Head of Department: Dave White
Members of Department:
- Andy Cotterill
- Kath D’Arcy
- Laura Macaulay
- Tina Patel
- Stephanie Roberts
- Jonathan Signore
The current Physical Education department is very strong, supportive and committed to working together as an effective team, one that is determined to build on recent successes and to develop other areas of the curriculum presently offered to Morpeth pupils.
It is our intention to set realistic goals and ensure positive feedback so that each pupil is aware of his/her own progress and gains the confidence to achieve a higher level. All pupils are assessed at the end of each practical six week unit of work. The PE department follow the whole school policy of setting online homework in Key Stage 3 and 4 through Show My Homework.
Through learning different sets of physical and organisational skills, pupils will acquire essential social skills and work through many different emotions including the concept of ‘winning and losing’. The ability to offer and accept constructive criticism is emphasised.
Maximum involvement and a high level of achievement is expected of every pupil. We promote the understanding that PE is not just the ‘doing’ but also the ‘thinking’ in lesson time. We strive to ensure that all examination candidates have the best conditions under which to complete practical and written work
Key Stage 3 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities (Years 7-8)
- All pupils are taught in mixed gender/ability classes in Year 7 and single sex classes in Year 8.
- The department set realistic and challenging goals for all pupils and ensure positive feedback so that each pupil is aware of his/her own progress and gains the confidence to achieve a higher level.
- In Year 7 pupils are taught a four week unit of Problem Solving skills as part of a baseline assessment unit. They are then taught 5 six week units including: Invasion Games, Striking and Fielding Games, Gymnastics/Trampolining, Dance/HRF and Track and Field Athletics Events.
- In Year 8 pupils are taught 5 seven week units including: Invasion Games, Net Games, Striking and Fielding Games, Gymnastics/Trampolining/Dance (Girls only), Health Related Fitness and Track and Field Athletics Events.
- Pupils are assessed practically at the end of each unit of work. In Key Stage 3 there is an end of year written test.
- Health Related Fitness practical and theoretical activities are taught throughout Key Stage 3. Homework is set online every 2 weeks and students complete a self-assessment proforma at the end of each unit.
- On site there is a fully equipped Sports Hall, Gymnastics Hall, Table Tennis Hall, Dance Studio, Fitness Suite and Multi Use Games Area.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities
- Pupils are taught in single sex classes in Year 9, mixed gender classes in Year 10 and a combination of single sex and mixed classes in Year 11.
- In Year 9 pupils are taught 5 seven week units including: Invasion Games, Net Games, Striking and Fielding Games, Trampolining/Health Related Fitness and Track and Field Athletics Events.
- In Year 10 pupils are taught 6 six week units including: Invasion Games, Badminton, Table Tennis, Rock Climbing, Mini Games and Health Related Fitness. Outdoor and Adventurous activities such as Rock Climbing are studied at Mile End Centre.
- Pupils in Year 9 and 10 can opt to take a GCSE foundation pathway course.
- All pupils are entered on an equivalent Level 1 Sports Leadership Award course in Year 10.
- Pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11 can opt to take a Full GCSE AQA Dance course
- Pupils in Year 10 and 11 can opt to take a Full GCSE Edexcel PE course. All students taking accredited course are expected to complete online homework through SMHK.
- In Year 11 Pupils follow 3 eight week units where they can opt from a wide range of sports in core PE lessons. This choice includes: Football, Basketball, Trampolining, Health Related Fitness/Weight Training, Badminton, Table Tennis and Mini Games.
- Pupils have access to a fully equipped Fitness Suite. Pupils have the opportunity to enhance their practical skills and personal fitness levels.
Other Important Things to Know
- Lunchtimes and afterschool fixtures are organised against local schools in Tower Hamlets and Hackney in many sports (Covid19 restrictions currently).
- Inter-tutor competitions are offered throughout the year.
- A Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Sports Day is run, with every pupil involved in an event at Mile End Athletics Stadium in June.
- The school has a Table Tennis Centre of Excellence and our pupils regularly compete in the National Finals. Pupils have represented England in International competitions, including the 2016 Paralympics.