KS4 Core PE

Physical Education at Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 3. Physical Education fosters a growing sense of personal responsibility for a healthy and active lifestyle through developing activities that can be enjoyed and sustained in the school and the community. This focus on health, fitness and well-being activities includes devising a sustainable plan suited to personal needs and goals.

In addition to this programme of study, students may choose their second area of experience they know they enjoy and select activities they want to develop. At Ysgol John Bright this means selecting from either a mainly competitive programme of study, mainly creative programme of study or a mixture of both. In each programme there are opportunities to develop skills of leadership, make informed judgements and develop advanced technical skills.

1. Health, fitness and well-being activities:

These are activities that are non-competitive forms of exercise and chosen for what they contribute to general health, fitness goals and feelings of well-being. By Key Stage 4, young people should know the type of experience they enjoy and could develop as a part of their active lifestyle; at Ysgol John Bright this might include a competitive or creative activity, or one chosen specifically for its contribution to health, fitness and well-being

2. Creative activities:

These are activities that are composed or choreographed and are generally artistic and aesthetic in nature. The use of compositional principles to enhance performance might include the development of spatial awareness; relationship with others such as working in unison or canon; motif or sequence development. Work in creative activities might culminate in the production of a performance. Through their adoption of different roles such as leader, choreographer or performer, students could choose to develop these roles in their lessons and in planning for a performance.

4. Competitive activities:

These are activities that are learned for the purpose of competition between an individual, group or team and others. The principles underpinning the application of these types of activity are generally strategic and tactical and involve competing against others. A variety of activities should be chosen to teach the programme of study enabling students to learn the application of strategies and tactics. At Ysgol John Bright these may include rugby, football, hockey, basketball, badminton, tennis, rounders and softball. Through their adoption of different roles such as leader, official or performer, students could choose to develop these roles in their lessons and competitions.

Students who have two lessons a week of core PE or who have chosen Btec Sport or Outdoor Education as an option can gain a qualification from their core PE lessons. The core PE lessons at KS4 can be used to complete two Level 2 units from the Btec Sport course. These are broadly the same as the two programmes of study listed above. For students who have two lessons a week of core PE the two units can make a Btec Level 2 Certificate in Sport, and is equivalent to 1 GCSE. For students who have chosen Btec Sport or Outdoor Education options, the two units will add to their qualification making a Btec Level  2 Extended Certificate in Sport, and is equivalent to 4 GCSEs.

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