Physical Education

Physical Education

Introduction

The Physical Education department at Auckland Grammar School offer a broad range of physical activities as well as a rigorous academic programme at the senior levels. Every teacher in the department also coach one or more of the highly successful competitive teams at the school.

In Forms 3 and 4, physical education is compulsory. Every boy is encouraged to take part in the range of sports covered in the four terms, including swimming, running, hockey, volleyball, rugby, football, and many more. This dedication to physical activities help boys stay fit and healthy throughout the year and encourages them to join one of the many teams on offer at the School.

If boys choose to continue with physical education into the senior years (Forms 5-7), the course changes focus to the academic side of physical education. Anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and other such topics are covered in these courses.

Form 5 (NCEA Level 1):

Recommended achievement levels:

  • Selected students (primarily currently in 4O and 4P) will be required to select this course if they wish to do Form 5 Physical Education.
  • Students who have gained good grades in Form 4 Physical Education, and have a genuine interest in Physical Education theory and practical work are likely to do well in Form 5 Physical Education.

Course description/aims:

  • Develop an understanding of how to manage risk and demonstrate responsible behaviour in outdoor education activities.
  • Investigate how health and well being relate to and are influenced through being active.
  • Develop knowledge of movement and skills related to a variety of physical activities and outdoor education activities.
  • Demonstrate self-management strategies to help develop good personal values and character behaviours.
  • Participate in a variety of physical activities and understand how factors affect participation.
  • Demonstrate performance in physical activities.
  • Develop key interpersonal skills that are required to become a good leader

Course outline:

  • 1.1 - Participate in a variety of physical activities and explain factors that influence own participation [5 credits]
  • 1.3 - Demonstrate quality of movement in the performance of a physical activity [3 credits]
  • 1.5 - Demonstrate interpersonal skills in groups and explain how these impact others [4 credits]
  • 1.7 - Demonstrate, and show understanding of, responsible behaviour for safety during outdoor education activities [3 credits]
  • 1.9 - Demonstrate self-management strategies and describe the effects on participation in physical activity [3 credits]

Methods of assessment: Form 5 Physical Education will be assessed using internally-assessed NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards. Coursework assessment includes examinations, common tests, practical grades and assignments.

Special equipment/costs: Physical Education uniform and a $30 Rock Climbing fee.

Continuation of subject: NCEA Level 2 and Level 3 is offered.

Form 5 (Pre-Q):

Recommended achievement levels: Students who have gained good grades in Form 4 Physical Education, and have a genuine interest in Physical Education theory and practical are likely to do well in Form 5 Pre-Q Physical Education..

Course description/aims: Pre-Q Physical Education aims to develop knowledge, skills and an understanding of a range of relevant physical activities. Candidates’ knowledge, skills and understanding come from both practical and theoretical aspects of Physical Education. Successful Pre-Q Physical Education students gain lifelong skills, including:

  • An ability to plan, perform, analyse and improve, and evaluate physical activities.
  • Knowledge of how biophysical principles affect performance.
  • Knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities.
  • An understanding of effective and safe performance.
  • An understanding of the role and significance of physical activity in society and factors that affect participation level.
  • Demonstrating a variety of interpersonal skills to help a group or team function successfully.
  • An enjoyment of physical activity.
  • An excellent foundation for advanced study (NCEA Level 2 and 3 and Cambridge AS and A Level).

Course outline:

Unit 1:

  • Anatomy, Biomechanics and Physiology
  • The skeletal muscular system
  • Circulatory, respiratory and energy systems
  • Biomechanical principles of stability and balance, force summation and production of forces using Newton's laws

Unit 2:

  • Factors affecting participation and the role and significance of physical activity
  • Barriers and enablers to physical activity involvement
  • Socio-cultural factors and their effect on participation levels
  • The role and significance physical activity has on people's lives

Unit 3:

  • Health, fitness and training
  • Components of fitness and methods and principles of training
  • Design and implement a fitness training programme
  • Health, diet and energy sources

Unit 4:

  • Skill learning and sports psychology
  • Skill classification, skill learning, types of practice and the importance of feedback
  • Goal setting, mental preparation and motivation

Methods of assessment: School Examinations:

  • 1 x 1 hour examination
  • 1 x 2 hour examination
  • 1 x 3 hour examination (Pre-Q)
  • Component 1 End-of-year Written Examination - 50% weighting
  • Component 2 Practical - 30% weighting Physical performance across three physical activities
  • Component 3 Course Work Assignments - 20%
  • An ability to analyse and improve their own and others' performance
  • Explain the role and significance of physical activity in society and factors that affect participation levels.

Special equipment and costs: Physical Education uniform

Continuation of subject: Physical Education is available as a continuation at NCEA Levels 2 and 3 and Cambridge AS and A Level. These are in-depth courses that would suit a student who wishes to further his education in the Sport, Education, Recreation and Health Science industries.

Form 6 (NCEA Level 2):

Pre-requisites: None. However, Biology students have a distinct advantage.

Course description/aims:

  • Monitor personal performance in regular exercise and relate this to concepts of fitness and health.
  • From observation, examine how principles of anatomy and biomechanics relate to physical activity.
  • Describe principles and methods of training and apply these to participation in physical activity.
  • Through physical activity, describe and apply principles of skill learning and sport psychology.
  • Demonstrate performance in physical activities.
  • Investigate the sociological significance of a sporting event, physical activity or festival.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety issues and apply safety management procedures in a physical activity.

Course outline:

  • 2.2 - Demonstrate understanding of how biophysical principles relate to the learning of physical skills [5 credits]
  • 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the application of biophysical to training for physical activity [4 credits]
  • 2.4 - Perform a physical activity in an applied setting [4 credits]
  • 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the significance for self, others and society of a sporting event, physical activity, or festival [4 credits]
  • 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of the application of risk management strategies to a challenging outdoor activity [3 credits]
  • 2.8 - Consistently demonstrate social responsibility through applying a social responsibility model in physical activity [3 credits]

Methods of assessment: Form 6 Physical Education will be assessed using internally assessed NCEA Level 2 Achievement Standards. Course work assessment includes examinations, common tests, practicals, assignments and outdoor education activities.

Special equipment and costs: Physical Education uniform, outdoor education activities ($240), course book.

Continuation of subject: Form 7 NCEA Level 3 and Cambridge AS are offered.

Form 7 (NCEA Level 3):

Pre-requisites: Students must have studied Level 2 Physical Education to study at Level 3.

Recommended achievement levels:

  • Students averaging 15 or more credits in NCEA Level 2 Physical Education have an appropriate level to study NCEA Level 3 Physical Education.
  • Students averaging 10-15 credits in NCEA Level 2 Physical Education will find NCEA Level 3 Physical Education difficult.
  • Students averaging less than 10 credits in NCEA Level 2 Physical Education are not recommended to take NCEA Level 3 Physical Education.

Course outline:

  • 3.2 - Analyse a physical skill performed by self or other (Golf, tennis or discrete skill of your choice) [3 credits, Internal]
  • 3.3 - Evaluate the effectiveness of a performance improvement programme [4 credits, Internal]
  • 3.4 - Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting (Duathlon/Mountain Biking) [4 credits, Internal]
  • 3.5 - Students will examine a current physical activity event, trend or issue impacting on New Zealand society [4 credits, Internal]
  • 3.7 - Analyse issues in safety management for outdoor activity to devise safety management strategies ]3 credits, Internal]

Special equipment and costs: Physical Education uniform ($45), Mountain Biking in Term 2 ($220).

Continuation of subject: This can be a prerequisite for various sports-oriented courses at universities and polytechnics.

Form 6 and 7 (AS):

Pre-requisites: Human Biology studied at any level would be an advantage but not a pre-requisite.

Recommended achievement levels: This course is academically challenging and is only available to those students who are following the Cambridge pathway.

Course description/aims: An Advanced Subsidiary Level course based on the syllabus should:

  • Provide a knowledge and understanding of the conceptual basis, structure and function of representative selection of physical education activities.
  • Develop understanding and problem-solving skills (interpretation and evaluation).
  • Develop planning and practical skills for effective performance.
  • Develop an understanding of the scientific, socio-cultural and environmental factors which influence physical education.
  • Provide an experience, which is valuable, both as a means of personal development and as a foundation for employment or more advanced study.

Course outline: The syllabus has the following key features:

Component 1 is a written paper to be assessed externally in a 2½ hour examination (70% weighting). It will consist of three sections:

  • Section A - Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Section B - Acquiring, Developing and Performing Movement Skills
  • Section C - Contemporary Studies in Physical Education and Sport

Component 2 is a course work component (30% weighting), in which candidates will follow a minimum of two activities from the activity profiles offered. This will be internally-assessed and externally-moderated by Cambridge. The two areas studied will be weight training and a practical of student’s choice. Candidates enter for both Components 1 and 2.

Special equipment and costs: Physical Education equipment, course numbered t-shirt essential for identification.

Continuation of subject: Physical Education is available as a continuation of the AS course for a full A Level in Form 7. This is an in-depth course that would suit a student who wishes to further his education in the sport industry, exercise science or as a Physical Education teacher or coach.

Form 7 (A2):

Pre-requisites: Students must have studied Cambridge AS Physical Education to be eligible to study at the A2 Level.

Recommended achievement levels:

  • Students who gain an A to a good D Grade in Cambridge AS PE will be admitted to this course.
  • Students who gain a low D Grade in Cambridge AS PE must consult with the HOD of PE to gain entry into this course.
  • Students who gain an E Grade or Ungraded result in AS PE will not be able to enter this course.

Course description/aims:

  • Provide a knowledge and understanding of the conceptual basis, structure and function of representative selection of physical education activities.
  • Develop understanding and problem solving skills (interpretation and evaluation).
  • Develop planning and practical skills for effective performance.
  • Develop an understanding of the scientific, socio-cultural and environmental factors which influence physical education.
  • Provide an experience, which is valuable, both as a means of personal development and as a foundation for employment or more advanced study.
  • Develop the capacity to think critically about the relationships between the different factors influencing performance.
  • Develop a capacity to explain global trends in Physical Education and sport.

Course outline: The syllabus has two main components. Component 1 is a written paper to be assessed externally in a 2½ hour examination (70% weighting). It will consist of three sections:

Section A:

  • Exercise and Sport Physiology and Mechanics of Sport
  • Energy Synthesis and Recovery
  • Principles of Training
  • Components of Fitness

Section B:

  • Psychology of Sport Performance
  • Personality, Attitude and Motivation
  • Group Dynamics of Sport Performance Leadership
  • Mental Preparation for Sport Performance
  • Competition Effects on Sport Performance

Section C:

  • The Olympic Games: a global perspective as a social force
  • The Ancient Games
  • Role of the IOC
  • Politics
  • The Nurturing of Talent in Pursuit of Global Excellence
  • Economics and Commercialism
  • Amateurism, Dysfunctional Aspects, Discrimination, Spectacular Aspects and the Future

Component 2 is a course work component (30% weighting), in which candidates will follow a minimum of two activities from the activity profiles offered. This will be internally-assessed and externally-moderated by Cambridge. The two areas of study will be the student's choice and will be assessed in a competitive environment. Students will also be assessed on their verbal ability to evaluate and appreciate performance through observation and synopsis of knowledge on one of their chosen physical activities.

Special equipment and costs: Physical Education equipment, course-numbered t-shirt essential for identification. Student workbook ($15).

Continuation of subject: This is an in-depth course that would suit a student who wishes to further his education in the sport industry, exercise science, biomedicine or as a Physical Education teacher or coach.

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