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Physical education

The PE department has 9 teachers, with six staff having additional school responsibilities.
At Merrill we are lucky to have great sporting facilities; Sports hall, Gymnasium, Fitness Suite, Astro turf and 2 large fields.

Through a broad, balanced and comprehensive program of physical activities and learning experiences, the PE department fully support the strong ethos within Merrill Academy where we aim to inspire all students, regardless of ability, to have a love of lifelong learning in physical education. We do this by running a personalised PE program that aims to provide a challenging, purposeful, enjoyable and safe experience. Our holistic approach to PE is designed to develop physical, mental and social health whilst also instilling our four key values through a culture of excellence, determination, empathy and community. Our core curriculum is designed to equip learners with the physical, academic and emotional skills to allow them to lead informed health, active lifestyles.

KS3 Curriculum plan/map

KS3 Boys

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Football/Badminton/Dance Rugby/Hockey/Basketball Rugby/Badminton/Hockey Football/HRE Athletics/Striking and fielding games Athletics/Striking and fielding games
Year 8 Football/HRE/Dance Rugby/Badminton/Hockey Rugby/Handball/Basketball Football/HRE Athletics/Striking and fielding games Athletics/Striking and fielding games
Year 9 Football/HRE/Dance Rugby/Badminton/Basketball Rugby/Handball/Basketball Football/HRE/Handball Athletics/Striking and fielding games Athletics/Striking and fielding games

KS3 Girls

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Netball/Dance/Hockey Badminton/Hockey/Netball Football/Gymnastics/Basketball/ Football/Gymnastics/Basketball/ Athletics/Striking and fielding games Athletics/Striking and fielding games
Year 8 Netball/Dance/Hockey Badminton/Hockey/Gymnastics Football/Gymnastics/Basketball Football/Dance/Basketball Athletics/Striking and fielding games Athletics/Striking and fielding games
Year 9 Netball/HRE/Hockey Badminton/Hockey/Netball Football/Gym/Basketball Football/Gym/Basketball Athletics/Striking and fielding games Athletics/Striking and fielding games

How are Students assessed at KS3?

At KS3 students have 2 hours of PE a week, 1 hour being indoors and 1 outdoors. Additionally all students participate in a Health and Nutrition program that helps to embed an active lifestyle that allows the students to participate in an additional 3 hours every two weeks.

This unit is assessed termly on block unit exams.

KS4 Curriculum plan/map

KS4 CORE

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 Games/HRE Games/HRE Games/HRE Games/HRE Athletics/Games Athletics/Games
Year 11 Games/HRE Games/HRE Games/HRE Games/HRE Athletics/Games  

Edexcel BTEC Level 2

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 9 Variety of Practical sports coursework preparation Variety of Practical sports coursework preparation Variety of Practical sports coursework preparation Variety of Practical sports coursework preparation Practical sports Practical sports
Year 10 Fitness Testing and Training/Practical sports Fitness Testing and Training/Practical sports Fitness Testing and Training/Practical sports Fitness Testing and Training/Practical sports Fitness Testing and Training/Practical sports Leading Sports Activities
Year 11 Leading Sports Activities Leading Sports Activities Mind and Sports Performance Mind and Sports Performance    

For more information please contact the Subject Leader

How are students assessed at KS4?

At KS4 again students have 2 hours of PE a week but can also opt in to examination PE which means that they have another 5 hours a week in the department.

Also PE offers Level 2 BTEC Sport for KS4. They are assessed through coursework, exams and monitored on their attendance towards extracurricular activities.

Extension Activities / Planned Trips

To complement the curriculum the department offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students of all ages. The academy takes part in city leagues and tournaments. In some sports we have teams taking part in county and nationwide competitions.

Careers Information / Next Steps

Our KS4 academic pathways provide an inclusive learning environment to allow students who have a passion for sport to develop their skills and understanding to give our students the opportunity to continue to study at College with aspirations to attend University or in the world of work.

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