Physical Education

Subject lead: Emma McCardie

This physical education curriculum aims to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Students will have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect; these will be embedded into and encouraged throughout. The curriculum will ensure that all pupils develop competence to engage with and excel in a broad range of physical activities, students will be physically active for sustained periods of time and will be able to engage in competitive sports and activities. All of these features have the ultimate aim of providing all students with the knowledge and skills to lead healthy active lives through life-long participation in sport and physical activity. As a department we recognise the importance of enrichment activities and run clubs after school and during lunchtime in order to encourage all pupils to take part in sports and activities as part of the wider school community.

Key Stage 3:

During KS3 students will focus on developing their technique and improving performance in a wide range of sports including Basketball, Rugby, Hockey, Football, netball, striking and fielding sports, badminton and gymnastics. Students at Key Stage 3 will also focus on the importance of a healthy active lifestyle during the Health Related Fitness unit of work.

Key Stage 4:

At Key Stage 4 students study the BTEC First Award in Sport. The course is delivered through a combination of theory and practical lessons. The course has units that are centre assessed through coursework and practical tasks (internal) and an online examination that Pearson sets and marks (external). This units students will be covering are:

  • Unit 1- Fitness for Sport and Exercise (External)
  • Unit 2- Practical Performance in Sport (Internal)
  • Unit 3- Applying the Principles of Personal Training (Internal Synoptic)
  • Unit 6- Leading Sports Activities (Internal)

Key Stage 5:

In year 12 and 13 students study the level 3 BTEC National Diploma 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, and Fitness training. All other units are assessed internally through coursework and practical based evidence.

Unit 1- Anatomy and Physiology (External)

Unit 2- Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sports and well-being (External)

Unit 3- Professional Development in the Sports Industry (Internal)

Unit 4- Sports Leadership (Internal)

Unit 5- Application of Fitness Testing (Internal)

Unit 6- Sports Psychology (Internal)

Unit 10- Sports Event Organisation (Internal)

Student Leadership:

Students have the opportunity to develop as leaders during both Level 2 and 3 BTEC courses. Student leadership is part of every lesson in PE and students are encouraged to develop their confidence and leadership skills from KS3. Student leaders also have the opportunity to work with primary schools in the community.