“Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong”
The PE Faculty
Ms L Balchin – 2nd in PE and Head of Work Related Learning
Mr A Wakeling – Teacher of PE and Head of KS3
Miss S Straughn – Teacher of PE and Science
At Fearnhill School we aim to provide students with the widest possible experience of physical activity in years 7, 8 and 9 with a greater degree of specialisation in years 10 and 11. We aim to give opportunities for students to experience major games such as Football, Basketball, Rugby, Cricket, Netball, Hockey, Tennis and Rounder’s. Students also take part in sports such as Softball, Badminton and Outdoor Education, often within a mixed setting.
In addition to competitive games, our students are taught Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness and Dance. In the summer term, we have a main focus on Athletics and have been very successful in recent Junior and Senior District Championships and County Leagues.
We ensure pupils participate and enjoy PE in order for them to improve and learn key skills and experiences that not only prepare them for sport, but also life in and out of school.
This subject is exclusively practical. Throughout key stage 3 all students take part in two lessons of physical education per week. This adheres to the national requirement of all 11-14 year olds accessing a minimum of two hours of physical education per week. There are also extensive opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular sport at lunchtime and after school.Clubs and activities page →
We deliver a winter programme that is traditionally games based that helps develop skills such as outwitting opponents, defining roles within team games and moreover a duty of care within a team setting where cohesion and communication are paramount to success.
Each term students also have opportunities to develop physical attributes such as cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength and speed along with other important components of fitness. Fitness testing is used to educate students on the components of fitness, how to test them, and how to develop them. This is beneficial not only for their physical development but also for any student preparing to study physical education at KS4 this is essential theoretical knowledge.
In the summer term pupils are taught a wide range of athletics disciplines with an equal opportunity to develop in both track and field events. Cricket, tennis and rounders also play an integral part in the summer term and allows both team and individual skills to be developed accordingly.
Pupils will not gain a qualification during key stage three. However the skills and knowledge they acquire act as a pathway to success if they decide to access a qualification in PE at key stage 4 or 5.
Activities – Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Tag Rugby, Football, Badminton, Hockey, Health Related Fitness, Gymnastics, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders & Cricket
Netball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Rugby, Tag Rugby Football, Badminton, Hockey, Dance, Health Related Fitness, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders & Cricket
Rugby, Tag Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Hockey, Health Related Fitness, Gymnastics, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders & Cricket
Core Physical Education:
Students have two core PE lesson per week. Groups are organised in ability groupings.
During Years 10 and 11, a core Physical Education programme is followed by all students at the School. The aim at Key Stage 4 is to provide students with activities that will encourage them to take part in a healthy and active lifestyle beyond school life.
Where possible, students choose termly from a selection of programmes.
A wide variety of games are offered, including both individual and team games as well as net-wall games and striking/fielding games. These may include: badminton, basketball, netball, cricket, football, rounders, softball. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of health & fitness related options and other non competitive activities, including circuit training, dance, and orienteering.
Within the units covered the emphasis is on developing positive attitudes to physical activity, and students are, therefore, expected to participate fully in all PE lessons (100% participation policy). A great deal of importance is placed on helping students develop personally and socially.
They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
The key concepts and processes include;
- Developing Physical and Mental Capacity.
- Developing Skills/Performance.
- Making and Applying Decisions.
- Making Informed Choices about Healthy and Active Lifestyles.
- Evaluating and Improving.
GCSE Physical Education: AQA Course Structure:
Theory 60% External Examination
Practical 40% Internally Assessed/Externally Moderated
In Year 10/11 groups are taught in mixed ability and single sex groups. GCSE PE is open to all students but is more suited to those who excel in science and participate in school teams or external sports clubs. We do expect students to have shown full participation, enthusiasm and appropriate conduct during their Year 9 P.E. lessons. We also expect students to have achieved at least an average grade of 7 in their practical core PE and to have achieved over 50% in their end of year 9 theory test. Throughout the two year course students will continue to improve in the sports experienced at key stage 3.
The first and most important part of the course (60%)
revolves around the theory of sport, covering the following areas:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Individual differences
- The demands of performance
- Health, fitness and a healthy active lifestyle
The second part of the course is practically based and weighted at 40%.
- 30% Practical Performance
- 10 % Analysis of Performance
Students will be assessed in 3 activities from the full range of National Curriculum areas. There will be flexibility within these areas to allow all students to show themselves at their best. Students are now only assessed as a performer and no longer as a coach or official. There is also an analysis of performance which involves critically analysing their own or others performance within one of their chosen activities they are assessed in.
BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Sport: Edexcel
The BTEC Award is equivalent to a GCSE and is an additional option for students who may be better suited to the qualification rather than GCSE PE.
Students will study four units. Two are compulsory(Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance) with an optional specialist unit (Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness) and one other optional unit. Students are assessed through coursework in three of the units and an online theory test for Unit 5. As students are not assessed as a performer for the BTEC qualification the course is better suited to students who potentially do not play sport at a club of school team level. The assessment approach for the internally assessed units in the qualification structure enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking into account the sports industry standards for behaviour and performance. Good practical skills, the ability to organise and complete work to deadlines, and competent IT skills will allow learners to meet all the needs of the course.
A-Level Physical Education: AQA
The course is 30% practical assessment based on performance in one sport and the analysis of another individuals performance in that sport. 70% is then assessed through 2 exams which focus on a wide range of sporting concepts which develop on from GCSE PE. These include skill acquisition, sport in society, technology in sport, applied anatomy and biomechanics.
Students will have 9 lessons across a fortnight whilst studying this course and it is essential further reading and studying takes place outside of the classroom to sufficiently cover all topics. All of the lessons set on students timetables will be theory based with an expectation students are competing in their chosen sport outside of school to ensure their performance is at the highest possible level.
At Fearnhill students have the opportunity to take part in an array of sporting extra-curricular activities. Run during lunchtimes, or after school, activities are put on and all students are invited to attend. We promote an inclusive environment in an attempt to encourage students towards lifelong participation in sport and a healthy balanced lifestyle. A list of the current clubs currently running can be found below.
Fearnhill do also compete in a range of disciplines across each academic year against other schools. Across all year groups students
have the opportunity to compete in traditional sports such as football, netball, rugby, hockey, basketball, rounders, cricket and athletics. Aside from these activities Fearnhill also compete in volleyball, table tennis, badminton, indoor athletics and cross-country.
- Recent successes in the district include:
- 2015-16 U16 Girls District Badminton Champions
- 2015-16 U15 Boys District Football Champions
- 2014-15 Senior District Athletics Bronze Medallists
- 2014-15 U16 Boys District Football Runners-Up
- 2014-15 U15 Boys Basketball District Champions
Fearnhill has a long line of athletics success spanning decades. Currently competing against schools from all over Hertfordshire in
the county athletics league Fearnhill are yet to mark their stamp on the county stage.’
Gifted and Talented
PE groups are set according to ability and all pupils are challenged to reach their potential. G&T pupils are given the opportunity to further their understanding of performing skills and by leading, coaching and officiating peers or groups of peers. Pupils who are gifted and talented will be given a detailed knowledge of the human body and how the lead an active healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Throughout the year the school will compete at house competitions in PE which is rounded off with a whole school sports day in the summer term.