Physical Education

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introducing physical education

PJEC               HSM, HOD, ic A1 Rugby, Junior Bigside XV, Athletics, Mentor GTP

CPM                HSM, A1 cricket, C1 rugby

SWO               Director of Sport, HSM, 1st XV rugby

JDWR             Course Leader BTEC, Mentor GTP

MWS               Hockey, Ass HSM

LS                   Head of Girls’ Sport, i/c netball

ASH                Hockey / Cricket B1

JDF                 Ic S & C / Football / Athletics

key stage 3 (year 9)

Pupils have two lessons in a two week cycle which focus on introducing them to a variety of sports and increasing their skills and understanding of each activity. This is a practically based course with teaching delivered through discussion and briefings before, during and after practical sessions. Theoretical components that are essential for GCSE Physical Education are also covered through teacher lead discussion.

The first module focuses on movement skills and the transfer of core skills into game situations. Skills such as agility, running biomechanics, co-ordination, space awareness and movement and marking skills are all put under the stress, whilst pupils critically analyse and provide solutions to problems encountered. The second module in the Michaelmas term is swimming, where we dissect Front crawl as a stroke and work on confidence and technique for all levels. We also start looking at basic personal survival and lifesaving ahead of GCSE PE.

In the Lent term pupils follow modules in gymnastics and volleyball. In gymnastics,  pupils learn core skills and techniques in travelling, rotations, balance and flight, whilst improving each other’s trust, co-ordination and kinaesthetic awareness. Pupils explore group work and promote leadership abilities in producing a sequence to encompass all areas learnt. After half term we move onto volleyball. This begins with looking at the basic techniques needed to be successful with the game, as well as strategies within teams to outwit opponents. All pupils will be introduced to the rules of the game and encouraged to think tactically as well as technically on the court; enabling all pupils to play competitively in class.

Finally the summer term is divided into two five week courses beginning with athletics with lessons on effective warm up, track and field events ensuring pupils understand the techniques involved and have the opportunity to practise them. The year ends with pupils studying HRF (Health related fitness). Pupils are educated in the importance of leading a balanced, active, healthy lifestyle are introduced to a variety of training methods including continuous, interval and circuit training as well as the safe use of resistance machines. They will also be taught how to evaluate and monitor fitness and conduct some simple fitness tests.


This course combines practical performance of four sports with the study of the theoretical concepts involved in sport and exercise. The knowledge gained should enable candidates to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. It is also designed to foster enjoyment in physical activity.

50% of marks are allocated to physical performance. Pupils study a range of sports / activities then select four from at least two of the seven categories in the National Curriculum Areas of Activity for assessment. Candidates will be encouraged to improve their ability to plan, perform, analyse and evaluate physical activities and develop their knowledge, skill and understanding of relevant physical activities.

The theory element of the course requires the students to study 4 separate units:

Section 1                     Anatomy and Physiology

Section 2                     Health, fitness and training

Section 3                     Skill Acquisition and Psychology

Section 4         Social, Cultural and Ethical influences

This is examined by way of a 1 hour 45 minutes written paper.

Results 2018 – A* - C – 98% / A* - A – 65%


A-Level Physical Education sees pupils study modules in a number of the different disciplines of sports science and provides an excellent stepping stone for pupils wishing to go on to further study in any branch of the subject. The course is a mixture of theory and practical and pupils are encouraged to apply the theoretical knowledge that they acquire to the improvement of performance.

While GCSE PE gives a good foundation to the A-Level course pupils do not have to have studied the subject at GCSE to take this course. Those who have studied the subject at GCSE should have achieved at least a 6 in the theory paper if they are considering taking the A-Level.

The theory course is split into three areas, all of which are taught over the two years:

Physiological Factors affecting Performance (30%)

This is further divided into three sections, applied anatomy & physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. Pupils are taught about the main body systems, how they respond to exercise and how energy is supplied during exercise. In the second year they study nutrition and training theory and are expected to apply this knowledge to the improvement of their own performance. In biomechanics pupils look at concepts such as force, fluid mechanics and projectiles.

Psychological Factors affecting Performance (20%)

In this section as well pupils study the effects of the mind on sporting performance considering topics such as motivation, personality, leadership and group dynamics. They also look in detail at the concept of skill and how we learn and develop skill in sport.

Socio-cultural issues in Physical Activity and Sport (20%)

This sections considers the role of sport in today’s society and looks at how sport has developed over time into the global phenomenon that it is today.

Performance in Physical Education (30%)

In the practical element of the course pupils are assessed as a performer or coach in one activity and in their ability to analyse and improve performance.

Results 2018 – A* - C – 100% / A* - A – 22%