activity and sport”
How it’s assessed
“Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport”
How it’s assessed
The remaining 40% is assessed practically:
Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).
Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
BTEC LEVEL 3:
The PE department currently offer the BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport as a qualification at level 3. Students have the opportunity to learn a broad basis of study for the sport sector and the qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A levels.
The Extended Certificate in Sport is designed as a two-year full time course with students having the opportunity to leave with a BTEC qualification of a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A level.
During the two-year course students explore the opportunities available to them in the sports industry, take part in a wide range of individual and team sports, and examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
In total, students cover four units, two in Y12 and two in Y13. In each year students are assessed with an examination unit and a course work based unit.
In the first year of study students will cover the following units:
Unit 1 – Anatomy & Physiology
This is the exam based unit and will involve students to acquire the knowledge and understanding of the human body. At the end of the year, students will sit their 1 hour and a half examination paper which is out of 80 marks.
Unit 3 – Professional Development In The Sports Industry
This is a coursework based unit where students will be expected to complete assignments throughout their first year. As the title of the unit suggests students will be exploring the many different career aspects in the sports industry and how they can improve their own personal/professional skills to pursue a career not only in sport but a career of their choice.
In the second year of study students will cover the following units:
Unit 2 – Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being
This is the exam based unit and involves students to acquire knowledge about the health and fitness industry. Students will be responsible for fitness testing and programming for individuals with different needs. This may involve screening for clients and designing fitness training programmes.
Unit 7- Practical Sports Performance
This will be the coursework based unit and will give pupils the opportunity to take part in practical sessions with looks at individual and team sports. Students will be expected to demonstrate the skills, techniques and tactics of a wide range of individual and team sports. Students will then have the opportunity to critically assess the performances of others as well as their own.
As part of the specification, students have the opportunity to take part in seminars at University that are not only linked to sport but general life at University. Students on the course will also have the chance to attend an outdoor residential visit that involves students’ participation in a wide range of outdoor adventurous activities such as kayaking, climbing and abseiling to name a few.
Shireland Collegiate Academy offers a variety of sports that students can take part in as part of the extracurricular programme. We encourage as many students as possible to attend these clubs, whether it is competitive or to encourage healthy living. We offer a wide range of opportunities for students to engage in competitive sport. These Sports include Basketball, Trampolining, Learning to Swim, Netball, Rugby and Football. The Academy regularly brings in expert coaches to run extra curricular clubs. The aim of the extra curricular programme is to enhance the skills that students learn in lessons and give students the opportunity, if they wish to, compete against other schools in Sandwell and the Black Country. Extra curricular is a great way to increase physical activity levels, make new friends and develop teamwork skills. Shireland PE department have extensive links with sports clubs in the local area and extra curricular clubs are and excellent stepping stone to joining sports teams outside of the Academy.
The PE department also offer students the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh award. Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. The DofE award is a tool to develop essential skills for life and work. It is a recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers..
14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.