Welcome to the PE Department at Outwood Academy Ormesby

Welcome to the Physical Education department. We pride ourselves on an ethos of providing opportunities for all students to access Physical Education and Sport. This is reflected in our, inclusive, Key Stage 3 and 4 core programme and our GCSE courses.

Not only do we have an inclusive curriculum structure but we also offer extra- curricular opportunities for our students to develop their practical ability, have fun or develop their theoretical knowledge of Physical Education through support classes.

Students are also able to compete against other schools in academy fixtures across various sports and have the opportunity to attend trials to represent Middlesbrough District in a wide variety of events. We also enter a variety of events throughout the year including Sports hall Athletics, the Outwood Grange Academy Trust Games and Sports Leadership courses

Physical Education should inspire all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for our students to become more physically competent in ways which supports their health, fitness and wellbeing. Our curriculum offers all students the chance to compete in sport
and other activities which build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Students should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Students will be taught to:

• Explore and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games

• Develop technique and improve performance in competitive sports and physical activities

• Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

• Analyse and evaluate their own and others’ performances and demonstrate improvements

• Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

How does your study of Physical Education support your study in other subjects?

The study of any subject in our curriculum takes full advantage of links with other subject areas – we term these as interdisciplinary links and we make the most of them because we know that deep learning requires the transference of knowledge and skills from one topic of learning to another. Once you can transfer your learning across topics and subject areas then you are really mastering what you know and how to apply your understanding and skills.

Physical Education touches on so many other subjects such as mathematics, literacy, biology, music, geography and life. You will learn methods of analysis and evaluation that are widely applicable to other subject areas helping your thinking in all subjects. You will develop an array of skills comprising of how to outwit an opponent, how to work as a team and problem solve whilst instilling a resilience and self-confidence to persevere. Through developing these skills and qualities you will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to overcome adversity and succeed. Research suggests that being physically activity generates a whole host of benefits including:
• Reducing the risk of diabetes, asthma, sleep disorders and other illnesses
• Increasing academic performance through increased concentration levels and more directed, composed behaviour
• Enhancing social assimilation. Activities in PE help students develop social interactions and explore the benefits of working with a variety of different students in an array of different situations
• Improving mental health and wellbeing
• Developing self-discipline as well as stretching students beyond their perceived physical capabilities.

Overview of Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum offers two lessons of Physical Education each week covering a range of sports and activities across each year. We aim to instil an enthusiastic and positive approach towards sports and physical activities to help students lead active, healthy lifestyles. We develop students’ practical ability, and appreciation of tactics and strategy, through individual and team sports as well as activities to promote health, fitness and well-being. We incorporate theoretical aspects from the academic courses in Physical Education into practical teaching to help students understand the next step in their learning if they opt for Cambridge National Sport Science or Health and Social Care in Key Stage 4.

How are you assessed in Key Stage 3?

During key stage 3 you are assessed using the following assessment objectives which ensure that you can cumulatively build your subject understanding in preparation for future qualifications. There are 6 assessment points each year that we term Praising Stars©. We assess how students at their current stage of study are on track to reach
their end of stage targets which are formulated on aspirational expectations from their KS2 starting points. We make an informed prediction from our holistic assessments based on our subject mapping of expectation across the Physical education curriculum.

Key Assessment Objectives:

· Lead, healthy, active lifestyles

· Develop competence to excel in broad range of physical activities

· Use a range of tactic and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition

· Analyse and evaluate own performance and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve personal best.


Overview of Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum offers one lesson of Physical Education each week. Our aim is to motivate and inspire students to take responsibility for their own well-being and adopt a healthy, active lifestyle which we hope they will take with them when they leave Outwood Academy Ormesby. Students select options in both year 10 and 11 as to the pathway they wish to follow in PE. In each lesson the sport education model is used and an opportunity for students to take additional responsibility as coaches, leaders, officials and analysts.

For qualifications in PE, students can currently opt for Cambridge National Sport Science, BTEC Tech Awards in Sport, Activity and Fitness or Health and Social care, all popular courses which give students the starting point for a career in the sporting industry.

In Sport, the learners have the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.

In Health and Social Care the course actively engages students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners and encourages students to understand aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early-years sectors through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations.

Key Stage 4 Courses (Sport)

Year 9

BTEC Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness
More information here

Year 10/11

OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 Award in Sports Science
Units R041, R042, R045 and R046

More information here

Key Stage 4 Courses (Health & Social/ Child Development)

Year 9

BTEC Tech Award in Health & Social Care
More information here

Year 10

BTEC Level 1/2 Health and Social Care
Units studied – Unit 1, 2, 5 and 6
More information here

Year 11

Cambridge National in Child Development
More information here

Monday – Girls Football Year 7
Monday – Basketball Girls and Boys (7,8,9)
Wednesday – Netball all years
Wednesday – Boys football (year 7)
Wednesday – BTEC sport catch up (year 10)
Thursday – H&S catch up (year 9 and 10)
Thursday – Girls football (7)
Friday – Dance (all years)
Friday – Childcare catch up (year 11)
Friday – OCR sport catch up (Year 11)

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

The Physical Education department consistently support the social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness of students through the medium of sport. Teamwork, sportsmanship and fairness are ever evident in lessons and opportunities to share values, learning experiences and the impact of sporting role models are regularly discussed and help students deal with a variety of difficulties which may occur in their day to day life.


Miss R Porritt- Head of Department
Mr D Gamble- Teacher of PE and Sport
Miss D Hosie – Teacher of PE, Health and Social Care and Child Development
Mr D O’Brien- Assistant Principal and Teacher of PE and Sport
Mr S Smith- Associate Vice Principal and Teacher of PE
Mrs E Richardson- Teacher of Health & Social Care
Mr M Charlton – Assistant Principal and Teacher of Health & Social Care
Miss S Green – Assistant Principal and Teacher of Child Development