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PE and Games at The Wren School, Reading, Berkshire

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PE & Games

Aims and Ethos

The PE Team:                                                      

Subject Leader of PE: Mrs Bessie O’Brien ([email protected])

Assistant Head Teacher & Teacher of PE: Mr David Zell

Key Stage 4 Leader & Teacher of PE: Mr Olly Harrison

Head of Year 8 & Teacher of PE: Mrs Claire Rider


Aims and Ethos of the Department:

“Each child should find a pathway in order to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle whilst using sport to develop the skills of leadership, communication & increased self-esteem”.

A broad, balanced, engaging and relevant curriculum helps to make PE a core and vital part of The Wren School; the balance of both theoretical and practical content allows the department to prepare students best for future PE examinations and, more importantly, to understand their mind and body to maintain good health and fitness. Students will be taught the skills to make progress in a range of sports and in doing this will develop vital qualities, such as the Wren Skills, to help them overcome any barriers that present throughout the curriculum. PE is an area of the curriculum where students learn invaluable skills for every walk of life, such as: teamwork; communication; resilience; leadership; perseverance and many more. The department truly believes that PE is a vehicle for future success and will endeavour to help students enjoy the journey.

A week in PE is made up of 3 components:

  • 1 x double lesson of outdoor PE (at Prospect Park)
  • 1 x single lesson of onsite PE
  • 1 x single theory lesson


The recipe for success in PE:

  • Students should always aim to try 100% and therefore every member of the department will be happy with their effort and participation.
  • Students, parents & carers need to ensure that all PE kit is bought to all lessons with no exception (e.g. torrential weather).
  • Parents & Carers please see the uniform section of the website for details of acceptable PE kit and take a collective responsibility to ensure that students have their PE at all lessons
  • Parents & Carers please assist your son/daughter in participating in PE consistently. If your son/daughter has a valid reason that they cannot participate in a lesson please provide them with a signed and dated note explaining the reason for their excuse. Alternatively, please phone the school office prior to the lesson. Without this the department will always assume that your son/daughter can try their best.
  • Students who cannot physically participated are expected to get changed into their PE kit and assist as a coach or umpire to ensure that learning is taking place.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information:


Year 7 Year 8
Practical Elements
Rugby; Football; Handball; Hockey; Netball; Fitness; Dance; Gymnastics; Table Tennis; Cricket & Athletics. Rugby; Football; Handball; Hockey; Netball; Fitness; Dance; Gymnastics; Table Tennis; Cricket & Athletics.
Theoretical Elements
My Body & Training; Components of Fitness; Effects of Exercise; Safety in Sport; Leadership Skills and Leadership in Practice. Benefits of Exercise; Engagement in Sport; Drugs in Sport; Psychology of Sport; Leadership Skills and Leading as an official.


Key Stage 3-4 Curriculum Information:

Year 9
Practical Elements: Rugby; Football; Handball; Hockey; Netball; Fitness; Dance; Gymnastics; Table Tennis; Cricket & Athletics. Theoretical Elements: Functions of the Body Systems; Movement of the Body; Sedentary Lifestyles and Goal Setting & SMART Targets.
Exam Format through the Edexcel Exam Board:


·         Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems, which is a 1 hour & 45 minute exam paper worth 36%.

·         Component 2: Health and Performance, which is a 1 hour & 15 minute paper worth 24%.

·         Component 3: Practical Performance where students must demonstrate a good level of perofrmance in 3 physical activities of which one must be a team game; one must be an individual activity & one other, worth 30%.

·         Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP), which is a coursework element worth 10%.



Extra – Curricular Activities:

The PE department runs 3 extra-curricular clubs per week. The clubs take place between 3.40 – 4.30pm and throughout the year, the clubs will focus upon a variety of sports, which will change between terms. Although the clubs on offer may vary the clubs will always be held on Mondays; Tuesdays & Thursdays. Extra-curricular PE is an area that we hope will grow each year and with the school.

Enrichment clubs at The Wren School are welcome to all; regardless of sporting ability; students may attend for enjoyment; ability or improvement purposes.

The Wren School will continue to develop links with other schools with the intention of participating in a range of different sporting competitions. We are scheduled to participate in the following leagues this year:

Year 7: Rugby (boys); Football (both); Netball (girls) and Athletics (both).

Year 8: Rugby (boys); Football (both); Netball (girls) and Athletics (both).

Year 9: Football (both); Netball (girls) and Athletics (both).

Term Dates

Term 1 Part 1
Thu 6 September 2018 – Thu 4 October 2018
Inset days – Fri 5 October
Term 1 Part 2
Mon 8 Oct – Fri 19 Oct 2018
Autumn break Mon 22 Oct – Fri 25 Oct 2018
Term 2
Mon 29 Oct – Fri 21 Dec 2018
Christmas/New Year holidays Mon 24 Dec – Fri 4 Jan 2019