Our vision for Physical Education at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School is to create a safe and enjoyable learning environment where all pupils can make good or exceptional progress.
Our aim is to promote lifelong participation in physical activity and challenge pupils to develop their practical skills and knowledge in a variety of sporting activities.
We aim to engage their curiosity to motivate themselves to allow everyone to become better independent learners.
Our curriculum has a clear focus on the importance of fundamental values such as balancing competitiveness with resilience, ambition, teamwork, kindness, respect and honesty. We believe that a physically educated person is one who is able to participate safely, successfully and confidently in physical activity and who values physical fitness.
The specific aims of the Physical Education department are to:
- Create and deliver a high quality curriculum so learning opportunities are accessible to all students.
- Deliver outstanding lessons where outstanding learning from all students is able to take place.
- Inspire and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own and others’ learning and progress in lessons.
- Take into account pupils views and opinions and to show mutual respect is shown for pupils and staff alike.
- Allow opportunities for the acquisition, development and application of transferable skills that link to a wide range of sporting activities.
- Allow opportunities for pupils to demonstrate maximum participation and excellence in different roles within lessons to develop other skills such as leadership, officiating, communicating and teamwork.
- Encourage students to participate and excel in practical competitive situations both at Key Stage 3 and at accredited courses such as GCSE PE at KS4.
- Promote and deliver opportunities for activities which are targeted at lifelong participation in physical activity.
- Develop pupils’ awareness of how taking part in regular physical activity can benefit a person’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural wellbeing making a clear link to British Values.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils participate in three lessons of Physical Education each week – (1 double lesson and 1 single lesson). In the Autumn and Spring term, pupils will cover the following activities – Badminton, Dance, Football, Gymnastics (Rhythmic Gymnastics and Vaulting), Health Related Fitness, Indoor Athletics and Netball. In the Summer term, pupils will also cover Athletics, Cricket, and Rounders.
In Year 9, pupils participate in two lessons of Physical Education each week (1 double lesson). In the Autumn and Spring term, pupils will cover activities from – Athletics, Badminton, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Indoor Athletics and Netball. In the Summer term, pupils will also cover Athletics, Cricket, and Rounders.
In Year 10 and Year 11 Core, pupils participate in two lessons of Physical Education each week (1 double lesson). Through Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Cardio, Football, Gymnastics, Netball, Pilates, Rugby Union, Self Defence, Sports Leader Level 1 Award, Swimming, Table Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball and Yoga.
In GCSE Physical Education, pupils participate in three lessons per week with a mixture of both practical and theory content.
Students follow the OCR GCSE Physical Education which contains the following theoretical components:
1: Physical factors affecting performance
1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
1.2 Physical training
2: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
2.1 Socio-cultural influences,
2.2 Sports psychology and
2.3 Health, fitness and well-being
3: Performance in physical education (NEA) is covered as a practical component of the course where students must show performance in three activities taken from the two approved lists (one from the ‘individual’ list one from the ‘team’ list and one other from either list).
Students must also complete one piece of coursework (Analysing and Evaluating Performance) which demonstrates their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance in order to analyse aspects of personal performance in a practical activity, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the performance, produce an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance.
The Physical Education department offer a wide range of Enrichment activities throughout the course of the academic year.
These include – Athletics, Cross Country, Football, Netball and Rounders clubs for all year groups. These teams compete in District and County standard competitions against other schools in Hertfordshire. We also take part in District swimming galas as and when they are available. Pupils who wish to represent Bishop’s at swimming need to provide competitive evidence from their club for health and safety reasons as we do not have a swimming pool.
We also run Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Gymnastics, Rugby Union, Table Tennis and Trampolining clubs throughout the year. These individual and team activities compete in tournaments throughout the school year at District level as well.
Please check the termly Enrichment Club list or speak to a PE teacher for more information on what activities are available for different year groups.
All students are welcome to attend clubs. They do not need to have previous experience in any sport to join the club.
All students are encouraged to attend enrichment clubs to improve their skills, sport specific knowledge, meet new people and if they choose to, try and earn selection to one of the school teams.
The self-motivation and enjoyment students gain from participating in a wide range of sports and activities promotes the idea of lifelong participation.
The variety of sports and activities offered to pupils ensures there is something for everyone during their lessons and enrichment clubs at Bishop’s.
For information regarding the GCSE PE course, visit the OCR GCSE PE Website – http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gcse-physical-education-j587-from-2016/
For up to date information about training, fixtures and results visit our PE Department Twitter page – https://twitter.com/bhgs_pe_dept
Sports Day in Bishop’s