SUMMARY OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT MODES
In this unit the students will complete a research assessment task. The style of the research assessment
task will be an 800-word research report. The students will have 4 weeks to complete this task.
This task will be focused around the area of Focus Area A – Learning Physical Skills. It will focus on
biomechanical understandings around the sport of swimming. To complete this task the students will be
required to videotape their physical performance of the freestyle stroke in competitive swimming. This
will take place in a prac lesson during the introductory phase of the unit.
The students will be required to complete a biomechanical analysis of their own performance in the
freestyle swimming stroke. The student must identify aspects of their stroke that are inefficient. The
students’ evaluations must include a discussion of how they can improve the efficiency of their freestyle
swimming stroke to maximize their swimming speed. Their analyses should consider the biomechanical
principles as relevant to the content covered in the theoretical lessons.
Scaffolding is provided for this assessment task throughout the unit. The students will engage in
PowerPoint presentations on the relevant biomechanical principles and will have access to these
presentations online. The students will be instructed on the correct technique for the freestyle stroke
from simple to complex environments. Students will have multiple opportunities to practice analysing
videotaped physical performances of both elite athletes as well as their own and a partner’s
performance. Students will also have multiple opportunities to provide feedback on physical
performances as well throughout the unit.
The students will be assessed on the dimensions of acquire, apply and evaluate. Students are expected
to recall biomechanical principles associated with freestyle swimming as discussed in class and to use
appropriate textual features within the report style of writing (acquire). Students are expected to
analyse their own biomechanical inefficiencies when performing the freestyle stroke and discuss these
principles in relation to their physical performance (apply). Students are also expected to produce
solutions on improving the efficiency of their freestyle swimming stroke (evaluate). Each dimension will
be assessed according to a criterion rubric.
To assess the students’ physical performances throughout the unit it is important that this occurs on a
number of occasions throughout the unit with judgements relating to the quality of performance made
as in iterative process throughout the unit. Continuous assessment of physical performances will occur
in a variety of contexts with a greater focus on more complex authentic contexts.
In this unit the students will be assessed on their competitive swimming techniques. The students will
be instructed on the freestyle stroke, breast stroke, back stroke and butterfly stroke. Students will be
provided with ample amounts of practice time throughout the unit which will allow for continuous
assessment to occur. The students will participate in a final performance assessment class where they
will have one last chance to improve their overall mark for physical performance for the term. Students
must show that they have implemented skills, theory and conceptual understandings of the correct
competitive swimming stroke techniques and methods of improvement.
Students will be assessed according to the dimensions of acquire (perform the stroke with fluency,
speed and accuracy and in a technically proficient manner), apply (adapts responses to training
environment and modified tasks and displays high intensity with adaptability and control) and evaluate
(implements physical responses in complex performance environment with the ability to cope with a
competitive situation). Each dimension will be assessed according to a criterion rubric.