Welcome to the Physical Education Department at Burscough Priory Science College.
We are fortunate to celebrate the impact that physical fitness and participation in sport has on the lives of our students. It is a basic right that everybody should enjoy the experience of physical education and benefit from the fitness, pride, and friendship that only full participation in PE can ensure. Accordingly, our department exhibits every day the following values that are core to our purpose;
- We care about, and seek opportunities to develop, people.
- We, at all times, model behaviour that is respectful, welcoming and professional.
- We promote equality and look for opportunities that remove barriers to learning.
- We develop students who are resilient, self-confident and persistent.
- We embed a culture that celebrates success, progress and aspiration.
- We seek to reflect on our performance and improve.
- We help create young adults who follow and refine our vision throughout life.
At Burscough Priory we have a broad programme of study in PE. Through team and individual games, athletic and gymnastic activities, students are taught to develop their physical technique and tactical awareness, encouraging them to develop analytical skills to improve their own and others’ performances.
Course Content Overview KS3
Pupils are taught a variety of activities throughout year 7, 8 and 9, offering students two hours a week.
The activities we offer are; Netball, Football, Volleyball, Hockey, Handball, Rugby, Fitness, Basketball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Athletics, Rounder’s, Tennis, Cricket and Table tennis.
Click here to view the KS3 Curriculum timetable for 2017-18
Course Content Overview KS4
At Key Stage 4 all students have 1 hour of Physical Education per week and are taught in mixed ability classes usually single sex. The students decide upon their own curriculum as long as they meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our aim in this Key Stage is to promote life-long participation in physical activity.
We also offer GCSE PE as an option for Key Stage 4 students where they will have an extra 2/3 hours per week of PE lessons. Students are assessed in 3 sports (one individual, one team, and one either team or individual). There are also 2 theory units examined in May of year 11. We use OCR course J587. Click here to go to the OCR website.
A schedule of the GCSE PE Programme of Study for 2017-18 can be downloaded here.
Click here to view the Core PE curriculum timetable for 2017-18
How we Stretch and Challenge our students
Lessons are challenging and differentiated to ensure every pupil achieves success and progress to ensure they strive above and beyond their minimum acceptable level of progress.
Homework at KS3 is set mainly in the form of revision for tests during the assessment weeks.
Due to recent changes in the PE GCSE, theory is now being taught in PE practical lessons in years 7, 8 and 9.
Each assessment period will focus on a different GCSE theory topic. Theory tests will be completed as part of the assessment process in Physical Education and will go towards the students PE assessment grade. Revision sheets are available to all students via the student shared area and on the PE website.
Homework is set after most GCSE theory lessons. Independent study is required after every GCSE theory lesson in order for students to achieve the best they can and to help consolidate learning in lessons. This can be achieved by accessing the lessons taught on google classroom or through various websites.
All students are also encouraged to extend their learning outside of lesson time by attending extra-curricular clubs that run during and after school.
How we support our students
Every child matters in the PE department, with a wide range of sports and activities offered and lessons delivered to allow every child to achieve success. Extra-curricular opportunities and extra revision sessions are all offered to help and engage pupils to ensure they achieve their targets in the subject.
How we deliver Literacy and Numeracy in PE
Literacy is an important aspect in lessons, developing communication skills and increasing confidence through leadership. Pupils are encouraged to give feedback, use subject specific words and deliver warm ups and stretches to their peers.
Numeracy is regularly used within PE to record data, such as heart rate monitoring, timing, measuring, scoring and counting. Pupils learn to analyze and evaluate data and are encouraged to deliver their own competitions in lessons and in extra-curricular clubs.
Assessment & Exams
All students within PE are assessed on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest assessment score). This scale is based on the Lancashire Assessment Grid and GCSE practical criteria and as such, it is expected that students’ progress up the scale as they develop their practical skills and knowledge throughout the key stages. The diagram below provides a general average target that students should be aiming to achieve based on their year group;
N.B. Please note this is a general guideline and is not personalised to the individual student
Students are assessed and scored in all activity areas covered within PE including;
1) Skill and Performance within the activity.
2) Burscough Priory Run (Standardised endurance run which monitors fitness levels throughout the year).
3) Theoretical Examination (Assessing Theoretical understanding of PE & Sport).
These theory topics are all based on the OCR GCSE specification.
As these scores are inputted, a rolling average is calculated so that students can understand how they are performing all-round and encourages them to work hard on becoming a well-rounded athlete.
Pupils will have an opportunity to opt for the GCSE PE option in Year 10 and all Year 9 pupils will be introduced to GCSE PE theory to develop their knowledge of healthy active lifestyles.
Mrs R Preston (Head of Performance Faculty and Head of Physical Education)
Mr R Sheard (Teacher of Physical Education)
Mr A Rimmer (Teacher of Physical Education)
Pupils have a wide variety of sports on offer through extra-curricular opportunities. This is inclusive and open to all pupils through after school and lunch time clubs so all pupils can attend. The school also competes in the West Lancashire schools games programme, regularly competing in leagues, cups and festivals in a wide variety of sports. The department also run sports trips to Spain for Netball and football and residential trips to Hothersall Lodge for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.
The timetable for September – October half-term is below.
How parents can support their children in PE
Ask questions about what your child has learnt in Physical Education. Use websites and the PE website to access revision material. 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!
Burscough Dynamo youth football club are recruiting new players in 2017! For more details download a flyer by clicking here.