Head of Physical Education: Miss D Maymon
At St. Gabriel’s the intent of our PE department is to provide our children with a fun, engaging and purposeful Physical Education which prepares our young learners for a healthy, active and fulfilling lifestyle. It is vital that our pupils gain a strong knowledge, skills and understanding of a wide range of sports and in doing so, promote diversity and different cultures. We pride ourselves on being respectful and upholding our core beliefs and Catholic Values.
In addition, we encourage all pupils to fully participate in every activity, enjoy every lesson and always strive to achieve their best. As a result they learn to value the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Our long term aim is to provide pupils with positive experiences of PE which encourage lifelong participation in sport and/or physical activity and contributes to a healthy, active lifestyle and a good level of health and fitness.
As a PE Department, we aim to develop pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. Our high-quality PE curriculum should enable all pupils to build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities.
We have the same high ambitions for all, encouraging everyone to achieve the most they can with their God-given talents.
Curriculum overview at KS3
At KS3, pupils receive two hours PE per week. One lesson is their ‘Games’ lesson and pupils participate in a range of games orientated activities, the other lesson is their ‘PE’ lesson where the focus is on more individual activities and improving their health and fitness.
Outlined below are the activities that pupils currently take part in;
Tennis Outdoor Challenge
Trampoline Fitness (HRF)
Football Outdoor Challenge
At KS4, pupils can choose to study GCSE PE or a Cambridge National Sports Studies qualification. They receive 3 hours of GCSE PE/Cambridge National per week and study the AQA exam board for GCSE and the OCR Cambridge National qualification. They all receive an extra one hour in Core PE time.
Specifications: AQA GCSE PE: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse/physical-education-8582/specification-at-a-glance
OCR Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/sport-studies-level-1-2-j803-j813/specification-at-a-glance/
Pupils who do not opt for GCSE PE have the opportunity to complete Level 1 or 2 Sports Leadership Qualification.
Pupils that do not opt for GCSE PE or Sports Leadership, participate in 1 hour PE per week. The aim is to encourage pupils to continue to participate and enjoy PE and maintain a high level of participation throughout KS4. Where possible, external coaches and off-site activities will be utilised to enrich the curriculum and maintain the motivation of these pupils.
In addition to offering high quality PE lessons, the PE Department at St Gabriel’s prides itself on the quality of the extra-curricular provision for our pupils. Currently the following sports are offered to pupils. For each of these activities where possible the teams compete in Bury, Catholic and County Competitions.
Other activities offered by staff or Sports Partnerships that may not be competed in, include: