Our curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their competence in order to excel in a broad range of physical activities and sports. We aim to inspire students to succeed in competitive, physical, collaborative and aesthetic activities, developing their health, fitness and physical confidence. This will enable students to make informed lifestyle choices in order to sustain a good quality of life and maintain their physical and mental wellbeing through lifelong participation in sport. Throughout their time with us, we hope to build character and embed the values of fairness and respect.
We aim to develop students’ skills, confidence, and ultimately, interest in physical activity and sport so they are inspired and enthused to participate in and out of school. The experience they gain with us, we believe, should be the catalyst for lifelong participation in sport, cementing the habits of a lifetime. Our department fosters a positive learning environment where enjoyment breeds success. Through increased competency and expertise in a range of sporting techniques, this success leads to excellence and fulfilment for all. The building of character through personal development and the fostering of healthy relationships is a cornerstone of our ethos. Through failure and success students will win and lose, and learn the values of fairness, resilience, sportsmanship and respect.
Page last updated 13 October 2021
Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
Throughout KS3 and KS4 students will continue their education by accessing a broad range of physical activities through a dedicated curriculum time of four hours over two weeks. This time is supported and reinforced through an extensive extra-curricular programme for all students.
We aim to build on the physical development and skills acquired at KS2 to deepen and broaden pupils; knowledge and understanding, skills and techniques and their idea of self and health through sport and physical activity.
The essential skills and processes students will physically learn in PE consist of:
- sport and position-specific skills and techniques to improve their performance,
- accurate timing and consistency of application during the performance,
- the ability to overcome physical challenges.
The uniqueness of our subject allows us to develop students physically but also their ability to acquire knowledge and the understanding to develop their ‘thinking self’. This will involve students having a greater understanding of:
- tactics and strategies to overcome an opponent,
- how to use advanced techniques when performing,
- analysing their performance,
- their choices about their involvement in a healthy active lifestyle.
Physical Education is the perfect vehicle for facilitating the schools’ ethos of developing students' emotional wellbeing. Opportunities to develop the growth of character come in the form of:
- talking part in competitive sport inside and outside of school
- identifying activities that are best suited to them
- developing leadership roles within sport
- developing a range of learning habits to succeed
- building healthy relationships.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 students have the opportunity to study PE in greater depth through a number of different pathways. We currently offer 3 courses at year 11; GCSE PE, BTEC in Sport, Activity and Fitness and a Level 2 Cambridge National in Sports Science and 2 courses at year 10; GCSE PE and a level 2 Cambridge National in Sports Studies. By providing a variety of options students can study the course that best suits their future plans.
At KS5 we offer the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport which allows students to gain a richer and deeper knowledge base that supports the progression into higher education, apprenticeships and the world of work.
Throughout their time at Cottesloe, students will get the opportunity to gain their Level 1 Sports Leaders Award and complete their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
We run a full and extensive extra-curricular programme to supplement our curriculum and provide enrichment opportunities such as; trips to local and national sporting events, sports tours and ski trips to Europe and America.
Year 11 Sports Science Cambridge Nationals
Keystage 4 Years 10 and 11 BTEC
Keystage 4 Years 10 GCSE
Key Stage 5
Year 12 and 13 BTEC
Page last updated 11 November 2021