Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education aims to provide an enjoyable, satisfying and balanced programme, with opportunities for all pupils to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It’s our intention to cultivate pupil’s natural enthusiasm and although enjoyment is high on our list of aims, all areas of work must be taught and not ‘played at’. Lessons should be structured and progressive, and the children should gain their enjoyment as a result of their high effort, hard work, team play and participation.

Our long term goal must be that all pupils will understand the importance of Physical Education and leading a healthy active life style. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. They should leave school with a committed interest in some physical activity, or at the very least have an appreciation of what is involved in skilful performance so that they may become knowledgeable spectators.

 Department aims:
  • 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.
  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs. 

Pupils should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should 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.

The curriculum offers a varied programme of activities for both boys and girls.

KS3 activities include netball, hockey, football, dance, bench ball, dodge ball rugby, gymnastics, trampoline, health related fitness, badminton, short tennis, basketball, orienteering, cricket, rounders and athletics. In year 9, pupils are offered an Leadership, Official and Coach programme as well as the opportunity to help out at local primary schools. 

Pupils should tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.

At KS4, pupils are offered football, netball, hockey, dance, bench ball, dodge ball, table tennis, badminton, cricket, rounder’s, softball and athletics.

PE Options (Year 9 -11)

The physical education classes will consist of pupils who have shown an aptitude and enthusiasm for PE during Key Stage 3. It is important that you have reached a high level of performance by the end of year 8.

You will have ONE practical and TWO theory lessons a week.

Examination Board:  OCR GCSE PE

 How will I be assessed?

 New weighting of 60% Theory (2 one hour exams) and 40% non-examined assessment (Practical).

 You will:

 Have a responsible and independent attitude towards participation in sport.

Have a keen interest in sport and participate in sport within and outside school.

Want to know more about the benefit of sport and exercise.

Want to improve your own performance in a range of sports.


 What will I learn?

Develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities and roles.

Examine effects of exercise and how training can help improve performance.

Identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation in   physical activity.

 Examination Board:  BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

 The course offers students the opportunity to study key areas of Sports Science including Anatomy and Physiology, training and Psychology in sport and performance. Students develop different skills through practical skills such as communication, problem solving, team work and performing under pressure.

 Students are not assessed on their practical ability but rather their understanding of different areas of sport and formulating written findings from practical investigations.

How will I be assessed?

Weighting of 25% exam (Theory) and 75% non-examined centre assessed (written coursework).

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance

Unit 3: The Mind and Sports Performance

Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness