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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

At Huxlow we believe that students who are happy, feel safe and are taught well will enjoy school and as a result be successful.

We are passionate about caring for our students, ensuring that they are all known as individuals. Ofsted June 2016 stated that “everyone in the school puts pupil’s well-being at the centre of everything they do”.

Students are challenged to be as good as they possibly can be and supported to achieve this. Academic success is hugely important to us and we have a rich history of students of all abilities and from a wide variety of backgrounds achieving as well as they could.

However, schools are about far more than academic success and we believe that developing “The Whole Child” is one of our core responsibilities. In order to enjoy a successful adult life it is important that our students develop characteristics such as leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, and communication.

I am hugely proud of our school and am happy to extend an invitation to all Parents/ Carers to come and visit us during the school day. Please contact us on enquiries@huxlow.northants.sch.uk and we will arrange a convenient time.

Mr S Gordon
Headteacher

Physical Education

Huxlow aims to provide a stimulating, engaging and enjoyable curriculum that builds on students prior learning and provides new and exciting activities as the students’ progress through the years.  The PE curriculum at Huxlow aims to enable all young people to become:


• successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
• confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
• responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.


Through their 2 hours of PE a week, they develop skills used in a wide variety of sports and activities, learning the rules and basic game play to perform successfully.  When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and other’s performances and find ways to improve them.  As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles.


PE at Huxlow also helps students to develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility.


By the time our students leave Huxlow, we hope that PE has enabled them to have a good health and well being, strong character, active citizens and willing to pursue their own interests and talents for lifelong participation.

IMPlementation

Within any PE lesson, regardless of age, sex or ability you will see examples of our department Key PE Principles. Every teacher delivers lessons that include:


Challenge & Stretch


Leadership – student led warm ups & cool downs, peer coaching/teaching, officiating & scoring games, leading plenaries.  All students will participate in these activities, with particular focus on Disadvantaged & SEN students to provide a different style of learning and achievement.  Extra support and guidance given to encourage Disadvantaged/SEND students to take lead role in lessons in line with leadership learning outcomes.
- MA use peer coaching and leadership to help and support SEND & disadvantaged students enhance learning or help those students feel more confident to become peer coaches/leaders
- Pre-Learning for Analysis of performance both verbal & visual. SEND/PP students given extra time to prepare answers and practice showing off their learned skills.
- Targets: Pass, Merit & Distinction targets to mirror BTEC Sport provide access to all but also challenge top end students and encourage SEND/PP students to achieve a minimum standard of a Pass in every lesson.
- KS4 & 5 BTEC: Long answer writing using exam mark scheme, model answer structures designed to maximise achievement in high mark tariff long exam questions.
- KS4 & 5 BTEC: Exam question homework set weekly using retired tests, examples answers, exam board mark scheme


Remembering over time


– recap previous lesson/year/key stage learning by performing skills/techniques/tactics and Q/A coaching points at start of lesson, sequence of learning. SEND/PP students given extra time to prepare answers and practice showing off their learned skills.
- differentiated recap tasks and Q/A to allow all students to demo learning e.g. complexity of questioning increases from Pass through to a Distinction.
- student led feedback on performance to show knowledge and understanding
- Disadvantaged students given RoT BTEC mini tests before the test date to practice, pre learn answers and discuss any issues with teacher any misconceptions or issues.
- KS4 & 5 BTEC: Using weekly Exam question set as homework to demonstrate memory of key topics, exam writing frameworks, peer marking to build understanding.
- KS5 BTEC: “Big Questions” created to recap topic areas, each question is tiered to allow for different levels of student knowledge and ability. Answers used as exam notes for external units.

Access for all

Disadvantaged Quality First Teaching

– Differentiated learning outcomes and targets in line with dept Pass, Merit & Distinction. Targeted questioning based on ability, knowledge and support needed.
- Lesson tasks based on Pass, Merit & Distinction criteria with different pace and grouping provided depending on ability.  SEND/PP students given opportunity to work in classes that will make them feel comfortable to participate but also challenge their ability
- Always set Leadership target to encourage different style of learning regardless of ability or background.  This can be adapted based on needs of students and aimed at disadvantaged students.
- MA students use peer coaching and leadership to help and support SEND /disadvantaged students enhance learning or provide guidance to help SEND/Disadvantaged students become peer coaches/leaders
- All BTEC students can aspire and exceed their target grades regardless.  SEND/Disadvantaged focus on Pass criteria tasks and assignment criteria with extra support and mock assessments given with extra time allowed to progress towards higher criteria.
- Subject content is taught to a minimum Pass standard with assistance and guidance in understanding and following higher grading criteria
- KS4 & 5 BTEC: Use exam questions, writing frameworks, long question model answers to cater for all abilities as different mark scheme & bands available for all students (SEND/Disadvantaged)
- KS5 BTEC: Use “Big Questions” to highlight knowledge and feed in to exam notes as part of external unit preparation. “Big Questions” are tiered around mark bands to allow all students to access
- KS5 BTEC: Tick checklists used as part of external unit preparation as part of modelling exam answers and peer feedback. Checklists are used alongside exam mark scheme to build knowledge around different mark bands.

Within our talented PE department, all our staff are committed to developing and implementing a variety of teach and learning strategies to ensure their student experience is as rewards and enriching as possible. These strategies are consistent within all our lessons, SoW and most importantly, within our students. Examples of strategies include:


- Leading                     - Team roles      -Peer coaching         - Self-analysis
- Whole-part-whole       - Reciprocal       - Target setting        - Peer Analysis

Curriculum Design

key stage 3

Huxlow PE department have tried to tailor our curriculum to cover the PE National Curriculum aims and content but also ensure our provision is relevant, enjoyable and appropriate for our students. We wish to develop our students Physically and Personally to ensure they reach their potential before they leave Huxlow.


Within each lesson and our schemes of work, our students should demonstrate our school wide focus of LORIC skills (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, Communication). These are also evident in form time and all other subject areas.  Our curriculum is designed to allow physical competence to be developed in more depth during Key Stage 3 but with enough time to be physically active so they can practice those skill learned.


By Key Stage 4 we place less emphasis on developing physical competences and more time on being physically active by applying and practicing these skills.

Transition

Before the students reach Key Stage 3 we want them to make a positive transition by building on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2, become more confident, expert, and resilient about their fundamental skills & techniques, and apply/combine them across different sports and physical activities.

Our students should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work as well as showing personal organisation and enthusiasm for their learning.

We hope to develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

In their first half term, all Year 7 students will participate in a Health Related Fitness unit of work which will introduce, develop and enhance their knowledge on their own body, fitness components used in sport & physical activity, how to complete safe warm ups and cool downs and some basic fitness testing.

We expect all our students to be independent learners, therefore this first unit of work is the foundations to which we will build upon throughout their time at Huxlow.

Year 7 students will be placed in a Boys, Girls or Mixed teaching group. This is based on individual skill levels, knowledge of rules, confidence and experience. These groups can be flexible, therefore students can move between each group if their PE teacher believes this is appropriate for the child

The activity rotation is based around the student needs with a balance of Physical Competence & Physical Activity as move through Key Stages.

The curriculum design summarised below has considered many factors such as facilities, seasons, school calendar, extra curricular, district competition schedule as well as complexity of activity and experience of students.

For example:

Autumn Term - Due to weather conditions, district/county fixtures, competitions schedulesto provide pathways for our talented students we focus on traditional team sports such as Football, Netball, Rugby & Basketball

Spring Term - Due to loss of teaching space due to mock exams, we focus on more flexible individual activities such as HrF, Boxing, Rowing Inclusion, Cardio and Sport Education.  This also helps build on learned skills and confidence from earlier on in the year.                             We introduce Sport Education to showcase our leadership activites and help feed into Leadership Academies.  Finally, with Yr8 into Yr9 Options we focus on dance and BTEC related activities in Core PE.

Summer Term - Due to improved weather conditions, district/county fixtures, competitions schedules to provide Pathways, loss of space due to summer exam season we focus on activities such as athletics, softball, rounders, cricket and tennis.

Throughout their 5 years in Key Stage 3 & 4, students will cover many of the same activities. We aim to build upon previous knowledge, introduce and develop new skills, techniques and understanding as well has challenge and stretch the students to push their own limits.

By the end of this key stage the students should have a positive attitude toward this subject, willing to take risks and seize new opportunities with a desire to succeed.

A corner stone of our provision is the consistent approach our PE dept applies to every lesson, ensuring students understanding and progress with our key PE Principles as mentioned above.

At Huxlow, we have based our curriculum provision around the DfE Programme of Study and have followed as many of the suggested activities as we can facilitate.

Games and activities studied at Key Stage 3 include;

DfE PE Programmes of Study suggests:

• use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games

Huxlow provision includes:   - Invasion Games such as football, rugby, netball, basketball, handball.
                                              - Net/Wall Games: Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, Table Tennis.
                                              - Striking & Fielding: rounders, cricket, softball

• develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
• analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

Huxlow provision includes:  - Athletics: short/middle/long distance, shot putt, javelin, discus, long jump, high jump.

• perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms

Huxlow provision includes: - Dance/Gymnastics

• to understand and apply long term health benefits of physical activity

Huxlow provision includes: - Health Related Fitness activities: Rowing, Cycling, HrF, Boxing & cardio training.

• take part in outdoor & 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

Huxlow provision includes: - Sport Education is a vehicle used for all students in a variety of sports where they can develop independence, leadership skills, cross curricular skills (numeracy, literacy), organisation. Each student forms part of a team
                                              with allocated job roles (Team manager, Coach, Captain, Financial Manager, Press Officer, Kit Manager)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - inclusive sports such as; sitting volleyball, goalball, dodgeball & boccia.

 

Preparation for BTEC First Award in Sport 2018

This begins in KS3 where students begin to develop leadership skills & qualities, knowledge & understanding of how the body works, tactical understanding of variety of sports, officiating experience. During BTEC Sport, they cover the following units:
Unit 1 Fitness for Sport & Exercise (KS3 HrF activities helps build knowledge on fitness components, training methods, principles of training & fitness tests)
Unit 2 Practical Sports Performance (every sporting activity covered in KS3 helps build up individual technical & tactical knowledge, officiating experience, analysis of performance)
Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training (similar to KS3 HrF activities)
Unit 6 Leading Sports Activities (Sport Education provides an opportunity to work independently and lead others, plus all sports covered in KS3 expect students to peer coach, assess, lead warm ups & skill practices, officiate)

 

 Our Goal: “At Huxlow every individual is empowered to fulfil their potential”

To fulfil your potential at Key Stage 3 you should:

• Due to the practical nature of this subject there is no homework expectations for Core PE.
• There may be occasions when students are asked to further research some rules or regulations, prepare a coaching session plan or plan a warm up.
• It is compulsory to bring full PE kit to each lesson (please visit the uniform page). If a student fails to bring kit for 1 lesson they will get a warning and given spare kit to borrow. 2 forgotten kits will result in an afterschool detention.
• There may be occasions when a student requires alternative footwear (e.g. football boots). Your PE teacher will inform you of this with plenty of time to prepare.
• If a student is ill or injured, they are required to provide a parental note. This can last one week. Any injury or illness that lasts longer than 1 week requires a doctors note.

key stage 4

By the end of this key stage we hope to have embedded physical activity habits and lifestyle choices that help our students make informed decisions about their next career step.

We want our students to show personal characteristics such as motivation, resilience, passion which can help them along their learning pathway.

We follow the DfE PE Programmes of Study guidance that suggests at Key Stage 4 the students should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

At Huxlow the games and activities studied in Key Stage 3 are continued through Key Stage 4 but students develop the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully, consistently and with confidence.

They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Core Curriculum: All Year 9, 10 and 11 students have four lessons of PE over 2 week, 4 hours (not including extra curricular).

Games and activities studied at Key Stage 4 include;

DfE PE Programmes of Study suggests:

• use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games
• evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best

Huxlow provision includes:            - Invasion Games such as football, rugby, netball, basketball, handball.
                                                       - Net/Wall Games: Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, Table Tennis.
                                                       - Striking & Fielding: rounders, cricket, softball

• develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports or other physical activities

Huxlow provision includes:    - Athletics: short/middle/long distance, shot putt, javelin, discus, long jump, high jump.
                                                - Dance/Gymnastics

• take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

Huxlow provision includes:  Sport Education is a vehicle used for all students in a variety of sports where they can develop independence, leadership skills, cross curricular skills (numeracy, literacy), organisation. Each student forms part of a team with                                                         allocated job roles (Team manager, Coach, Captain, Financial Manager, Press Officer, Kit Manager)

In addition, students have the option to complete a BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 Award in Sport, which is equivalent to 1 GCSE.

Enhancing your BTEC First Award in Sport

Whether the student is already completing a BTEC First Award or not, the skills developed in KS3 are further developed in KS4. We expect to see a higher level of confidence and delivery of leadership skills & qualities, knowledge & understanding of how the body works, tactical understanding of variety of sports, officiating experience.

Some students will already be covering the following activities in BTEC Sport, therefore we expect them to take a lead role within Core PE classes.
Unit 1 Fitness for Sport & Exercise (KS4 HrF activities helps build knowledge on fitness components, training methods, principles of training & fitness tests)
Unit 2 Practical Sports Performance (every sporting activity covered in KS4 helps build up individual technical & tactical knowledge, officiating experience, analysis of performance)
Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training (similar to KS4 HrF activities)
Unit 6 Leading Sports Activities (Sport Education provides an opportunity to work independently and lead others, plus all sports covered in KS4 expect students to peer coach, assess, lead warm ups & skill practices, officiate)

Our values #2: “Everyone is ambitious and welcomes the challenge of being the best they can”

To be the best you can be at Key Stage 4 you should:

• Please refer to Key Stage 3 information.
• Students are expected to show more creativity, take risks, independence and initiative when covering our CORE PE activities. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of the older, mature students to ensure they are active, challenged and enjoyed.

examination subjects

btec level 2 first award in sport

Is BTEC Sport right for me?

If you enjoy:

• sport, physical activity and exercise
• developing knowledge and understanding through practical learning
• learning about the benefits of training and exercise
• developing and improving your skills as a leader
• or if you are considering a sports-related career then this is the right course for you.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, developing leadership skills, learning about your own body and how to physically train safely and effectively. You should have an interest in physical education and sport, enjoy being active and appreciate the benefits of keeping fit and healthy.

Please be aware there is an examination and lots of assignment writing on this course, so being competent in Science and English will be a huge advantage when studying certain units of work.

What can I expect from being taught at Huxlow?

Pitching it high

- we will build on your skills, techniques, knowledge & understanding from Key Stage 3 & 4 Core PE. You will already understand key terminology such as Pass, Merit & Distinction. You will have regularly shown cognitive ability when being asked to “Describe, Identify, Explain, Compare and Analyse” any recall, analysis or feedback on performance.
- leadership skills will be enhanced and developed from the opportunities provided in every Core PE lesson in Key Stage 3 & 4, therefore you will have the confidence and ability to achieve your potential in BTEC Sport.
- During BTEC Sport we will support you in structuring and constructing answers for the Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise exam which will allow you to challenge and extend your learning and achieve the highest grades possible.

Promote remembering

- students will be familiar with acquiring, practicing and embedding skills/techniques/tactics during each lesson. This approach will support the learning and achievement in BTEC Sport as they are used to recalling and performing under different scenarios and situations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - PE dept will develop your ability to recognise, recall and respond to BTEC exam questions. By building on rigorous revision over time and understanding of key BTEC terminology, students can achieve maximum marks using our end of topic tests and exam questions set for homework.

During Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise we believe in progressive testing and revision over time. See below for how we cover the key content of this unit.

 

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Accessing all learners

- students will be familiar with the differentiated learning outcomes that are introduced at the start of each lesson, these follow the BTEC grading criteria Pass, Merit & Distinction. Students understand how to achieve each criteria and how to progress to the higher grading level.
- differentiated questioning from the teachers and students will continue with the BTEC grading criteria to build knowledge and understanding of how to achieve each target and progress to the next one.
- all BTEC lessons are embedded with grading criteria for assignments, mark schemes for external exam units, content tick sheets and big questions that covers entire learning aims. This allows students to understand what is required of them, respond and perform and provide feedback that allows others to exceed their potential.

What will I study?


You will study 4 units across 3 years, each with a mixture of written assignments, practical performance and online examination. In the first year you will develop and refine your skills as a leader, eventually delivering and reviewing sessions to your classmates.
The next unit of work revolves around your practical performance in sport as an official and as a performer. Not only will you showcase your knowledge and experience as an official but you will perform a variety of sports and analyse your own performance to try and identify strengths and weaknesses that will help you become a more effective performer in the future.
In the second year the next unit you will study include learning about fitness training and how this can benefit and improve your sporting performance. Students will have to pass an online exam with national benchmark of a Level 2 Pass in order to achieve the highest overall grade on this course.

In the final year you will create and implement your own 6 week fitness programme, maintaining a training diary that will allow you to reflect and improve your programme in the future.

How will I be assessed?

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What can I do after I've completed the course?

Achieving a successful grade in BTEC Sport can open up a huge variety of different opportunities which will allow you to investigate and experience many different pathways.
The practical, vocational style of learning and content of work helps build many transferrable skills that can be used in employment, education and training. These opportunities could include: further and higher education courses at school or college, apprenticeships or many sport & leisure sector employers.

department staff

Mr S Letts - Learning Leader of PE

Miss S Donald - Teacher of PE

Mr O'Connor - Teacher of PE

Miss G Roberts - Teacher of PE

Mrs K Letts - Teacher of PE/Drama/Head of Key Stage 4 & Whole School Behaviour Lead

Mrs Sghendo - Teacher of PE

further information

If you would like to find out more about the PE curriculum, please contact Mr S Letts, Learning Leader for PE

By phone: 01933 650496
By email: s.letts@huxlow.northants.sch.uk