Physical Education

TrampolinePhysical Education and sport are an integral part of life at Icknield. The physical education department offers a broad curriculum of core PE from Year 7 to Year 11, giving students the opportunity to benefit from specialist teaching. We not only focus on improving their skills, techniques and tactical understanding but offer them opportunities to develop socially, physically and mentally. They are given the opportunity to work on their own and with others, promoting independence, cooperation and competition. We help to develop a positive attitude to health, hygiene, fitness and generally well-being.

There are several leadership opportunities that are offered to students throughout both Key Stage 3 and 4. The aim is to give students the knowledge and confidence to organise and deliver sports sessions to their peers, local Primary schools and the wider community. Throughout the week we have a wide range of activities on offer which is open to all students. There is a significant number of very well attended winter and summer sports practices. This had led to numerous successes in both town and county level competitions. We run several trips to see professional sportspeople, most notably in rugby, cricket, tennis, cycling, netball and hockey. Every two years we also run a fantastic ski trip to Austria. These are complimented by a comprehensive programme of inter-tutor competitions, and Icknield Sports Night.

Key Stage 3

All students at Key Stage 3 receive two hoursSkiTrip of physical education per week.

During the three years, students will experience a range of activities focusing on:

• Outwitting opponents – football, rugby, netball, hockey, basketball, table tennis, badminton, cricket, rounders and tennis
• Maximum performance – athletics
• Aesthetic appreciation – gymnastics
• Promoting health and well-being – orienteering and fitness

We have single sex lessons which are grouped by ability.

Key Stage 4

Students at Key Stage 4 also receive two hours of physical education a week. Students have much more influence over the activities they take part in through an option format. We aim to promote activities which our students will continue for many years after they have left Icknield High School. For this reason, we not only offer traditional activities like football, basketball, netball and cricket, but also current activities such as Zumba, circuit fitness, roller skating and golf. Some of these lessons are taught in mixed gender groups. The focus for physical education throughout key stage 4 is on participation for enjoyment and health benefits , for treat narcolepsy see here .

We also offer GCSE PE. This course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It gives them exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. They can perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official.

Through a variety of classroom based as well as practical sessions, students:
• develop their knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities
• examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance
• find ways to improve your own performances in a variety of roles
• identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in physical activity

The GCSE course is assessed over two units.
Unit 1 is externally assessed through a written examination paper of 1 hour and 30 minutes. This will contribute a maximum of 40% towards your total mark.
Unit 2 is assessed in two sections:
• Section 1: Four practical performances in the role of either player/participant, leader or official.
• Section 2: Analysis of performance in one of the chosen activities and should include planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme.