at Cockermouth School

Physical Education

The Physical Education Department aims for all students to have the opportunity to participate, understand and enjoy physical activity. Physical Education within the school curriculum helps to develop the ‘whole person’ in a unique way. Learning through physical activity encourages many personal and social skills that can be transferred across subjects and importantly to life outside of school. The department offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities, giving students a chance to improve, but also for inter-school, district and county representation.

Key Stage 3

Physical Education is taught twice a week to all pupils in Key Stage 3. We focus on developing skills and creating performance opportunities in a wide variety of aspects that include: invasion games, athletics, gymnastics, multiskills, health related fitness and bowling, striking and fielding games. Students are taught in both mixed ability and ability set groups of both mixed and single sex over the three years in Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 most students receive two hours of Core PE per week. We continue to develop skills and give performance opportunities through a range of invasion games, badminton, volleyball, health related fitness activities, bowling, striking and fielding games and finally, athletics. We offer as wide a range of activities as possible.

We offer the chance for students to take OCR GCSE PE at Key Stage 4. Students receive a combination of theory and practical lessons to develop their knowledge and understanding of Physical Education. Topics studied include: diet, methods of learning and feedback, methods of training, muscles, bones and joints to name a few. This course offers the chance to submit practical activities persued outside of school for assessment, examples of those commonly assessed in school are: skiing, mountain biking and horse riding.

At the start of Year 10, students are invited to apply to become Level 1 Sports Leaders. Successful candidates receive training during one of their core lessons and are given the opportunity to facilitate coaching sessions and competitions for our feeder primary schools throughout the academic year. This successful programme is fun and practical and focuses on leading rather than technical ability. The Sports Leaders UK course helps develop generic leadership skills that will be vital in other areas of life. It also allows those who may not be sporting superstars to take a full and active role in sport and physical activity. The course can increase self-confidence as students take responsibility for their own and others learning and enjoyment.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we offer OCR A Level PE. This can be taken at AS Level in Year 12 or as a full A Level over the two years. This course offers the chance to develop knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology, history of sport and socio-cultural studies.

Students also have the option to participate in enrichment activities on a Wednesday afternoon during periods 4 and 5, where other lessons permit. Students are offered the chance to participate in recreational and competitive activites, as well as the opportunity to represent the school in local and national competiitons.

Outside the Classroom

We offer a varied and extensive extra-curricular programme for all the students. We have an inclusive ethos and encourage all students to attend the activities on offer to develop their skills. We also have an extensive fixture programme with local schools across a range of sports. For the main activities we offer as part of our curriculum we aim to run Inter-form competitions. In Year 7 these culminate with a Swimming Gala for the whole year group and Sports Day, which is attended by the whole school. Our department organises a number of trips to broaden the experiences of our students. In Year 8 students who regularly represent the school in netball, hockey, rugby and football are invited to attend our annual Sports Tour. Our department, alongisde staff from across the school are involved in running ski trips for KS3 and KS5, sailing and orienteering clubs.

The Sports Schedule is published every Friday and contains practice and fixture details for students and parents. It can be found on Firefly under the School Sport section of the Student Zone.