Physical Education

Physical Education at Blenheim offers a wide range of team and individual activities through which the department aims to develop a positive attitude towards participation and a high level of performance. Opportunities are available for each and every student to develop physically, socially and emotionally. 

They are encouraged to compete and  co-operate with each other, understand and appreciate their own performances and those of others and to respond and interact appropriately when participating in various roles.


School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

  • Sports Hall with indoor Cricket nets.
  • Dance studio.
  • Floodlit astro-turf all weather pitch.
  • Five outdoor Tennis courts.
  • Four outdoor Netball courts.
  • 3 grass pitches with adjacent training areas.

Extra-curricular Sports Clubs

At Blenheim we have a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs that take place in the mornings and after-school. All students are welcome to attend as many clubs as they like. Students' commitment and positive attitude to these clubs are rewarded each year through our ‘Sports Colours’ assemblies where students can achieve certificates, badges, polo shirts and a special sports tie.

We have a comprehensive fixtures list in many different sports and compete in district, county and national level competitions. We also have students who compete at both county and national level in sports such as Football, Cricket, Netball, Speed Skating, wimming, cheerleading, gokarting and wakeboarding.

A list of all the clubs available is available in the Enrichment Section of the website.  Please note that the timings of some clubs may alter due to fixtures and other competitions. For a weekly guide to what clubs and other events are going on please refer to our PE & Sport Bulletin. The results of all fixtures can also be viewed.

General Information

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KS3 Physical Education

Years 7, 8, 9

Lessons in Key Stage 3 follow a course which emphasises skill development and tactical approaches to a variety of sports as well as developing knowledge and understanding of health & fitness. Students in Year 9 are able to choose from a number of different learning pathways which focus on different activity groups in order to develop their areas of strength and interest.

Activities Studied

Year 7 Year 8

Rugby Union
Netball
Basketball
Football
Hockey
Gymnastics 
Dance
Rounders
Athletics
Fitness

Netball
Cricket
Football
Badminton
Gymnastics
Dance
Athletics
Rounders
Fitness
Hockey
Rugby

Year 9

‘Academy’ Pathway

Badminton
Handball
Hockey
Gymnastics
Fitness
Athletics
Rounders

'Mixed’ Boys

Football
Rugby
Handball
Fitness
Badminton
Rounders
Athletics
Cricket

'Mixed' Girls

Netball
Korfball
Fitness
Hockey
Rounders
Athletics

‘Aesthetic’ Pathway

Gymnastics
Dance
Rounders
Sports Acrobatics
Fitness
Exercise to Music
Musical Theatre


What skills students develop

  • Their ability to perform a wide range of sporting techniques and tactics with precision, fluency and control.
  • Their ability to make and apply decisions in different sporting situations.
  • Their mental determination to succeed and their physical capacity to cope with the demands of different activities.
  • Their ability to evaluate their own and others' performances and suggest areas for improvement.
  • Their ability to make informed choices about the types of activity they are suited to and the roles that they can take on.

How students are assessed

Students are taught in mixed and single gender classes depending on the activity covered and set according to their level of ability. Students' practical performances are assessed on a lesson by lesson basis with clear guidance given on how to achieve the expectations for each National Curriculum level.   Formal assessment lessons are also conducted during the last week of each sport where students are given an attainment level for each activity they study.

Homework

Three pieces of extended learning homework are given throughout the year in KS3 based on their knowledge of rules and tactics, fitness and analysis of movement.  Students are encouraged to extend their lerning outside of lesson time by attending extra-curricular clubs that run before and after school.

How parents can help

Ask questions about what your child has learnt in Physical Education. Talk to them about the importance of practice and hard-work to achieve success. Make sure they have the correct PE kit for every lesson. Encourage them to attend as many different extra-curricular clubs as possible; it will help improve their all-round sporting ability. If your child has a passion for an activity take them to a club outside school to receive specialised coaching and meet new people.

Advice can be given by the Physical Education department on suitable local clubs in the area. Make sure your child is aware of the importance of exercise and diet for maintaining health. Finally go and play some sport with your child, its great fun!

School Trips

Students have the opportunity to attend a variety of different enrichment activities throughout the school year including visit to dance productions and many  different sporting events. There is also opportunity for students to attend a weekend long Netball or Football tour in the spring term.

KS4 Physical Education (Students who commenced their course before September 2016)

Core Physical Education Lessons

All students, regardless of whether they select PE as an option subject, will have one lesson per week of Core PE. These lessons will give students the opportunity to continue to engage in physical activity over a wide range of different sports. Students are given a choice to which types of sports they would like to participate in.

In Year 10 and 11 there are a variety of opportunities for students to gain qualifications in sport. Those students wishing to choose PE as an option subject can follow GCSE PE or GCSE Dance which both have practical and theoretical elements. Coaching & leadership courses are also available to Year 10 students in core PE lessons for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of coaching and teaching sport including the Health and Fitness Course. Students also have the opportunity to opt for our new NCFE Course.  This is a more vocational qualification suited to individuals interested in a career in the fitness industry.  This course is 100% coursework based learning through practical situations.  

GCSE Graded A*-G

Board

The students receive five lessons of one hour per two week cycle. The course presently uses the Edexcel syllabus, which offers the most suitable variety between practical and theoretical work for our students. The course is assessed via a written exam (60%) and practical assessment in 4 sports (60%).                                              

How students are assessed

Students undertake regular practical assessments every half-term while theory work is taught and assessed on a topic basis. Each topic is assessed with a formal written assessment.

Homework

Students studying PE in Year 10 and 11 will have 2 hours of homework per week. I hour will be spend on a theoretical based task while during the other hour students are expected to participate in extra-curricular sport.

How parents can help

For the practical side of the courses offered it is vital that parents actively encourage students to be participating in regular extra-curricular sport or dance. For the theory side of the courses a simple analogy can be used; ‘practice makes perfect.’ Encourage your child to regularly practice the material learned. Especially definitions of key words. Just like in sport the more you get your child to practise, the better they will get!

School Trips

An over-seas sports tour is available for students every two years.

KS4 Physical Education ( Students who commenced their course after September 2016)

Core Physical Education Lessons

All students, regardless of whether they select PE as an option subject, will have one lesson per week of Core PE. These lessons will give students the opportunity to continue to engage in physical activity over a wide range of different sports. Students are given a choice to which types of sports they would like to participate in.

In Year 10 and 11 there are a variety of opportunities for students to gain qualifications in sport. Those students wishing to choose PE as an option subject can follow GCSE PE or GCSE Dance which both have practical and theoretical elements. Coaching & leadership courses are also available to Year 10 students in core PE lessons for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of coaching and teaching sport including the Health and Fitness Course. Students also have the opportunity to opt for our new NCFE Course.  This is a more vocational qualification suited to individuals interested in a career in the fitness industry. 

This course is 100% coursework based learning through practical situations.  

GCSE Graded 9-1

In Year 10 students who choose GCSE PE as an option subject follow a new GCSE Physical Education course graded 9-1. The syllabus offers the most suitable variety between practical and theoretical work for our students. Students complete this course over two years with a range of practical and theory lessons occurring every fortnight. The course is assessed via two written exams completed at the end of Year 11 worth 60% of the overall grade. The remaining 40% is split between practical assessments in 3 sports (40%). One sport must be team based, the second must be an individual sport and the third sport can be from either category. Students will also be assessed on their analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one of their activities.

How students are assessed

For the 40% practical side of the course, students are assessed in all the sporting activities that can be completed at Blenheim, with the majority being those that were taught in KS3. Additional activities can also be assessed provided the exam board recognise the activity. In previous years this has meant that students’ who have regularly participated in swimming, cycling, skiing, and golf outside of Blenheim, have been able to use their ability in these activities to count towards their GCSE grade. The 60% theory part of the course is taught and assessed on a topic basis. Each topic is evaluated with a formal written assessment in the form of a unit test, to monitor a student’s ability in that area of the course. The whole course is split into ten topic areas that are listed below.

The Human Body & Movement
in Physical Activity and Sport
Socio-Cultural Influences and Wellbeing
in Physical Activity and Sport
Applied Anatomy & Physiology Socio-cultural Influences
Movement Analysis Health Fitness & Wellbeing
Physical Training Sports Psychology
Use of Data Use of Data


Homework

Students studying PE in Year 10 and 11 will have 2 hours of homework per week. One hour will be spent on a theoretical based task while during the other hour students are expected to participate in extra-curricular sport. All homework tasks are planned to build on the knowledge learned in lesson, and frequently these tasks make use of student iPads.

How parents can help

It is vital that parents actively encourage students to be participating in sports activities both in and outside of school. For the theory side of the courses a simple analogy can be used; ‘practice makes perfect.’ To achieve the best grades, students must use the knowledge gained in theory lessons and be able to apply it. Therefore please encourage your child to regularly practice the material learned, through discussion and analysis of their own performances in sport, and the performances of others. Just like in sport the more you get your child to practice, the better they will be!