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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 EDEXCEL. Students typically complete two 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.
Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education. (60% - 2 Written examinations)
Component 1: Fitness and body systems
Component 2: Health and performance
Unit 2: Performance in Physical Education. (30% - Practical 10%- Controlled Assessment)
Component 3: Practical Performance.
Component 4: Personal exercise programme
Sports Studies offers inclusive topics to our students. Two units of work are compulsory with one unit being practical based (Develop Skills) and the other exam based (Contemporary Issues). The other two units can be selected dependent on class strengths. Typically outdoor activities and sports leadership are selected providing students with experiences they may chose to find a career in for the future. Each unit can be attempted twice, allowing students to make improvements after the first attempt.
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
- 3 full size tennis courts
- Outdoor grass area
- Fully equipped fitness suit