Physical Education

We will focus on the individual and offer a wide range of activities including both traditional games and individual pursuits, making full use of the sporting facilities. The following sports will be covered during Key Stage 3:

  • Basketball
  • Health Related fitness (including cross-country)
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Track and Field Athletics
  • Hockey (for girls)/Rugby (for boys)
  • Netball (for girls)/Football (for boys)
  • Rounders (for girls)/Cricket (for boys)
  • Tennis. 

The sport curriculum is all about:

  • individual and team achievement
  • enjoyment
  • participation
  • team spirit
  • excitement.

These objectives may be achieved during both lesson time and extra-curricular activities.  

Year 7  

All Physical Education lessons in Year 7 will be skill based, the emphasis placed upon mastering the basic skills and learning new techniques and activities. 
The aim is:  

  • to relate the knowledge learnt in health related fitness to   different sports
  • to introduce the pupils to basic individual and team skills,   with the emphasis on correct technique
  • to develop tactical awareness
  • to develop understanding of the basic rules of the game,   leading to modified games. 


Year 8

All Physical Education lessons in Year 8 will be skill based, the emphasis placed upon consolidating skills learnt in the previous year and learning more complex and correct techniques. 

Year 9 

Physical Education lessons will have a greater emphasis on strategies and tactics. Emphasis will be placed upon pupils taking the initiative and making decisions about what to do to improve performance. They will start to identify the types of activity they prefer to be involved in, and to take a variety of roles such as leader and official.  

Extra-Curricular Sport

The school has a strong ethos and tradition of extracurricular sport against local and regional schools on a friendly/league basis and nationally on a club basis. Any pupils selected to play for the school are expected to train and play in each fixture. As a department we also offer games related activities such as Aussie Rules, Handball, Table Tennis and Boxing. 

Key Stage 4

Pupils are assessed in the following way:

  • 40% Non-exam assessment
  • 60% External examination

Practical Performance

Pupils will take part in a range of practical activities during the two year course. They will undergo continuous assessment and will also have a practical examination presentation day, where they will be assessed by an external moderator. Pupils are assessed on both their practical ability and their knowledge within each of their chosen activities.

There will be a 40% non-exam assessment (practical performance) of which 30% will be based on students being assessed in the role of player/ performer only and 10% will be analysis and evaluation of performance.

They will take part in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third that can be either a team or an individual activity).

For each of the three activities students will be assessed on: 1. Their skills, and 2. The full context.

In one activity, students are assessed on the analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about personal improvement in physical activity and sport.

External Examination

Topics are divided across two papers, helping students to see which part of the specification they are being assessed on in each exam. Each paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and each accounts for 30% of the total GCSE.

Paper 1 involves examining the human body and movement in physical activity and sport. In this paper you are assessed on: Applied anatomy and physiology, Movement analysis, Physical training, and Use of data in sport.

Paper 2 involves examining the socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. In this paper you will be assessed on: Sports psychology, Socio-cultural influences, Health, fitness and well-being, and Use of data in sport.

A familiar combination of multiple choice, short and extended writing questions will be used across both examination papers.

Why GCSE Physical Education?

GCSE Physical Education is a widely recognised and respected qualification. It should not be regarded as an easy option. Clearly, both physical and academic skills play an important role. Pupils also have the opportunity of going on to study Physical Education to AS and A2 levels here in school. This would be particularly useful for any pupil wishing to go on to study Sports Science, Sports Psychology, Sports Management or Physiotherapy at university, or any pupil aiming for a career within Britain’s largest growth industry: Leisure, Recreation and Sport.

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