Physical Education

Key Stage 3

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all students:

•    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.

Students are taught in ability sets in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. The programme of study aims to ensure that students 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 and lead healthy, active lives.

Students are taught to:

•    use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games

•    develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports

•    analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

 

Years 7 and 8

The following activities are followed:

Athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis, gymnastics, netball, dance, fitness, football, basketball, hockey, multi-skills, and badminton.

 

Year 9

In year 9 students have the option of studying GCSE PE, VCERT Health and Fitness, sports leaders UK award or continuing with core physical education. All these qualifications are delivered during core physical education lessons.

Students opting to continue with core physical education take part in the following activities:

Athletics, cricket, softball, rounders, tennis, gymnastics, netball, dance, fitness, football, basketball, hockey, multi-skills and badminton

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PATHWAYS

The PE Department offers different pathways in the subject from Year 9 onwards.

Sports Leaders Level 1 Award

Qualification: Sports Leaders Level 1 Award

Examination Board: Sports Leaders UK

Students will study a variety of modules that will enable them to develop the confidence to lead others. The course is a practical based course whereby students will complete sessions that will develop leadership skills. There are theory based sessions that shall develop students understanding of the qualities, skills and responsibilities of a good leader. Students will develop a variety of communication skills and help improve your self-esteem.

Assessment is primarily made the teacher. Written assignments are marked and graded according to given assessment criteria and practical assignments are also assessed and marked by a teacher. There are six modules that will be studied across the year. These include:

•    Plan, lead and review a sport or activity session

•    Fair play in sport

•    Developing leadership skills

•    The role of the official

•    Lead activities that promote a healthy lifestyle

•    Opportunities in sport and recreation

The final assessment of the course involves students leading a sports festival to local primary schools.

To complete Sports Leaders Level 1, you must be assessed on one hour of leadership.

Core PE

Qualification: Not applicable (Core PE)

Examination Board: Not applicable

The Physical Education curriculum gives students an opportunity to explore a wide range of sports and activities, which enables them to develop techniques, tactics, strategies and performance skills.

By providing an extensive selection of healthy and enjoyable activities, we hope that they will continue to take part in some form of physical activity after they leave school and be inspired to adopt a healthy active lifestyle.

The list below gives some of the sports students may study over the three years:

— Table Tennis — Rounders — Trampolining

— Self Defence — Dance — Handball

— Tag Rugby — Pop Lacrosse — Games Making

— Aerobics — Football — Disability Sport

— Step Aerobics — Softball — First Aid

— Indoor Hockey — Badminton — Invasion Games

— Basketball — Zumba — Hockey

— Fencing — Handball

— Cricket

No exam or controlled assessment.

Health and Fitness

Qualification: VCERT Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness (GCSE equivalent)

Examination Board: NCFE

This qualification is designed to match the rigour and challenge of GCSE study. The qualification is graded at Level 1 Pass/ Merit/ Distinction/ Distinction* and Level 2 Pass/ Merit/ Distinction/ Distinction* (equivalent to GCSE grades 8.5–1).

The study of VCERT Health and Fitness involves understanding the functions of the body systems, understanding the principles of training, knowing how the body reacts in the short- and long-term to fitness activities, understanding how to create and apply lifestyle analysis tools and how to create a fitness programme for a person with specific goals.

There will be a range of key theoretical topics that will be covered including the following:

Applied Anatomy and Physiology; Movement Analysis; Physical training; Use of data; Health, Fitness and Well-being; Sport Psychology and Socio-Cultural Influences.

This course consists of two units. Unit 1 will be an externally examined paper and Unit 2 will be an internally marked but externally moderated synoptic project.

Unit 1: Body systems and principles of training in health and fitness

Written examination (externally assessed) - 40% of the overall qualification

Unit 2: Understanding the effects of health and fitness activities on the body

Synoptic Project (internally assessed and externally moderated) - 60% of the overall qualification

GCSE PE

Qualification: GCSE PE

Examination Board: Edexcel

This GCSE in Physical Education will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.

There will be a range of key theoretical topics that will be covered including the following:

Applied anatomy and physiology; Movement analysis; Physical training; Use of data; Health, fitness and well-being; Sport psychology and Socio-cultural influences

The practical element of the course will consist of students studying and performing in three separate sporting activities, one from each of the following categories:

One team activity; One individual activity; One free choice

This course consists of two externally examined papers and two non-examined assessment components.

Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems

Written examination - 36% of the overall qualification (90 marks available)

Component 2: Health and Performance

Written examination - 24% of the overall qualification (70 marks available)

Component 3: Practical Performance

Non-examined assessment – internally marked and externally moderated - 30% of the qualification (105 marks available - 35 marks per activity)

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)

Non-examined assessment – internally marked and externally moderated - 10% of the qualification (20 marks available)