How we develop skills for learning
Developing student knowledge and essential learning skills go hand in hand. Students need to remember with fluency in order to be fully established mini-subject specialists. We strive, at all times, for personal excellence by developing the 5 key skills for success below:
How we foster personal attributes
In year 7 pupils are taught a broad range of activities including outwitting opponents (take risks and rise to a challenge), competing at maximum levels (Dreaming Big), exploring and communicating ideas etc with a focus on improving their physical, social and emotional well-being. They will become competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports.
When entering Y8 and Y9 students follow pathways dependent on their areas of strength having completed Year 7. Students will continue to access a range, however, they will study a more specific curriculum. All students across Year 7 & 8 should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others work.
In years 9, 10 and 11 students will continue to develop their character and physical competence as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of the value of life long participation in Sport. This is done by ensuring lessons are both engaging and purposeful as well as additional opportunities for pupils to ‘try something new’ in the form of taster sessions. Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
Students can also choose to study a vocational qualification in sport, equivalent to one GCSE. They are assessed on Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Leadership, Practical Sports Performance, and Applying the Principles of Personal Training. This is all achieved by teaching theoretical content through and alongside high-quality practical PE.
Pupils will continue to take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
Students also have the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh at bronze and silver level. This further supports and develops the student’s skills and character.
How we intend to enrich student experiences and broaden the horizons of students
At Rawmarsh Community School we endeavour to give all students a wide, rich set of experiences beyond the traditional curriculum. Our community is one that carries its own barriers to personal achievement and ensuring all students are able and ready for the next stage. These common barriers, if left unchallenged, will limit the extent of which students are ready for the next stage of their education or employment.
They are, aspiration, mobility and tolerance
There is an extensive range of extracurricular clubs available to our pupils, providing them with the opportunity to participate with a ‘just for fun’ approach, or with a view to representing their school, region and county. The school enters inter and intra competitions on a regular basis giving pupils the chance to compete against other local schools. Clubs include; Football, Futsal, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Cricket, Trampolining, Rounders, Tennis, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics and Climbing. Our Sports Leadership Academy get the opportunity to organise, coach and officiate in local primary school tournaments, as well as assisting their PE Teachers in PE lessons.
Duke of Edinburgh
We aim to ensure there are many opportunities for students to enrich their cultural capital in order for them to become well-rounded human beings ready for the next stage. Our Duke of Edinburgh curriculum is a central part of this intent. It is our responsibility as a school to prepare all students for their adult lives. We have a responsibility to teach them how to engage with society and provide them with opportunities to do so. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a world-renowned mark of achievement that can encourage all students, irrespective of background or academic ability, to broaden their horizons and develop their character.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award enables us to develop responsible, respectful and active citizens, able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults. It does so through: