Physical Education

Our aim is to engage and educate young people in the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle by providing a variety of opportunities and experiences for students to develop their skills across a range of physical activity areas and in several different roles. We aim to encourage lifelong participation and would like all students, regardless of ability, to leave Robert Smyth feeling that they are confident to continue to participate in physical activity with an understanding of why this is important and how a healthy, active lifestyle can be achieved.

For each activity area in core PE there are a set of fundamentals that we expect students to reach as a minimum standard across each year.

In addition to our PE curriculum, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These lead to participation in local, regional and national competitions where we have experienced success across several sports and year groups in recent years. We also run a very successful Sports Leadership Academy where we offer the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications in Sports Leadership (Please visit our Sports Leadership Academy page for more information).

Year 9 – Excitement

Core PE – Students will continue to develop their fundamental skills across a range of activities but will look in greater depth at the tactical application of these skills and how they can help achieve success. Students will be introduced to further activities. Students will develop their leadership skills by delivering a skill drill to fellow students and will look at analysing the performance of others. Students will understand the importance of different components of fitness and methods of training and how to identify and deal with injuries.

Areas to be covered: Invasion games (Football, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, Handball, Hockey (TBC start date), Net/Wall games (Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball), Gymnastic Activities (Trampolining), Health and Fitness (e.g. methods of training, boxercise, skipping, fitness suite), Athletics, Striking and fielding games (Rounders, Softball, Cricket).

PE Specialism – students will understand key physiological terminology and how this can be enhanced through physical training. Students will begin to gain an understanding of the breadth of Sports Science (including psychological and socio-cultural topics). Students will be shown career pathways and exit routes in sport and receive talks and visits from former students whom have moved into sporting careers.

Theory topics: Introduction to key topics including Muscles, Bones, Joints, Components of Fitness and Fitness testing, Methods of Training, SMART goal setting, Warm ups and Cool downs, Diet and Nutrition, Engagement patterns and Commercialisation.

Practical activities: sessions will focus on badminton, table tennis, volleyball, handball, trampolining, fitness, athletics, tennis, cricket.

Year 10 and 11 – Expertise

Core PE

Students will continue to develop their tactical and leadership approach towards sporting activity with students leading independently to larger groups. In order to support deeper understanding of the importance of a healthy active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity, students will experience a range of activities to maintain confidence and enthusiasm for participating in sport. Students will understand the importance of nutrition and goal setting and understand the importance of other psychological factors (concentration, confidence) alongside contemporary issues in sport e.g. drugs in sport.

Areas to be covered: Invasion games (Football, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, Handball, Hockey (TBC start date), Net/Wall games (Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball), Gymnastic Activities (Trampolining), Health and Fitness (boxercise, skipping, fitness suite, methods of training) Athletics, Striking and fielding games (Rounders, Softball, Cricket). Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (orienteering/problem solving/teamwork).

GCSE PE – students will enhance their understanding of the key physiological, psychological and biomechanical principles which underpin sport and physical activity. Students will understand how to apply their knowledge and understanding to exam questions. Students will follow the OCR GCSE PE specification and in addition to undertaking the theory and practical elements of the course they will complete an Analysing and Evaluation Performance (AEP) task.

Practical activities: sessions will focus on badminton, table tennis, volleyball, handball, trampolining, fitness, athletics, tennis, cricket.