Aim of the subject
To deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in sport and other physically-demanding activities. To provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. To provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Our programme of study aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
• are physically active for sustained periods of time
• engage in competitive sports and activities
• lead healthy, active lives.
Key Stage 3
Pupils will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, and become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.
Pupils will be taught to:
- use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
- analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
- take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
We are currently in the process of redesigning our Key Stage 3 offer in order to ensure that students have the greatest chance for success at GCSE.
Key Stage 4
Pupils will tackle complex and demanding physical activities and get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. We hope that through a wide and varied options programme that students will find an activity that they will continue to participate in long after leaving school.
Pupils will be taught to:
• use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
• develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports,[for example, athletics and gymnastics], or other physical activities [for example, dance]
• take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
• evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
• continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
We are currently introducing the new GCSE (first teaching Sept 2016) PE/Sports Science qualification.
Assessment is 40% Practical and 60% Theory exam.
For the Practical, students are assessed in 3 sports and in their ability to perform and observation and analysis of a fellow performer.
The exam is split over two 1.15 hour papers.
Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 we run BTEC National Sport Level 3 course.
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (Equivalent to 1 A-Level)
BTEC covers the key knowledge and practical skills required for success in the appropriate vocational sector.
We will be studying the following areas;
- Anatomy and Physiology;
- Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being;
- Professional Development in the Sports Industry;
- Practical Sports Performance
For further information please contact Head of Department:
Content updated January 2017