Core Physical Education

What will I learn?

Within Physical Education lessons across Years 9, 10 and 11 students will take part in a variety of physical activities in line with the new KS3/KS4 National Curriculum. In year 9 and 10 students will be grouped into single sex groups all having the same opportunities as each other.

In year 11 students are placed in a pathway groups that best suits them. Students will then vote on a variety of activities in their group. This gives the students more ownership of their curriculum and allows students to develop links with activities that they will hopefully continue with into Post 16 students

At key stage 3 (year 9) and key stage 4 (year 10 and 11) students will learn how to:

  • use and develop a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse and evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs

How will I be assessed?

PE is a non-examined core subject within the  curriculum. Traditionally is has been assessed using National Curriculum levels.  However, the  National Curriculum has changed and as a result the previous system of levels has disappeared.  At Biddenham we have replaced them by identifying key PE skills and concepts and assessing progress using the following grading system;

Emerging – just starting to learn a new skill or concept

Developing – showing an increased understanding in that skill or concept

Secure – frequently showing evidence of understanding of a skill or concept

Mastered – always demonstrating a deep understanding of a skill or concept

In order to show progress within the thresholds we operate a fine grading system.  Our fine grading system is explained below;

S1 – Absolutely Secure at this threshold (90 -100%)

S2 – Likely to convert to a Secure (75%)

S3 – Just into this threshold (50%)

Is there anything else I need to know?

There will be opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills by being part of the Leadership Academy run through our Bedford and Kempston School Sports Partnership. Students involved in the academy have the opportunities to attend leadership courses in a variety of physical activities and first aid courses, as well as organising and running sports festivals for lower and middle schools.

All students will be able to access a variety of extracurricular activities both at lunch and after school. This will allow for all students to participate in competitive sport outside of the curriculum. Extra curricular activities range from football, hockey, athletics, rounders, cricket, golf, leadership, softball, handball and dodgeball. These are only a few of those on offer, please see the PE section of the school website for a more detailed overview of the type of activities we offer.

Who should I contact for extra information?

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