Physical Education at The Laurel

We study PE to develop the physical, social and emotional well-being of our students. At Delta Laurel Academy, we aim to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum that allows (all) students to achieve beyond their expectations.  To offer excellent opportunities to develop a healthy life-long love of physical activity and to develop a first-class teaching and learning environment where both staff and students enjoy working hard together to achieve success.

Key Stage 3

In year 7, 8 and 9 students will focus on improving their physical, social and emotional wellbeing through an engaging range of sport and physical activities. Development of student’s physical literacy is key, with students assessed on the attitudes, skills and knowledge or becoming happy, healthy and successful people through PE. This is achieved through experiencing a range of sporting activities within specific areas (invasion, net-wall, performing at maximum, accurate replication and striking and fielding). Students will become aware of knowledge and key skills within a range of physical activities.

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11 students will continue to develop their confidence, motivation, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. This is done by ensuring lessons are both engaging and purposeful. This is achieved through experiencing a range of sporting activities within specific areas (invasion, net-wall, performing at maximum, accurate replication, non-traditional and striking and fielding).

Students selecting OCR Sport Studies as a vocational pathway (See below for further details) will be assessed on leadership, practical sports performance, the role of media in sport and the contemporary issues in sport, amongst other options. This is all achieved by teaching theoretical content through and alongside high quality practical PE. We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious Physical Education curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which develops physical, social and emotional well-being which prepares them well for future learning or employment.

OCR Sports Studies – KS4 Option (Level 2)

Cambridge National in Sport Studies will encourage students to think for themselves about  the study of sport and the application to real life practical sport, leadership and evaluation of the skills required there. They will study up to the minute topics affecting sport through the contemporary issues unit, both play and lead sporting activities, as well as having the chance to either explore the world of outdoor sport or the media.

Content overview

R184: Contemporary issues in sport – External Exam

In this unit, students will learn about a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, relating to; participation levels and barriers, promotion of values and ethical behaviour, the role of high-profile sporting events, the role of national governing bodies and how technology is used within sport.

R185: Performance and leadership in sports activities – Coursework (NEA)

In this unit, students will learn how to develop their skills as both a performer, in two different sporting activities, and as a leader in one activity. As a leader they will have the opportunity to plan, deliver and review safe and effective sporting activity sessions. They also have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.

Students will work both independently and as part of a team, including communicating with team mates as well as being in front of an audience when they perform. They will perform under pressure, both as a participant and as a leader, and will use their initiative to solve problems and make decisions. They will also deal with rapidly changing conditions and situations.

R186: Sport and the media – Coursework (NEA)

In this unit, students will learn to explore media sources and apply real life examples to demonstrate the nature of the relationship between media and sport. They will develop their ability to evaluate and interpret the different ways in which sport is represented by the media.

How will students be assessed?

Students will have to complete three units of work. Two units will be non-examined (NEA) and one unit will be subject to an external exam. Further information on the assessment specifics can be seen below.

Why choose OCR Sports Studies?

The Physical Education department is a thriving department that prides itself on its ability to deliver a successful Level 2 sports course here at The Laurel.

The specification has been designed to support your students’ progression to the level 3 qualification of their choice – Cambridge Technicals in Sport or AS/A Level PE.

This qualification will help students to develop:

  • The knowledge and skills required to progress into a career in the sports industry as well as providing them with a valuable social-science based background if they choose to progress at Level 3 into a more Media or Leadership-focused course
  • Transferable skills, such as presentation skills, report writing, team working, leadership and research skills.

For further information about this course please feel free to access the full specification by clicking on the link below;