Physical Education

Educational Philosophy within the PE department:

The Department will support, contribute and complement the aims of the school. This whole school approach will give every pupil at RS Armagh a consistent base from which to develop.

Every pupil will have access to Physical Education at RS Armagh and can only benefit from this. No barriers will be formed based on sex, race, religion, culture, or ability. The Philosophy is that sport/physical activity is a choice for everyone.

Pupils will be encouraged to develop their own abilities through a broad and balanced curriculum. Success will be highlighted at the individual’s own level, thus allowing success being achievable to all.

Pupils will be challenged, through differentiation, in all three components of Physical Education i.e. Planning/Performing/Evaluating. This will create pupils, who can not only perform, but also analyse strengths and weaknesses, understand a variety of concepts and support others around them in different environments.

The National Curriculum will be met at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Sound progression will be made, therefore enabling pupils to increase their ability during their school career.

Assessment is carried out after each unit of work, and so a pupil can clearly see the progress they make during a Key Stage, with End of Key Stage Statements being written. Clear targets can be set, so a pupil can work on their own particular area. This occurs across both Key Stages so pupils are aware of the need to develop.

There are many social aspects of child development, which can occur in any Physical Education lesson. It is important that, as a teacher, these areas of learning are challenged and examined by each pupil. The Department will look to foster self-esteem and encourage pupils to understand the importance of morals, ethics and an appreciation of what you can, and cannot, do.

“No-one is perfect, some are closer than others, but there is always something you can do better than someone else, and in return, there is always something someone can do better than you.”

All pupils will have access to a very full and varied Extra-Curricular programme. This will be clearly displayed for all to see. This will allow those pupils, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to do so regularly. This will lead into more competitive aspects of each sport. However, pupils can still utilise this opportunity without feeling the need to compete.

Each pupil will be taught the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through structured core programmes in Key Stage 3 and leading into more option choices by the end of Key Stage 4. The role of the Department is to foster each individual, so that when they come to make a choice it is an informed and educated one.

The objectives in Physical Education:

  • develop an understanding of the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy life

  • develop a range of psycho-motor skills

  • maintain and increase physical mobility and flexibility

  • develop stamina and strength

  • develop understanding and appreciation of the purposes, forms and conventions of a selection of physical activities

  • develop the capacity to express ideas

  • develop the appreciation of the concepts of fair play, honest competition and good character

  • develop the ability to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of movement

  • develop the capacity to maintain interest and to persevere to achieve success

  • foster self-esteem through the acquisition of physical competence and poise

  • develop self-confidence through understanding the capabilities and limitation of oneself and others.

Boys Physical Education

  • Facilities and Resources

The facilities available to the P.E. department are of a high standard. They comprise of a gymnasium, sports hall, two all-weather hockey pitches / 400m athletics track, three rugby pitches and training area / two cricket squares, a squash court, state of the art fitness suite and five tennis courts.

  • KS3 curriculum

Boys have 2 periods (70 minutes) of Physical Education per week. The activities covered consist of Basketball, Gymnastics, HR PE, Cricket, Athletics and Games for Understanding. Further to this they have 3 periods of Games (105 minutes) which will involve Rugby and Cross country in terms 1 and 2 with term 3 being devoted to cricket, athletics and softball.

  • KS4 curriculum

GCSE – CCEA 

Component 1: Developing knowledge, understanding and skills for balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities;
Component 2: Developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle; and
Component 3: Individual performance in physical activities.

Students study the following:

  • Concepts of health, physical fitness and skilled performance;

  • Key influences that impact on balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities;

  • The impact of exercise and training on balanced, healthy lifestyles and physical fitness;

  • Types of exercise and methods of training;

  • Principles for developing physical well-being and physical fitness;

  • Assessing and monitoring the development of physical health/well-being and peak physical performance;

  • The effects of exercise, training and physical activity on the body;

  • Health and safety issues;

  • Exercise and training sessions; and

  • Exercise and training programmes.

  • KS4 curriculum

AQA A Level

This course is available as both an AS-level and an A-level.  The AS-level is made up of two units, consisting of one written exam and one internal assessment with external moderation. The A-level comprises two units, consisting of one written exam and one internal assessment with external moderation.

This specification is available for assessment in the summer of each year.

There are no previous learning requirements.

AS Examinations for AS Award 1581

Unit 1 – PHED1

Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

84 marks, worth 60% of the AS-level and 30% of the A-level

Written Paper, 2 hours

Two sections:

Section A – six structured questions

Section B – application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation

Available in June

Unit 2 – PHED2

Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s

100 marks, worth 40% of the AS-level and 20% of the A-level

Internal assessment with external moderation

Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practice as either a player/performer and in an adopted role or two adopted roles.

Available in June

A2 Examinations for A-level Award 2581

Unit 3 – PHED3

Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.

84 marks, 30% of the A-level

2 hour written examination

Three sections:

Section A – how exercise physiology can optimise performance

Section B – how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance

Section C – contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer

Available in June

Unit 4 – PHED4

Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

120 marks, worth 20% of the A-level

Internal assessment with external moderation

Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.

Available in June

Extra –curricular (See separate webpages)

Rugby
Cricket
Athletics
Cross Country
Basketball (Junior School)
Hockey (Senior School)

Girls Physical Education

At The Royal School Armagh we offer a range of sporting activities for girls through both the Curricular and Extra-Curricular programmes.

Our emphasis in PE is to encourage girls to be as active as possible, while enjoying themselves in learning new physical activities. Girls are also encouraged to join at least one of our range of sporting activities throughout the year, not just as a participant, but in roles such as coaching or officiating.

At KS3 the girls receive 2 periods of PE every week and will participate in Athletics, Badminton, Dance, Gymnastics, Health Related PE (includes use of the Fitness Suite), Netball, Tag Rugby, Tennis and Volleyball.

Every girls also recieves 3 periods of Games time once a week in the afternoons. The girls will focus on sports such as Hockey, Lacrosse, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders and Football.

At KS4 & 5 we give the girls more choice of activites including Netball, Dance, Lacrosse, Tag Rugby, Jogging, Tennis, Badminton and use of the local Leisure Centre (Swimming and Fitness Suite).

Our facilities include a large Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Fitness Suite, 5 Tennis Courts, 2 all-weather Hockey Pitches (and access to the Council run astro-turf pitch), 3 Rugby Pitches and at senior level use of the local Leisure Centre on Wednesday afternoons.

extra-curricular-rugby

KS4 curriculum

GCSE – CCEA

Component 1: Developing knowledge, understanding and skills for balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities;
Component 2: Developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle; and
Component 3: Individual performance in physical activities.

Students study the following:

  • Concepts of health, physical fitness and skilled performance;

  • Key influences that impact on balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities;

  • The impact of exercise and training on balanced, healthy lifestyles and physical fitness;

  • Types of exercise and methods of training;

  • Principles for developing physical well-being and physical fitness;

  • Assessing and monitoring the development of physical health/well-being and peak physical performance;

  • The effects of exercise, training and physical activity on the body;

  • Health and safety issues;

  • Exercise and training sessions; and

  • Exercise and training programmes.

KS5 curriculum

AQA A Level

This course is available as both an AS-level and an A-level.  The AS-level is made up of two units, consisting of one written exam and one internal assessment with external moderation. The A-level comprises two units, consisting of one written exam and one internal assessment with external moderation.

This specification is available for assessment in the summer of each year.

There are no previous learning requirements.

AS Examinations for AS Award 1581

Unit 1 – PHED1

Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

84 marks, worth 60% of the AS-level and 30% of the A-level

Written Paper, 2 hours

Two sections:

Section A – six structured questions

Section B – application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation

Available in June

Unit 2 – PHED2

Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s

100 marks, worth 40% of the AS-level and 20% of the A-level

Internal assessment with external moderation

Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practice as either a player/performer and in an adopted role or two adopted roles.

Available in June

A2 Examinations for A-level Award 2581

Unit 3 – PHED3

Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.

84 marks, 30% of the A-level

2 hour written examination

Three sections:

Section A – how exercise physiology can optimise performance

Section B – how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance

Section C – contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer

Available in June

Unit 4 – PHED4

Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

120 marks, worth 20% of the A-level

Internal assessment with external moderation

Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify areas of performance they could improve, and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures.

Available in June

Extra-Curricular Sports

We offer a range of sports to the girls and have set-up strong clubs in Hockey, Netball, Dance, Tennis and Athletics (and Cross-Country), Tag Rugby, Badminton and will start Football in 2016.

Hockey Club

At The Royal School Armagh we have a very successful tradition in hockey and continue to be one of Ulster and Ireland’s top hockey playing schools, as well as developing strong links with our local club in Armagh.

We field 10 teams throughout the season and 4 of these enter the Ulster Schools’ Cups, while 5 are entered into the Mid Ulster Leagues and Cup competitions, as well as Saturday morning hockey, where we play schools from all over Ulster.

Since 2002 the 1stXI have won the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ Ulster Schools’ Cup 6 times and the ‘Kate Russell’ All-Ireland Championships 4 times and came runners-up 3 times in the European Youth Championships in Holland. The U14XI have won the Ulster Junior Cup twice since 2005, reaching 3 finals in this time. The senior teams tour regularly and have experienced hockey in top hockey playing nations such as Holland, Germany and Spain.

At International level we have had 4 players capped at senior level, including former Irish Captain Alex Speers with over 160 caps and the Stewart sisters who became Irelands youngest players at this level at just 15- Emma and then Amy. The 4th was Hannah Bowe, sister of Ulster and Irish rugby player Tommy.

At Irish U16, U18 and U21 levels we have helped to produce over 20 players alotgether since 2002

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Sports Clubs for Girls-

Netball Club train twice a week and enter junior and senior teams into local and national cups and leagues.

Dance Club continues to grow in popularity and quality, competing every year in NICMAC (N.Ireland Championships) and have recently won gold, silver and bronze medals.

Tennis Club practices and matches start in the summer term and we enter junior and intermediate teams in the Ulster Cups, frequently reaching the ¼ finals.

Tag Rugby Club is open to senior girls, who train once a week under the local development officer and have entered the Ulster Schools’ Cup for the last 2 years, amazingly reaching the ½ finals last year! 2 have recently been named on the Ulster Schools’ Team for 2015. Girls are encouraged to join the local club in Armagh to further their progress.

Football Club will commence in 2016 due to growing popularity.

Athletics Club for girls and boys continues to grow in popularity, with large numbers every year competing in the District Championships and regularly have over 40 athletes qualifying for the Ulster Championships from these. Since 2002 10 boys and girls have competed at All-Ireland and/or Interprovincial level after finishing in the top 3 in Ulster.

Cross Country Club for girls and boys sees large numbers entering the District Championships every year and we often have around 20 who qualify for the Ulster Championships. In the past 5 years we have had 3 boys and girls qualifying for the All-Ireland Championships.