“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity” – John F. Kennedy
‘Fit for Life’ through Physical Education
“We aim to develop well prepared, willing students who are actively involved in their learning with healthy attitudes making them Fit for Life.”
PE establishes a pattern of health and wellbeing which can be sustained into adult life and which will promote the health and wellbeing of the next generation. We promote:
- Prepared and Ready students (Skilled)
- Active Learners (Resilient)
- Healthy Attitudes (Considerate)
Skills and Knowledge
At Key Stage 3 the students experience a broad and balanced curriculum that links into the National Curriculum for England and Wales. At Key Stage 3 we study Traditional games, alternative sports, Gymnastics, Dance, Outdoor Education and Sport Education.
Physical Outcomes at Key Stage 3: Through PE, students will develop competence and confidence in applying techniques to a breadth of sports (Prepared and Ready). Students will also understand what makes an effective performance and will learn through physically and intellectually challenging activities (Active Learners).
Personal Outcomes at Key Stage 3: Through PE, students will develop the resilience and confidence to make informed choices and will continue to develop a growth mindset (active learners) through seizing new opportunities to learn and having a desire to succeed. Students will support others in their learning and contribute to and provide ideas (Healthy Attitudes).
In Key Stage 4, all students continue to receive lessons of core PE. Additionally, the students can opt for one of our exam based courses. The exam courses develop the student’s understanding of how the body works, how to plan fitness programmes, the role of technology in sport and physical activity and the role of the mind in performance. The GCSE PE course also examines the social and cultural impact of PE and Sport within this country and all courses have some element of practical performance which is assessed.
Physical Outcomes at Key Stage 4: Through PE, students will learn to embed physical activity habits and make lifestyle choices that prepare them for further learning (Healthy Attitudes). Students will continue to develop the skills previously learnt in Key Stage 3 (Prepared and Ready).
Personal Outcomes at Key Stage 4: Through PE, students will be self- motivated, articulate and passionate. Students will learn to manage pressure, training and their mental health in readiness for life after school (Active Learners).
Communication and Community
PE is uniquely placed to provide a wide range of communication skills. Not only does PE use technical sporting language, it encourages students to clearly and concisely express themselves verbally whilst actively listening within lessons and when participating in team sports. PE also requires staff and students to communicate using non-verbal methods such as body language, the modelling of techniques and through demonstration.
A huge proportion of our students play in an admirably wide range of competitions – we host many competitions, employ visiting coaches and remain a central hub for much of the sport that goes on in North Tyneside. A large body of students contribute significantly to our revered extra-curricular and academy programmes and staff promote personalised exit routes to many of our sporting partners that exist beyond school. We have many successful professional, semi-professional and avid sportspeople in our John Spence alumni.
|GCSE PE Paper 1||1 hour 15 minutes||30||Related to Anatomy, Physiology and movement analysis.|
|GCSE PE Paper 2||1 hour 15 minutes||30||Related to Why we become involved? Why we perform and how we train.|
|Practical Performance||2 years||40||3 sports are assessed from the list and then marked to give you a practical grade. With one piece of written coursework|
|Cambridge Nationals – Unit 1||60 GLH||25||External Exam|
|Cambridge Nationals – Unit 2||60 GLH||25||Internal Assessment|
|Cambridge Nationals – Unit 3||60 GLH||25||Internal Assessment|
|Cambridge Nationals – Unit 4||60 GLH||25||Internal Assessment|
- Various institutes such as Tynemet, Newcastle College and Gateshead College to complete BTEC Nationals.
- Various Sixth Forms such as St.Thomas More, Queen Alexander, Whitley Bay High School to study A level PE.
- Onto Universities such as Northumbria, Sunderland, Durham, Teeside, York, Carnegie to study Sport and Physical Education to Degree level.