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The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all students with high quality PE and school sport. It is our vision for every student to take the opportunity to succeed and achieve their potential, as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We seek to inspire our students through PE lessons which are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our students to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our PE teaching, we will provide opportunities for students to develop values and transferable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in after-school clubs and competitive sporting fixtures thanks to our comprehensive enrichment programme. 

Key Stage 3

Students all receive 1.5 hours of PE a week. The core curriculum focuses on the three key strands of health (Fit for Life), performance (Fit to Perform) and leadership (Fit to Lead). Within this we aim to give students as much exposure to a wide breadth of activities with some elements of choice. This is to allow students to learn the key fundamentals through as many different activities before embarking on further study at Key Stage 4.

As a result, PE students will: 

  • Enjoy and contribute in a positive manner towards lessons.
  • Regularly take part in physical activity and sport making the most of opportunities provided to them. 
  • Develop resilience by understanding the importance of hard work to bring about positive improvements.
  • Acknowledge their own and others’ success.
  • Support the learning of those around them.
  • Leave PE with strong qualifications that benefit not only careers and aspirations in sport and PE  but outside of it also. 
  • Leave the PE department physically active and prepared for life long participation in a healthy active lifestyle.
  • Conduct themselves with pride and integrity in all that they do.

Key Stage 4

All students have 1 hour of core PE which is compulsory and this enables every student to have the opportunity to participate in weekly physical activity and promote their well-being. The three main themes: performance (Fit to Perform), leadership (Fit to Lead) and health & well-being (Fit for Life) continue throughout Key Stage 4. Students will have the opportunity to improve on skills acquired in Key Stage 3 and also to develop new skills across a wide range of team and individual sports. Students will have access to the fitness suite where they will learn how to train independently to achieve personal fitness goals. There is a big focus on leadership in core PE and students will take on roles such as referee, umpire, tournament official, warm-up coach and equipment manager. There are opportunities throughout the year for students to use their leadership skills to run sports events for students in Key Stage 3. Students have the chance to take part in team activities like basketball, netball, unihoc, handball, volleyball, rugby, hockey, frisbee and lacrosse. There are also opportunities to pursue individual activities such as table tennis, tennis, badminton, circuit training, weight training, body pump, glow fitness, yoga and fitness training.

BTEC Sport

At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to select BTEC Sport.

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport offers an alternative to GCSE Physical Education, catering for a wider range of individual needs. The course is taught in units, some of which are core and some optional.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport is has equivalent teaching time to one GCSE. Following this course will raise understanding of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of doing so. It will teach students how to train to make improvements to their own fitness and they will investigate the relationships between fitness and elite sports performance. They will also develop leadership skills, something which every employer looks for. Students will have opportunities to plan and lead coaching sessions for primary school children and take part in nationally recognised coaching and officiating awards. This can lead on to the Level 3 BTEC National programme or other vocational qualifications.

Assessment

At Key Stage 3 assessment is formative and an ongoing part of the teaching and learning process, providing regular feedback to enable students to progress.

The BTEC Sport Level 1/2 First Award has four units of study: 

  1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise (On screen Exam 25%)
  2. Practical Sports Performance (Coursework 25%)
  3. Training for Personal Fitness (Coursework 25%)
  4. Leading Sports activities (Coursework 25%)

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities available to all students. These are run after school by the PE team and a range of qualified coaches. Our commitment to extra-curricular sport also involves fixtures and tournaments across the cluster (Trumpington, Coleridge and Parkside) and within the Cambridgeshire district. 

Please check our Clubs and Actvities page for details of the current timetable

We run trips locally to Fenners and Cambridge Ice Arena, as well as further afield to events at Twickenham, Wimbledon, Lords, Olympic Park and Wembley. The PE department also runs a ski trip every year to Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps.

Future Careers

The BTEC Sport course is designed for our students to embark on careers within the sports industry such as sports coach, PE teacher, sports journalism, professional athlete, nutritionist or personal trainer. We want our students to have the opportunity to access a range of theory and to experience the diverse opportunities within sport.