Physical Education

PE at Key Stage 3
Groups participate in one 100 minute and one 50 minute lesson across a full week. All pupils complete a range of activities where we aim to develop all students in order to excel in the following:

  • To be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Be engaged in competitive all forms of sport and physical activity
  • To lead healthy active lives

Across the whole of Key Stage 3, students will perform in a broad and balanced curriculum which will be composed of a range of activities suitable to students’ motivation, expertise and the facilities we have at Weavers Academy. Through the activities all pupils will be taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games from the choice of badminton, dodgeball, table tennis basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (largely athletics and gymnastics)
  • Take part in interhouse physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

In all activities students are taught and expected to analyse their performances and then compare them to previous ones. We aim for all students to seek improvement to achieve their personal best in all activities.

As a Faculty we recognise the importance of the extended day and therefore run clubs after school and at lunchtime in order to encourage all pupils to take part in sports and activities as part of the wider school community. We also advertise and link with several local community clubs in order to facilitate our students’ participation in these clubs.

PE at Key Stage 4
In year 10 and 11, all students remain on a selected pathway and rotate through a range of activities. Intervention GCSE groups exists in Year 10 and 11, which aim to raise pupil’s achievement in specific sports and encourage further competition and excellence.
GCSE and BTEC Physical Education groups are taught through a mixture of theory and practical lessons. They both follow the Edexcel Specification. GCSE are assessed on 30% practical ability and 70% theory (exam) ability. BTEC cover 4 units including Coaching and Leadership.

PE at Key Stage 5
In year 12 and 13 students study the level 3 BTEC National Diploma NQF which is the equivalent of 1.5 A-Levels. Assessment is a 1.5 hour written paper and controlled assessment units including Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness training, health and well-being, Professional Development in the Sports Industry, Sports Psychology and Organising a Sports Event. There is also the opportunity to complete a Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership. This is run alongside the BTEC and is an extra qualification and is worth UCAS points