In Years 7 and 8, pupils study a wide variety of physical activities including traditional games such as football, rugby, tennis, cricket, rounders, netball and hockey; creative activities such as gymnastics and dance and non-traditional sports including handball, table tennis and orienteering. In Year 9, learning is extended by offering pupils the opportunity to develop more advanced skills in previously studied activities as well as providing the option to select new challenges in activities such as Sports Leadership. Physical activity levels are maximised in PE lessons and pupils are involved in regular fitness work to test and improve their own scores. The department place a high emphasis on assessment for learning and realise the importance of pupils understanding how to improve their own performance.
At Key Stage 4, pupils continue to take part in PE for a minimum of 1 hour a week. All pupils will have the opportunity to choose the activities that they participate in during these lessons. If pupils select to study GCSE PE, they will follow the AQA GCSE PE Specification and receive an additional 2-3 hours of teaching per week. These lessons will include theory teaching in topics such as Health and Fitness, the Skeletal and Muscular System and Media in Sport and will be assessed through 2 final exams at the end of the course that contribute to 60% of the overall grade. The GCSE syllabus also includes 40% practical assessment.
Extra-curricular activities are very popular at Up Holland and the school provide a range of lunchtime and after school clubs in a number of competitive and recreational activities. Up Holland High is an active member of the West Lancs PE Association and takes part in all district events and competitions in all sports, as well as events run by West Lancs School Sport Partnership. We take pride in the number of talented Sports Leaders in our school who regularly lead and support at our numerous primary school festivals and events. The department also enjoy close links with a number of local sports clubs such as Orrell Rugby Union, Winstanley Tennis Club, Wigan Harriers Athletics and Orrell Red Triangle Cricket Club.
In addition, the PE department organise a lots of exciting educational visits. Annual events include a Ski Trip, Outdoor and Adventurous trip, Dance and Theatre trip and other visits to watch professional sports events.