Introduction

The overall aim of the department is to enable students to enjoy and achieve through developing their physical capabilities to the full. Through acquiring the relevant skills and knowledge students’ will gain the understanding to fulfil a life-long active and healthy lifestyle.

The Staff Team

Mr J Thomas: I have been Head of PE at the School for the past 8 years. In this time I am proud of the reputation the department has built up and particular highlights would be the Sports Tours to South Africa and our annual Sports Awards evening celebrating the success of our students. I am an avid Welsh Rugby and Football fan and since ‘retiring’ from team sports I am now working on improving my half marathon PB and hoping to enter a Triathlon in the near future.

Mrs L De Bruyn: I’m just beginning my 3rd year as a teacher at Chipping Norton School.  My other role in the school is as Head of Sixth Form and I’m really proud of the sporting opportunities the PE team offers all the way through to senior sport. My favourite team sport is Netball and it is a pleasure to play alongside so many of our senior students in the local netball clubs. My specialism is in racket sports and trampolining and I’m beginning to learn to love football as my two sons begin to play.

Mrs S Fisher: I have worked at Chipping Norton School for 10 years and have loved every minute.  I have taught PE from year 7 to A Level and have always been committed to offering extra-curricular opportunities. My role at School now includes working closely with our 10 Partnership Primary Schools within Sport and Enrichment. I love playing any sport and at present play netball in the Swindon league.

Mr L Robinson: I have been at Chipping Norton School for 10 years. My (other) role in the school is as Head of Year 9. My favourite football team is Nottingham Forest and I really enjoy Rugby and team sports. My specific interest in PE is seeing the development of students as they learn to be technically and tactically more astute while learning the life lesson of working collaboratively to succeed to their full potential.

Mrs C Tandy: I have been a teacher at Chipping Norton School since September 2002 and started as a Newly Qualified Teacher. As well as teaching within the PE department I am also a Head of Year. My favourite sport to play is netball but rugby comes a very close second and I enjoy watching and following Gloucester Rugby. My main aim is for students to find a sport or physical activity that they enjoy and that they will continue with once they leave school.

Mr A Trainer: I have been at Chipping Norton School for 11 years, and having been both Head of PE and then Head of Sixth Form my current role is Assistant Headteacher. I enjoy all sports but my true passion lies in Rugby. I thoroughly enjoy helping young people discover the same passion for Sport and PE as I have.

The Learning Spaces

We have fantastic facilities including the use of the leisure centre swimming pool, the fitness suite, squash courts, sports hall and the dance studio at the leisure centre. This goes alongside the school gym, Muga (4 netball courts), and extensive playing fields at the school.

The PE Department offer a broad range of extra-curricular activities to our pupils and has a good reputation within Oxfordshire for sporting success. Within curriculum time we divide Physical Education lessons into indoor and outdoor activities. The indoor activities change termly and the outdoor activities change every two terms.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Girls outdoor: Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics

Boys outdoor: Rugby, football, Cricket, Softball, Athletics

Indoor: FUNS, Rackets, Gymnastics, Swimming, Handball

  • In games activities pupils will refine and develop basic skills, developing their confidence to implement them in small sided games. Pupils will also be introduced to the rules and regulations of the recognised version of each game, developing strategies in attack and defence to improve performance. Pupils will be taught methods of self and peer assessment and will use these skills to improve their knowledge and understanding of skills and tactics, together with improving personal performance.
  • In FUNS pupils will be carrying out physical challenges which aim to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity. The course is designed to improve the core skills of agility, balance and co-ordination enabling greater confidence and access to the PE curriculum.
  • During Swimming pupils will set and meet personal and group targets in swimming events, water based activities and personal survival challenges. They will also develop and use a range of recognised strokes and techniques.
  • In Gymnastics we will be looking at body management and basic gymnastic movements to include: forward/backward roll, side roll, individual balances. Pupils will be set tasks involving the composition, performance and evaluation of gymnastic sequences involving floor work and basic apparatus.

Throughout all activities pupils will explore the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to prepare and recover from specific activities.

Year 8

Girls outdoor: Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics

Boys outdoor: Rugby, Football, Cricket, Softball, Athletics

Indoor: Rackets, Gymnastics, Basketball, FUNS

  • In games activities pupils will refine existing skills and develop specific advanced skills for all games activities. Pupils will be performing these skills in full recognised matches to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the activities including the rules and regulations. Pupils will be given many opportunities for self and peer assessment and will be encouraged to ask questions about tactics in attack and defence to improve their personal performance.
  • In FUNS pupils will refine the skills and understanding acquired in Year 7 and focus on its application in all activity areas. Furthermore pupils will set personal targets for achievement supporting long term athlete development.
  • In Gymnastics we will be looking at body management and refining basic gymnastic movements covered in Year 7. We will then be developing advance techniques and introducing partner balances and the theme of travel. Pupils will be set tasks involving the composition, performance and evaluation of gymnastic sequences involving floor work and more advanced apparatus.

Throughout all activities pupils will explore the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to prepare and recover from specific activities.

Year 9

Girls outdoor: Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics

Boys outdoor: Rugby, Football, Cricket, Softball, Athletics

Indoor: Rackets, Trampolining, Basketball, Gymnastics, Fitness

  • In games activities pupils will refine existing skills and develop specific advanced skills for all games activities. There will be a focus on decision making skills in game situations, where pupils will be actively discovering the most effective techniques in certain situations. Pupils will be given many opportunities for self and peer assessment.
  • In Trampolining pupils will be introduced to basic skills and progress at a pace suitable for themselves. They will move onto the British Trampolining Awards.
  • In gymnastics pupils will focus on Sports Acrobatics, working in small groups and setting their routine to music.
  • In fitness pupils will be given a taster of GCSE PE theory through practical lessons where fitness testing and training is carried out to extend knowledge & understanding.

Throughout all activities pupils will explore the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to prepare and recover from specific activities.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE

All pupils have four hours of core PE a fortnight and activities include the major games, Badminton, Athletics, Trampolining and using the fitness suite. Students can also choose to study for a qualification following one of two routes; either the AQA GCSE Physical Education (8582) qualification or the Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Sport. PE is a popular choice at GCSE.

Key Stage 5 – AS Level

AS Level PE (OCR H555)

The breakdown of this course is 70% theory and 30% practical assessment.

The theory component is examined through three exams and includes:

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition, Sport Psychology
  • Sport in Society

The practical component is made up of assessment in one sport/activity and an oral evaluation of performance.