Subject Leader – Mr M Cooper (CooperM@themanor.notts.sch.uk)
The Physical Education Department at Manor Academy develops students' physical competences and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities. It encourages students to develop a wide range of skills and ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse situations and make appropriate decisions. They also reflect on their own and others' performances and find ways to improve them.
PE helps students develop personally and socially. During PE lessons, students work as individuals, in groups or in teams, developing concepts of fairness and personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
In year 7 students focus on developing sport specific skills to build on physical literacy skills that have been learned in primary school. They follow units of invasion games, net wall games and striking and fielding games (football, rugby, basketball, netball, badminton, short tennis and rounders) where students learn individual practical skills in isolation and then they apply them in game situations. Students also have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of tactics used in these games.
Year 7 students also complete work on improving performance in individual sports (gymnastics, dance, trampolining and athletics), in this part of the curriculum they develop their technique and analyse their performances compared to previous ones to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
In year 8 students focus on selecting and applying the skills learnt in year 7. They follow units of invasion games, net wall games and striking and fielding games (football, rugby, basketball, handball, badminton, tennis, and cricket) where students continue to learn individual practical skills in isolation and then they apply them in game situations. Students also have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of tactics used in these games.
Year 8 students also complete work on improving performance in individual sports (trampolining, health related exercise and athletics), in this part of the curriculum they develop their technique and analyse their performances compared to previous ones to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)
In Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11) core PE students are given a more flexible choice of options where possible. This enables them to develop more in-depth knowledge and practice more advanced skills. Students analyse the performance of individuals and teams in order to aid improvements.
Students in year 10 and 11 have the option of using the Spirit and Soul fitness suite, here they design and carry out a training programme and record personal achievements and set fitness goals.
In Year 11 students have the option of completing a GCSE qualification through the Edexcel exam board, which includes 60% theory and 40% practical. Units cover a wide range of theory units including; anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training, sports psychology, health, fitness and wellbeing and socio-cultural influences. GCSE PE students also have to specialise in three sports that they are practically assessed in.
We also offer a BTEC in Sport at Level 1 and Level 2, this allows learners to develop vocational skills across a range of units including sports leadership and fitness for sport and exercise.
In KS5, OCR A level PE is offered to post 16 students, many of the students who opt for this go on to study a degree in sport at university. Again there is a mix of both practical and theory with 70% of the qualification made up of theory. Students study units in sport in society, sport psychology, skill acquisition, exercise physiology and practical performance.
Students are able to access lessons in our fully equipped sports hall, sports barn, gymnasium, Astroturf and extensive playing fields. The PE department also has two of its own classrooms that are equipped with interactive whiteboards and Ict equipment.
The PE team offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities for all students that aim to develop cooperation, communication and determination to achieve. For those who strive in competition there are many sporting teams that participate in both local and national competitions. These teams have a history of being successful and our yr11 futsal team were recently crowned national champions.