The aim of the Physical Education department at Crispin School is to:
Promote well-being, lifelong participation, and excellence in PE for all
We strive to achieve this using the school values of aspiration, compassion and excellence. The three main strands of the PE department are Core PE, Examination PE and Extra-Curricular Sport. You can find out more about our extra-curricular programme here.
Aspiration – it is of paramount importance to us that every student is healthy and happy. We aim to make the link between physical education and well-being; whether this is pursuing the best possible levels of competition or having the confidence to take part in a range of physical activities for enjoyment.
Compassion – by building positive, trusting and strong relationships with students, we take time to listen to and understand the aspirations and concerns of all students, which in turn supports student engagement in physical activity.
Excellence – by redefining excellence in PE as someone who...
- has the courage to have a go at every task or activity
- shows resilience to failure when learning new skills
- helps others to make progress
- shows independence as a learner
- is willing to challenge themselves
- demonstrates creativity during physical activities
We have made it such that every student is able to achieve excellence in PE, regardless of their current fitness levels and physical ability. We provide a range of activities from Handball to Football, from Dance to Rugby, from Gym to Badminton, to ensure that lessons are stimulating and engaging.
In addition to our ethos being underpinned by the school values, we also deliver a curriculum that develops the whole child. Our bespoke ACE framework improves a wide range of skills linking to aspiration, compassion and excellence, which we teach through the medium of physical activity and sport.
Key Stage 3 classes throughout the PE department are mixed ability. Being labelled as "bottom set" for PE can have life-long implications for students' self-esteem and mind-set. Therefore, it does not align with our ethos of well-being, lifelong participation in physical activity and excellence for all. Through high quality teaching, we ensure that lessons stretch all students of all abilities.
At Key Stage 4, all students continue to do 2 Core PE lessons a fortnight. Students have the choice to be in a single-sex or mixed PE group. Students remain in the same class with the same teacher throughout the year. Four classes are on at a time and are allocated a facility for a period of four weeks. The students help shape the curriculum, guided by the teacher, to ensure a broad and balanced offer over the year. We encourage students who are specialists in sports to contribute to lessons by helping to teach their peers. Another key feature of Key Stage 4 PE is the shift in responsibility of the learning to the students themselves; equipping them with the skills and confidence to continue a physically active lifestyle on leaving Crispin.
PE Kit Expectations
If a student does not come equipped to their PE lesson without the correct PE kit, they will be logged with a behaviour point for "poor uniform". A conversation will be had with the student to try and establish the root cause and suggest possible solutions to bringing the correct kit.
If a student continues to forget their kit, indicating that the problem is not being resolved through teacher-student conversation, three behaviour points for "failure to wear correct uniform". At this point, parents will be contacted to discuss further support strategies.
If students do not have PE kit, they will still be expected to participate in the lesson in roles other than that of performer e.g. helping to officiate, lead small groups, give feedback etc.
In Year 9, students have the option to study for a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport. This is a popular course that supports our vision of promoting well-being, life-long participation and excellence for all. The course consists of four units:
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport
|Unit||Assessment Method||Year Studied|
|Fitness for Sport and Exercise||External (Online Exam)||10|
|Practical Performance in Sport||Internal – (Portfolio work)||10|
|Applying the Principles of Personal Training||Internal – (Portfolio work)||11|
|Leading Sports Activities||Internal – (Portfolio work)||11|
The combined knowledge, understanding and skills gained through these units enable students to lead healthy and active lifestyles beyond school. They also lay the foundation for active participation in sports clubs in addition to multiple careers in the sports industry.
In Year 9, students cover each of the four main units, starting with Leading Sporting Activities. This practical start to the course helps to nurture the confidence and skills that are developed through the ACE Framework in Core PE.
Students go on to learn about fitness components, training methods and the principles of training. This work culminates in students designing their own personal fitness programme; an activity which is repeated in Year 11 as part of the formal assessment framework.
In Year 10, students spend the first two terms preparing for the Unit 1 Exam - Fitness for Exercise. This unit makes up 25% of the course. The rest of the year is spent completing Unit 2 - Practical Sports Performance. This unit involves studying two sports of the student's choice; learning about the technical and tactical demands of the sport in addition to a detailed look at the rules, regulations and officials of the sport.
Year 11 returns to leadership and the course culminates in the design, implementation and review of a personal fitness programme.
The knowledge, understanding and skills gained from the BTEC Sport course can provide a springboard into Level 3 college courses; many of the Class of 2019 went on to Study Level 3 BTEC Sport at College. Regardless of next steps, we hope that all students that study the BTEC Sport, go on to live an active and healthy life, applying what they have learned on the course.
Last updated: October 2019