Countless studies have proven that fit and healthy young people achieve the best results across the curriculum. We deliver a wide variety of sporting activities while developing students as performers, coaches, and officials.
As well as an exciting core PE programme, students have the option of studying PE at both key stages 4 and 5, where they can develop their understanding of the subject even further on the Cambridge National Course and Cambridge Technical.
There is an extensive extracurricular programme on offer to all of our students and we aim to provide something for everyone. You can take part for fun, develop fitness, or compete against the best in the area. Students at Melksham Oak will get a great experience of physical education.
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In Key Stage 3 PE lessons you will develop your physical fitness, skills and techniques in a number of activities.
You will experience traditional sports like football, rugby, hockey and netball but also improve important qualities such as decision making, tactical awareness and being able to evaluate performances through alternative sports like Ultimate Frisbee or American Football.
We will also introduce you to some of the Cambridge National content quite early on in order for you to become familiar with certain aspects of theory and to assist with your options decisions that have to be made in Year 8.
Cambridge National Sport Studies
This is a vocational qualification designed by OCR, which is equivalent to two GCSE's in Physical Education. The Cambridge National in Sport Studies is accredited at Level 2 as a work related qualification.
We will teach you a range of topics that give you a much better understanding of Physical Education and Sport and will prepare you for further education or a career in the Sports industry.
Our Key stage 4 Physical Education Curriculum has a dual aspect with all students participating in core Physical Education lessons and some opting to focus on the Cambridge National Sport Studies Level 2 qualification
In core PE lessons you will build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed at Key Stage 3 and apply them to more demanding situations. You will have the option to select activities that are of most interest to you in order to get the most out of the lessons.
If you choose to study a Cambridge National in Sport Studies you will finish year 11 with a BTEC First Award in Sport (the equivalent of one GCSE). The majority of the subject is assessed through coursework so you must be good at meeting deadlines. There is one test that counts towards your final grade. We will teach you a range of topics that give you a much better understanding of Physical Education and Sport and will prepare you for further education or a career in the Sports industry.
You have the option to continue to study PE in the sixth form on the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity course, which is the equivalent of one A-level. If you choose this route you will complete a number of units that cover a broad range of topics, including anatomy and physiology, activity leadership and practical sports performance. The content is challenging and engaging whilst the assessments are both coursework and exam based and allow for a degree of creativity in the way you present your work.
There will be plenty of practical elements where you are able to apply the theory in a range of situations. At the end of the two-year course you will be well prepared to enter Higher Education or pursue a career in the sports industry.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.
Following the Government announcements, we've taken the decision to close the school until further notice. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone as we all make personal sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Where possible, we've tried to contact parents and carers who registered as Key Workers, those with vulnerable children, or who collect Free School Meals. If we have not managed to contact you, here is some further information:
Children of Key Workers
If you need support with childcare because both parents of the child(ren) are critical key workers, then we will do our best to support you while you're on the frontline. This school is now closed, however, we have designated schools within the White Horse Federation that are still operating as hubs. We will organise childcare for your child(ren) at one of these locations. Please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who are Vulnerable
The White Horse Federation has deemed vulnerable children to be those without adequate care or protection at home or with significant health needs. Given the current Government guidance at this point in time, we deem the safest place to be at the parent's or carer's home. If you believe this is not the case for your child(ren), then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
Children who collect Free School Meals
We are making every effort to ensure children who collect Free School Meals have access to food. To that effect we will be supplying parents and carers of children who collect Free School Meals with vouchers to cover the cost of 20 days’ worth of lunches from Tuesday 24th March through to Monday 4th May. The vouchers are ordered and we are currently awaiting receipt of them before the end of the week. We have contact details of those who are registered as receiving Free School Meals and will contact you directly. If you're concerned that we don't have your details, then please contact one of the White Horse Federation Coordinators using the chat facility on the website. You can launch this by clicking the ? in the bottom left of the screen.
We will endeavour to continue the learning for all our children despite these setbacks. You should know that the teaching staff at your school have worked tirelessly both day and night to manage this situation to the best of our ability. Our nation is triumphant against adversity, and we have every confidence we will return to our normal lives as soon as possible. Please take care of yourself and loved ones while we all work through this together.