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The Physical Education department believes in developing knowledge and understanding to facilitate pupils to become independent learners. Pupils will develop physical, social, cognitive and affective skills enabling them to have the desired aim of becoming involved in life long active leisure.

We aim to give the ladies and gentlemen at the school the opportunity to learn and enjoy a variety of physical activities whilst educating about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. We offer qualifications in AS & A2 Physical Education in key stage 5 and GCSE Physical Education in key stage 4.

Single PE

In Year 7 to 9, pupils have a single PE lesson, where they are given the opportunity to take part in activities such as:

Boys

  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Health Related Exercise
  • Tennis

Girls

  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Dance
  • Tennis

Double PE

In Year 7 to 11 pupils have a double PE lesson, where they have time to take part in the games activities that are undertaken at school such as:

Boys

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Athletics

Girls

  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Rounders
  • Athletics

In Year 10 and 11 pupils are given the opportunity to do a Life Saving Course or Bronze Medallion, which takes the life saving skills into more detail during their double PE lessons for a term.

In the Sixth Form pupils are given other opportunities such as Fencing, Rowing, Aerobics to choose from.

Resources and Facilities

Our facilities include a 25m, four lane swimming pool with blocks and diving board, fully equipped sports hall, a fitness suite, three hard court tenniscourts with two netball courts marked. The Barton Field which hosts a full size rugby pitch with a training area, two outdoor cricket nets and two 7 a sidefootball pitches. There are plans for a hard playing surface to be built for the Sept 2011 on the school grounds, which will include a basketball court,marked for 5 a side football and short tennis.

The school has the privilege of using Tilsely Park, (Two all weather hockey pitches, which are used for hockey training and fixtures).

We offer a large range of sporting extra-curricular activities with netball, hockey and athletics for the girls and rugby, football and cricket for theboys being very popular and successful. Basketball, football, girls’ cricket and swimming (before and after school) are being more popular as thedepartment is growing to accommodate new activities. There are links with local clubs including netball (Trinity netball club) who train at school. Thereare also several recreation clubs including badminton.

Extracurricular sporting activities are promoted and provided within the school where competition is seen as a vital learning experience. There have beenseveral sporting tours in recent years, including Malta (netball), with more planned in the near future.

House Competitions

OLA works with a House System. There are four Houses, each named after an important person from the school’s past.

The Houses are:

  • Sir George Bowyer was a benefactor of the first Sisters of Mercy in Abingdon.
  • Bishop Richard Challoner worked as a Catholic priest in Oxfordshire in the eighteenth century when Catholics were still discriminated against.
  • Sir Thomas More famously proclaimed himself “The King’s good servant but God’s first” as he refused to abandon his conscientious objectionto Henry VIII as Head of the Church.
  • Sir Edmund Rich of Abingdon became Archbishop of Canterbury and was canonised as St Edmund. 

These Houses compete in several sporting competitions throughout the year. Results are collated and scores given.

PE Uniform

This uniform will be used for the double physical education lesson in the autumn and spring term. The uniform will consist of the following:

Boys

  • OLA Rugby Jersey
  • OLA Navy blue rugby shorts
  • OLA Tracksuit bottoms
  • OLA Tracksuit top
  • Navy blue socks
  • Rugby/football boots
  • Shin pads
  • Mouth guard – compulsory
  • Scrum cap (non compulsory, but recommended)

Girls

  • OLA White Polo T-Shirt
  • OLA Tracksuit bottoms
  • OLA Tracksuit top
  • Navy blue Hockey socks
  • Mouth guard for Hockey
  • Trainers
  • Football/Hockey boots

Indoor Physical Education Uniform

This uniform will be used for the single physical education lessons, and the summer double physical education lessons. The uniform consists of thefollowing:

Boys

  • OLA White Polo T-Shirt
  • OLA Navy blue rugby shorts
  • Plain white socks
  • Non-marking white sport trainers
  • Cricket whites (non compulsory, needed for cricket matches)
  • OLA Swimming shorts, goggles & swimming hat

Girls

  • OLA White Polo T-Shirt
  • Navy blue Lycra shorts
  • Plain white socks
  • OLA PE skirt
  • OLA Swimming costume, goggles & swimming hat

No student will be allowed to partake in any activity without the correct physical education uniform.

Physical Education Ill or Injured Policy (information given to the pupils)
If you are ill or injured and feel that you need to be excused from physical education thenyou will need to bring in a letter from yourparent or guardian.

You are required to attend this lesson as this letter will excuse you from physical activity and not from the lesson.

  • You are assessed on 5 areas, of which only 2 are practical and therefore you are still able to gain a high level of knowledge and understanding of physical activity.

Rewards

Commendations

These are given with the discretion of the member of staff. Commendations are collected and added towards the House total.

Assessment for GCSE PE

Examination

An examination at the end of Year 10, containing multiple choice and extended response questions (worth 20%). The same format of examinations are then done at the end of Year 11 (worth 20%).

Coursework

Assessment of performing or coaching or officiating in 4 activities from 2 separate activity areas and a written piece of coursework based on analysing a performance (worth 60%).

Coursework is made up of 10 activity areas from which the candidate will be examined in the four activities of their choice. The four activities chosen must be from at least two of the areas.

  • Invasion Games (e.g. Netball, Hockey, Football, Basketball ,etc)
  • Striking Games (e.g. Rounders, Cricket, Golf)
  • Net/Wall Games (e.g. Badminton, Tennis, Volleyball, etc)
  • Gymnastic Activities (e.g. Aerobics, Gymnastics, Trampolining, etc.)
  • Martial Arts (e.g. Judo, Karate and Tae Kwon Do)
  • Dance Activities
  • Athletic Activities (e.g. Track and Field Athletics, Cross Country, Cycling, etc)
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (e.g. Horse Riding, Hill Walking and Camp craft, Sailing, Skiing, etc)
  • Swimming Activities (e.g. Life Saving, Swimming and Personal Survival)
  • Coaching or Officiating in a activity is also permitted for certain activities.

Assessment of coursework is conducted by OLA PE staff (or by approved instructors in conjunction with OLA PE staff) and is internally standardised. An OCR examiner then moderates the marks for external standardisation.

It is important that PE students are participating in their chosen activities regularly in and/or out of school. This is not the course to learn new activities! Top grades in this subject come from hard work, determination and lots of reading around the area.

An Introduction to Physical Education

Pupils will acquire an appreciation of topic areas including anatomy and physiology, acquiring movement skills and socio-cultural studies relating to participation in physical activity.

Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

Pupils will experience activities from across different activity and work towards responding to a live performance in one of their own assessed activities.

Assessment for AS Level PE

An Introduction to Physical Education

Pupils will acquire an appreciation of topic areas including anatomy and physiology, acquiring movement skills and socio-cultural studies relating to participation in physical activity.

Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

Pupils will experience activities from across different activity and work towards responding to a live performance in one of their own assessed activities.

Assessment for A2 Level PE

Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education

  • Historical Studies - Pupils will acquire an appreciation of the historical factors that impacted upon participation and competence in physical activity.
  • Sports Psychology - Pupils will acquire an appreciation of the sports psychology factors that impact upon participation and competence in physical activity.
  • Exercise and Sport Physiology - Pupils will acquire an appreciation of how the body changes as a result of physical activity.

The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education

  • Pupils will build upon the skills acquired and developed in Unit 2 in one of their chosen activities and work towards responding to a live performance in their own assessed activity.

How is this qualification assessed?

AS course (Y12)

The first part of the course is externally set and externally assessed by means of a written paper (2 hours). The practical part of the course are internally assessed and then externally moderated. Pupils are assessed in two chosen activities from two different activity profiles and in a response to a live performance.

A2 course (Y13)

The first part of the course is externally set and externally assessed by means of a written paper (2 hours 30 minutes). Pupils are assessed in one chosen activity and in a response to a live performance.

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