Physical Education

From concerns about our health and fitness to the rise of the businesses associated with sport, physical education and academic PE has never been more relevant. Our department is passionate about maximising our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. Combining theory with participation, pupils will find themselves fresher in mind and body and able to take on the challenges of modern society.

Years 7-9

Years 7 and 8

In years 7 and 8 we aim to allow all pupils to learn about a wide range of sport and physical activity whilst ensuring that preparation for competition at A, B, C and D team level is delivered. Both years have one double lesson of Physical Education (PE) and one triple lesson of games per week. In games lessons the girls develop physically, mentally and tactically through team games such as, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rounders and tennis. In PE pupils study dance, gymnastics, health related fitness (HRF) swimming and teambuilding. Our aim is to develop our students holistically, in order to prepare them for life and all its challenges.

Year 9

In year 9 we aim to build upon the foundations laid in year 7 and 8, whilst giving our students the opportunity to begin to specialise in one or two team games per term or dance. Pupils have two double lessons of physical activity per week. One of which is preparation for sporting competition OR ITDA dance awards. The other, is a PE lesson that extends the learning of the previous two years in gymnastics, health related fitness (HRF) and swimming (personal survival and water polo). Our aim is to enable students to make informed healthy lifestyle choices.

GCSE

Year 10

In year 10 we continue to expand on the above whilst giving students the opportunity to finally specialise in one or two team games per term or dance. Pupils have two double lessons of physical activity per week. One of which is preparation for sporting competition OR ITDA dance awards. The other, is a PE lesson that extends the learning of the previous two years in health related fitness (HRF), Pilates, badminton and volleyball. Our aim is to enable students to make informed healthy lifestyle choices.

Year 11

In year 11 we feel it is necessary and important to deliver a PE and sport programme that allows our pupils an element of choice and variety in order to encourage a strong relationship with physical activity. We offer students the opportunity to specialise in lacrosse, rowing, sport of the term (hockey, netball, tennis or rounders) and dance. By this age the competitive sports players have a strong passion for their sport and we aim to work with all individuals to meet their personal goals. At the same time we also offer recreational sport and dance such as fitness and Pilates.

GCSE Physical Education

This is a popular and lively course. It enables pupils to experience and promote the value of exercise and healthy living. Furthermore, by planning and evaluating sports performance, pupils increase their knowledge of physical activity.

Course content

Physical Education GCSE combines both theoretical and practical elements. 60% of marks are allocated to performance in four different physical activities. The theoretical component covers topics including:

  • Principles and methods of training
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Performance enhancing drugs

In additional to games sessions the P.E. course covers the following practical areas:

  • Swimming and personal survival
  • Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Rounders
  • Orienteering
  • Badminton
  • Leading a fitness session

Pupils will be expected to show their knowledge and understanding of tactics and strategies in one sport through analysis and evaluation which is also known as Key Process C.

This course is an excellent foundation for pupils interested in studying the subjects at a higher level.

AS and A Level

Sport and dance is an important part of the lives of all Sixth Formers at HMSG and games afternoon is a compulsory part of the Sixth Form curriculum. There are many sports and dance options to choose from, so that there is something for everyone. These include, lacrosse, rowing, netball, hockey, tennis, rounders, athletics, football, touch rugby, badminton, cross-country, equestrian sports, golf, swimming, Pilates and dance.

AQA AS & A2-Level

An exciting and natural progression from GCSE. The syllabus, when combined with our teaching staff and facilities, captures the essence of sports science today. Pupils cover physiology, skill acquisition and contemporary sporting issues.

The AQA course specification will:

  • Address current topics within sport science
  • Provide the necessary skills and knowledge to enter higher education and work
  • Cover current developments in sport such as the impact of new technology, sport-specific rehabilitation and use of ergogenic aids

This course is perfect for pupils interested in careers in:

  • Sports Therapy
  • Teaching
  • Coaching
  • Recreation Management
  • Sports Management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Administration
  • Sports Science

The AS & A2-Levels complement all subjects.

Co-Curricular