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Curriculum Intent

“Each child should find an enjoyable pathway which embeds 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 how to develop and maintain positive physical, mental and social health. 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 lessons which includes a double lesson and a single lesson.  In each week students will learn two sports and theory concepts.

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 kit for 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.
  • Please be aware of changes to footwear required for the all-weather pitch surface from January 2019 – these are listed on the website.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information:

 Year 7

Practical Elements Theory Topics
Netball, Rugby, Football, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Dance, Fitness, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders Muscles & movement, Bones & skeleton, Components of fitness, Training methods


Year 8 

Practical Elements Theory Topics
Netball, Rugby, Football, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Fitness, Athletics, Cricket, Softball Effects of exercise, Feedback & guidance, Principles of training, Drugs in sport, Risk & injuries

Key Stage 3-4 Curriculum Information:

Year 9

Practical Elements                                                  Theory Topics
Leadership through Sport Education in combination with some of:
Football, Netball, Rugby, Handball, Basketball, Badminton
Sport & Nutrition followed by GCSE booklets inn line with the GCSE specification below.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information:

Qualification Format through the Edexcel Exam Board for GCSE PE Route:


·         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 performance 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%.

Qualification Format through the OCR Cambridge National Qualification Route:

·         Compulsory Unit: Reducing the Risk of Injuries (25%): 1 hour written exam, with option for one resit.

·         Compulsory Unit: Applying the Principles of training (25%): Coursework submission;


·         Optional Units: of which 2 must be selected:

o    Sports Nutrition (25%): Coursework submission;

o    The Body’s Response to Physical Activity (25%): Coursework submission;

o    Sports Psychology (25%): Coursework submission;

o    Technology in Sport (25%): Coursework submission.


In addition, all KS4 PE students are expected to be role models for the department which includes attending at least one club each week and participating in Elite PE Club.

Extra – Curricular Activities:

The PE department runs extra-curricular clubs each week, before school (8.00am-8.30am), at lunchtime (1.00pm – 1.30pm) and after school (3.30pm-4.20pm).  The clubs will focus upon a variety of sports, which will change between terms.  Enrichment clubs at The Wren School are welcome to all; regardless of sporting ability; students may attend for enjoyment, ability or improvement purposes.

These will not run during COVID-19 restrictions.

Students should look out for posters in form rooms, outside the PE office in the sports hall or ask their PE teacher for the latest clubs on offer. These clubs range from table tennis to football.

The Wren School enters many of the local school leagues for a range of sports.

House Competitions:
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At The Wren School we are really passionate about developing a sense of community and teamwork.  Each term within school we invite students to participate in house competitions, both within lessons and after-school. These competitions aim to instil a sense of pride in being a part of their house, as well as giving them the opportunity to play competitive sport in a fun and relaxed environment.  During the house competitions that take place after-school, students are able to gain house points for their house simply for attending. All teams that take part receive a set number of house points depending on their position in the competitions beginning with 100 for 1st place, 75 for 2nd, 50 for 3rd and 25 for 4th. Each term all of these points are then collated and the winning house is announced.


Term Dates


Term 2

Inset day – Fri 11 Nov & Fri 2 Dec 2022

Mon 31 Oct – Tue 20 Dec 2022

Christmas break – Wed 21 Dec – Tue 3 Jan 2023

Term 3

Wed 4 Jan – Fri 10 Feb

Half term – Mon 13 Feb – Fri 17 Feb 2023