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Physical Education Department

 

Introduction:

 

The Physical Education department provides a wealth of valuable learning experiences within its curriculum. Pupils participate in a wide range of physical activities aimed at developing the Social, Emotional, Mental and Physical factors of performance and Human Development.

 

Pupils are actively encouraged to participate in an extra-curricular activity of their choice, in order to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

Departmental Aims

 

To provide a learning environment where pupils are safe and stimulated by the quality of teaching and learning that they receive.

 

To ensure the highest quality of learning and teaching with equality of opportunity for all.

 

To provide physical, intellectual, social and aesthetic challenges for pupils through a balanced Physical Education programme.

 

To develop the Health and Wellbeing of pupils through a Curriculum for Excellence.

 

To contribute to the entitlement of a Broad General Education.

 

To improve physical performance in terms of fitness, co-ordination skills and application of skills in a variety of contexts.

To offer pupils from S3 onwards a variety of certificated courses – , National 4, National 5 Higher Level,  Access 3, National 3, Skills for Work, CSLA and appropriate vocational courses.

 

To encourage positive long-term attitudes towards health and physical activity in pupils. To provide an awareness of the importance of exercise and diet in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

To provide opportunities for pupil vocational development, through accessing courses and opportunities for pupils and by providing vocational courses for them to follow. Sports Leadership, Dance Leadership, Sporting Ambassadors, Sports Captains, Work Experience, NGB coaching awards and access to partner organisations to enhance opportunities.

 

S1 – S3 Broad General Education

 

Pupils are assessed in the context of their performances throughout the block of activity. They are given feedback to allow progression and development to take place and to ensure that the pupil is part of the process. Immediately after Christmas, pupils in S3 are required to complete their Pupil Journal, to assess their Knowledge and Understanding gained throughout the year. All pupils have three periods of Physical Education per week.

 

S4  Core Physical Education

 

Pupils in S4 also participate in Core Physical Education. Pupils experience Personalisation and Choice, by selecting which activities they want to participate in for the duration of the year. S4 pupils participate in two periods of Physical Education per week.

 

S4 – S6 Certification

 

Pupils, who elect to study Physical Education as a National qualification, will follow the departmental National 4, National 5 and Higher courses.

 

Pupils at National 4 and 5 will participate in four lessons per week, with one of these lessons being class room based, to complete the theoretical component of the course. Pupils will participate in two activities, Football and Basketball, throughout the duration of the course. Pupils are both internally and externally verified and are required to submit a Portfolio assignment to the SQA at the end of the year.

 

Pupils at Higher level will participate in six lessons per week, with at least one of these lessons being class room based, to complete the theoretical component of the course. Pupils will participate in two activities, Football and Basketball, throughout the duration of the course. Pupils are both internally and externally verified and are required to submit a Portfolio assignment to the SQA at the end of the year.

 

Methodology

 

The department employ a variety of teaching strategies to deliver courses. The department focus, specifically, on Co-operative learning in both practical and theory lesson delivery. The department have a wealth of strategies for both Indoor and Outdoor lessons, utilised to maximise each pupils learning experience.

 

Assessment

 

Pupils are assessed on their practical performance, in accordance to the appropriate performance criteria, relative to their age and stage of learning. Learning intentions and Success criteria are outlined to pupils at the beginning of every lesson. Individual targets are discussed with pupils and reviewed with the whole class at the end of each lesson.

Pupil performance is moderated within the department to ensure Performance at National Standard.

 

Homework is regularly provided and formatively assessed before being redistributed as feedback on pupil progress.