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Sport and Fitness is a key part of academy life, with all students studying physical education to develop the mind, body and soul. Students are encouraged to become lifelong healthy sporting participants by taking the roles of a participant, leader, official, coach or spectator.
Our curriculum in Sport and Fitness inspires students to:
- develop skills and techniques within individual and games situations
- making and applying decisions
- developing physical and mental capacity for sustained periods of time
- evaluating and improving
- making informed choices about healthy active lifestyles.
We deliver a balanced curriculum and provide a challenging, creative and enjoyable learning environment. Learning is seen as a two way process where the students’ needs are fully considered and as a department we strive to provide a stimulating, enjoyable and safe environment for all pupils to develop their skills at all levels of ability.
GCSE PE is a popular choice amongst the students and consists of a practical and theoretical element using the exam board OCR. Students typically complete three hours a week which combine theory and practical lessons. Pupils are assessed on their practical ability in three sports and design and complete their own personal exercise programme which is also evaluated. The theoretical element consists of sitting two examination papers at the end of the course.
GCSE PE offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed should they wish to go on and study a similar course at Post-16 level and potentially laying the foundations for a career in the sports industry.
Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance
Students explore how parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They also develop skills in data analysis, and an understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.
There are two topics:
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Physical training.
Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
Students develop their knowledge of the social-cultural and psychological influences on levels of participation in sport, and also how sport impacts on society more broadly. This includes the individual benefits to health, fitness and well-being of participating in physical activity, as well as the influences of commercialisation, sponsorship and the media.
There are three topics:
- Socio-cultural influences
- Sports psychology
- Health, fitness and well-being.
Component 03: Performance in physical education
Students are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. They are also required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance to produce an action plan for improvement.
Our Cambridge National in Sport Studies enables students to develop and apply knowledge of sports-related activities, with a particular focus on officiating. They explore contemporary issues in sport, different ways of being involved in the sports industry, and the impact of sport on wider society.
For both the Award and the Certificate there are two mandatory units:
R051: Contemporary issues in sport
Students explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, such as participation levels and barriers, promoting values and ethical behaviour, and how sport contributes to society as a whole beyond simply providing entertainment.
R052: Developing sports skills
Students try out a range of sports-related skills and techniques, including different practice methods for improving both their own performance and that of others. They develop their knowledge of the use of tactics and strategies in both individual and team sporting activities as well as their understanding of the rules, enabling them to carry out a number of officiating roles within the activities.
For the Certificate there are a further four optional units. Students select two from the following:
We have previously selected Sports Leadership & Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities as our selected units based on the strengths of our students.
R053: Sports leadership
Students learn about some of the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to be an effective sport leader. They put their knowledge into practice by planning and delivering safe and effective sporting activity sessions. Afterwards they review their performance.
R054: Sport and the media
Students explore the relationship between sports and the media: how sport uses the media to promote itself and the media uses sport to expand and maintain uptake of its products. They look at the differences in sports coverage across a range of media outlets and over time and the effect that media has had on public interest and involvement in sport.
R055: Working in the sports industry
Students explore the wide range of career opportunities related to the sports industry as a whole, including those not directly linked to a sport or physical activity. They look at how to access these careers and the development paths within them, and the wider role of the sports in national life.
R056: Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities
Students find out about a wide range of outdoor and adventure activities and the organisations that provide access to them. Through planning and participating in these type of activities they will learn about the risks in involved and gain an understanding of health and safety, risk assessments and the importance of detailed planning for various scenarios and challenging environments. This will also help them develop their communication, decision-making and leadership skills.
PE Rules and Expectations
Beyond the classroom
Beyond the curriculum all students have the opportunity to compete in sport and participate in other activities that are designed to build character, develop confidence and social skills as well as physical skills and ability.
We offer a wide ranging extra-curricular programme of sports and activities from basketball to boxing, trampolining to cricket.
Regular fixtures are arranged against other schools allowing students to proudly represent the academy and demonstrate their practical skills as well as values such as teamwork, respect and commitment. The extra-curricular programme is a truly inclusive one with all students encouraged to get involved.
We have excellent sports facilities and equipment at Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich that supports the development of physical skills and abilities:
- Full size sports Hall
- Climbing wall
- Dance studio
- Outdoor grass area
- Fully equipped fitness suit
- 3G 5 a side (Floodlight)
- Outdoor Netball Court (floodlight)
- Outdoor Tennis Court (floodlight)