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PE Lessons and Extra Curricular Clubs

On returning to school it’s been fantastic to see GCSE PE and GCSE Dance students participating in practical lessons.

GCSE PE Lessons

Over the term the students embarked on a series of badminton lessons to improve their skills in service, overheads, underarm, net shots, smash as well as playing singles and doubles matches.  It was fantastic to see the students back in the sports hall and working well to develop these skills and take on tactical and strategic advice.

GCSE Dance Lessons

One of the focal points for this term was looking at a professional dance work called Infra choreographed by Wayne McGregor.  Some of the choreographic processes that the professional dancers went through were explored by the dancers to create a group dance.  

Firstly they created solos which were referred to as ‘physical signatures’ as these embodied the individual way each dancer expressed themselves.  These were then developed by the use of dynamics, changing the speed, weight and flow of the movement.  Each dancer created a motif based on four actions (for example: Word Set 1: Extend, Sideways, Controlled. Word Set 2: Ripple, Circular, Quick. Word Set 3: Kick, Forwards, Sudden. Word Set 4: Push, Diagonal facing, Explosive) and shared it with another dancer who created their own response to this. The dancers continued to develop the material further to create ‘paragraphs of movements’.  Finally movement was shared within pairs and developed to create a sextet.

Physical Education Extra Curricular Clubs

It’s been fantastic to see so many pupils returning to PE Clubs at lunchtime and after school since March.  Competitive events are starting to return. It's important that pupils have had the opportunity to develop and hone their skills in an array of physical activities such as badminton, dance, football, netball, panathlon, rounders, volleyball, athletics and volleyball.