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Physical Education Department

The departmental aims - Our Aims

  • We work to provide all students, regardless of age, ability or gender, the opportunity to take part in a diverse range of practical activities throughout the year to develop students’ God-given talents.
  • We encourage teamwork and interaction with others, attitudes towards fair play and controlled determination.
  • Learning experiences are designed to help students of all levels succeed, thus resulting in a sense of personal achievement and mental well-being.
  • We have an extensive extracurricular programme which changes each half-term that is designed to enhance the development of skills, techniques and tactics that students learn in lessons.

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 Provision:

Key Stage 3 Overview:

Physical Education at Key Stage 3 is essential for the development of every pupil in the college. Pupils are encouraged to participate in a range of sports or activities that enhance attributes that are required for whole college development. Leadership, independent learning, creative thinking and teamwork form the basis of our ethos in Physical Education. All key stage 3 students will have 2 core PE lessons per week.

Sports and Activities offered at Key Stage 3 include;

badminton, football, netball, rounders, rugby, cricket, basketball, gymnastics, tag rugby, tennis, athletics, dodgeball, futsal, ultimate Frisbee, softball, handball, squash, golf, trampolining, volleyball, tchoukball, lacrosse and health-related fitness.

How will the KS3 curriculum prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

The aim of the P.E. Department is to offer a wide variety of sports and activities that provide a platform for lifelong learning and participation. Social attributes such as commitment, determination and communication skills are delivered through PE so that pupils are fully prepared for all aspects of Bishop Milner life.

Information about extracurricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Our extensive extracurricular programme provides pupils with an opportunity to access aspects of our Physical Education programme outside of lesson time. We offer a range of sports and activities in both a competitive and recreational setting. Our competitive pathway offers pupils the opportunity to engage in both intra and inter-house competitions and fixtures. Our recreational pathway offers pupils a chance to try new activities, meet new people and engage in sports or activities that can develop personal health, well-being and confidence. We offer both a lunchtime programme and also after school clubs and fixtures for a range of interests. We encourage pupils to take part in both areas of our extracurricular provision.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

Correct PE kit must be worn at all times with appropriate footwear and this is stated clearly in the students’ planners. All equipment required for activities are provided by the PE department.

Key Stage 4 Overview

Physical Education at Key Stage 4 offers pupils an opportunity to excel by utilising their strengths within the subject. We provide pupils with a range of courses including vocational courses that meet the demands of current college entry requirements alongside more traditional courses such as GCSE P.E. The main core values still exist at this key stage and participation in the practical elements of the subject are still essential to ensure pupils receive access to high quality physical education. Key stage 4 students currently have 1 core PE lesson and those opting for PE have 2 additional lessons, 1 theory and 1 practical. We have a very high uptake of students in year 8 who choose to study PE in KS4, whether it is the GCSE PE (AQA Full Course) or BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport.

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

GCSE PE and BTEC Sport exam board text books are available for all pupils to use within school. Revision guides from Edexcel and AQA are also used for revision and lessons.

GCSE PE Bitesize is used for exam revision and BBC sport and other technical websites for sports performer analysis.

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

The aim of the P.E. Department is to offer a wide variety of sports and activities that provides a platform for lifelong learning and participation. Attributes demonstrated throughout KS4 courses will be those required to be successful in the global workforce. These include commitment, determination, being a team player and resilience. Opportunities throughout KS4 to enhance leadership skills and build learning power will also boost pupils’ levels of self-confidence and abilities to communicate effectively with a range of people within society. KS4 students also assist with sports clubs, work as Young Ambassadors and Young Leaders, and work through sections of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Our extensive extracurricular programme provides pupils with an opportunity to access aspects of our Physical Education programme outside of lesson time. We offer a range of sports and activities in both a competitive and recreational setting. Our competitive pathway offers pupils the opportunity to engage in both intra and inter-house competitions and fixtures. Our recreational pathway offers pupils a chance to try new activities, meet new people and engage in sports or activities that can develop personal health, well-being and confidence. We offer both a lunchtime programme and also after school clubs and fixtures for a range of interests. We encourage pupils to take part in both areas of our extracurricular provision.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

Both the GCSE PE and BTEC First Award in Sport allow students to progress onto A Level PE or BTEC Level 3 Sport course at College or Sixth Form. The Bishop Milner PE department currently offers the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and in September 2017 we will be offering the BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport. In the sport sector, a range of opportunities are available such as teaching, coaching and personal fitness instruction.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

Correct PE kit must be worn at all times with appropriate footwear. All equipment required for activities are provided by the PE department.

Key Stage 5 Overview

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport BTEC qualifications in Sport provides an introduction to the sector for learners looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, sports development and the outdoors. Candidates must gain a total of 60 credits to achieve the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport. These credits must come from a range of mandatory and optional units of study.

Mandatory Units:

Mandatory Units Credits
Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport 5
The Physiology of fitness 5
Assessing risk in sport 10
Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise 10
Optional Units Credits
Sports Nutrition 10
Leadership in Sport 10
Psychology for Sports Performance 10

All units are internally assessed in the BTEC qualifications in this specification. All assessment for the BTEC qualifications in this specification is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit, distinction or distinction*:

  • To achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
  • To achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
  • To achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.
  • Distinction* (520 points and above)
Where can I go after sixth form?

BTEC qualifications in Sport have been designed to build on learning from Key Stage 4 GCSE or other BTEC level 2 qualifications, for those who may wish to explore a vocational route at level 3. They provide a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through to progression on to qualifications such as the BTEC Higher Nationals and degree courses.

Expected outcomes:

  • PE is a subject area where the students develop social skills, teamwork, gross motor/fine skills and are directed towards leading an active healthy lifestyle.
  • Students enjoy and achieve very highly in Physical Education.
  • They will enjoy life-long health for an increased interest in sport and exercise.
  • They feel safe.
  • Students enjoy PE and are learning the virtues of 'exercise for life' in PE to prevent illness later in life.
  • Students work very well together and obtain a sense of achievement from PE lessons.

Example of Extracurricular provision (April 2016):

Bishop Milner Catholic College PE Department - Active Lunchtimes

Day Activity Venue
Monday Ultimate Frisbee – All Years SPORTS HALL
Tuesday Indoor Rounders SPORTS HALL
Wednesday Cricket Club SPORTS HALL
Thursday Athletics: High Jump Club GYM
Friday Sixth Form Health-related Fitness FITNESS SUITE

* Kit is compulsory when using the fitness suite.

Bishop Milner Catholic College PE Department – After College activities

Day Activity Venue
Tuesday Wheelchair Basketball Club
Athletics Club (Track)
Athletics Club (Field)
SPORTS HALL
ASTRO TURF
GRASS
Wednesday Cricket Club
Rounders (Years 7&8)
ASTRO TURF
GRASS
Thursday Softball Club
Rounders (Years 9&10)
OUTSIDE
Grass
Friday Staff Games SPORTS HALL

* FULL PE KIT IS COMPULSORY AT ALL PRACTICES AND CLUBS AFTER SCHOOL

Accommodation and specialist resources

  • Effective links with school SENCO and identification of student medical/behavioural/emotional problems.
  • Identification of talented students through the departmental gifted and talented database.
  • Use of Gym, All weather-surface, Dance studio, Fitness Suite, grassed area, Badminton courts and off-site facilities including Dudley Leisure Centre, David Lloyd Centre, and Tipton Sports Academy.
  • Weekly wheelchair basketball club to promote inclusion within PE.