Physical Education

Head of Department - Mr D Elleston

Lower School

Outline of Subject 

We teach a very broad curriculum that gives all students the opportunity to succeed and experience new activities. We mainly teach in mixed tutor groups in the Lower school with some lessons taught in single sexed classes. In the Upper school classes are mainly single sex classes. The emphasis is for students to have fun whilst learning!

Skill Development 

We have a very broad curriculum which aims to develop physical skills to take part in:

  • Invasion games e.g. Football, Netball Hockey, Basketball

  • Net games e.g. Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis

  • Fitness e.g. Circuit training, Continuous training, Aerobics

  • Summer sports e.g. Rounders, Softball, Cricket, Athletics.

    We also aim to develop students mental and social skills as they have to learn to work with others, solve problems, be creative, explore different ideas, and push themselves.

Assessment Styles 

Practical assessment is continuous for every activity during the unit of work, as well as at the end.

Assessment grade is holistic; based on the ability:

  • to develop skills

  • to evaluate & improve performance

  • to make and apply decisions

  • to adopt different roles & responsibilities

  • to lead a healthy, active lifestyle

  • to develop physical and mental capacity

Additional Information

Extra-curricular activities are available in a wide variety of sporting activities at break, lunchtime and after school. These are advertised on notice boards and promoted through the daily bulletin to students.

Upper School

Physical Education (Core)

Exam Board: Not applicable as non-examined

Outline of Subject

In Years 10 & 11 all students are required by the National Curriculum to participate in Physical Education (PE) as a core subject.  They will be taught for one double period of PE a week.

Course Content

Skill Development

We have a very broad curriculum that aims to develop physical skills to take part in:

  • Invasion games e.g. Football, Netball Hockey, Basketball

  • Net games e.g. Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis

  • Fitness e.g. Circuit training, Continuous training, Aerobics

  • Summer sports e.g. Rounders, Softball, Cricket, Athletics.

We also aim to develop students mental and social skills as they have to learn to work with others, solve problems, be creative, explore different ideas, and push themselves.

Assessment

Practical assessment is continuous. You will be assessed on your performance as an individual and as a member of a team. You will be assessed on learning new skills and improving your level of ability; your knowledge and understanding of rules and regulations; your ability to analyse and improve performance; and your ability to plan and evaluate a safe health related exercise programme.

Additional Information

Extra-curricular activities are available in a wide variety of sporting activities at break, lunchtime and after school. These are advertised on notice boards and promoted through the daily bulletin to students.

Physical Education

Exam Board: AQA GCSE Physical Education

Outline of Subject

GCSE PE is now 60% theory and 40% practical. It will require students to be very academic as well as accomplished sports people. Over the 2 years students will learn aspects mainly of physiology, psychology and health. Students will learn how to apply this knowledge on paper and physically. Students will also maintain good levels of health and fitness to perform in games and activities to a high standard.   

Course Content

Skill Development

Practical - We aim to develop skills in the following activities:

  • Invasion games e.g. Football, Netball Hockey, Basketball

  • Net games e.g. Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis

  • Summer sports e.g. Swimming, Cricket, Athletics.

Theory - Students will learn the course content over 18 months and will be given the skills to answer long, short and multiple choice questions. Lessons and revision sessions and homework will develop exam technique and how to answer exam style questions.

Assessment

Practical: You will be assessed in 3 activities: 1 team and 1 individual activity as well as another team OR individual activity.  This will be 40% of your final grade

Theory: You will complete 2 written exam papers of 1hour 15 minutes. This will be 60% of your final grade

Additional Information

To do well in in GCSE PE you must: 

  • Be doing extra-curricular activities or maintaining an excellent level of fitness in school or outside of school.

  • Have a good understanding of science, particularly biology from Key Stage 3.

  • Be regular and accomplished sports people, playing for teams inside or outside of school.THIS IS A MUST!

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