The PE Department comprises of four members of staff and offers a broad, balanced, progressive, differentiated and relevant PE curriculum in both Key Stages.
Each year group has its own tailored Curriculum Map, which consists of a number of different activities set out over the course of the academic year. Each activity has its own scheme of work that takes into account the main objectives for each lesson in each activity.
In Key Stage 3 pupils are taught in single sex classes, with a provision of four lessons per two-week period with the exception of Year 9 ‘A Band’ pupils have a provision of three lessons per two-week period.
In Key Stage 4 core PE pupils are taught single sex classes, with a provision of three lessons per two-week period with the exception of ‘B Band’ pupils have a provision of two lessons per two-week period.
In Year 9, pupils have the option to opt for one of two PE based examination courses to study in Key Stage 4; AQA GCSE PE or NCFE VCERT in Health & Fitness.
Although the study of examination PE at GCSE is optional, Hurworth is proud to have a cohort each year for both examination courses. Examination results for the department are consistently impressive with pupils often continuing their study at A-Level. In 2017, 95% of pupils studying GCSE PE achieved grade A*-C and 91% of pupils studying VCERT Health & Fitness achieved a Pass grade or higher.
The PE teaching facilities consists of a state of the art 4-court badminton sized Sports Hall, opened September 2013, two tennis courts and playing fields that house two Football and one Rugby pitch. In the summer the playing fields are marked with a 400m running track and other summer game markings.
In addition to PE in curriculum time, pupils have the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular clubs at lunchtimes and after school. The department is committed to providing pupils with real opportunities for using their talent across Intra and Inter Schools competitions, having great success in a range of sporting activities.
The department follows the AQA Specification which assesses pupils on both practical ability and theoretical knowledge. 40% of the course is a practical controlled assessment and pupils are assessed in one individual sport, one team sport and a third from either an individual or team sport. If pupils are to achieve their true potential in their chosen area, it is expected that students will be working on these areas outside of school hours, by attending clubs, training sessions and extra-curricular clubs. 10% of which is achieved by completing a ‘Performance Analysis Assessment’, a controlled assessment based on practical analysis. Pupils sit two external exams for the theory element of the course at the end of Year 11 representing 60% of the overall GCSE grade.
The syllabus is divided into 7 teaching blocks, each with its own block test. The blocks studied are as follows:
3. Physical Training
4. Movement Analysis
5. Sports Psychology
6. Socio-Cultural Influences
7. Health, Fitness and Well-being
The department is becoming well-resourced to support pupils with their theoretical understanding and pupils are also encouraged to expand their sporting knowledge through various forms of media.
See useful links for syllabus and further information.
VCERT in Health & Fitness
The department follows the NCFE VCERT in Health & Fitness Specification which assesses the pupils via an externally assessed exam and internally assessed coursework.
Pupils receive a provision of five lessons per two-week period, the theory / practical split is very much determined by the unit being studied at various points of the year.
The VCERT in Health & Fitness includes the following units of work:
1. Principles of Health and Fitness
2. Healthy Lifestyles
3. Preparing & Planning for Health & Fitness
4. Develop a Personal Health & Fitness Programme
Each year group has its own tailored Curriculum Map, which consists of a number of different activities set out over the course of the academic year. Each activity has its own scheme of work that takes into account the main objectives for each lesson in each activity. Schemes of work can be found on the PE shared area as well as being housed in lever arch folders in the PE office. SOW have differentiated learning objectives that link to National Curriculum level descriptors. Staff are encouraged to keep a note in their planners of the groups that they have on a day to day basis. If the lesson does not take place then this can be noted in the staff planner and rescheduled.
The following series of lessons will take place from September of Year 7 and will last for 8 consecutive lessons. The aim is to give the PE Department a thorough insight into the capabilities, fitness and skill levels of Year 7 pupils. It will also indicate baseline assessment, which in turn will inform end of Key Stage 3 and 4 target grades.
Lesson 1: Cross Country
Lesson 2: Multistage Fitness Test and Sit & Reach Test
Lesson 3: 50m Sprint Test and Wall Catch Test
Lesson 4: Illinois Agility Run and Standing Broad Jump
Lesson 5: Dodgeball
Lesson 6: Kingball
Lesson 7: Endball
Lesson 8: Benchball
Pupils in all year groups will have their cardiovascular endurance tested termly via the Multi Stage Fitness test and is tracked centrally.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The Curriculum Map and accompanying SOW are designed to cater for a wide range of activity areas and for pupils of differing abilities through the provision of differentiated approaches to aid pupil learning. Pupils are taught in single sex classes, with a provision of four lessons per two-week period. The Scheme of work incorporates assessment opportunities including an end of activity core task that is assessed according to our in house grading system. SOW general are comprised of six to eight lessons, depending on how long the half term is.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
All pupils in Key Stage 4 will receive two or three lessons per two-week period, depending on their teaching set. Pupils are taught in single sex classes for all activities. There is a skeleton Curriculum Map in Key Stage 4 due to having less lessons and in Year 11 pupils have the option to ‘drop’ PE in order to complete subject specific intervention.
Rules & expectations
As a department we strive for high standards of behaviour and appearance in the pupils we teach. We recognise that as teachers we need to set and maintain the standards we expect pupils to follow. The department fully endorses and supports the whole school Code of Conduct.
All pupils should wear the correct PE kit that is specified in the school hand book. Kit can only be bought from the school office. Kit comprises of a royal blue and black polo shirt with Hurworth School logo, royal blue and black shorts/skorts, black football socks and trainers/football boots. An optional royal blue and black fleece and all weather top is also available with Hurworth School logo. From Year 9 girls are permitted to wear school leggings.
If pupils arrive to lessons without part or all of their kit, this is recorded on ClassCharts, persistent offenders will be given detentions that will be arranged through the Pastoral Team and the PE Department at a time convenient to all parties.
If parents have financial difficulties in affording new kit then they should speak to Mr Liddle or Mr Lindsay who can investigate the possibility of financial aid. Pupils are not permitted to be excused for forgetting kit; they must be given kit from the spare kit boxes.
Pupils are not permitted to wear any jewellery in PE. They are reminded to take earrings and watches off before taking part in PE lessons. If a pupil has their ear pierced then they will be asked to remove their stud, regardless of when the ear was pierced. Due to health and safety reasons freshly pierced ears are not allowed to be covered by plasters, therefore, we recommend that if ears are to be pierced then they are done so at the start of the summer holidays, as stated in the school handbook. Pupils should not wear belly bars at any time.
All notes from parents should be taken seriously. Parents can communicate an illness or injury on paper, through the school planner or via a telephone call. Any loose notes should be dated, with the pupil’s name written on and then stored in the correct year group draw. If a member of staff doubts the legitimacy of a note they should see the HOD who will contact the pupil’s parents to ask if a note has been given. We ask that if a pupil feels well enough to come to school that they bring their PE kit along as they may be able to participate in lessons.
The department requires that all pupils should have their achievements recognised and that assessment should be designed to facilitate progress in pupils learning. Teacher assessment in PE is designed to support pupils’ learning throughout the Key Stages and to demonstrate what they have achieved. The department has developed core tasks in all Key Stage 3 SOW that are tracked by staff on a central assessment grid. As part of the monitoring and evaluating process a review of this assessment process is periodically carried out to enable any changes to be incorporated at the planning stage for use in the next academic year. It is designed to promote and implement a consistent approach to assessment. Key Stage 4 pupils are not assessed in PE.
The department offers a broad and balanced range of extra-curricular activities. By attending extra clubs pupils can join school teams or take part in activities to improve skill level, fitness and knowledge. Sessions are offered at lunch times and after school. We try to encourage as many pupils as possible to attend clubs and also encourage other members of staff to come and run clubs. Pupils who take part in clubs often have the chance to represent the Darlington town teams by attending trials. These clubs are often run by PE staff from various schools.
Lunch time clubs run from 12:30 – 1:00pm for Key Stage 3 only. Pupils do not have to wear school PE kit for extra-curricular clubs, only when representing the school or they may be given a specific strip. As kit is expensive, they must be collected at the end of fixtures and is then washed in school. We have previously had the good fortune of being sponsored by several of our parents who run their own companies, and the department are always on the lookout for similar kinds of gestures.
The department host and run various inter-house events throughout the year for Key Stage 3, aiming to involve as many pupils as possible. We encourage competition and pride between and within form classes. Tutors and other staff are encouraged to come along and help or support pupils. We currently offer Futsal, Netball, Basketball, Trampoline, Table Tennis, Cross Country, Rounders and Athletics inter-house events. All points generated from the sporting Inter-house events contribute to the whole school inter-house points system and leagues.
There are many resources to online support pupils in getting into sports and events within the community, maintaining a healthy active lifestyle, as well as examination help and advice.
National Governing Bodies
Maintaining a Healthy Active Lifestyle
- Term Dates
- Safeguarding Blogs