The importance of Physical Education
“In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these means, man can attain perfection.” – Plato
Gone are the days in which Sport and Physical Education were seen as just going outside to kick a Football around with some friends. Sport and Physical Education includes a myriad of other subjects within it such as Science, Psychology and Sociology. Sport and Physical Education is much more than that in this day and age and this is particularly true with Sport and Physical Education at St Peter’s.
Sport and Physical Education has many areas that make it whole. For instance, elite sport is dominated by Science. Science is used to understand the body and how it reacts to exercise and exertion. Science is used to record and evaluate this data. Science is also used to research and build top quality sports facilities and equipment. In Psychology, Sport and Physical Education relies on coping mechanisms for stressful events in sports such as penalty shoot outs in Football. Psychology also extends to our individual differences and how these make us successful sports performers. For English and Sport and Physical Education the link is between the ways in which we can communicate our feelings about a particular topic such as role models in sport being positive or negative or how we are planning to teach a coaching session to a group of year 7 students.
All of the skills learnt in and around school can be applied to sport, and in Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to use their practical skills to develop as young sportsmen and women. Team sports such as Football, Netball, Rugby and Hockey are used to help students demonstrate their ability to work as a team and to perform skills in a variety of situations. Individual sports such as Trampolining, Fitness, Badminton and Dance allow the students to focus on their individual performance.
When students reach Key Stage 4 they can opt to take Cambridge Nationals in Sports Science. Each year on average 30% of each year group opt to take Cambridge Nationals in Sports Science as one of their options which is fantastic for the PE department. This shows that they want to develop their appreciation of Sport and Physical Education and gain an accredited qualification in Sport and Physical Education.
Also at Key Stage 4, students study Core PE within a Personal Development unit which lasts for 2 years. Students have a mixture of practical and classroom based lessons that focus on aspects from the national curriculum for Physical Education and theoretical concepts such as Contemporary issues in Sport, Sports Leadership and Outdoor and Adventurous education.
Students who wish to take their experience of Sport and Physical Education further in Key Stage 5 have the option to take Sport and Physical Activity Level 3 and/or A Level PE. Each suited to different types of learner.
This broad and inclusive offer from Key stage 3 to Key Stage 5 allows the students at St Peter’s to flourish in the Sport and Physical Education setting.
Core PE is taught in single sex classes as Males are generally more developed physically and so in PE that it would potentially disadvantage the Females upon their arrival from the Primary schools. Therefore, Core PE at St Peter’s is taught in single sex classes from Year 7 until Year 11 to allow both Males and Females a chance to develop their skills and physical abilities.
Once students opt to choose Sports Science/Sports Studies in Year 10, classes are taught in mixed Gender classes for the majority of activities. However, if the PE members of staff feel there is a disadvantage to anyone because of the activity/physical development/experience in the activity then single sex classes may be created.
Sport and Physical Education can take you many places such as a Sports Reporter, a Sports Professional, Physiotherapist, Kit Man, PE teacher, Coach, Army, Police, Sports Psychologist, Sports Business and many more. All of these routes are achievable by achieving in PE at any Key Stage.