Curriculum Leader: Mr W. Wardell
‘To deliver an inclusive, broad curriculum that inspires a lifelong love of sport and exercise, that lays the foundations for lasting participation, healthy living and academic success’
At Fulford we appreciate the valuable role PE plays in a child’s development. We strive to deliver a curriculum and extra—curricular programme that maximises the benefits sport and exercise have on our student’s health, academic performance and overall happiness and well-being.
Our aim is to:
- To promote student health, safety and well-being with a higher understanding of how an healthy active lifestyle is important
- To give students the opportunity to be physically active for sustained periods of time
- To enable all students to develop competence and transferable skills in a broad range of physical activities
- To develop sporting excellence and advance PE as an academic subject by inspiring curiosity, passion and the desire for knowledge, that leads to further study, employment and continued participation
- Provide high quality teaching to enable students to develop personal and social skills
- To provide a range of activities in our extracurricular programme to provide opportunities for students to practice their favourite activities and compete in competitive situations
- To guide students towards local clubs to allow for them to achieve their true potential.
- To develop leadership skills to enhance their own skills sets and benefit the local community.
- Enable all students, whatever their circumstance or ability to take part in and enjoy PE and sport
- Enjoy physical activity and have fun.
We ensure we implement our vision, by keeping the 3 Es of PE at the heart of all our lessons and activities.
In KS3 we aim to inspire a love of sport by offering a wide and varied curriculum alongside an extensive extra-curricular programme. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students have two timetabled PE lessons over the week. Both lessons are an hour long and the students will usually do one indoor and one outdoor activity each week.
The students are assessed at the start of Year 7 and placed into ability groups that allow all students to be effectively challenged. Pupils are assessed after each activity. These form part of the Pupil Profile Database which generates an end of year level so we can track the students’ progress over time and lay the foundations for academic success at KS4.
The KS3 curriculum contains a wide range of engaging activities to inspire our students to excel and develop their skills in numerous sports, alongside our key learning attributes and values. Respect, fair play, resilience and teamwork are the foundations of PE at Fulford, on which all of our activities are based upon.
In Year 7, the students focus on foundation skills in the activities on offer, alongside the key principles of sport, such as use of space, teamwork and basic rules and officiating. There is also an introduction into the theoretical side of sport, including the long-term benefits of a healthy active lifestyle and physical activity, how to warm up effectively and how to apply the different components of fitness.
In Year 8, the students build on the knowledge of the previous year and focus on specific skills and techniques in the different sports and increase their understanding of the rules and gameplay. They also further develop their understanding of theory with logical progressions on what they covered in Y7.
During Year 9 students continue to develop the skills they have learned in Years 7 and 8, in addition to building their theory knowledge for GCSE with a specific focus on tactics, strategy, and competitive performance. This allows students that excel in certain sports to work on advanced gameplay in preparation for KS4. The students also focus on more advanced anatomy and physiology and sports psychology which they can apply to help analyse their performances compared to previous ones to demonstrate improvement. This introduction of key elements of the GCSE theory specification helps spark academic interest and lays the foundation for success in their GCSE years.
Sports covered during KS3:
Health and Fitness
Alternative (non-traditional) games
Summary of what student will learn across KS3:
- The physical, mental and social benefits of participating in sport and leading a healthy lifestyle
- Motor competence and basic skills that can be transferred across numerous activities
- Specific skills and techniques to excel in a wide range of activities
- Rules, strategies and tactics in numerous activities, to enable them effectively engage in competitive sport
- Basic theoretical content to ignite an interest in the academic side of PE and prepare for GCSE
- Key values and skills such as teamwork, leadership, respect and communication
At Fulford, we believe in PE as an academic subject and look to enlighten our students to the numerous education and career opportunities that studying GCSE PE can bring. We also believe in the pursuit of sporting excellence and the benefits physical activity can have to students’ long-term physical, mental and social well-being.
GCSE PE is an extremely popular subject at Fulford, with both our Year 10 and Year 11 cohorts consisting of three classes. We look to develop the foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills that students have built up at Key Stage 3 through a combination of practical and classroom-based theory lessons.
Students receive one practical lesson a week, in addition to their core PE lessons. In Year 10 we focus on advanced skills and techniques in a range of sports, which builds on the skills the students developed throughout the KS3 curriculum. Each student is graded in each sport we offer using the AQA specification, then their three strongest sports are identified ready to use in their final GCSE grade.
In Year 11, we focus on advanced strategy and game play, which allows students to excel in their chosen sports with the aim of achieving top marks in the NEA element of the GCSE. They also complete an analysis of their own performance based on theoretical knowledge they have developed through KS3 and Year 10.
Throughout Year 10 and Year 11, students have 5 theory lessons a fortnight in which the study the AQA Physical Education specification. This builds on knowledge from KS3 as students are introduced to numerous elements of the content during lessons in years 7, 8 and 9.
Topics covered in Y10:
Health and Fitness
Applied anatomy and physiology
The Cardio-respiratory system
Aerobic and Anaerobic exercise
Topics covered in Y11:
Commercialisation of Sport
In addition to GCSE PE, students receive 1 hour of core PE each week. We very much believe PE should be an important part of KS4, whether a student chooses to study it at GCSE or not. The activities on offer area are similar to those at KS3, however, there is more of a focus on recreation and game play. We appreciate the role PE plays in providing an opportunity to get active and relieve stress, in addition for the students to play the sports they most enjoy. In the summer, the students are given more of a choice in the activities they take part in so they can really make the most of the different activities on offer.
This is further supported by an extensive extra-curricular programme, in which students can participate solely for enjoyment, or have the opportunity to compete against other schools.
The course we offer at KS5 is a Level 3 National Extended Certificate which is the equivalent to one A Level. The Pearson course is a part-examined certificate with students undertaking vocational based coursework assignments that are set in and around the world of work.
Choosing BTEC Sport will enable students to study topics which will lay the foundations for a range of university courses and careers within the sports industry. The units we study will not only broaden our students’ academic knowledge in different areas of sport and exercise but develop key skills that will assist them in all aspects of higher education and the world of work.
Our students choose this option because they enjoyed studying PE at GCSE and have a drive and passion for sport. Whether they are interested in pursuing a career in the many vocations within the sports industry or have other aspirations, we believe this course in an excellent option to help develop them as a person and help them onto the next stage of their education/career.
We study four different units over the two year course. They differ in content as well as assessment method so there is something to suit everyone’s strengths and areas of expertise.
Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology:
This unit explains how the body is made up of a number of different systems, how these systems interact and work together and why they are important to sports performance.
This unit will introduce information that will link to the other units on the course and builds on the knowledge gained whilst studying the Anatomy and Physiology chapters at GCSE. It also links well with Biology. Studying this unit will provide the foundations for a career in Sport Science such as a Sports Therapist or Physiotherapy. It is assessed by an externally set exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being:
This unit explores the ways of screening clients and assessing their lifestyle and nutritional habits. The ability to screen clients and design fitness training programmes is essential for anyone working in the health and fitness industry and for sports coaches looking to improve an individuals or teams’ performance. This unit builds on the knowledge gained during the Health and Fitness and Physical Training chapters of GCSE PE.
This unit links to Unit 7 (practical sports performance which is studied in Year 13) and also helps prepare students for a career in sports science, and is especially relevant the personal training and nutrition pathways by introducing many of the skills needed in the industry.
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry:
The sports industry is large and diverse. It includes a multitude of employment opportunities in different sectors, ranging from sports science and nutrition to education and coaching. To have a successful career in sport, students need to understand all the different opportunities available in the sports market and the different development steps needed. This unit is internally assessed, including essays, a presentation, an assessed interview and by leading a PE lesson or coaching session. This unit will develop employability skills such as communication, presentation and organisation skills, in addition to instruction of how to apply for job and what to expect on the day of an interview. This unit will prepare students for any career in the sports industry and beyond and links to the socio-cultural/commercialisation chapters at GCSE.
Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance
This unit will give students the opportunity to improve their own knowledge and practical ability in a selection of individual and team sports, introducing the skills, techniques and tactics as well as reflecting on their own performance. Effective reflection will allow students to identify how to improve and develop as a performer – a vital skill that will guide their development in the sport.
For more information, please see the sixth form section of this website.
The Fulford School PE department is a lively and dynamic department with fresh ideas and vibrant staff, providing our pupils with outstanding provision at all key stages in addition to excellent opportunities outside of our PE lessons.
We are committed to an extensive extra-curricular programme across a wide variety of sports and we pride ourselves on being a very inclusive department where everyone is welcome to join in the practice sessions before school, at lunchtime and after school. This includes sports such as badminton, volleyball, football, netball, hockey, rugby, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics and ultimate frisbee. Each half term, an extra-curricular timetable will be sent on ClassCharts so you can keep updated with the current PE clubs on offer.
In addition to the training sessions, we have many fixtures against other schools to compete in those sports. Over recent years we have dominated the football, basketball, cricket, hockey, netball and athletics competitions within the City of York. In ultimate frisbee, nine of our students have recently been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Junior Championships.
Alongside our broad extra-curricular programme we run a number of trips during the year. Pupils get the opportunity to watch live sporting events such as the Champions League, 20/20 Cricket at Yorkshire as well as to participate in residential activity weekends. We also run a trip in Year 9 to Wimbledon.
Within school we also offer many different leadership opportunities. This involves organising and leading primary school events in the local area, for example the panathlon, indoor athletics competition, and netball and cricket tournaments. Our Y12 students also have the opportunity to help lead a primary school club at Dunnington Cricket club.
We are proud of the PE department here at Fulford School and we are always looking to enhance our provision and experiences for our learners. We find our extra-curricular programme an excellent way to advocate this.
Information from the PE department about Careers in Sport:
Here are some links to Sports Clubs, in the local area, that you might like to join and take part in:
Amalgamation of Anglers www.ydaa.org.uk
Ebor Archers www.eborarchers.com
York Archers Society www.yorkarchers.co.uk
City of York Athletics Club www.cityofyorkathleticclub.net
York Knavesmire Harriers www.yorkknavesmireharriers.co.uk
Burnholme Badminton Club www.burnholmebadminton.org.uk
Clifton Badminton Club www.cliftonbadmintonclub.org.uk
Fulfordgate Badminton Club www.fulfordgatebadmintonclub.org
Huntington Mixed Joseph Rowntree School email@example.com
Middlethorpe Badminton Club Bishopthorpe Village Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
Poppleton Badminton Club email@example.com
Riverside Badminton Club firstname.lastname@example.org
York RI Badminton York RI Sports Centre email@example.com
York Hotshots Cheer & Dance www.yorkhotshots.co.uk
York Mountaineering Club www.yorkmc.org.uk
Acomb Cricket Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Askham Bryan Cricket Club email@example.com
Bishopthorpe Cricket Club Bishopthorpe www.pitchero.com/clubs/bishopthorpecricketclub
Bolton Percy Cricket Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Copmanthorpe Cricket Club www.copmanthorpecc.co.uk
Dringhouses Cricket Club Kenyonhouse@hotmail.com
Dunnington Cricket Club Dunnington & Grimston www.dunningtoncricketclub.co.uk
Heslington Cricket Club email@example.com
Heworth Cricket Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Ovington Cricket Club Cricket Pavilion www.ovingtoncc.co.uk
Rufforth Cricket Club Rufforth Cricket Ground email@example.com
Stockton & Hopgrove Hopgrove Playing Field, firstname.lastname@example.org
York Cricket Club York Sports Club www.yorkcricketclub.co.uk
Clifton Cycling Club York Sport Village www.cliftoncc.org/go-ride
University of York CC University of York www.veloclubyork.co.uk
I-Travel York www.itravelyork.info/cycling
York Rouleurs www.yorkrouleurs.co.uk
York Bike Belles www.yorkbikebelles.community
Fulford FC – https://www.fulfordfc.co.uk/
Bishopthorpe – https://www.bishopthorpewhiterose.com/
Elvington – http://www.elvingtonharriers.co.uk/
Wheldrake – http://www.wheldrakejfc.co.uk/
Dunnington – https://dunningtonfc.teamapp.com/?_webpage=v1
G force York Huntington School Illusionsgc@gmail.com
York Hunters Handball email@example.com
City of York Hockey Club Elmpark Clubhouse
York & Ainsty South Pony Club Various firstname.lastname@example.org
Destination @ British judo email@example.com
Haxby Shotokan Karate Club www.haxbykarate.co.uk
Two Rivers Tomiki York RI firstname.lastname@example.org
Do Shin KenYu Kai- Moor Lane Youth Centre email@example.com
York Jitsu St Olave’s School firstname.lastname@example.org
Historia Normannis email@example.com
Old School Wing Chun The Old School firstname.lastname@example.org
York Karate Dojo York Karate Club email@example.com
Elvington Ladies Netball firstname.lastname@example.org
Huntington Millers Netball Club email@example.com
York RI Netball Club York RI Sports Club firstname.lastname@example.org
York City Netball Club www.pitchero.com/clubs/yorkcitynetballclub
Haxby Netball Club Val Kennedy 07708 050307
York City Rowing Club www.ycrc.co.uk
York Acorn Rugby League Acorn email@example.com
Heworth ARLFC Heworth ARLFC firstname.lastname@example.org
New Earswick All Blacks www.neab.co.uk
York City Knights York www.yorkcityknights.com
York City Knights Ladies email@example.com
York RUFC York Sports Club www.yorkrufc.co.uk
Nestle Rowntree RUFC Mille Crux www.pitchero.com/clubs/nestlerowntreesrufc
York RI RUFC www.pitchero.com/clubs/yorkrirufc/contact/
York Acorn Running Club www.yorkacornrunningclub.org.uk
Heworth Harriers Running Club Jayne Batt 07768 631881
York RI Sailing Club Acaster Lane www.yrisc.org
Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club Ferry Lane www.yorkshireousesailingclub.co.uk
York Squash Rackets Club www.yorksquashclub.co.uk
Dunnington Squash Club www.dunningtonsquashclub.cu.uk
Wigginton Squash & Mill Lane www.wiggintonsquash.co.uk
York RI Squash Club York RI www.risquash.co.uk
Better Yearlsey Better Yearsley www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/york/energise
Better Energise Better Energise www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/york/energise
Froggy Legs Swim School firstname.lastname@example.org
New Earswick Disabled email@example.com
New Earswick www.newearswicksc.co.uk
Team Jorvik www.teamjorvik.co.uk
York City Baths Club Various www.yorkcitybathsclub.org.uk
York Sport Village York Sport Village www.york-sport.com
Strensall & Towthorpe www.bishtennis.btck.co.uk
Copmanthorpe Tennis Club Copmanthorpe www.coptennis.com
Dunnington Tennis Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulford Tennis Club Fulfordgate email@example.com
Heworth Tennis Club Heworth Tennis Club firstname.lastname@example.org
Poppleton LTC Poppleton Tennis Club www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/PoppletonLawnTennisClub
Rowntree Park Tennis Club www.rowntreeparktc.jimdo.com
Rufforth Tennis Club Rufforth Tennis Club www.rufforthtennisclub.co.uk
Wheldrake Tennis Club Wheldrake www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/WheldrakeTennisClub
Wigginton Tennis Club Mill Lane www.wiggintontennisclub.co.uk
York Tennis Club Clifton Park www.yorktennisclub.net
York Volleyball Club Better email@example.com
York Health Walks www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/york-health-walks
York Ramblers www.yorkramblers.org.uk