As in all schools, PE is a compulsory National Curriculum subject. PE at Redwood Park is designed to be fun and enjoyable for all.
Pupils are taught in tutor groups in year 7. In years 7 and 9 they are ability set. Durings years 10 and 11 pupils choose from a variety or activities. In years 9, 10 and 11 pupils take part in the AQA unit award scheme. A wide range of abilities are caterd for as there are two units for each subject taught in both pe and swimming.
It is expected that all pupils will take part in all lessons. Pupils may only be excused if they have a signed letter from home. All pupils are expected to bring the appropriate PE kit for lessons. A black T-shirt, black shorts or PE skirt. Activities are taken outside, so a jumper or a tracksuit should be worn to keep warm in the winter months. Trainers for indoor activities and football boots for activities undertaken on the field. It is expected that pupils bring the appropriate clothing for different activities.
Swimming is taught in all years - trunks or lined swimming shorts for boys, (not football shorts) and a swimming costume for girls. If pupils have a verucca, they are expected to bring their own verucca socks.
PE KIT IS AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM THE SCHOOL
As well as PE lessons, there are after-school-sporting activities run throughout the year in a variety of sports. These lead to fixtures against other schools. We regularly play boys and girls football, netball, hockey, rounders and cricket matches.
The department expects that when a pupil is fit and in general good health that they will participate fully in all activities. In the majority of lessons pupils are expected to be energetic and to take part in vigorous activity. Often much of their energy will be expended in the acquisition of skill and sometimes in match situations.
It is hoped that all pupils will enjoy participating in Physical Education but this will only occur if the pupils are well motivated and are encouraged whenever an opportunity arrives. Irrespective of ability, a pupil who is enjoying taking part in a particular activity will be more attentive, better motivated and generally more positive in every way.
In the longer term the Department hopes to expose each pupil to a wide variety of sports both inside and outside the school
Pupils should be presented with individual challenges during Physical Education but should also experience team situations where they have to work in co-operation with others. They must learn to understand the various codes of conduct associated with each activity and must abide by the rules of each particular sport.
Pupils must be educated in the ethics of 'fair play' and should experience both 'winning' and 'losing'. Sometimes this outcome will need to be created by the teacher.
Pupils must also be presented with the purpose of many athletic activities and should understand the need to be fit and healthy.
There should also be some emphasis on the need to prevent injury and to prepare for performance.