Doing GCSE PE
Nov25

Doing GCSE PE

If you have a child who is good at sport and loves it, GCSE PE is a fantastic thing to study. But they really do need to be good at a number of sports. My son is considered to be one of the top sportsmen in his year at school. He is a real all-rounder when it comes to sport, so GCSE PE is perfect for him. It isn’t all practical sports lessons. The majority of lessons (I think 60% of them) are theory lessons. GCSE practical...

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The GCSE options
Feb13

The GCSE options

The time has come for my younger son to take his GCSE options. Since my eldest did his options three years ago, a lot has changed. When my eldest did his GCSEs, only maths and English were on the new 9 to 1 gradings. By the time my younger son takes his exams in two and a bit years, it will be the third year with all subjects graded 9 to 1. At my son’s school, there are six core subjects which everyone has to do, which is...

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The long jump and the high jump
May16

The long jump and the high jump

Last year, my younger son discovered he had a talent for long jump. He managed to jump over four metres on his very first jump. So this year he was clearly first choice for long jump at sports day. And with no willing volunteers, and nobody good at high jump in his house, his classmates nominated him to take part in the high jump too. He was pretty sure he was the underdog and was going to come last. When he got into the car on sports...

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The handball tournament
Apr21

The handball tournament

My younger son does A LOT of sport at school (unlike his sister). Throughout the winter, games lessons mean rugby, but they also have PE lessons. PE varies a bit – they do gymnastics and various other sports. This year, they started playing handball. I don’t know much about handball at all. It’s an indoor team game, which has similarities to netball and basketball, although they shoot into a goal rather than a net....

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A lack of PE
Mar23

A lack of PE

I love our primary school and always have. It’s pretty good academically, the teachers are lovely, the building is fabulous and they really strive to give kids an all-round experience of school. There’s just one thing they’re bad at and it’s been niggling me for years. PE. Sadly it seems there is no statutory requirement to spend a set time on PE, but the advice is for two hours a week. I think my daughter...

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