Faculty blog – What is PACE?

People sometimes ask us, ‘what is PACE?’ Well, it stands for Physical and Creative Education, and our faculty consists of physical education, drama and music.

In music students will receive one music lesson per week at key stage 3 and have the option of choosing BTEC music at key stage 4. Students will study various styles and genres through instrumental and vocal workshops.

We provide opportunities for students to take music lessons in guitar, woodwind, drums, singing, strings and piano, at a small cost (this can be arranged through the academy – call us if you are interested in booking).

Students will receive one lesson per week on drama at key stage 3 and can choose drama at GCSE. They will experience performing, writing for the stage and develop a wide variety of personal and social skills in the work they do. We find that students often become more confident, better at working in teams, problem solving, and develop their emotional intelligence. Students have access to a wide variety of stimulus such as scripts, poetry, music and art work to support their studies, and we put learning into context with visits to events, theatres and invite a range of guests in to provide workshops and inspiring talks.

Additionally, an exciting landmark in the National calendar is always our academy production – this year we want you to ‘be our guest’ as students perform ‘Beauty and the Beast’, running for three nights between 11-13th February 2019 – tickets will go on sale after October half term.

Physical education
National have a great sporting reputation, and students explore a variety of activities from handball to rugby during lessons. Physical education (PE) supports students’ competence and confidence to get involved in physical activity that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of their time at the academy.

PE is great in developing physical and personal skills, and we aim to nurture talent and provide opportunities for students to try new activities. Everything we do promotes the value of lifelong healthy, active lifestyles, with students learning about decision making, communication, situation analysis, teamwork and self-belief.

Students work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Outside of the ‘classroom’
Students often take part in sports outside of the academy day as part of our wide range of enrichment sessions. This can be just for fun, or competitively, and during the last year we have achieved some brilliant sporting success, including:

  • Year 8 girls’ football – County Cup winners and semi-finalists in English Schools competition
  • Year 7 girls’ basketball – county champions
  • Year 7 and 8 girls’ tag-rugby – county champions
  • Inclusive multi-sports – Ashfield district winners
  • KS4 basketball – county runners-up
  • Year 8 girls handball – county runners-up
  • Year 7 girls’ football – semi-final in County Cup
  • Year 10 girls’ handball – 4th place
  • KS4 trampolining – 4th place
  • Year 7 and 8 boys’ rugby – 4th place
  • Year 8 boys’ – last 16 of English Schools football

Get in touch…
If you have any questions about the PACE curriculum, ways for students and parents to get involved, or would like to ask about extra-curricular opportunities, please drop Miss Hall, our faculty head, an email at mhall@nationalce-ac.org.uk or visit www.nationalce-ac.org.uk/PACE_faculty

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