At Saint Aidan's we commit a lot of time, staffing and resources to deliver a high quality product in which all students, whatever their ability, thrive. We provide a wide variety of sporting activities for all ages and abilities. The involvement of pupils in PE - both in the classroom and through the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities - helps boost confidence and self esteem, encouraging teamwork, whilst at the same time developing their physical, mental, social, cultural and moral skills.
We aim to develop every student’s physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these qualities to perform in a range of activities that promote physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Opportunities are provided for students to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. Perhaps one of our most important tasks at present is to develop positive attitudes towards an active and healthy lifestyle. In PE pupils learn to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process, students discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. As well as extensive team practice sessions, there are also lunchtime and after school clubs for extra-curricular activities.
Key Stage 3
All year 7 students' sporting aptitude is tested in a series of ways covering all aspects of the curriculum. This gives each student a starting point from which their progress in PE is measured. They then follow a wide ranging curriculum which covers five areas of competence: Performing Physical skills; Using these skills effectively in competitive situations; Developing physical and mental competence; Learning to make informed choices about a healthy active lifestyle; and, Learning how to evaluate and improve their own or others performance.
The activities that they learn through will include: Gymnastics, Dance, Track and Field Athletics, Football, Netball, Hockey, Basketball, Rugby Union, Cricket, Badminton, Tennis, Rounders, Table Tennis and Personal Fitness training.
Students will be given the chance to develop their individual abilities and interests by adopting a series of different roles in sport including: Player Performer, Coach, Official, Leader and Organiser.
Key Stage 4
Our main aim for the upper school curriculum is to offer all students the opportunity to enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject so that by the time they leave they will be able to make an informed judgement as to why they should and how they could embark on a lifelong involvement in physical activity. We want them to enjoy and succeed through the medium of PE.
As in Key Stage 3, students will follow a curriculum based upon five areas of competence and study these through a wide ranging series of activities. They study either for GCSE PE or BTEC sport.
GCSE PE is an academic course and is aimed at students who may wish post 16 to go on and do ‘A’ levels in PE or other areas. At the end of the course students will be awarded a grade A-G based upon their practical performances and a written examination paper.
BTEC Sport is designed to provide a specialist sports work-related qualification. It has been developed to provide a preparation for employment. At the end of the course students will be awarded a BTEC First Certificate in Sport at NVQ level 2 which equates to a double award at GCSE. This means students will be awarded a double grade from A*A* - CC. However, if they fail to meet the assessment criteria set out for the course they are in danger of achieving no qualification.
Information on Sports Events for boys 2016-17 is available to download: Boys Sports Calendar 2016