Physical Education

The Physical Education Department aims principally to promote the healthy physical, social and psychological development of all pupils. Accordingly, it offers to every pupil a wide and varied range of sporting activities through its curricular and extracurricular programmes.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Physical Education Department aims to:

  • develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of human performance through participation in a range of physical activities;
  • provide pupils with opportunities to acquire and develop to the highest level a range of physical skills related to selected games/sports;
  • develop in pupils self-discipline, confidence, competence and a positive attitude;
  • develop pupils’ appreciation of the relationship between physical activity and general health; and
  • promote pupils’ appreciation of the significance of co-operation and competition in individual and team games.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3, Physical Education is delivered over four lessons per fortnight.

Pupils study a broad and balanced range of activities in the following areas of study:

  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming

In Year 8 and Year 9 pupils participate in connected learning opportunities with other subject areas through a thematic approach. They investigate a number of areas including Personal Health and Global Games.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 4, the Physical Education Department offers Physical Education at GCSE Level. Pupils follow the CCEA specification. Physical Education is delivered over six lessons per fortnight.

Unit 1: Developing Knowledge, Understanding and Skills for Balanced, Healthy Lifestyles and Participation in Physical Activities (40%)

This unit covers factors that affect the development of health and peak physical fitness. It contains short answer and multi-part questions. All questions are compulsory.

Pupils are required to recall, explain and apply concepts, facts, terminology, methods and principles to demonstrate understanding of the subject content. Pupils must also analyse, interpret and evaluate information and material.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Developing and Maintaining a Balanced, Healthy Lifestyle (20%)

In this unit, pupils are assessed on their evidence of developing and maintaining balanced, healthy lifestyles. This includes their ability to analyse evaluate, plan, implement, and monitor actions to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

In this unit, pupils are required to undertake and complete this task under the teacher’s supervision.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Assessment of this unit will take place during Year 11 and Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 3: Individual Performance in Physical Activities (40%)

In this unit, pupils are required to:

  • Analyse, evaluate, plan, implement and monitor actions to improve skilled performance in selected physical activities; (10%) and
  • Improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of individual performances in physical activities (30%)

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Assessment of this unit will take place during Year 11 and Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 5, the Physical Education Department offers Physical Education at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the Edexcel specification. At AS and A2 Level, Physical Education is delivered over ten lessons per fortnight.

At AS Level, students must successfully complete two modules. A further two modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

At Key Stage 5, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health and fitness.

They are offered a number of weekly activity sessions or designated periods when they can use the fully equipped Fitness Suite.

AS PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation (50%)

The unit content is divided into two sections: the first investigates what constitutes a healthy and active lifestyle and the second considers how competitive sport has developed over time.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: The Critical Sports Performer (50%)

The fundamental ethos for this unit is to engage students in four tasks. This establishes a framework of opportunities to develop practical experiences and conduct independent research into the structure, provision and analysis of sport and physical activity.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Assessment of this unit will take place during Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

A2 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Unit 3: Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance (50%)

In this unit, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the short-term and long-term physiological and psychological preparations made by elite athletes.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 4: The Developing Sports Performer (50%)

In this unit, students will construct a development plan to further their performance as players, leaders or officials.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Assessment of this unit will take place during Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

EXTRA- CURRICULAR PROVISION

The Physical Education Department contributes extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision. Extra-curricular activities include:

  • Aerobics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Camogie
  • Creative/Modern Dance
  • Cross Country
  • Circuit Training
  • FunSports
  • Gaelic Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hurling
  • Netball
  • Olympic Group
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Sky Sports Living for Sport
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Table-Tennis
  • Tag-Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Throughout the year, individual pupils and teams are entered for Area Board, Regional and Provincial competitions. Successful teams compete regularly at All - Ireland level.

The Physical Education Department also provides students with a range of opportunities to develop their sports leadership skills and gain coaching qualifications, including:

  • Sports Leadership (Level One Award)
  • Foundation Level Coaching
  • Top Link Training
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • Volunteer Now

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

The sports facilities at the school include a fully-equipped sports hall, a fully equipped gymnasium, a fitness suite, an all-weather pitch, two grass pitches and five tennis courts. The school also makes regular use of the facilities offered by the local council such as the swimming pool, squash courts and fitness suite, driving range, golf course and all weather pitches.

CAREERS INFORMATION

The study of Physical Education is useful for students wishing to pursue careers in areas such as:

  • Sports Practitioner (e.g. Sports Coach, Sportsman/woman, Fitness Instructor; Personal Trainer)
  • Sports Management (e.g. Sports Agent, Sports Administrator)
  • Sports Promotion (e.g. Sports Development, Sports Marketing and PR, Sports Sponsorship)
  • Sports Reporting (e.g. Sports Journalist, Sports Commentator, Sports Website Designer)
  • Sports Equipment Manufacture and Retailing
  • Sports Science (e.g. Sports Therapy, Sports Psychology)
  • Sports Law
  • Teaching
  • Sports Medicine (e.g. Physiotherapy)