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Physical Education

subject overview

Physical Education develops learners' competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. Our PE curriculum enables all learners to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity as well as developing abilities that will allow them to succeed in higher education and careers. At Harrow High School we endeavour to use Physical education as a means to help learners to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and develop a lifelong love for physical activity. Through years 7 to 11 we equip learners with scientific knowledge about the different body systems, types of fitness and training, and healthy lifestyles. This knowledge is developed alongside physical skills and ability that allow all to engage in sports and exercise safely and competently both in and out of school and as adults

unit overview - table tennis

Subject: Table Tennis

Skills

Core skills, to include:

Serving

Return of serve

Offensive strokes: (forehand and backhand)

• Hit

• Flick

• Smash

Defensive strokes: (forehand and backhand)

• Push/slice

• Chop

Application of spin on strokes:

• Topspin

• Backspin

Teamwork and communication with partner

(doubles only)

Advanced skills, to include:

High toss service

Offensive strokes: (forehand only)

• Loop

• Counter-hit

Defensive strokes: (forehand only)

• Block

• Lob

Application of spin on strokes:

• Sidespin

• Corkspin

Footwork and positioning

Decision making and tactical awareness, to

include:

• Selection of appropriate shot

• Principals of attack and defence e.g. roles and

positioning

• Understanding of positions and roles in attack

and defence

• Applying tactics in different competitive

situations

• Awareness of the rules and regulations of the

sport and their application

Knowledge

Use of knowledge organiser-

GCSE concepts related too:

  • Continuous training
  • Circuit training
  • Components of fitness
  • Agility
  • Power
  • Coordination
  • Cardio vascular endurance
  • Muscular endurance
  • Effects of exercise

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

Table Tennis plays a vital part in the KS3 and GCSE curriculum at Harrow High School, giving learners a route into a new sport which they may have never experienced before. They will have the opportunity to develop their level of performance in both singles and doubles play

Table Tennis is an inclusive sport for learners of all abilities, combining high levels of speed, coordination and agility as well as focusing on the importance of cardio vascular endurance and muscular endurance. Learners at Harrow High School will be given opportunities to compete both in and out of school within Table Tennis extra -  curricular clubs and borough competitions

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

Wembley and Harrow Table Tennis clubs – range of affiliated clubs

unit overview - basketball

Subject: Basketball

Skills

Core Skills

Understanding the importance stance and footwork

Utilising different types of passes (chest, bounce & javelin) and shots (set shot, jump shot and lay-up)

Being able to use dominant hand dribbling when attacking an opponent

Showing effective defence when marking player with the ball, whilst using boxing out whilst rebounding on offence and defence.

Advanced Skills

Using advanced shooting techniques such as non-dominant hand lay-up and the hook shot

Performing a strong dribbling technique (both hands), whilst using moves to outwit an opponent such as fake and drive, cross over and cutting

 

Knowledge

GCSE concepts related too:

Identifying the importance of continuous training for a basketballer and how this improves cardiovascular endurance, which will enable them to maintain optimal performance.

Understanding the importance of interval training and how this contributes to a fast break or getting back quickly to defend.

 Explaining how plyometric training will increase overall performance when rebounding or performing a lay-up.

Analysing the importance of various components of fitness and how they can effect performance in basketball.

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

 Basketball is Harrow High School’s most popular extra-curricular sport, with one of the few dedicated basketball coaches across the country. We teach basketball to provide learners a chance to take part in basketball at a participation level, an extra-curricular level, an academy level and even a national level.

 Basketball is a sport for all abilities, which combines lots of movement and promotes a high level of physical activity within the class. The Harrow High School Basketball Academy is open to all learners, all of whom can have aspirations to replicate past learners, who have represented Great Britain and gone onto play college basketball in America.

 Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • Harrow High School Basketball Academy
  • Year 7-9: Tuesday lunch and Wednesday 3.30pm-4.30pm
  • Year 9-11: Monday-Friday 7.30am-8.30am
  • Harrow Falcons- @HarrowFalcons & 020 8861 7300 

unit overview - football

Subject: Football

Skills

Passing

  • Stationary and on the move

Shooting

  • Set piece shooting and shooting in open play

Defensive play

  • Heading
  • Tackling
  • Positioning

Attacking play

  • Heading to shoot
  • Passing
  • Shooting
  • Touch and control
  • Movement

Advanced skills

Offensive and defensive movement

  • Man to man marking / being able to lose a defender / movement to create space and triangle’s

Set Pieces

  • Penalties
  • Free kicks
  • Corners
  • Throw ins

Knowledge

Use of knowledge organiser-

GCSE concepts related too:

  • Methods of training
  • Interval training
  • Components of fitness
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Effects of exercise

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

In these units pupils focus on how to use basic principles of attack and defence to plan strategy and tactics for football. They work on improving the quality of their skills using various techniques to. In all games activities, pupils think about how to use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition.  

Football is an inclusive sport for all learners of all abilities, combing high levels of speed, coordination and agility. Learners at Harrow High School will be given opportunities to compete both in and out of school at football, with almost all male GCSE learners choosing Football as one of their three sports to be assessed in.

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • HHS Year teams

unit overview - handball

Subject: Handball

Skills

Passing

  • Standing and running

Catching (two handed)

  • Stationary, on the move, jumping and at a variety of heights both frontal and sideward.

Shooting

  • Shot in place and on the move

Offensive and defensive movement

Feinting with the body, a pass or a shot

Advanced skills

  • Catching one handed
  • Dribbling with both hands
  • Jump pass
  • Jump shot (vertical, striding and when falling)
  • Stealing the ball
  • Screening
  • Defensive positioning

Knowledge

Use of knowledge organiser-

GCSE concepts related too:

  • Methods of training
  • Interval training
  • Components of fitness
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Effects of exercise

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

Handball plays a vital part in the KS3 and GCSE curriculum at Harrow High School, giving them a route into a new sport which they may have never experienced before.

Handball is an inclusive sport for all learners of all abilities, combing high levels of speed, coordination and agility. Learners at Harrow High School will be given opportunities to compete both in and out of school at handball, with over 70% of GCSE learners choosing handball as one of their three sports to be assessed in.

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • Whitmore HC
  • West London Eagles
  • Ealing Handball Club

unit overview -  badminton

Subject: Badminton

Skills

Core skills

Serving:

• Short

• Long

Return of serve

Forehand Shots:

• Overhead clear

• Drop shot

• Lift/underarm clear

• Smash

• Drive

Teamwork and communication with partner

(doubles only)

Advanced skills

Serving:

• Flick

Net shots

Backhand shots:

• Overhead clear

• Drop shot

• Lift/underarm clear

• Smash

• Drive

Footwork and court positioning

Knowledge

Use of knowledge organiser-

GCSE concepts related to:

  • Methods of training
  • Interval training
  • Components of fitness
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Cardio vascular endurance
  • Effects of exercise

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

Badminton plays a vital part in the KS3 and GCSE curriculum at Harrow High School, giving learners a route into a new sport which they may have never experienced before. They will have the opportunity to develop their level of performance in both singles and doubles play

Badminton is an inclusive sport for learners of all abilities, combining high levels of speed, coordination and agility as well as focusing on the importance of cardio vascular endurance and muscular endurance. Learners at Harrow High School will be given opportunities to compete both in and out of school within Badminton extra -  curricular clubs and borough competitions

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • Harrow Leisure Centre
  • Kenton Arrows Badminton club
  • Harrow High extra – curricular club and team training

unit overview - trampoline

Subject: Trampolining

Skills

Basic skills to include

Shapes:

• Tuck

• Straddle

• Pike

Twists:

• Half

• Full

Seat Drop

Rotational movements:

• Front landing

• Back landing

Combined movements:

• Swivel hips

• Half/full twist in/out of front and back landing

• Seat to front

• Front to seat

Advanced skills, to include:

• Back to front

• Front to back

• Half turntable

• Cradle

• Front somersault (tucked)

• Back somersault (tucked)

Quality of execution:

Form, to include:

• The quality of the individual elements of the

Sequence

• Height

Consistency:

• Continuity/flow of the sequence

Control, to include:

• Success in both the individual elements and the sequence as a whole;

• Centring;

• Phasing.

• Maintenance of height and body position

Knowledge

Difficulty of routine, balance of difficulty with

quality of execution

• Composition of routine

• Flow of routine

• Order of the skills in routine

• Body awareness

• Use of flight

• Acceleration/deceleration of movements

• Spatial awareness

• Use of showmanship

• Awareness of the rules and regulations of the

activity and their application (including

judging signals)

Link to planes and axis

Components of fitness

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

Trampolining plays a vital part in the KS3 and GCSE curriculum at Harrow High School, giving learners a route into a new sport which they may have never experienced before.

Trampolining is an inclusive sport for learners of all abilities, combining a range of different components of fitness as well as developing the aesthetic side to performance. This activity links closely with gymnastics and suits learners who prefer individual performance activities to the  team sports environment

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • Harrow Trampoline club
  • Queensmead Trampoline club
  • Harrow Gymnastics

unit overview - methods of training 

Subject: Methods of Training

Skills

Content covered

  • Continuous training (bleep test & cooper run)
  • Interval training
  • Weight training
  • Box fit
  • Circuit training
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Advanced content covered

  • Relating methods of training to sporting examples
  • Relating methods of training to components of fitness
  • Relating methods of training to health, diet and nutrition
  • Relating methods of training to warm-ups and cool downs

Knowledge

Use of knowledge organiser-

GCSE concepts related too:

  • Methods of training
  • Components of fitness
  • Warm-ups and Cool downs
  • Health, diet and nutrition
  • Prevention of injury
  • Sports Psychology
  • Effects of exercise

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

We teach a variety of different methods of training to encourage learners to take part in physical activity outside of school. Participation in physical activities such as weight training, HIIT and circuit training increase dramatically once learners leave education due to various factors. At Harrow High School we give learners different routes to help ensure they stay physically active post education.

Activities such as boxing, weight training and circuit training have proved immensely popular across all groups of learners at Harrow High School, with many learners taking part in these activities during lessons and in extra-curricular clubs. We also teach methods of training as part of our GCSE integration programme, giving learners a chance to experience GCSE concepts in a practical lesson.

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • Harrow High School Gym- Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3.30pm-4.30pm
  • Harrow ABC- 07737 542043
  • Premier kick boxing- 020 3490 6440

unit overview - netball 

Subject: Netball

Skills

Netball fundamentals

  • Understanding of positions
  • Outwitting opponent

Rules

  • Footwork
  • Contact
  • Rules

Passing

  • Stationary and on the move
  • Chest pass
  • Shoulder pass
  • Bounce pass

Shooting

  • Set piece shooting and shooting in open play
  • Technique

Advanced skills

  • Tactics
  • Set pieces
  • Drills
  • Leading sessions 

Knowledge

Use of knowledge organiser-

GCSE concepts related too:

  • Methods of training
  • Interval training
  • Components of fitness
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Effects of exercise

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

Pupils will focus on developing, implementing and refining team and individual game plans with the goal of outwitting an opponent. Pupils will focus on developing and implementing attacking and defending strategies and techniques. All games activities involve pupils thinking about how to use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition

Netball is an inclusive sport for all learners of all abilities, combing high levels of speed, coordination and agility. Learners at Harrow High School will be given opportunities to compete both in and out of school at netball, with almost all female GCSE learners choosing Netball as one of their three sports to be assessed in.

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • HHS Year teams

unit overview - volleyball 

Subject: Volleyball

Skills

Rules

  • Positioning
  • Rotation

Shooting Techniques

  • Set
  • Dig
  • Spike

Drill practice

  • Designing practices
  • Taking part in practices
  • Playing competitive games

Advanced skills

  • Tactics
  • Set moves
  • Drills
  • Leading sessions 

Knowledge

Use of knowledge organiser-

GCSE concepts related too:

  • Methods of training
  • Interval training
  • Components of fitness
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Effects of exercise

Rationale

Physical Education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. The PE department at Harrow High school is committed to promoting a lifelong love of physical activity.

Pupils will focus on replicating and developing techniques as well as implementing and refining strategic play to outwit opponents. Pupils will be able to demonstrate the essential elements of attack and defence. In net games, it is the player aim to get the ball to land in the target area so that the opponent cannot return it. Pupil should be able to accurately score and officiate volleyball games. 

Volleyball is an inclusive sport for all learners of all abilities, combing high levels of speed, coordination and teamwork. Learners at Harrow High School will be given opportunities to compete both in and out of school at volleyball.

Affiliated clubs (ask a member of the PE Dept. for more information)

  • HHS Year teams

knowledge organisers

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.