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Brynmawr Foundation School

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    Physical Education, by the very nature of its content, has the potential to affect how a person feels every moment of every day for the rest of their life. As a subject we aim to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to experience a diverse programme of study which enables pupils to fully develop their range of physical, emotional and social skills so that they are motivated to pursue these activities throughout their 'school lives' and beyond. Our annual Sports Day and House Sports tournaments stimulate loyalties, teamwork and lively competition

    Key Stage 3

    All pupils in Years 7-9 will participate in 3 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight, covering the following range and content: Games, Gymnastics, Dance Athletics and Health, Fitness and Well-Being (HFWB).

    Games: Pupils are taught how to outwit an opponent through a range of games, including netball, football, basketball, rugby, hockey, rounders and cricket. In each game pupil's will be taught to develop their performance, tactical awareness and knowledge of the rules governing the game.

    Gymnastics: Pupils are taught to develop specific gymnastic techniques and to perform them accurately and consistently. They will be required to create, plan, perform and evaluate sequences on both the floor and using apparatus.

    Dance: Pupils will explore and communicate ideas, concepts and emotions through dance. This will include both set dance and creative dance, with the pupils planning, performing and evaluating their own work.

    Athletics: Pupils are taught to perform at maximum levels through a range of running, jumping and throwing techniques and the competition rules governing each event

    HFWB: This is an integral part of the physical education programme and pupils are encouraged to adopt a positive attitude and become ‘fit for life’. The aim of this unit is to develop pupils' understanding of their own fitness and how improving their fitness impacts on their health and well-being.

    Key Stage 4 – CORE Games

    All pupils in Year 10 will participate in 2 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight, with Year 11 pupils participating in 4 x 50 minutes lessons per fortnight. At Key Stage 4 new activities are introduced through the emphasis of recreational participation in order to continue a ‘fit for life’ ethos.

    Key Stage 4 – GCSE

    At KS4 pupils have the opportunity to develop their physical skills and learn the theoretical aspects of Physical Education through WJEC GCSE Physical Education. The course is taught over 1 year with pupils experiencing an extra 10 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight. The GCSE course is split into practical coursework (60%) and a theory examination paper (40%). The practical element requires pupils to demonstrate their competence in four sporting activities (either as a performer, coach or official). The theory element involves study of the physiological, sociological and psychological aspects of physical activity and sport.