Physical Education.

Subject Leader: Mr M Eames

Vision / Intent:

The Holywell PE Department aims to help students become the best possible version of themselves. By participating in Physical Education before, during and after school, students can gain a huge range of health, social, emotional and intellectual benefits therefore any form of physical activity is an essential dimension in students' broad scope of development during their schooling years. We encourage students to work hard, play fair and respect each other. It is important that students are given numerous and varied opportunities to engage in a range of enjoyable physical activities, so that they will be more likely to continue being physically active and leading a healthy lifestyle, throughout the rest of their lives.

Approach / Philosophy / Implementation:

To provide students with the best possible physical education experiences regardless of age, race, gender or ability in order to encourage and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

  • To acquire and develop skills and increase competence and confidence in a range of physical activities.
  • To learn how to select and apply skills, strategies and ideas to suit activities that need different approaches and ways of thinking.
  • To provide a supportive environment for enjoyable participation in a wide variety of physical activities.
  • To provide the safest possible environment for all participants, both students and staff.
  • To provide for the allocation of appropriate resources and facilities. 
  • To allow all students to access the curriculum, regardless of ability. 
  • To provide more able students with the opportunities to further develop their potential. 
  • To encourage participation in community-based clubs.
  • To encourage participation of the whole school community in supporting physical activity experiences. 

Department Members

  • Mr M Eames                    PE Subject Leader
  • Mrs S McEwen                 PE Teacher (Maternity Leave)
  • Mrs C Simpson                PE Teacher
  • Miss C Dell                       PE Teacher
  • Mr M Brook                     PE Teacher
  • Mr S Van Der Merwe     PE Teacher
  • Mr L Griffin                      PE Teacher
  • Mr L Hillard                      PE and RE teacher
  • Mrs J Davies                     PE teacher and Acting Assistant Headteacher (DSL/SENDCo)

Topic Overview 2020-21 (subject to change due to Government guidelines on PE Teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic):

Year 5

Autumn Term - Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Gymnastics, Health and Fitness

Main Focus: Skill acquisition. Understanding of basic rules/laws. Peer/self/group observational assessment.

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lesson at the end of each unit of work.

Spring Term - Football, OAA, Basketball, Badminton

Main Focus: Skill acquisition, problem-solving, promoting a healthy life-style, tactics and strategies.

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lesson at the end of each unit of work. 

Summer Term - Athletics, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, Alternate Sports (Foot Golf, Flag Football)

Main Focus: Skill acquisition. Introduction to formalised coaching. 

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lesson at the end of each unit of work. Athletics will involve ongoing practical assessment during each lesson, depending on each discipline. 

Year 6

Autumn Term - Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Badminton, Health and Fitness

Main Focus: Development of skill. Decision-making in pressure situations.

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lessons at the end of each unit. 

Spring Term - Football, OAA, Basketball, Health and Fitness

Main Focus: Problem-solving in pressure situations. Teamwork. Skill acquisition.

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lesson for team games. 

Summer Term - Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis and Alternate Sports (Foot Golf, Flag Football)

Main Focus: Developing consistency in technique. Understanding of rules and regulations.

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lesson at the end of each unit of work. Athletics will involve ongoing practical assessment during each lesson, depending on each discipline.

Year 7

Autumn Term - Rugby, Netball, Gym, Hockey, Health and Fitness

Main Focus: Teaching Games For Understanding (TGFU). Refinement of skills. Developing coaching ability. 

Assessment Focus: Ongoing throughout each unit. Different focus for each sport, linking up with most appropriate Assessment strand. 

Spring Term - Football, OAA, Basketball, Badminton

Main Focus: Teaching Games For Understanding (TGFU). Refinement of skills. Developing coaching ability.

Assessment Focus: Ongoing throughout each unit. Different focus for each sport, linking up with most appropriate Assessment strand.

Summer Term - Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis and Alternate Sports (Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football).

Main Focus: Teaching Games For Understanding (TGFU). Refinement of skills. Developing coaching ability. 

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lesson at the end of each unit of work. Athletics will involve ongoing practical assessment during each lesson, depending on each discipline. 

Year 8

Autumn Term - Rugby, Netball, Gym, Hockey, Health and Fitness.

Main Focus: Teaching Games For Understanding (TGFU).

Assessment Focus: Ongoing throughout each unit. Different focus for each sport, linking up with most appropriate Assessment strand. 

Spring Term - Badminton, Football, OAA.

Main Focus: Sports Education (Students developing their own pathway to learning)

Assessment Focus: Ongoing throughout each unit. Different focus for each sport, linking up with most appropriate Assessment strand.

Summer Term - Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis and Alternate Sports (Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football)

Main Focus: Sports Education (Students developing their own pathway to learning), as well as a more in depth look at analysis of technique.

Assessment Focus: Formal assessment lesson at the end of each unit of work. Athletics will involve ongoing practical assessment during each lesson, depending on each discipline.