Physical Education: Health and Wellbeing in the Community.
“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” – Thomas Carlyle
Why I love what I teach
‘I like to share my passion for sport, and make a difference to people’s lives. It is important for ALL children to access sport and physical activity. Everyone should have the opportunity to have fun with their friends whilst being active and sport should be inclusive for ALL. I want to pass on my knowledge and experience to others so that they understand the importance of living an active healthy lifestyle’.
Miss Folwell, Physical Education
The intent and vision for Physical Education
Sport and Physical Education plays a vital role in improving the mental and physical health and well-being of all students. It is used to improve student’s personal and social skills, and enables students to socialise confidently with their peers in a range of active contexts. The subject area is used to increase independence, resilience and core competencies that will enable students to become self-aware, healthy, active adults. Students develop wider visual-spatial skills linked holistically to their education, health and care needs that will support deep and secure understanding of rules, boundaries, personal and social safety. Students secure an understanding of their bodily functions and movements in order for them to be able to articulate their own health needs in a range of contexts.
How is this implemented?
Physical Education is used as a median to promote the importance of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Students are given the opportunity to experience a variety of team games and individual sports that use a range of skills. These sports and activities cover a range of topic areas including invasion games, athletic activities, gymnastic activities, outdoor adventurous activities and swimming. In addition to sport specific skills, other skills are developed, for example, teamwork, communication, thinking skills, accuracy, problem solving, co-ordination, spatial awareness and independent learning. We look for students to consistently demonstrate the School Games values of ‘Passion, Determination, Respect, Honesty, Team work and Self-Belief’.
Moving on into key stage 4, we extend the knowledge, skills and understanding that students have and look to enhance previously taught skills with leadership skills, independence, organisational skills, persistence and personal target setting. These skills are all linked to employability and the wider world of work. Students learn about improving health and fitness and also about sport and leisure in the locality.
Enrichment and careers links
Physical Education and School Sport is enhanced by the School Sports Partnership offer, which includes participating in sports fixtures, sports festivals and sports taster days for students to experience additional activities as well as giving the opportunity to compete against others. Leadership training camps are held for students, in preparation for them to gain valuable experience within the school setting, taking on extra responsibilities for keeping their peers active and happy, by assisting with lunchtime activities. These opportunities are linked with exploring the world of work and developing people skills, communication skills, organisational skills and building self-confidence.
There are many careers linked to the Sport and Leisure Industry, which include;
Dance teacher / instructor
Leisure centre assistant or manager
Sports development officer
Sports event manager
Outdoor activities worker
Sport and exercise psychologist
Mental health and well-being co-ordinator / practitioner
The teaching is outstanding. Teachers know their students very well and fine-tune lessons to make sure everyone learns very rapidly, whatever level they are starting.