PE

The philosophy of the Department is that every student should be given the opportunity and encouragement to achieve their potential in a stimulating, informative and safe environment.

Our aims are to:

  • Encourage a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Provide students with an understanding of how to analyse and improve physical performance
  • Widen each student’s sporting experience and enjoyment
  • Assist students in reaching their physical potential in a variety of physical environments

Extra-curricular Sport

Philosophies and aims:

  • Encourage a passion for a wide range of sporting activities
  • Create a lifelong enjoyment of active recreation and sport
  • Nurture sportsmanship in all aspects of competition
  • Provide sporting opportunities for all participation levels
  • Provide an opportunity for sporting excellence in a variety of sport

Lower School

During Key Stage 3 students at Dubai College will have two 50 minute lessons per week. The emphasis is on building the fundamental movement skills, developing team work, building strong and healthy bodies and fostering a life-long enjoyment of sport. Students will take part in a variety of activities such as swimming, football, netball, basketball, rugby, athletics, rounders, softball, gymnastics, waterpolo, badminton, table tennis and many more. Students will be assessed in each sport and be given guidance and targets for improvement.

Middle School

The course followed is EDEXCEL and runs over two years. There are four areas of assessment;

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

36% of the qualification, 90 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2: Movement analysis
  • Topic 3: Physical training
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Component 2: Health and Performance

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

24% of the qualification, 70 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being
  • Topic 2: Sport psychology
  • Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences
  • Topic 4: Use of data

Component 3: Practical Performance

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

30% of the qualification, 105 marks (35 marks per activity)

Content overview

  • Skills during individual and team activities
  • General performance skills

Assessment overview

The assessment consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list.

  • One must be a team activity.
  • One must be an individual activity.
  • The final activity can be a free choice.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated

10% of the qualification, 20 marks

Content overview

  • Aim and planning analysis
  • Carrying out and monitoring the PEP
  • Evaluation of the PEP

Sixth Form

The course followed is AQA and runs over two years. There are seven theory components along with practical performance and coursework.

Subject content

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Skill acquisition
  3. Sport and society
  4. Exercise physiology
  5. Biomechanical movement
  6. Sport psychology
  7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Assessments

Unit

Title

Method Of Assessment

Distribution Of Marks

1

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Written examination

35%

2

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

Written examination

35%

3

Practical Performance

Internally assessed coursework

30%

The new syllabus covers a much greater variety of topics and areas within Sport and Physical Education. The specification can lead to higher education study in areas such as Sports Science and Physiotherapy. It can also be useful when looking at some of the newer course areas such as Sports Management and Marketing. The scientific nature of the theory content leads to study in other areas and careers in the active leisure industry. Students' existing interest in sport will be enhanced and the students will further develop their understanding of the 'Science of Sport'. The representation of Sport in the Media will be analysed and the course will endeavour to look at society's ever changing influence.

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

Passion, innovation, work ethic

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

Sporting values of Passion, Respect, Integrity, Resilience, Teamwork, Commitment & Sportsmanship.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

Our willingness to go the extra 2 miles!

Who or what inspires you?

Individuals who show courage to overcome adversity

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

English is my second language!

Andrew Jones, Director of Sport

Mr D Riordan, Head of PE

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

Passionate, committed, knowledgeable and good fun.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

That hard work and resilience are the keys to success.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

A combination of the support staff, teachers and students working together to continue the traditions and values of the College.

Who or what inspires you?

Anyone who shows a high level of skill or knowledge in any subject.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I have received the last rites.

Mr D Jackson, Teacher of PE

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

Somebody that forms strong relationships with their students and shows them that they care about them as people. Somebody that has a good knowledge or experience of their subject, which can help empathise when required.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

The confidence to take on challenges and that with effort they are able to achieve progress in all walks of their lives.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

The breadth of activities and the teaching and coaching expertise available to take students to their next level.

Who or what inspires you?

Seeing students leave as developed versions of when they arrived.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

Have dived in all 4 oceans.

Miss M Cooper, Teacher of PE

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

A good teacher will:

  • genuinely care about the students they work with
  • be very enthusiastic about their subject and the life of the school
  • be a positive role model.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

To believe in yourself, to give of your best and focus on your own progress. Also, to build the fundamental movement skills and confidence to participate in lifelong physical activity.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

The beautiful and spacious campus and the wonderful educational community that has been built over many years which includes the caretakers, FDC, students, staff, governors, alumni and more!

Who or what inspires you?

Anyone who achieves a goal they set or overcomes a challenge they faced. This could be someone who has a fear of heights doing a skydive or someone running a 5K for the first time. Goal setting is so important for success and to have a sense of fulfilment.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I am a country girl at heart! I grew up on a farm and absolutely love being in the green countryside and the outdoors. My passion for and ability in sport all started here. My siblings and I made hurdles using electric fence poles, would run around all day and climb lots of trees!

Miss N Bland, Teacher of PE

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

An enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about teaching their subject and inspiring their students.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

Never to be phased by new challenges and always try their best to succeed their goals.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

Teachers that are always happy to go the extra mile for all of their students.

Who or what inspires you?

I was really inspired by Jessica Ennis winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics. It was a great demonstration of how hard work and perseverance pays off.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you

I had a season ticket at Blackburn Rovers for 8 years.

Miss Sara Donovan, Teacher of PE

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

The love of your subject, good teachers are the most creative and enthusiastic.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

Confidence to explore and develop, but also student accountability. It helps them take responsibility for their actions, learning, and helps improve academic performance and achievements.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

It gives students the freedom to be who they are academically without fear of judgment.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by risk and challenge. Starting something I have no idea how to finish, having to work hard to get there. Pushing myself to the limits.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I would love to climb and summit Mount Everest. It’s always been a dream of mine.

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Meet the staff

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Nina Bland

Nina Bland

Titles: Teacher of Physical Education
Lydia Clohesy

Lydia Clohesy

Titles: Head of Girls Games
Meryl Cooper

Meryl Cooper

Titles: Head of Year 10, Teacher of Physical Education
Sara Donovan

Sara Donovan

Titles: Teacher of Physical Education
David Jackson

David Jackson

Titles: Head of Cousteau House, Teacher of Physical Education
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