All Oak Lodge pupils have at least 2 hours of physical activity per week in Key Stage 3. They also have opportunities to join in with after school activities throughout the year. Pupils are baseline assessed through a number of generic sporting skills delivered through a range of mediums at the beginning of Year 7. They are then introduced to a variety of sporting activities including, invasion games, racket sports, athletics, gymnastic activities and problem solving activities The skills from these sports and activities are further developed as the pupils progress through the key Stage and are related to a healthy lifestyle and also highlighted through our unit of work on ‘Exercise and Fitness’. The facilities at Applemore Health and Leisure Centre provide us with specialist indoor areas for the delivery of our PE programme, as well as outdoor space for some team activities as well as a number of Summer sports.
We aim to promote communication skills, the application of number, working with others, problem solving as well as offering pupils the chance to develop skills to improve learning and performance, assessing their own and others work as part of this process.
In addition to our PE programme all of our Key Stage 3 pupils have a designated swimming session each week. Our swimming sessions take place at the Applemore Health and Leisure Centre. The sessions are led by specialist staff from Oak Lodge and are supported by a number of additional staff. In addition to this there are also, at least, two lifeguards on poolside for the entirety of our lessons. Lessons are planned to promote skill development, stroke development and understanding and awareness. Where pupils are nervous of the water or unable to swim, groups are kept as small as possible and the focus of the lessons begins with confidence and familiarity. Alongside the lessons are a number of awards including distance awards, National speed awards, water skills awards and water safety awards.
Pupils will be assessed through a teacher assessment at the conclusion of each sports module of work. The assessment will take into account their ability to know, apply and understand the skills and information for the relevant activity.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- taking their child swimming outside of school time
- ensuring that their child has the correct kit for every swimming session
- discussing the benefits of being water confident and able to swim to their child
- informing the school if their child is unable to take part physically in a lesson. We may still ask them to be involved as a coach or an official