Physical Education

Through our high-quality physical education curriculum, we want to inspire all students to try, succeed and excel in sport and physical activities. We provide a range of opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness – no matter their starting point.

All students at the academy follow National Curriculum PE as a compulsory subject throughout Years 7 to 11.  Each has the chance to compete in sport and other activities, build character and to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Physical Education Department Staff

Mr K Wilson – Subject Leader of PE (Karl.Wilson@rrma.org.uk)

Mr M Evans – Assistant Head (Mark.Evans@rrma.org.uk)

Mr W Tyler – Head of Year 8 (Will.Tyler@rrma.org.uk)

Mr T Devlin – Head of Year 10 (Tom.Devlin@rrma.org.uk)

Mrs K Dickson – Teacher of PE (Kelly.Dickson@rrma.org.uk)

Clubs and Practices

The Physical Education department runs a full and varied programme of extra-curricular activities which are available to all students across the Academy. We participate at various levels of competition in numerous sporting activities and many of our students progress to higher levels of participation through school and club participation. All clubs run either at lunch time 1.05pm to 1.35pm or 3pm to 4.00pm unless otherwise stated.

The timetable is updated on a regular basis and is displayed in the PE department corridor.  Throughout the year we offer the following activities at various times depending on season:

Football

Netball

Dance

Gymnastics

Badminton

Trampolining

Athletics

Fitness

Cricket

Rugby

Futsal

Basketball

Handball

 

 

Click here to display to current extra-curricular timetable

In addition to these clubs, a GCSE PE intervention and revision club runs on a Monday and Thursday lunchtime with Mr Wilson.  On a Monday the focus is on Year 1 content and Thursday is Year 2 content.

At Key Stage 3, students are assessed on their ability to develop their performance across a number of activities as well as coaching, leading and officiating.  The following activities are currently followed at KS3:

Football

Netball

Dance

Gymnastics

Badminton

Handball

Trampolining

Athletics

Fitness

Cricket

Rugby

 

Students build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They gain an understanding of what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work.  They develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

At Morton Academy students are taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports.
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges.
  • Work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems individually and as part of a group.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs. 

In Key Stage 4, where students have two hours of core PE per week, all of our students are directed towards sporting specialisms and interests so that levels of motivation remain high.  At this stage they are provided with a choice of activity to take part in for a half term or full term.  After progress has been made, students are encouraged to try out other activities to allow them to broaden their skillset.  Students will tackle complex and demanding physical activities, as well as those that develop personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

At Morton Academy students are taught to:

  • Use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports or other physical activities.
  • Take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage students to work in a team, building trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
  • Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.
  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

The GCSE Physical Education course is an academic route into the world of sport and PE and is held in high regard by further education providers, universities and employers. This course can contribute as one of our students' main GCSEs and is included in the Attainments 8 and Progress 8 measures. It is a hugely successful subject within the academy with an improving pass rate which is already well above national average. 

The GCSE course content consists of the following units:

Fitness and Body Systems

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Movement Analysis

Physical Training

Use of Data

This component is assessed during an exam and is worth 36%.

Practical Performance

Skills during Individual and Team Activities

General Performance Skills

The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list.  One team, one individual and one of either.

These are assessed by the teacher and moderated by the exam board. This is worth 30%.

Health and Performance

Health, Fitness and Well-being

Sport Psychology

Socio-Cultural Influences

Use of Data

This component is assessed during and exam and is worth 24%.

Personal Exercise Programme

Aim and Planning Analysis

Carrying out and Monitoring a PEP

Evaluation of the PEP

This component is assessed by the teacher based upon the quality of the PEP and moderated by the exam board. This is worth 10%.

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • Further study of physical education at AS and A Level
  • Vocational courses such as BTEC Nationals in Sport and Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Apprenticeships and other training
  • Employment in a related sector

Employment opportunities following university include:  PE Teacher, Sports Analyst, Physiotherapist, Sport Therapist, Sport Scientist and many more…

The V-Cert in Health and Fitness course is aimed specifically at 14-16 year olds who are interested in exercise, lifestyles and diet. 

Level 1 Content

Introduction to Health, Fitness and Exercise

This unit aims to give learners an introduction to health, fitness and exercise. It introduces learners to the main body systems and basic anatomy in relation to fitness. Learners will look at the short-term effects of exercise on the body.

Understanding a Healthy Lifestyle

This unit aims to give learners an idea of the role of diet and how this can impact on health and fitness. They will understand the effects of diet on health and fitness.

Planning an Exercise Session

This unit aims to introduce learners to the safety factors they need to consider when planning an exercise session. They will produce a plan for the delivery of an exercise session.

Understanding a Personal Fitness Programme

This unit aims to provide learners with the understanding of how personal exercise programmes are developed. They will review the programme for a specific session.

The Level 1 assessment consists of two types:

  • Internal assessment – portfolio of evidence. This will be graded by teaching staff and externally moderated by NCFE (Units 1, 3 and 4).
  • External assessment – written examination. This will be graded by NCFE. (Unit 2)

Successful completion of this qualification will enable learners to progress to Level 2 qualifications in related subjects such as Sport, Health & Social Care and Public Services.  If employment is the route you wish to take, this course builds a foundation for working in the Health and Fitness industry.

Level 2 Content

Principles of Health and Fitness

This unit aims to introduce learners to the principles of health and fitness.  Learners will understand the main components of fitness and the principles of training. They will look at the benefits and effects of exercise on the body systems. 

Healthy Lifestyles

This unit aims to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of how food and physical activity can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.  They will learn the importance of diet and nutrition. Learners will understand how motivation affects participation in physical activity.

Preparing and planning for health and fitness

Learners will understand factors that affect a health and fitness plan. This will enable them to prepare a health and fitness plan to improve their exercise and diet.  The learner will be able to evaluate a health and fitness plan.

Develop a personal health and fitness programme

This unit will give learners the opportunity to bring together their learning gained throughout the course and develop a health and fitness programme.  They will gain knowledge and skills in carrying out fitness tests and understand the importance of preparation and effectiveness.

The Level 2 assessment consists of 2 types:

  • Internal assessment – portfolio of evidence. This will be graded by teaching staff and externally moderated by NCFE (Units 1, 2 and 4).
  • External assessment – written examination. This will be graded by NCFE. (Unit 3)

After a successful 2 years completing the Level 2 course you will be free to pursue the following options:

  • A-level in Physical Education (6th Form or College)
  • Diploma in Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies (Level 3)
  • Any Level 3 or A-Level subject relating to Sport, Nutrition or Exercise.

Taking this route could unlock a range of careers such as Fitness Instructor, Sports Coach, Sports Development Officer, Health Development Officer and many more.

Since the abolition of the School Sports Co-ordinators programme in 2010, there existed a need to deliver quality PE and sport to Primary school children. The RRMA Sports Ambassador programme was initially set up to address this need.  The heartbeat of this programme are the students of Morton Academy, who have the opportunity to become leaders and to gain hands on vocational experience outside of a school setting.

Each of the RRMA Sports Ambassadors have been through a strenuous application process. They gained interview experience prior to being put in post, and each were selected on merit. There are currently over 70 students who are part of this programme as of January 2016. They each have their own individualised programme that includes Continued Professional Development (they attend courses on how to plan and deliver lessons) and they have the opportunity to gain coaching badges and qualifications throughout the year.

The Sports Ambassadors have taught lessons in our Primary Schools, helped run the gifted and talented after school centre of excellence, ran sporting festivals as well as being asked for specifically by our feeder Primary and Infants schools to come in and deliver their annual sports days.

They have met with England Rugby Internationals for a seminar on ‘what it is to be a leader’, attended question and answer sessions with an F1 test driver and they have represented the academy at the cycling Tour of Britain event.  Alongside this they have also participated in a charity marathon event which raised over £1000 pounds for Save the Children.

All have embodied the spirit and ethos of what it means to be an ambassador; someone who leads by example, who is prepared to invest their own time for the good of someone else, who has the highest standards in everything that they do and who are working in the community for the greater good.

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