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PE and Dance Department

Newfield School PE department offers a broad and balanced curriculum to both Lower and Upper School students. The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate students; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in games, gymnastics, dance, athletics activities and outdoor education. Students will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, spectators and referees/umpires/officials.

Lessons and schemes/units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the students. Expectations are high but realistic in terms of achievement, discipline, behaviour and dress. The atmosphere of lessons is such that students gain confidence in physical activity in a safe environment where student success is positively reinforced

Year 7, 8 and 9 core PE

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students learn and develop the required skills to be successful in the range of activities offered. Students regularly work in group situations, as well as working with a partner to provide support and feedback for their peers. In many areas the emphasis is on competition, where students are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goal. Through performance, students will be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others. 

In their two lessons per week students will cover a variety of sports learning the rules, regulations and key components of each sport; activities include cross country, football, netball, gymnastics, dance, hockey athletics, rounders and many more.

Year 10 and 11

As students enter Year 10 and 11 they are expected to take an active role in their physical education by choosing from various options in core PE and courses provided in the curriculum. Core PE lessons are competition based in some instances, with students organising, running and officiating their own tournaments. 

Upper School Sports option

BTEC Sport is a popular choice with Upper School Students; students currently follow Pearson's (formerly Edexcel) BTEC Level 2 First Award in sport. Students have two lessons in Year 9 or three lessons in Year 10 and 11 per week. Lessons comprise of both theory and practical elements.

The course requires students to study four units, unit 1 Fitness for sport and exercise, unit 2 Practical sports performance, unit 5 Training for personal fitness and unit 6 Leading sports activities. Unit 1 is externally assessed via an online test with the remaining units internally assessed through coursework.

More detailed information on the specification can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

Extra-curricular activities

We have a wide range of clubs taking place at lunchtime and after school including football, rugby, netball, trampolining, cross country and athletics.  We also have a number of very successful teams which all students are welcome to join or try out for at the start of the school year.

Newfield has a great range of sporting facilities, including an AstroTurf, netball/ tennis courts, dance studio, fitness gym, large school playing fields and sports hall. There are 5 members of staff in the department who are committed to providing students with quality sporting opportunities; we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students of all abilities.

Advice for Parents

Encourage students to spend time watching a variety of sports to help develop their knowledge of the rules.

Encourage students to keep up to date with current affairs in sport.

Encourage students to participate in physical activity outside of school time.

Encourage students to join the extra-curricular clubs/ practices which take place before school, at lunchtimes and after school.

Revision Schedule

Staff are available to help students with their BTEC Sport work at both lunch time and after school.