Physical Education is the one area of the school curriculum that develops the child as a whole. The P.E. Department at Queen Elizabeth's aims to provide the highest quality Physical Education and School Sport for all pupils, of all abilities.
We promote the physical, social and cognitive development of the pupil within the whole school curriculum. This is done through pupil participation in a variety of physical and mental activities and exercises, through positive teaching with a wide selection of approaches and teaching styles, and through encouragement, effort and endeavour, with high but achievable expectations placed upon those pupils.
It is aimed that pupils should:
- Be committed to PE and sport and make it a central part of their lives – both in and out of school.
- Understand what they are trying to achieve and how to go about doing it and that PE and sport are an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle.
- Have the confidence to get involved in PE and sport and are willing to demonstrate what they can do.
- Have the skills and control that they need to take part in PE and sport; showing good body control, poise, balance, and fluency and accuracy in their movements.
- Think about what they are doing and make appropriate decisions for themselves.
- Have the stamina, suppleness and strength to keep going.
- Enjoy PE, school and community sport.
In order to achieve all of this, programmes of study are varied to enable the skills of performing, planning, evaluating and leadership to be fostered.
Many opportunities will be given for pupils to improve their knowledge and understanding of such issues as: the effects of exercise on the body, hygiene, injury and illness, social issues and the importance of exercise.
Every effort is made to promote a healthy lifestyle and to take part in physical activity in and outside of school hours. Pupils will learn about the demands on the different body parts and the development of an efficient cardio-vascular system as part of the performing and fitness aspects of the curriculum.
Alongside the central component of "performing", through the adaptability of the schemes of work, pupils will have the opportunity to develop their ability to plan and evaluate pieces of work, sequences of movement or play, and game situations relevant to the area of activity. Through planning and evaluation, pupils will be able to explore, adapt and select, enabling them to understand and accept strengths and weaknesses in themselves and in others.
Opportunities for pupils to appreciate help, aid others and adapt personal needs to the collective needs of the group will be provided. This will enable pupils to develop individual and group problem solving skills. Pupils will experience leadership and be given the opportunity to develop this further in formal, Nationally- recognised Leadership schemes.
Those students wanting to develop even further will also be given the opportunity to take examinations in the subject at GCSE and GCE levels.
The school has two grass football pitches, one grass hockey pitches, one rugby pitch, six hard tennis courts (includes five netball courts), an artificial cricket wicket, two outdoor cricket nets.
Through honest competition, concepts of fair play and sporting behaviour will be promoted. Pupils will be also be made aware of opportunities to use local facilities and join clubs.
Outside coaches have been hired to help deliver activities such as squash, aerobics, golf, Zumba and athletics to complement those on offer from staff.
The department enters District, County and National competitions for teams and individuals, with matches and practices taking place at lunchtime, after school and weekends.
The department also offers the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, Junior Sports Leaders and Dance Leaders. Coaching courses for students in fencing, squash, athletics, football referee awareness and netball have also been set up, and there is an annual residential Outdoor Education trip. At senior level, A level students get the opportunity to visit Wembley stadium and the London Olympic site.
Pupils can take part in the following extra-curricular activities;
- Cross Country
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Rugby Union
- Table Tennis
The subject Leader for PE is Mr Grayson. Other members of the department are Mr Felton, Mrs Irving and Mr Lindsay.