Pupils are engaged in the Curriculum for Excellence and will experience the key outcomes in the areas of Health and well-being, Numeracy and Literacy and also Dance in Expressive Arts.
Activities that make up the Physical Education Curriculum are Gymnastics, Dance, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Fitness, Social Dance, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, minor indoor team games, Trampolining, Lacrosse, Table Tennis and Orienteering.
The main experiences and outcomes from the framework of the Curriculum for Excellence that relate directly to the Physical Education Curriculum in Bearsden Academy are HWB 21a, HWB 22a, HWB 23a, HWB 24a, HWB 25a, HWB 27a, Lit. 3-06a, Lit.3-09a, Lit. 3-26a, Lit. 3-28a and NMu. 3-04a.
Our main aim is to improve the pupils expertise within a variety of practical skills, encourage pupils to be responsible for their own personal health and well-being and create experiences for pupils to gain confidence and a positive feeling about respecting themselves and all others. Many of the experiences will come through practice and play. Working in pairs, small groups and teams will encourage more social interaction and hopefully generate improvement in problem-solving tasks and communication skills.
The BGE course is designed to challenge the pupils in physical competencies, cognitive skills, personal fitness and gain personal qualities and for pupils to apply themselves by responding positively.
Each pupil will cover ten different activities per session. This will create a broad variety of skills and stimulate thinking. In S3, where possible we would like to build on the success of previous years and offer a choice of activities , where pupils have a say in designing their own Physical Education curriculum.
Within the significant aspects of learning, each pupil will experience the fitness areas of stamina, speed, core stability, strength and flexibility. Through activity, pupils will gain confidence, self-esteem, motivation, determination, resilience, responsibility, leadership, respect, tolerance and communication. Cognitive skills such as decision making, concentration and focus, problem solving and being creative and self- discipline will be to the fore. In physical skills, qualities gained will be body balance, controlling actions, rhythm, timing, co-ordination, kinaesthetic awareness and gross and fine motor skills.
Finally, we cannot forget the most important ingredient .....Enjoyment!
The P.E. department are offering a new exciting National certificate course for pupils in S4. Pupils will engage in a range of physical activities and also gain knowledge and understanding of four key factors that bring about success in performing in skills and games. In the Performance unit, the pupils will enhance their practical ability, decision making skills, social skills, improve self-confidence and team-work. The Factors Impacting on Performance unit integrates with the practical work forms the theory behind the performance. The course will consist of two units;
Performance – based on practical work in selected activities and is worth an overall 60%
Factors Impacting on Performance – examining the 4 key factors that affect Performance. (Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social Factors.) This unit is worth 40% of the overall total.
* staff/pupils will negotiate activities. The following activities can be considered;
The regular setting of homework is an essential component of the Physical Education Department’s programme of work in the new National courses. Homework tasks are directly related to course Workbook that forms an internal assessment.
All pupils on the course require to gain an internal unit pass on their Workbook.The standard and quality of the pupil Workbook may determine if the pupil is presented at National 4 or National 5 level. Pupils presented at National 5 level will complete a Portfolio that is externally marked by the SQA. Pupils at National 4 level will not have a Portfolio in their course, but will work on achieving an Added Value unit. There is no formal SQA exam in May/June for National 4 or National 5 Physical Education. As previously stated, pupils select the activity they wish to be assessed in for their Performance mark. A pupil with high practical ability in an activity out-with the activities on the course may achieve recognition for this under the criteria laid down by the SQA.
Pupils will be expected to provide regular changes of P.E. kit. Kit should be appropriate to the activity, the working environment and weather conditions. Pupils will have four periods of National level P.E. and also two periods of core P.E., making this six in total. There are demands on kit management. On some days, pupils will have P.E. twice in the P.E. department. Expectations for continuous progress in learning means that you are expected to bring kit on every practical period of the course.
Pupils will be supplied with the latest publications of course notes that supplement the ‘Factors’ unit. Also, linked to practical activities will be booklets that all pupils will work through to assist with learning the various concepts that can be a help with questions/answers in their Workbooks and Portfolio.