Mrs J McKinney (Curriculum Leader of PE)
Mrs R Blakey (Assistant Curriculum Leader of PE)
Mr M Lovatt (Head of Picasso house)
Mr Horton (Head of Shakespeare house)
Mr C Evans Teacher of PE
OSCA PE- ‘Challenging the mind and body for a fit, healthy, happy future’.
The PE department plays a huge role in academy life and students enjoy the subject immensely. We strive to provide our learners with the opportunity to learn and develop new practical skills and techniques across a broad range of activities. We also enable our learners to develop higher order thinking skills when analysing and evaluating performances or creating strategies and tactics to use in a competitive environment.
In PE lessons students get the chance to develop a wide range of personal life skills that are essential, not only in other subjects across the academy, but also for everyday life as young people to prepare themselves for their exams and to ready themselves for employment. Through PE students learn a variety of specific life skills and are signposted towards; self-motivation, self-management, integrity, resilience, collaboration, responsibility and communication. The students will gain knowledge of these life skills and are assessed in their application of them.
The PE curriculum is designed so that students are engaged in PE through a variety of different activities. NHS guidelines recommend that young people undertake physical exercise for an hour every day. It is part of our job as a PE department to provide a curriculum that motivates and supports students to live a sustainable, happy and healthy life by encouraging them to make healthy choices and equipping them with the knowledge and understanding to improve their health.
Throughout their OSCA PE experience students will become more competent, confident and expert in their skill techniques, and can apply them across different sports and physical activities. They will gain understanding of what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. We will assist them in developing the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and in understanding and applying the long-term health benefits of physical activity.
Health and Fitness (Key Stage 4 PE)
The PE department believe in the transformation power of sport and high quality PE, It’s not enough for our students to leave with great grades we want them to leave knowing how to live a sustainable healthy active lifestyle. We want to develop our students to be confident, resilient and knowledgeable so that they can keep themselves mentally and physically healthy and prepared for life.
As PE teachers we have a moral obligation to uphold- in a time where childhood obesity is at its highest- to ensure that students understand how to keep physically healthy, eat a balanced diet and maintain an active lifestyle, including giving ample opportunities for students to experience a range of activities that are linked to enrichment activities and sporting competitions.
This is even more important when you examine the context in which the school sits. Statistics from Public Health England highlight numerous factors that cannot be ignored when planning a curriculum pathway for our students. The health of people in Sandwell is generally worse than the national average with Sandwell being the 12th most deprived Local Authority out of the 317 in England, with 18,495 of children living in low income families. Life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average and childhood obesity rates are very high with Sandwell being ranked the 2nd highest in the region and among the worst in England. When assessing mental health disorders in children and young people, Public Health England highlight Sandwell as having the highest in the West Midlands region. Good grades are an enabler to further education, but by themselves are not going to encourage children to adopt a healthier and safer lifestyle to the one that they are likely growing up in.
We believe that undertaking a Health and Fitness qualification at Key Stage 4 educates and informs students about a number topics that can support their personal progress as well as provide them with the opportunity to gain a qualification that they can go on to use in further education and in work places. Undertaking a qualification emphasises the importance and value we place on this and allows us to specifically scaffold and revisit these areas throughout the five year PE curriculum, with a measurable outcome for our students.