PE

PE

PE DEPARTMENT AIM

The optimum physical development of the individual through the acquisition of techniques and skills in a range of individual and team activities, along with an understanding and appreciation of human movement and a positive attitude to health and fitness through participation in physical activity.

The P.E. Department consists of five full time P.E. specialists, one fitness suite staff, other members of Staff and some outside helpers who help during double period games lessons. The staff have access to a variety of on site and off site facilities of a high standard through which they implement a well-structured programme of physical education.

The work of the physical education department is designed to support, contribute to and complement the overall aims of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

The department aims to provide an enjoyable, satisfying and balanced program with opportunities for every pupil to develop physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially.

A comprehensive and balanced range of activities and experiences will endeavour to meet the needs of all the pupils and encourage active involvement inside and outside school. These activities are well structured through schemes of work, which provide for continuity, progression, challenge, a sense of achievement and enjoyment. These schemes are under constant evaluation and will be linked to detailed pupil profiling and reporting system. The teaching approaches allow for individual, group and team work, and encourage decision-making by the pupil, high levels of activity and a safe working environment.

The development of confidence, tolerance, fair play and the appreciation of personal and other people's strengths and weaknesses are also considered to be important within the learning process.

Finally it is hoped that the programme offered, along with knowledge of local leisure and sporting opportunities within the local community, will develop in the pupils the knowledge, skills and attitudes conductive to learning an active and healthy lifestyle.

1. To assist pupils in the acquisition, development and application of techniques and skills in a variety of physical activities.

2. To promote an understanding of human performance during physical activity.

3. To promote an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and general good health and an awareness of safety within physical education.

4. To encourage and allow pupils to participate at their own level of performance, whilst allowing some to compete at a high level in a range of activities.

5. To develop an enjoyment in taking part in physical activity and to encourage continued participation during leisure time and adult life.

6. To develop an awareness of the aesthetic, creative and expressive nature of movement.

7. To foster habits of responsibility and self-discipline and to promote initiative and co-operation through participation in physical activity.

8. To promote physical education as an enjoyable and valuable activity, that pupils of a wide range of backgrounds and abilities can participate regularly.

9. To enable pupils to acquire a suitable basis for further study, experience or a career in physical education, sport or leisure.

10. To prepare pupils for entry into external exams by enhancing their thinking skills and personal capabilities within the theory of education, by making pupils recognise the skills of managing information, working with others, thinking, problem solving, decision making, self management and being creative.

PROGRAMMES OF STUDY FOR KS3

Athletics

athletics

Year Group Content Covered
Year 8 Sprinting, Middle Distance, Relay, Shot-put, Long Jump, High Jump
Year 9 Sprint Technique, Relay changeovers, Discus, High Jump, Long Jump, Javelin
Year 10 Sprint technique, Resisted Sprints, Hurdle Technique, Javelin, Triple Jump, High Jump, Hammer Technique

Key Concepts 

  • Personal Understanding e.g. Setting achievement Goals
  • Personal Health e.g. Understanding benefits of exercise
  • Moral Character e.g. Self Discipline and Work Ethic
  • Citizenship e.g. Working as a group to develop safety procedures for the throwing events.
  • Cultural Awareness e.g. discussion on stereotyping within athletics
  • Media Awareness e.g. Recognising the top sprinters within athletics related to football players and the TV coverage athletics receives, sponsorship (Year 8+9)
  •                            e.g. Reference to Olympics and to high profile athletes (Year 10)
  • Ethical Awareness e.g. Investigate some of the issues within athletics, especially cheating and the use of drugs.

  

Swimming

pool

Year Group Content Covered
Year 8 Water Confidence, Water Safety, Personal Hygiene, Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Competency Challenges
Year 9 Water Confidence, Water Safety, Personal Hygiene, Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Competency Challenges
Year 10 Lifesaving strokes, Reach, Throw, Wade, Tow Rescues. Deep Water Retrieval, Recovery Position, CPR, Water Safety

Key Concepts

  • Communication and Management Information .e.g. Partner Correction (Year 8+9)
  • Citizenship e.g. Partner discussion and debate (Year 8+9)
  •                         eg. Exploration of different life saving techniques (Year 10)
  • Personal Health e.g. Personal Hygiene (Year 8+9)
  •                                   eg. Appreciating physical demands on body. (Year 10)
  • Mutual Understanding e.g. Peer assessment (Year 8+9)
  •                                                eg Partner rescues (Year 10)
  • Moral Character e.g. Taking responsibility for task completion (Year 8+9)
  • Moral Character and Spiritual Awareness eg. Respect for life (Year 10)
  • Personal Understanding eg. Knowing personal water competencies (Year 10)
  • Media Awareness eg. Reference to relevant newspaper articles (Year 10)
  • Employability eg Deciding upon appropriate technique (Year 10)

 

Skill Development

skill development copy

Year Group Content Covered
Year 8 Throwing and Catching, Fielding Techniques, Basketball, Basic Passing Shooting and Movement Skills, Short Tennis, Ground Stokes, Volleys, Forehand, Backhand
Year 9 Short Tennis, Ground Stokes, Volleys, Forehand, Backhand, Rule Setting, Competition Organisation, Scoring
Year 10 Volleyball Skills, Set, Dig, Spike Shots, Communication, Scoring, Rules, Softball, Striking and Fielding Skills, Rules, Tactical Appreciation

Key Concepts

  • Personal Understanding e.g. Improving techniques
  • Personal Health e.g. Physical and Psychological Benefits of warm up
  • Mutual Understanding e.g. Understanding partners strengths and weaknesses (Year 8)
  • Citizenship e.g. Problem solving when trying to improve techniques (Year 8)
  •                         e.g. Understanding the need for rules, and devising rules (Year 9+10)
  • Employability e.g. Team work (Year 8)

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                               e.g. Decision making, tactical appreciation (Year 9+10)
  • Moral Character e.g. Accepting the authority of an official

Basketball

basketball

Year Group Content Covered
Year 9 Passing, dribbling and shooting skills, team work, individual responsibilities, Rules, scoring and Safety
Year 10 Passing, dribbling and shooting skills, team work, individual responsibilities, Rules, scoring and Safety, Defensive Systems, Attacking Ploys, Rebounds, Tactical Awareness 

Key Concepts

  • Personal Understanding e.g. Performance improvement
  • Personal Health e.g. Physical and Psychological Benefits of warm up
  • Mutual Understanding e.g. Understanding strengths and weaknesses within a team
  • Citizenship e.g. Understanding the need for rules
  • Employability e.g. Team work
  • Moral Character e.g. Accepting the authority of an official

   

Gymnastics

gymnastics

 Year Group Content Covered 
 Year 8 Body Control, Locomotion, Balance, Rotation, Partner Balance, Sequence Work
 Year 9 Body Control, Locomotion, Balance, Rotation, Partner Balance, Sequence Work, large apparatus work, respect and safety of equipment and others
 Year 10 Vaulting techniques, Core Stability, Spotting Techniques, Respect for safety of others, Importance of Strength

Key Concepts

  • Personal Understanding e.g. Reflection and analysis of previous work/self assessment (Year 8)
  •                                                   e.g. Reflection and analysis of previous work/self assessment (Year 9)
  •                                                   e.g. Knowing personal limitations and rate of progression (Year 10)
  • Mutual Understanding e.g. partner routines (Year 8)
  •                                                e.g. Sharing equipment (Year 9)
  •                                                e.g. Level of spotting required for individuals in the class (Year 10)
  • Personal Health e.g. understanding of the benefits of a warm-up (Year 8)
  •                                   e.g. understanding of the benefits of a warm-up, strength, balance and flexibility (Year 9)
  • Spiritual Awareness e.g. aesthetic movement (Year 8+9)
  • Citizenship e.g. partner problem solving (Year 8)
  •                         e.g. Understanding the need for safety rules (Year 9)
  • Employability e.g. decision making, imagination and invention within sequences. (Year 8)
  •                               e.g. Invention and co operation with others on use of apparatus (Year 9)
  • Moral Character eg. Taking responsibilities for others safety, spotting (Year 10)
  • Media Awareness eg Reference to televised sporting events (Year 10)

   

Fitness

gym

Year Group Content Covered
Year 10 Aerobic, Anaerobic, Circuits, Fitness Suite Work. Diet and Hydration

  

Key Concepts

  • Personal Understanding eg. Identifying areas for improvement and development
  • Personal Health eg. Positive feelings and benefits of exercise
  • Moral Character eg Disciplined exercises and routines
  • Citizenship eg. Understanding the need for rules
  • Media Awareness eg. Childhood obesity
  • Economic Awareness eg Cost of facilities
  • Education for sustainable development eg Long term investment of facilities by school

 

 

EXAMINATION RESULTS

GCSE SUMMER 2013   
Relative Performance Indicator   
  A* A B C D Other
RBAI 14.2 51.4 85.7 97 100  
UK 2.9 19 45 70.4   100
NI 7.2 26 50.9 72.7   100

AS SUMMER 2013   
Relative Performance Indicator   
  A* A B C D E
RBAI   10 35 50 90 100
UK   7.5 19.9 37.1 59.4 85
NI   13.8 33.8 57.6 80.7 95.2

A2 SUMMER 2013   
Relative Performance Indicator   
  A* A B C D E
RBAI   21 36.8 79 94.7 100
UK 2.5 11.7 32.2 59.7 83.7 96.9
NI 2.8 15.8 40.8 67.5 87.2 97.2

  

FACILITIES - ON SITE

Large Gym

Large gymContains all equipment necessary for the teaching of gymnastics in relation to our Programme of Study in this area. It also has provision for basketball, fitness/circuit training and has a climbing wall for the use of the Mountaineering Club.




    

Sports Hall

sports hallThis fantastic facility contains all the necessary equipment for us to follow our Programmes of Study for Skill Development, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball and Soccer. It is also equipped with a tennis court, indoor cricket nets and a netball court.




   

Leisure/Fitness Suite

gymThis facility allows us to offer a quality Health Related PE Programme and contains a variety of modern and hi-tech cardio-vascular, resistance and free weights equipment. The fitness suite is due to be extended and refurbished during summer 2008. This facility is staffed by a suitably trained fitness instructor.



   

Swimming Pool

poolThis is a 25m pool with all the equipment necessary to follow our Programmes of Study for Swimming, Life Saving and Water Polo.






    

FACILITIES - OFF SITE

Osborne Park

osborneOsborne Park has a pavilion with a staff changing room, 8 pupil changing rooms, 2 shower areas, a kitchen, reception room and toilet facilities. It also includes: 3 full size rugby pitches, 2 other pitches, 2 training areas (1 of which is floodlit)3 tennis courts.2 artificial cricket mats and 6 nets for practice.An International standard cricket square.



Bladon Park

bladonBladon Park opened in 2007 and has new changing and showering facilities for up to 6 teams. It also has: 2 full size rugby pitches,  1 full size football pitch, 1 full size cricket pitch (artificial wicket)






Shaws Bridge Playing Fields

shaws bridge Shaws Bridge Playing Fields have an international standard, water-based Astroturf hockey pitch.






    

Boathouse

boathouseThe RBAI boathouse is situated on the banks of the Lagan and shares a slipway with the Belfast Rowing Club. As well as housing a large number of varying crafts the boathouse also provides provision for Concept 2 indoor rowing machines, Weights, Changing and showering facilities.




 

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