PT PE & Expressive Arts
Teacher of Physical Education
Active Schools co-ordinator
Assistant Active Schools co-ordinator
Our facilities consist of a games hall big enough for 4 badminton, a small gymnasium, dance studio and fitness suite. Outside we have a 3G Astroturf facility as well as a small grass football pitch.
We ask all of our pupils to come prepared for getting dirty from the grass/mud. Whilst some lessons are scheduled to be indoors this can change from time to time dependant on facility constraints. We ask all pupils to come prepared for PE preferably with a plain t-shirt and shorts. A jumper/tracksuit bottoms are acceptable also for outdoor activities. Appropriate sports trainers should be worn, boots may be worn if we are outside. No football kits should be worn. If a pupil wears a football top they will be asked to turn it inside out. If there is any reason that a pupil cannot access appropriate kit they should speak with their guidance teacher. The PE department has a variety of spare kit that is updated regularly. We keep this kit washed and fresh for use. If a pupil forgets their kit they are asked to put ours on. If for any reason this is not possible, we ask that pupils keep a spare kit in the PE department or their locker on all occasions. We ask that all pupils are changed within 7 minutes at the start of the lesson.
On all occasions we would ask that pupils get changed into PE kit ready to take an active role in lessons. We appreciate that pupils will at times suffer injuries where they cannot participate in the same activity as the rest of the class where this is the case they will be given a more appropriate activity that does not affect the injured are (stretching, upper or lower body work etc where the injured area is not affected). Where this is still not appropriate we would ask that pupils get changed still in order to help the ethos of the lesson so they can help out in other ways within the department refereeing, score keeping, helping set out/tidy equipment etc. We have found that coming prepared with the correct equipment means pupils are more ready to be actively engaged in the lesson in whatever capacity they can and helps maintain a positive ethos within the working area. No pupil will ever be asked to do anything that would aggravate an injury.
S1 can currently expect to get PE two periods a week S2 receive three periods a week. Activities covered include: gymnastics, football, social dance, badminton, rugby, athletics, summer games, softball and hockey/shinty. The extra period in S2 is a ‘Health and Wellbeing’ period and this is used to explore, examine and experience a healthy lifestyle.
Our core curriculum continues on to S4 where we use our two lessons to try and groove positive habits for life after school. There are normally two activities on offer and pupils will be given a choice of these activities where appropriate (sometimes this choice cannot be accommodated). Other activities that we do not offer on the S1-3 curriculum may be introduced at this time such as handball, netball, Danish longball, volleyball etc.
S3 Preparation for Senior Phase
Our S3 Course still provides a breadth of opportunity to experience different activities but also serves to prepare student for certificated PE in S4. There will be significant opportunity to experience level four outcomes.
Some pupils in the senior phase will be presented at National 3 or National 4 level. This will dependent on the progress and ability the pupil makes in S3 and the beginning of S4. Where pupils have competency for only one of the two assessable aspects of the course at National 5 level (Portfolio written element or the practical performance element) they will be presented at N4 or N5. Both courses still have elements of theory and practical but the standard is not as complex.
N5 course outline- The national 5 course consists of a portfolio which is worth 50% of the overall award and two one off practical performance that is also worth 50 % of the overall award. Pupils will be given homework at least once per week and will be expected to complete this in a timely manner. Teachers will continually assess the quality of the homework, theory work and levels of practical performance to check that the presentation level is appropriate. All pupils are asked to sign a contract at the start of the year agreeing to minimum behaviour and effort requirements in order to be accepted onto the course. From previous experience, we highly recommend that pupils are engaged in the sports they will be assessed in out with the classroom in order to give themselves the best possible chance of success.
Higher course outline- The Higher course consists of an exam which is worth 50% of the overall award and two one off practical performance that is also worth 50 % of the overall award. Pupils will be given homework at least once per week and will be expected to complete this in a timely manner. Teachers will continually assess the quality of the homework, theory work and levels of practical performance to check that the presentation level is appropriate. All pupils are asked to sign a contract at the start of the year agreeing to minimum behaviour and effort requirements in order to be accepted onto the course. We ask that pupils would normally have an A or B at national 5 level in PE and a pass a national 5 English to be accepted onto the course.
Advanced Higher- 70% of the Course assessment is made up from a 5000 word dissertation project and 30% from a one-off practical performance. This is the equivalent of 1st year university work so pupils are expected to work the majority of the course by themselves. Pupils should be completing research of 4-5 hours per week in their own time as well as making use of scheduled class time. Regular meetings will take place to check progress, support and advise of the next steps. We normally ask that pupils have an A or B at Higher PE and a pass in Higher English before opting for the course.
There is a large list of inter-house events that have been chosen in previous years by our sports council. These include; softball, dodgeball, football, basketball, cross country, badminton. The results of these events are recorded and each house are given house points. These count towards the house trophy that is decided at the end of the year.
Supported Study will be offered at some point after the October holidays and continue until the end of March and usually over the spring break. All pupils are encouraged and are expected to attend this in order to maximise their potential to be presented and to maximise the grade they can achieve.
There is a comprehensive range of activities that are offered to pupils including badminton, football, girls football, basketball, fitness suite, girls club, shinty, handball, Hatton boxing etc. Pupils should speak to our sports ambassadors if there is an activity that they want that is not currently offered.
Each year the department runs an 8-hour sports event where select pupils are taken off timetable to participate in a sporting marathon. Pupils are asked to gain sponsorship for this event. This money is used for equipment in the department and to help subsidise the cost of extra-curricular clubs. In the past we have had college students, activity specialists, LiveArgyll, development officers and football club coaches deliver special sessions.
We regularly participate in a number of sporting events out with the school including the football Scottish Cup for a girls, junior boys and senior boys football team, the Inverclyde Cross Country Championships, the Argyll and Bute Basketball Championships, the Argyll and Bute Badminton Championships, the Argyll and Bute athletics Championships, , the Argyll and Bute athletics Championships, gymnastics events including Argyll and Bute and Scottish Championships, a variety of shinty events as well as many other ad-hoc events.
Homework policy- S1-3 will be expected to do homework throughout the year. S1 on one occasion and S2-3 at least once per term. National 4 and 5 can expect homework once per week, Higher at least once per week and Advanced Higher roughly 4 hours per week.
We are keen to hear about any achievements that pupils have made outside of school so we can share on the website, please let a member of the PE department know.