Our main aim is to make Physical Education enjoyable and challenging to help instill a healthy and active lifestyle which can be carried on outside the confines of the school.
Within all lessons, students will be supported and encouraged to progress, ensuring that all can aspire to reach their sporting potential. This will be achieved by developing their strengths while simultaneously improving their weaker areas. During their time involved in Physical Education, students will also come to appreciate the importance of a healthy body and mind, and develop many transferable key skills including cooperation and communication.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, 8 and 9, students will be provided with two hours of Physical Education every week, one which will take place indoors and the other outdoors.
Both lessons work on a modular system rotating every 6-9 weeks to allow students to experience a broad range of sports and activities. The rotation also serves to engage all students regardless of their sporting preferences.
Key Stage 4
In Year 10 and 11, students are provided with two lessons per fortnight of Core Physical Education. At each modular rotation, they are provided with options enabling them to select the activities in which they would prefer to participate.
Students are expected at this stage to develop a wider spectrum of skills, allowing them to take on numerous roles within the Physical Education setting, including that of a coach, referee and player. Students are also provided with the opportunity to select GCSE Physical Education, Cambridge Nationals Sports Science or Cambridge Nationals in Sports Studies at key stage 4. GCSE Physical Education is a combination of both practice and theory, with students being assessed in three sporting areas (30% of marks), coursework (10% of marks) and completing two written examinations (60% of marks). The Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies course consists of one mandatory externally assessed unit, one mandatory coursework unit and one optional coursework unit out of a choice of two.
Key Stage 5
At key stage 5, students can opt to follow GCE A Level Physical Education. GCE Level Physical Education is a combination of both practice and theory, with students being assessed in one sporting area (20% of marks), coursework (10% of marks) and completing three written examinations (70% of marks).
Extracurricular Physical Education
Throughout their time at Harton, all students will be actively encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. These are available across a range of sports, and a range of days and times, to help provide access for all students. Those who attend will also be given the opportunity to represent the school in several competitions and events.
Students are allocated a house and have the opportunity to compete in regular inter-house competitions throughout the year.