Physical Education helps students understand the importance of having a healthy active lifestyle. They have the opportunity to exercise on a regular basis during curriculum time and are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities. Not only will they improve their fitness and performance but it will allow them to develop their social skills when working in a team.
Students are always at the forefront of everything we do and all staff show passion, commitment and care in providing them with the best opportunities possible. The aim is for them to enjoy taking part in a variety of activities and get into good habits from a young age. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and develop the organisational skills needed to further their career when they leave the academy.
Students should build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2 and become expert in their techniques across a broad range of activities. They will learn the fundamental skills and apply them in small sided games to understand the basic rules and regulations.
Students should also understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. This will develop their confidence and interest to support their involvement in exercise, sports and activities out of school.
At KS3, all students take part in the following sports and activities:
Students will spend longer on each activity within the curriculum (listed below) to develop their understanding of tactics and strategies. They are given the opportunity to analyse their own and others performances compared to previous ones and devise a personal exercise programme.
They develop their leadership qualities and are encouraged to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
7. Health Related Exercise
11. Rugby Union
13. Table tennis
Other areas addressed include;
• Sport specific information
• Principles and methods of training
• Components of fitness
• Influences on a healthy active lifestyle
• Goal setting
Exam Board: Edexcel
Course title and type of qualification: GCSE PE
What will I learn?
GCSE Physical Education is an ideal course for students who enjoy physical education and have a strong interest in the world of sport and exercise.
We use the Edexcel syllabus for GCSE PE. It is made up of three main areas: practical, theory and analysis of performance.
Students are required to offer four performances, in practical contexts, in the role of performer, official or leader. At least two of the four performances must be in the role of player/participant. Performances must be taken from a minimum of two different activity groups.
Students work on improving their practical grades in practical lessons throughout the course. Candidates can be assessed in sports that they do not do in school, such as horse-riding or skiing. These four performances are graded in lessons and are worth 50% of the final grade.
The analysis of performance task is worth 10% of the final grade and is a piece of coursework completed in school. It takes the form of a project where students specialise in 1 activity and develop a deep knowledge of the rules, tactics and skills required in that sport. Students learn to assess their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses in that sport, and also to suggest suitable activities to ensure improvement.
The theoretical element is comprised of a variety of different topics and is worth 40% of the final grade. Some examples of the topics we cover are:
• Influences on healthy, active lifestyles
• Exercise and fitness
• Training methods and principles
• Diet and drugs
• The cardiovascular system
• The respiratory system
• The muscular system
• The skeletal system
Due to the nature of the course, students are expected to have a sound level of understanding and knowledge of rules and tactics of games / activities. Students should also have some level of involvement in extra-curricular sport within, or outside of school.
How will I be assessed?
Candidates will sit an exam at the end of the course that is 1 hour 30 minutes long and is marked out of 80. The exam is made up of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and 2 essay style questions. The result of this exam is worth 40% of their total mark.
Practical performances are assessed by academy staff at regular intervals during the course and are checked by exam board moderators at the end of the course. This part of the course is worth 50% of the total mark.
The analysis of performance is worth 10% of the total mark and is marked by academy staff.
What could I move onto?
The course has a clear transition route from GCSE PE to A-Level PE or Level 3 BTEC (Sport) at Post 16. This is a fantastic course for students who are thinking about a career in sport or other sports-related careers such physiotherapy, dieticians and nutritionists, psychologists etc.