Physical Education

The Physical Education Curriculum


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The aim of the Physical education department is to:

Inspire all students, through their experiences in physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to lifelong participation.


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Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Are inspired through their experiences in physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to lifelong participation.
  • Develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad & balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to be enjoyed. 
  • Will learn to develop the important qualities of perseverance, discipline, resilience, communication, collaboration, respect and commitment. 
  • By the end of year 11 will leave school with the knowledge and understanding of how to lead a healthy active lifestyle and appreciate the social, mental, physical benefits sport and exercise can bring.
  • Develop their ‘cultural capital’ through a range of experiences, such as participating in external and internal festivals and competitions.

In KS3 students will be exposed to a broad range of experiences and activities to widen their knowledge of PE, skills of peer assessment, values of sport and they will develop these through their school life time. We adhere to the National Curriculum so students experience team games such as rugby, football, netball, cricket or rounders. They will also engage in racket sports such as tennis and badminton. In addition, students will experience aesthetic activities such as gymnastics and dance. Students will also learn more of the importance of fitness and the short and long term impact on the body systems within a Health and Fitness unit. We also place great emphasis on the sport of athletics where students can strive to achieve their personal bests whether it be at a class level or representing the county at the National championships. We invest a great deal of time into school sport with a large number of students representing the school across a wealth of sports and encouraging the elite athletes to fulfil their potential.

By KS4, if the timetable permits, students are given a choice of activities that they hopefully will continue forward into their lives after they leave school. This includes time spent in the Fitness studio where students develop their own six week Fitness plan. In Year 10, students are also offered the opportunity to follow the nationally recognised Junior Sport Leadership Award. Students can also opt to take either GCSE Physical Education or the Cambridge Nationals OCR Sports Studies course with a number of our students furthering  their studies in this area when they go on to college or sixth form. In time, we hope that students  will promote the benefits of sport and exercise to the next generation.


During Year 7 students will;

  • Be given opportunities to explore different ways of preparing for exercise in a number of different activities.  
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the three parts to an exercise session and be confident in using key terms (e.g. dynamic stretching).
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of key components in fitness and are exposed to different fitness testing methods beginning to link them to various sporting activities.  
  • Understand  the immediate effects of exercise, confidently using key terms to describe the effects. 
  • Be given opportunities to appreciate the social and mental benefits of exercise, and be able to articulate what these are.
  • Be provided with a number of different sporting activities with competitive elements and exposed to values of sportsmanship and fair play in  a wide-range of different activities and challenged to fulfil their potential.

During Year 8 students will;

  •  Be able to lead small groups through an activity specific warm-up and tailor these according to the sport / activity (e.g. football - striker). 
  •  Be able to confidently use key terms to justify their warm-up. 
  •  Develop our students’ knowledge and understanding of the key components in fitness and ability to evaluate the importance of these in different sports.
  • Develop an understanding of character passport traits that are fundamental in PE such as resilience, determination, perseverance, creativity.
  • Be given opportunities to appreciate the social and mental benefits of exercise, and be able to articulate what these are using key terms and be able to link these to everyday life. 
  • Explore how heart rates and breathing rates are affected by exercise.
  •  Develop their  social awareness of working with students with a variety of different ability levels and enhance their leadership abilities through activities taught. 
  • Show tactical awareness in competitive games and understand ways of outwitting opponents.

During Year 9 students will;

  • Analyse their performances and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses across a range of activities.
  • Develop their understanding of the longer-term physical effects of exercise, making explicit links to various body systems (e.g. cardiovascular system).
  • Be given the opportunity to take on more leadership and officiating roles.
  • Articulate which components of fitness are required for various sports and positions.
  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through both team and individual games.

During Years 10 & 11 students will;

  • Have the opportunity to undertake the Junior Sports Leader Award.
  • Experience time in the Fitness Suite coordinating their own fitness programmes.
  • Specialise in a smaller number of activities developing their knowledge of tactics, rules and implementing game plans to outwit opposition.
  • Explore more advanced skills in specific activities eg. rotation in discus.
  • Show sportsmanship and good etiquette in sporting situations.
  • Specialise in a particular role in a team sport or focus on more recreational activities such as fitness-based activities and/or activities such as benchball, badminton.

GCSE Physical Education

Students can opt to undertake the two year AQA GCSE PE course. This is broken down into the following areas;

Paper 1 - Applied anatomy & physiology, Movement analysis, Physical training (30%)

Paper 2 - Sports psychology, Socio-cultural influences, Health, fitness & well-being (30%)

Analysis of Performance  (10%)

Three assessed practical sports - one team, one individual, one other (30%)


Cambridge Nationals OCR Sports Studies

Students can opt to undertake the two year Sports Studies course. This is broken down into four units, each worth 25% of the final grade.

RO51 - Contemporary Issues in Sport

RO52 - Developing sports skills

RO53 - Sports Leadership

RO54 - Sport & the media


Assessment in PE is continuous. Through questioning,  students show their understanding of techniques, tactics, rules through both self and peer assessment. In Years 7, 8 & 9  students complete an Assessment booklet at the end of each unit of activity, self assessing in a range of strands. The class teacher also assesses each student according to each strand which is then used to gauge an overall grade. Due to the new GCSE being 70% theory, we have introduced some longer-answer style questions which students complete allowing them an insight to the expectations of the exam course. We hope to introduce a new assessment system on google allowing for the opportunity of students completing part of this at home.

In the GCSE , students will be assessed in their chosen three sports throughout the course. Core PE will be used and students performing at a high level are encouraged to provide video analysis competing against similar standard opposition. A moderation sample will be selected by an external moderator to confirm the accuracy of the distributed grades. 

The AoP Analysis will take place in the spring term with the Evaluation taking place in the autumn term of year 11. The students will sit a mock paper in year 10 and two further mocks in year 11 covering both papers. These will provide students and staff opportunities to identify gaps in learning and to develop a greater understanding of the Assessment Objectives.

In the Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies course, students will sit a mock paper for the RO51 unit in April before undertaking the exam in the summer of year 10. Students will have been studying the Sports Leaders course in year 10 and will be entered for this module in the November series of year 11. The January series of year 11 will be used to enter students for the Developing Sports skills unit with the Sport & media module being entered for in June year 11.