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Strangford College, Newtownards

Physical Education

Vision

The P.E. department at Strangford college is a vibrant, inclusive and exciting environment where every child’s physical development is of the upmost importance to us.  It is our aim to inspire an interest in sport and physical activity that will encourage our students to make positive and responsible choices that will impact on their own health and well-being, now and in the future.  We believe that all students should learn to develop their fundamental movement skills and improve both their physical and mental health through participating in regular physical activity.   The physical activity curriculum in Strangford College aims to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities carried out in a safe and supportive environment where effort, sportsmanship, success and excellence are equally celebrated.  We aim to give students the opportunities to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence and learn to manage their capabilities.  We aspire to help our students develop positive relationships and learn fair play and respect for others through sport.

Staff: Mrs G Gibson (Subject Leader); Mrs N McBurney; Mr R O’Connor

Key Stage 3

We have designed a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop core skills in both team based and individual activities.  These are listed below.

Boys

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Gaelic Football
  • Hurling
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Olympic Handball
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Softball
  • Rounder’s

Girls’

  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Athletics
  • Cross country
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Rounder’s

Assessment throughout the Year

Pupils undergo four assessments throughout the academic year which contribute to their overall grade reported at the end of each academic year.  Assessments are based on the following areas: skill; application of skill; and attitude to learning. 

Key Stage 4 Core PE

In Key Stage 4 we have taken a more flexible recreational approach to activities, in order to encourage participation and to help students develop a healthy attitude to lifestyle choices both now and in the future.

  • Games – Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Football, Badminton, Tennis, Multi-sports
  • Health related PE – Circuit training, Aerobics, Boxercise
  • Athletics
  • Rounders

BTEC First Award in Sports Studies- Level 1/2 (1 GCSE)

Year 11 and Year 12 are completing the new BTEC Level1/Level 2 First Award in Sport which consists of four units completed over the two years. Three of these units are practical and coursework based while the fourth unit is an external online exam.

The four units studied are:

Unit 1 – Fitness for sport and exercise – exam

Unit 2 – Practical sport performance- coursework

Unit 4 – The Sports Performer in Action - coursework

Unit 5 – Training for personal fitness- coursework

Assessment throughout the course

Each unit is broken down into tasks and students are required to meet set deadlines for each in order to pass the course. Final grades are listed as either of the following; Distinction*(A*), Distinction (A), Merit (B) or Pass (C)

Extra-Curricular Activities

The PE department run an extensive Extra-Curricular Programme throughout the year.  PE staff, other members of staff and outside coaches run clubs during lunch time and after school from 3.25 - 4.30pm.

Activities include:

  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country Running
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics

We enter all league and cup competitions in a wide range of sports and do our best to accommodate all interests and talents of our students at Strangford College.

Extra-Curricular Trips

A two day residential is organised for all girls who commit to extra-curricular activities to Greenhill Outdoor Education Centre.  The boys’ department are going to organise a similar trip next year.

Lesson Procedure

  1. Before the start of all P.E lessons pupils should line up at the designated point quietly.
  2. Only with the permission of a member of staff should pupils board a coach when travelling to sporting events.
  3. Seatbelts are supplied and must be worn at all times.
  4. No jewellery is to be worn during Physical Education lessons.
  5. After changing, students to line up quietly outside changing area.
  6. Non participating from Physical Education must be supported by a parental note.
  7. Any injury or condition, which excuses students for a period of two weeks or longer, must be supported by a medical certificate.
  8. Excusal from Physical Education lessons by a parental note or medical certificate only excludes students from the practical element.  Students will be required to carry out written work related to the lesson or activity.
  9. After all Physical Education lessons, students must put on their full school uniform.
  10. All Physical Education kit must be permanently named.

These guidelines are for the purpose of your child participating safely in Physical Education.  Your co-operation is sought in following the above.