The S3 Core PE programme is structured around 5-week blocks that incorporate a range of individual, team and aesthetic activities. At the beginning of the year all pupils in S3 have the chance to choose from 3 activities in every block; increasing engagement and affording more opportunities for personalised learning.
Pupils are also asked to create a personal target for each block. Pupils will be asked to reflect on these targets throughout the year and complete formal assessments as homework, which will allow them to provide detailed feedback on individual achievements.
The core theme in S3 is Citizenship. In every PE lesson pupils are encouraged to show respect to teachers and peers, set an example to other year groups in the department, and act responsibly in school and when in the public eye. In doing so, pupils will develop skills for learning, skills for work and skills for life.
As of 2014, all of our S3 pupils will undertake an extended 'Heartstart' First Aid programme. Our PE staff are fully qualified to deliver the programme and have a wealth of experience in First Aid - allowing an extended version of the course to be offered. It goes without saying that this is an invaluable opportunity for our pupils!
The S4 Core PE programme is structured around 5-week blocks that incorporate a range of individual, team and aesthetic activities. At the beginning of the year all pupils in S4 have the chance to choose from 3 activities in every block; increasing engagement and affording more opportunities for personalised learning.
The core theme in S4 is Leadership. In every PE lesson pupils are encouraged to build on their experience gained in S1-3 by supporting classmates in their development. Any pupil who is injured or without kit is invited to take on a role (coach, umpire or supporter) and will share ideas and problems with the teacher throughout the lesson.
As of 2014, all of our S4 pupils will undergo a focussed coaching scheme. Pupils can choose to recieve either the Scottish Rugby Union registered 'Rugby Ready' award which will be delivered by Scott Marnoch and Kenny Harper (Knox Academy Rugby Development Officers); or a more generic 'Learn to Coach' programme delivered by PE teachers through a range of activities.
This is an excellent opportunity for any pupil wishing to undertake the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership in S5/6 and those wishing to pursue a career in coaching. The leadership skills gained through our S4 programme will also support our youngsters beyond the sporting environment. Pupils will gain an awareness of their level of confidence, resilience and determination in a group setting and hopefully develop these capacities to support their success in school, society and in the workplace.