Physical Education

Our aim within PE is to consistently deliver high quality PE lessons that promote the enjoyment of lifelong participation in physical activity. This includes an emphasis on skills used in both PE and the wider world. Lessons focus on students' development of physical attributes, teamwork, attitude and decision making. We want to offer students opportunities to take part in a range of physical activities outside of the classroom to allow them to build positive relationships, challenge themselves physically and develop a state of physical, mental and social well-being.

As a department we want to Enthuse, Empower and Enrich our students' experience of PE.

Key stage 3 (years 7,8 &9)

In year 7 students have two hours of PE per week. This consists of a PE lesson when students are taught in single gender classes within their houses and will experience a range of activities including Movements Skils, Net Wall Games, Aesthetic Activities, Health and Wellbeing and Striking and Fielding activities. These activities rotate on a half term basis. The second lesson each week is year 7 games, this is when the whole year group are taught at the same time in single gender classes. The focus in these lessons is on Traditional Team Games such as Rugby, Lacrosse, Cricket and Rounders. 

In year 8 and 9 lessons are taught in mixed gender classes and grouped by ability. Students have three lessons over a two week timetable and experience a range of activities including Movements Skils, Traditional Team Games, Net Wall Games, Aesthetic Activities, Health and Wellbeing and Striking and Fielding activities.

Our approach to assessment is to provide students with opportunities to reflect on their performances. Formative feedback features in all lessons. Summative assessment occurs at the end of each activity with students being encouraged to reflect on their progress via a Google form. The four main assessment strands are Physical Attributes, Teamwork, Decision Making and Attitude.

Prep is set twice per activity. The tasks set will be research based to 
 consolidate learning from the lesson or to prepare students for future lessons. They are also designed to develop cultural capital and students' wider knowledge of sport and physical activity. Tasks will also allow students to reflect on their learning and progress.

Curriculum Maps

Key stage 4 (years 10 & 11)

Core PE

The Key Stage 4 core programme is designed to give students a wide variety of sports to participate in as well as giving them the option to choose and select their own curriculum. The focus is to promote physical activity and life time sports as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle. Students will be given access to a range of activities through the Key Stage 4 PE options system. In this system students will choose a pathway containing four activities that they will take part in up until Easter. They will then select further activities to complete in the summer term. The activities include Invasion Games, Health and Wellbeing Activities, Alternative Indoor Games, Aesthetic Activities, Net Wall Games and Striking and Fielding Games many of these activities they have already experienced during Key Stage 3. The programme is designed to not only improve performance, but also to allow students to enjoy actively participating in physical activity so that they continue to be physically active when PE ceases to become compulsory. 

Brief Course Content / delivery / Exam Board / Syllabus

GCSE PE

Students opting for Physical Education at GCSE will complete the OCR course. The course comprises three units: 

  • Applied anatomy and physiology Physical Training 
  • Social-cultural influences, Sports psychology, Health fitness and well-being
  • Practical activity assessment Analysing and Evaluating Performance

Assessment …What assessment we undertake in school (and when) …How the course is assessed

Throughout the course students’ progress will be monitored through topic tests and assessments. The three final GCSE assessments are a practical moderation of three chosen activities, a written piece of NEA Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP) and two written examination papers.

Key stage 5 (years 12 & 13)

Sixth Form Games

The Sixth form games programme is designed to give students a recreational sports experience which can help support their physical, social and mental well being. The activities include Invasion Games, Health and Wellbeing Activities, Alternative Indoor Games, Aesthetic Activities, Net Wall Games and Striking and Fielding. The programme is designed to allow students to take ownership of their own physical activity  to enjoy actively participating in physical activity so that they may continue being physically active even when PE ceases to become compulsory. 

A-Level PE

Students opting for Physical Education at GCE will complete the OCR course. The course comprises four units: 

  • Physiological factors affecting performance
  • Psychological factors affecting performance
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Performance in physical education

Assessment …What assessment we undertake in school (and when) …How the course is assessed

Throughout the course students’ progress will be monitored through topic tests and assessments. The four final GCE assessments are a practical moderation of their chosen activity, a verbal presentation Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) and three written examination papers.

A Level summary and curriculum document to be linked here once devised and complete (a task to be outlined and completed at a later date)

Additional Opportunities

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