Physical Education

Subject Overview

In Physical Education our main aim is for students to experience a range of activities and roles within sport to enable them to develop an enthusiasm for leading active and healthy lifestyles.  Through the medium of sport, students will develop problem-solving and communication skills along with technical development.  Students will have the opportunity to undertake personal fitness challenges and take a lead in developing their own training, as they progress through the key stages.  Examination PE at GCSE and A Level provides the avenue for those students who are passionate about sport and wish to study it in greater depth.

Mr Scott Kennedy

Subject Leader for PE

Miss Connie Smith

Student Achievement Manager for PE

Mrs Jo Cook

PE Teacher

Mrs Hannah Duggan

PE Teacher

Mr Janek Maciejewski

PE Teacher

Mr James Sturla

PE Teacher

Mrs Ruth Whittaker

PE Teacher

Key Stage 3

At KS3 we follow an inclusive timetable regarding gender, with the aim being to maximise exposure across a range of sporting activities. During this time, students will look to develop a range of key/core skills in various games and activities, whilst also being given the opportunity to perform alternative roles within the lesson.  In addition to the core skills, students will develop decision-making processes in order to show problem-solving skills, and develop their ability to apply basic tactics and strategies to various sporting situations.

Key Stage 4

In PE at KS4, we look to build on KS3 core skills and tactical abilities with a view to providing a greater understanding of game.  As students develop their knowledge and confidence, they derive greater enjoyment from their ability to both understand and appreciate the activity to a higher level.

We continue to inform and encourage students to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, helping them to build on mental and social skills such as resilience, mental health, independence, co-operation, teamwork and respect.  We are able to offer a wider choice in the KS4 core curriculum, giving students a greater opportunity to find a physical activity they enjoy and wish to continue outside of school.

Key Stage 5

In PE we look to provide an opportunity for both competitive and recreational sporting experiences through the provision of Sixth Form sports teams and a Wednesday enrichment afternoon, when students are independent in their sporting choices.

Year 7 Overview

Students are taught the following topics in Year 7:

  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Badminton
  • Health related fitness
  • OAA
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Softball
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Tennis

Year 8 Overview

Students are taught the following topics in Year 8:

  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Badminton
  • Health related fitness
  • OAA
  • Trampolining
  • Dance
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Softball
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Tennis

GCSE Overview

Students are taught the following topics in Years 9 to 11:

Theory – 60% over overall grade

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Movement Analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Sports Psychology
  • Socio-Cultural Influences
  • Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Practical – 30% of overall grade

Students will be assessed in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).

The list of sports is as follows:

Individual Sports Team Sports
Amateur BoxingAthletics

Badminton (singles) Canoeing/Kayaking Cycling

Dance

Diving

Golf

Gymnastics

Equestrian

Rock Climbing Sculling

Skiing

Snowboarding

Squash

Swimming

Table Tennis Tennis

Trampolining

Association Football Badminton (doubles) Basketball

Camogie

Cricket

Dance

Gaelic Football

Handball

Hockey

Hurling

Lacrosse

Netball

Rowing

Rugby League

Rugby Union

Squash

Table Tennis

Tennis

Volleyball

 

Written Coursework – 10% of overall grade

Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

A-Level Overview

Students are taught the following topics in Years 12 and 13:

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity.

Plus:

Written/verbal analysis of performance.

Currently the PE department offers hockey, netball, athletics, rounders, badminton, football, rugby, cricket, cross country and Girls Active.

We also enter various competitions which complement the curriculum intentions balancing established team sportswith new opportunities where available. Examples of this would include the list above and the continuation of cross country, triathlon and golf events. OAA has been introduced into KS3 to increase our inclusivity as a department.

Promoting of county and club level sports by recommending students for selection at that level – rugby, cross country, athletics, football, swimming, netball, hockey