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PE

We aim to ensure that the Physical Education curriculum is engaging, with a broad range of sports that are designed to excite and motivate our students. We establish a stimulating environment, hoping to inspire the students to develop a lifelong passion for sport, health and fitness beyond their Physical Education lessons.  

Our aim is to encourage all students to participate fully in lessons and extend their competitive experience. High quality teaching is delivered throughout lessons with a focus on positive affirmation and celebration of success. We encourage cross-curricular questioning, personal physical development and critical thinking when linking prior knowledge. Department staff are encouraged to develop their subject knowledge and skill set in a range of sports throughout the year to maintain ambitious standards of teaching.  

Our lessons are active and dynamic.  Students are encouraged throughout the lesson to contribute their knowledge and highlight their skill set.  We actively develop students’ abilities; to be confident leaders both in sport and in their school lives.  

Our ethos for Physical Education at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School is 'Participation with Excellence.' We aim to provide a rich and extensive experience from Years 7-13, giving as many students as possible an introduction to a healthy existence. 

Curriculum Summary

Click on the link to view the PE Department's Mission Pyramid. The department is associated with the national governing body for the 'Association of Physical Education.'

Key Stage 3

Sports Covered:

  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Cross Country
  • Hockey
  • Football 
  • Rugby
  • Handball
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Athletics (Track and Field)
  • Rounders
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will learn and develop the basic skills underpinning sport and movement so that they can be transferred into a range of sports later in life. Students are encouraged to always try their best and set challenging goals for themselves.
Students will be encouraged to work co-operatively, competitively and independently in order to fulfil their potential and contribute positively to the wider community.

Students will be taught the correct terminology, ideas and concepts to lead them into studying Physical Education at GCSE.

Assessment

Students will be assessed in a range of skills:

For each sport, students will be assessed on their ability to perform a range of skills, how well they apply them in a competitive situation and in their knowledge and understanding of the rules and tactics.

Throughout each unit of work, students will assess their own progress using the performance analysis grids. There will be a formal teacher assessment at the end of each unit of work.

The department uses Meta Skills to guide students on how to become good and effective learners in PE. These skills are reported in the IPR.

Key Stage 4

Qualification: GCSE

Awarding Body & Paper: AQA 8582

Programme of Study

Sports Covered:

A mixture of team and individual sports.

  • Netball
  • Football 
  • Rugby
  • Handball
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Athletics (Track and Field)
  • Rounders
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Cross Country

Theory:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Movement Analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Use of Data
  • Sports Psychology
  • Socio-Cultural Influences
  • Health, Fitness and Well Being

Within the theory papers, there will be a range of multiple choice, short answer and essay style questions.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Theory lessons will be classroom based and related to practical lessons where possible.

Through practical sessions, the course will develop skills and increase the student's knowledge and understanding of tactics and how to apply them in a competitive situation.

This is an enjoyable course which is extremely demanding yet incredibly rewarding.

It will be compulsory for all GCSE PE students to attend at least one extra-curricular practice a week.

Assessment

Theory Assessment (60%)
Paper 1: Human Movement (30%) – 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Paper 2: Socio - Cultural (30%) – 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Practical Assessment (30%)
Students will be assessed in 3 sports. Must be a combination of one team, one individual and another sport.

Non examined assessment (NEA coursework) 10%
Students will need to complete an Analysis and Evaluation of ONE of their chosen sports.

What it can lead to:

The course can lead to studying A Level PE or Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science.

Key Stage 5

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Diploma 

Awarding Body and Paper: Edexcel Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport

Programme of Study

BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3.  They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level.  The whole programme of study at BUCHS embodies a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a unit-based structure. Knowledge is applied in project based assessments.  Teaching is focussed on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Sports Covered:

  • Netball
  • Football 
  • Handball
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Rounders
  • Team Building Games
  • Body Confidence - Yoga/Stress Management/Pilates/Just Dance.

Units

We deliver and assess 9 units over a two-year period.  There are a number of compulsory units, the other units are chosen with the cohort in mind.  This offers a learner focussed teaching style and gets the very best from each student in the room.

Assessment

Assessment comes in two parts: Coursework GLH (Guided Learning Hours) and exam based assessment.

What it can lead to

BTEC National qualifications are demanding; as you would expect of the most respected applied learning qualification in the UK.  You will have to choose and complete a range of units, be organised, take some assessments, and keep a portfolio of your assignments.  But, you can feel proud to achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans in life, whether you decide to study further, go on to work/an apprenticeship, or set up your own business, your BTEC National can be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.