Key Subject Vocabulary – Sport

Learning new vocabulary is a continual process of literacy development. Knowledge of vocabulary meanings affects students’ abilities to understand and use words appropriately during acts of speaking and listening, reading and writing: these are the fundamental skills on which all social and academic interactions are built.

Developing vocabulary skills facilitates effective learning and expression, in all avenues of school life and, indeed, beyond. Subject specific vocabulary is something that we are passionate about here at Boldon; we are continually striving to raise the profile of whole-school literacy. By enriching our students’ subject-specific vocabulary, we aim to enhance students’ critical thinking skills whilst strengthening their ability to access materials and resources necessary to succeed in all subjects.

Lastly, it is important to consider how much of our social world revolves around clear communication and forging effective relationships. The ability to understand and access subject-specific vocabulary therefore paves the way for us to be able to share words of encouragement and words of sentiment, which is a profound skill, is made more accessible by an expanded vocabulary. With this in mind, we hope that our students leave us with such skills, being confident in their expressiveness, in whichever avenue they take once they leave us.

Sport Studies (OCR) – Key Subject Vocabulary 

Barriers – A barrier is something that stops or prevents an individual developing in a physical activity or sport.

Participation – Sports participation was defined as ‘purposeful active participation in sports related physical activities performed during leisure-time

Media – Media coverage of sports refers to news reports, interviews, feature stories, and analyses of sporting events. Social media, broadcasting and traditional print are all types of media in sport.

Traditional – Sports which have their own history and strict rules to be followed for centuries

Emerging – Emerging can be defined as something that is new and upcoming (example – Ultimate Frisbee)

Values – values is defined as fairness, teambuilding, equality, discipline, inclusion, perseverance and respect

Initiatives – An initiative empowers clubs to create opportunities that bring people together and change lives for the better

Olympics – The Olympic Games are a set of international sports competitions which take place every four years, each time in a different country

Etiquette – The unwritten rules of conduct that performers should abide by.

Paralympics  – The word “Paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para” (beside or alongside) and the word “Olympic”. Its meaning is that Paralympics are the parallel Games to the Olympics and illustrates how the two movements exist side-by-side.

Sources – person, place, or thing that provides something

Legacy – legacy is all planned and unplanned, positive and negative, tangible and intangible structures created for and by a sport event that remain longer than the event itself

National Governing Bodies – A National Governing Body (NGB) is an organisation that governs and administers a sport on a national basis, whether that is for the whole of the United Kingdom

Technology – Technology in sports is a technical means by which athletes attempt to improve their training and competitive surroundings in order to enhance their overall athletic performance

Analysis – Analysis is a specialised discipline that provides athletes and coaches with objective information that helps them understand performance.


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