Physical Education

We are passionate about Physical Education and Sport. We offer a broad and varied curriculum with the aim of developing a life long sporting interest in physical activity. The varied curriculum gives students the opportunity to shine in an array of activities and develop physical confidence. We pride ourselves on our thriving extra curricular programme and attempt to offer competitive sporting opportunities to all.

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KS3

Subject Objective

We are passionate about Physical Education and Sport. We offer a broad and varied curriculum with the aim of developing a life long sporting interest in physical activity. The varied curriculum gives students the opportunity to shine in an array of activities and develop physical confidence. We pride ourselves on our thriving extra curricular programme and attempt to offer competitive sporting opportunities to all.

Subject Objective

All pupils in Years 7 to 9 receive 2 one-hour lessons per week. The pupils engage in a variety of different sports, from traditional games such as Football, Gymnastics, Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Netball through to less common activities like, Tchoukball  and Leadership. Each year the pupils will build on their knowledge from the previous year so that they can develop their skills and ability levels. PE is taught in single and mixed sex classes throughout all of KS3. Pupils are assessed in a variety of ways upon entering the school and are then placed into ability-appropriate groups. In order to maximise learning and skill development, pupils are taught a sport for a series of lessons before moving onto another activity. The PE department wants to create opportunities for all students to develop physically socially and emotionally in a sporting setting.

KS4

Why should I study this subject?

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about what makes a fantastic sportsperson. The course will look at the human body and how to make it work more effectively through training. The course will also focus upon how the mind can impact performance and how to overcome potential barriers to success. The course will link these concepts and showcase how being physically, socially and emotionally healthy allows optimum sporting performance. If you are enthusiastic and passionate about sport then this is the course for you.

What will I study?

You will learn about the following content:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology – structure and function of body systems.
  • Biomechanics – Movement analysis through lever systems and axes.
  • Physical training- How we train our body to optimize sporting performance.
  • Use of data- How we can use data to drive improvement in our performance.
  • Sports psychology – How we use our mind to improve our performance.
  • Socio-cultural influences- What factors impact our participation and how to overcome them.
  • Health, fitness and well-being – How to be happy and healthy in physical activity
  • Deviance in Sport- Drugs and gamesmanship
  • Commercialistaion- the relationship between sport and the media

How will I be assessed?

Examination (60%):

There are 2 exam papers with a mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions:

Paper 1: Fitness and Body Systems (1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 36% of your total GCSE)

Paper 2: Health and Performance (1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 24% of your total GCSE)

Practical Performance (30%):

You will be assessed across 3 practical sports.

You can perform in:

  • One individual activity (Athletics, Tennis, Badminton etc)
  • One Team (Football, Rugby, Netball etc)
  • Then you select another activity from either a team or an individual activity

Coursework (10%)

The final 10% is a Personal Exercise Plan (PEP) which is a 1500 word written piece of coursework.

What skills will I learn?

You will develop numerous skills including communication, leadership, teamwork and an ability to refine and develop sporting technique.

What equipment will I need?

You will need full PE kit and your normal classroom equipment.

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

All aspects of character and culture are covered within PE:

  • Diversity – through how we look at potential sporting barriers
  • Inclusion – How we develop this in our society
  • Leadership – through leading activities
  • Well Being – How we develop mental, physical and emotional well being through physical activity.
  • How to lead a healthy lifestyle through training, Diet and Nutrition
  • Stress management techniques to refocus your mind
  • How drugs impact on performance and how the side effects impact on your life
  • How sport helps to develop positive values and characteristics
  • Aspirations – How we plan to improve performance through goal setting

Where can this subject take me?

The Physical Education GCSE will provide a good platform for further study in A-Level / Degree courses in hope of career opportunities in:

  • Health industry
  • Personal Training
  • Medicine
  • Sports Coaching
  • Refereeing
  • Performance analyst
  • Teaching
  • Physiotherapist

Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.

Where can I find out more?

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

The Curriculum Team

Mr T Carroll
Teacher of Physical Education
Miss L Hodgkiss
Teacher of Physical Education / Sport
Mr T Machin
Assistant Subject Leader of Physical Education/Sport
Mrs A Maddock
Leader of Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)
Miss H Rockliff
Assistant Headteacher
Miss K Scorer
Teacher of Physical Education / Sport
Mr I Taylor
Director of Physical Education/Sport
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