The PE department at The Brakenhale School seeks to provide its students with a coherent, relevant and engaging curriculum offer which allows them to actively learn the:
» Physical understanding and competency of the skills and attributes needed to be active in their lessons and in life
» Social ability to integrate and work with a variety of people in being socially acceptable and responsible young people
» Mindful capacity to be in control of their own thoughts, feelings and spoken word and to accept the same of others in order to continually improve in what they and others do
» Academic content of the subject through further examination study
Key Stage 3: We offer a full national curriculum in core PE that balances breadth and depth in order to engage and enlighten our students in all things PE.
Activities used to teach the Key Stage (KS) 3 curriculum include rugby, netball, football, handball, table tennis, badminton, cricket, tennis, athletics, rounders, hockey, tag rugby, fitness, multi skills and trampolining.
Using these various activities students are taught various types and levels of physical skills, ways in which they use the skills in varying situations and contexts, the ability to take control and lead themselves and others, the ability to analyse their own and others work and be able to be creative and thoughtful in what they do and how they do it.
All students receive 2 hours of core PE a week, apart from in Year 9 where students can choose to take part in an hour of dance.
Key Stage 4: Our core PE provision at Key Stage 4 focuses on the ‘well being’ of our students, given that physical activity is paramount to students’ health and well being and also very relevant to balance their workload of academic studies and pressure.
Lessons give an opportunity for students to be physically active to a level they wish to participate at, building on the skills taught and nurtured at KS3.
Students are given roles to lead and construct their own lessons under the direct supervision of the PE staff who facilitate them to do this. This establishes and grows strong and independent young people who can use these experiences and skills to further forge a love, passion and commitment to physical activity and sport in the future.
Students at KS4 take part in 2 hours of core PE a week.
Depending on prior attainment and course suitability students can choose to study GCSE PE (OCR) or BTEC Sport L2 (Pearson/Edexcel), on top of their core PE hours.
The GCSE is exam based and is a linear course, examined in the summer of the second year. Students learn a variety of topics and sit 2 exam papers in the summer of Year 11, as well as perform in 3 different sports and complete a written analysis as part of their coursework.
The BTEC is more vocationally based and comprises 1 exam plus 3 coursework units. The exam and coursework units studied are varied and relevant to the study of PE and its various topics. These include sport and activity leadership, practical sport, training for personal fitness and fitness for sport and exercise.
Key Stage 5: Our Key Stage 5 offer consists of 3 elements; Examination PE courses, Sports Leaders Level 3 course and recreational sport/activity opportunities.
We offer examination PE which enables students to progress onto the world of work, university or apprenticeships. Depending on prior attainment students can choose to study A Level PE (OCR) or CTEC (Cambridge Technicals) L3 (OCR).
The A level is exam based and is a linear course, examined in the summer of the second year. Students learn a variety of topics and sit 3 exam papers in the summer of Year 13, as well as perform in a single sport and complete an oral analysis as part of their coursework.
The CTEC is more vocationally based and comprises 2 exams plus coursework units. Again the exam and coursework units studied are varied and relevant to the study of PE and its various topics. These include:
The Sports Leaders level 3 course – run as a ‘bolt on’ course that students can select in their additional option block as part of the Post 16 extra curricular offer. It provides students, regardless if they are studying examination PE with us, the chance to develop their leadership skills and gain a qualification which includes developing vital life skills and real life leadership opportunities with local community providers.
We also offer students the chance to remain physically active. At this stage in their educational journey there is no more important time to balance the books with the braun! So allowing students the chance to use our PE facilities to remain active and relieve stress is key to a provision which takes genuine care of its students and their health and well being. Students in the Sixth Form can make use of the PE facilities and can attend the clubs on offer as well. There are also opportunities to take part in various sports leagues to which we enter teams.
Our senior students can also use and volunteer their time in our department as part of the Sixth Form volunteer programme, supporting staff and students in the delivery and learning of PE lessons for lower school students.
During Lockdown Two we participated in the Teachers versus Students Step Challenge!
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