"You have failed only when you have failed to try" - Unknown
Being active is so important and has such a positive impact on general well being. Our aim is to positively engage all students through a varied range of different activities. Skills based, progressive learning will give students the fundamentals needed to improve across all activities and understand their role in different sports. Enjoyment is the key, and that is a huge focus for us as a department.
Students will take part in both individual and team sports. At KS3 the structure of learning follows 4 main areas: Knowledge, Planning, Performance and Analysis. Sports included are football, handball, netball, basketball, dance, rugby, tennis, athletics, volleyball and many more. The aim of the course is to give access to a variety of sports and encourage links with local, community based clubs for those students who wish to take a particular sport further. Understanding strategies and concepts in sports, as well as learning to make progress with skills based aspects will give each student a broad sense of what is involved in successful sports performance. Being physically active has huge benefits on physical and mental health. Throughout each unit of work there is an encouragement to take part and get active and with this confidence will hopefully grow. Fun is at the heart of P.E. lessons and this is evident in class.
Cultural capital is all over this subject. The social aspect and requirement to communicate effectively in sport, along with sportsmanship and fair play codes of conduct around morals really encourage and in fact, make it a requirement in this subject to emphasize SMSC. As a department we are hugely involved in the local community and have raise both awareness and finances to develop young people both at Royal Harbour and indeed all schools in Thanet. We have secured funding for a district sports hub which was set up at school and is now in the local community where all schools in Thanet across all year groups have access. (National award for this.) We have used funding to set up a number of clubs at the school including Yofi Street football, Judo, Boxing, Crazy golf, American football as well as the mainstream clubs, fixtures and competitions. We host district events including dodgeball and the Thanet athletics championships.
As a department we raised awareness for PP students at Christmas during lockdown and with the help of our Hub, raised over 2.5k towards Christmas hamper packages for those in need.
Throughout these opportunities our students gain valuable experience to work with many outside professionals and hugely expand their cultural capital skills set. The chance to build upon these experiences in future careers and community hubs really does broaden the learning opportunities for our students.