Physical Education, Sport and Activities at Christ’s Hospital
Pupils in years 7 & 8 (2nd and 3rd form) have a double period (70mins) of Physical Education every week. During the year a wide range of activities are taught, to include Invasion Games (e.g. basketball), Net/Wall Games (e.g. tennis), Striking Games (e.g. cricket), Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and Health Related Fitness.
Pupils in years 9-11 (LE-GE) have the option to study GCSE Physical Education. The course is 60% practical and 40% theory and suits all pupils who have an interest in physical activity, coaching and officiating. If you enjoy working with others and have a positive approach towards your learning then PE is definitely an option.
Pupils in years 12-13 (DG-GR) have the option to study A’ Level Physical Education. The course is 40% practical and 60% theory and suits those with a genuine interest and ability in practical Physical Education. A’Level PE is also great for those considering a career in teaching, physiotherapy, sports administration, management or medicine.
There is a massive range of games and activities on offer at Christ’s Hospital as can be seen from the table below.
Sports & Activities Offered at Christ’s Hospital
|Activity||Michaelmas Term||Lent Term||Summer Term|
|Book & Journal Making||Mon/Tues||Mon/Tues||Mon/Tues|
|Combined Cadet Forces||Thur||Thur||Thur|
|Design & Technology||Mon/Tues||Mon/Tues||Mon/Tues|
|Duke of Edinburgh||Tues/Thurs||Tues/Thurs||Tues/Thurs|
|Fitness||Mon/ Weds/Sat||Mon/ Weds/Sat||Mon/ Weds/Sat|
|Greenpower Electric Car||Tues||Tues||Tues|
|Junior Leadership CCF||Mon||Mon||Mon|
|Training Wind Band||Thur||Thur||Thur|
Sports Offered at Christ’s Hospital
|Sport||Michaelmas Term||Lent Term||Summer Term|
|Fitness||Mon/ Weds/Sat||Mon/ Weds/Sat||Mon/ Weds/Sat|
Indoor Sports Facilities
The Swimming Pool
A superb facility for competition swimming, galas, teaching and recreational use: 25 metres x 6 lanes, two shallow ends, underwater sound and lighting, timing facilities, viewing area and seating capacity for 100 spectators.
This is a fully equipped fitness suite on the top floor of the Sports Centre. It contains the most uptodate personal fitness equipment including: 5 rowing machines, 14 exercise bikes, 12 weight stations and 6 treadmills.
The Sports Hall
The two court sports hall (37 x 34 metres) with a ‘Pulastic 2000′ synthetic floor is ideal for a wide range of indoor sports. The following courts are marked out: 8 Badminton, 2 Basketball, 2 five-aside soccer, 2 hockey, 2 netball, 2 tennis, 2 volleyball. A versatile space for coaching and playing sport to the highest standards.
This 25 x 16 metre hall has a semi-sprung maple floor and is equipped with a full range of gymnastic apparatus. This area is also used for judo, table tennis, aerobics and circuit training.
6 courts, 2 glass backed for exhibition matches, all with high ceilings and additional viewing on the first floor.
Outdoor Sports Facilities
Christ’s Hospital has over 100 acres of sporting areas throughout our extensive campus: 17 Rugby pitches, 19 Soccer pitches, 7 Netball courts, 3 grass Hockey pitches and 2 all-weather Hockey pitches, 15 Tennis courts, 12 Cricket squares, 2 artificial wickets, 10 grass cricket nets and 12 artificial nets.
The afternoon programme of Games, activities and options is an extensive one.
Competitive fixtures are organised for Rugby, Soccer, Hockey, Cricket, Basketball, Fives, Tennis, Squash, Swimming and Athletics.
Competitive fixtures are played in Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Tennis, Swimming, Squash, Athletics and Rounders.
Other activities include Badminton, Volleyball, Judo, Aerobics, Weight training, Cross-country, Trampolining and many others.
Christ’s Hospital developed a school/club link with Crawley AC in 2011 to try to further develop the most promising athletes by giving them access to club training and competition. The most talented athletes in the school get the opportunity to train with Crawley AC every Monday night and will hopefully get exposure to top level club competition.
Athletics is a hugely successful sport at Christ’s Hospital and we have a large number of pupils each year competing in the county championships and representing Sussex.
The school also competes in a number of national competitions run by the English Schools’ Athletic Association. Past results and the dates of future competitions are listed on the website below.
Mr. D. H. Messenger
Director of Sport
|Christ’s Hospital Year||National Curriculum Year||Key Stage|
|2nd Form||Year 7||Key Stage 3|
|3rd Form||Year 8|
|Lower Erasmus (LE)||Year 9|
|Upper Fourth (UF)||Year 10||Key Stage 4|
|Greater Erasmus (GE)||Year 11|
|Deputy Grecians||Year 12||Post 16|
Lesson Formats PE in the timetable is taught in 35-minute lessons
Mixed gender/ability groups in: Form 2 – 2 lessons per week (1 double) all pupils Form 3 – 2 lessons per week (1 double) all pupils
After Form 3, pupils wishing to continue with PE in the curriculum opt for GCSE PE.
GCSE PE Course – 4 lessons per week (2 theory, and 1 double practical), which follows a specific GCSE syllabus (currently AQA). It is examined in the normal way with a written paper and practical coursework.
This is run over 3 years and is taught in mixed gender groups.
At Post 16 level, students can opt for a 1 or 2 year AS/A2 course (8 lessons pr week, 4 doubles). This currently follows the AQA Sport and Physical Education syllabus.
Throughout all years the PE Programme is delivered in conjunction with a full programme of games and activities designed to compliment the curriculum and increase the amount and variety of physical activity which pupils are involved in.
At Key Stage 3, the PE and activities programme at Christ’s Hospital follows closely the requirement of the National Curriculum and covers 4 of the 6 activity areas.
At Key Stage 4, those following PE Courses fulfil requirements of the National Curriculum. Other students also take part in at least two different activities in Key Stage 4 in the activities programme and every attempt to maintain physical activity and involvement in competition is made through House Leagues and Competitions.
At AS, this specification will develop knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities for and effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Candidates will be given the opportunity to build on their experience and improve their personal skills/techniques across a variety of roles in a sport of their choice to improve performance.
The AS specification has 2 units:
Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle
Topic list The physiological effects of adopting a healthy lifestyle The short term effect of exercise/performance and the long term effects of training Analysis of movement across a range of sporting actions Acquisition of skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance Opportunities for physical activity, benefits to the individual and society and the potential barriers faced by minority groups.
|Written Paper:||2 hours|
|Weighting:||60% of total AS Level marks 30% A Level marks|
Candidates are required to answer seven questions from section A and one from section B. Section A will require candidates to answer questions on applied physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation.
Section B will examine the application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.
Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s
Topic list Execution of skills/techniques in two roles (performer, official/referee/umpire/judge or leader/coach) in a chosen physical activity Analysis of own performance Application of theoretical knowledge to achieve effective performance
|Internal assessment with external moderation: 100 marks|
|Weighting:||40% of total A/S Level marks 20% of A Level marks|
Candidates are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and a structured practice as either: a player/performer and in an adopted role or in two adopted roles.
Section A requires candidates to be assessed on their ability in two from a choice of three roles. Section B will look at the theoretical factors that improve performance. Candidates are assessed on this element through the section B question in Unit 1.
At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques. Candidates will be given the opportunity to specialise further, selecting two themes to study in depth and focusing on philosophical problems through the study of a key text. Problem areas relate directly to other areas of the specification and candidates will be able to draw on, develop and apply material from both the AS and A2 modules.
The A2 specification has 2 units:
Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport
Topic list Energy sources and systems Elite preparation and training Specialised training and sports injuries The use of psychological theories and techniques to optimise performance Concepts and characteristics of World Games and their impact on the state and individual Development and impact of sports technology on performers, equipment and facilities The development of sport from rational recreation to its modern day format.
|Written Paper:||2 hours (84 marks)|
|Weighting:||30% of total A Level marks|
Candidates are required to answer six questions, two from Section A, two from Section B and two from Section C.
Section A – looks at how the application of physiological factors can optimise performance.
Section B – looks at how the application of physiological knowledge can optimise performance.
Section C – evaluates contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer.
Unit 4: Philosophical Problems
Optimising performance in competitive or performance conditions in one role Evaluation of own performance in identifying weaknesses Suggesting cause of own weakness and an appropriate corrective measure
|Internal assessment with external moderation: 120 marks|
|Weighting:||20% of total A Level marks|
Candidates are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance of the core skills/techniques in a competitive situation as either a player/performer or in an adopted role.
Then using their knowledge and understanding identify their weaknesses; suggest the causes of these weaknesses and appropriate corrective measures.
|Dave Messenger||Director of Sportfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hazel Rowland-Jones||Assistant Director of Sport & Head of Girls Gamesemail@example.com|
|Andy Turner||Director of Rugby|
|Terry Whittingham||Master i/c Football|
|Howard Holdsworth||Master i/c Cricket|
|Ed Hatton||Master i/c Fives|
|Marcus Medley||Master i/c Squash|
|Alice Swain||Head of Swimming|
|Claire Page||Head of Physical Education|