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Physical Education

Physical Education develops students’ physical competence and confidence and their ability to use skill learnt in a range of different activities. It promotes physical skilfulness, physical development and a knowledge of the body in action.

Physical Education provides opportunities for students to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles.

Students learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process students discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make informed choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.

Course Offerings

Course Title Qualifications Obtainable Awarding Body
Key Stage 4 Courses
Physical Education GCSE AQA
Key Stage 5 Courses
A Level Physical Education A Level AQA

 

Year 7
Curriculum Content: In year 7 students study a wide variety of both competitive and non-competitive activities. These include a range of games from netball, hockey and football to rounders in the summer term. Students are also taught individual disciplines including gymnastics, dance and athletics. Students have the opportunity to participate in inter-house sport which promotes competition and team work. This also gives pupils the chance to compete with and against their peers in an attempt to gain house points. In addition to this the school offers a variety of extracurricular clubs throughout the school year. These are open to all abilities and provide students with the opportunity of playing for the school team, where they will be involved in travelling to other schools for fixtures and tournaments.
Year 8
Curriculum Content: In year 8 students study a wide variety of both competitive and non-competitive activities. These include a range of games from netball, hockey and football to rounders in the summer term. Students are also taught individual disciplines including gymnastics, dance and athletics. In year 8 pupils also take part in outdoor adventurous activities (OAA), this includes orienteering, team building, and problem solving tasks. Inter-house competitions continue throughout year 8, providing students with a chance to play against other houses in competition for house points. In addition to this the school offers a variety of extracurricular clubs. These are open to all abilities and provide students with the opportunity of playing for the school team, where they will be involved in travelling to other schools for fixtures and tournaments.
Year 9
Curriculum Content: In year 9 students continue to study a range of both competitive and non-competitive activities, as the students’ progress through the school their skill level and depth of knowledge of each sporting activity increases. In year 9 students are provided with the option to extend their knowledge through the academic/theory elements of PE with the option of taking it as a GCSE.

The GCSE Physical Education option offers students the opportunity to follow both the practical element (30%) and the theory of PE (70%). This course gives students an insight into the health, fitness and the factors affecting performance and the social and cultural factors affecting participation through sport and PE. Due to the course being practical pupils who wish to study this subject must have very good Physical Education grades from KS 3 and they must also currently compete at a high school level or compete outside of school in fixtures and/or competitions.

Students who take the GCSE course have to opportunity to go on organised trips to sporting venues. In the past students have visited the London2012 Olympic site and attended International sports fixtures.

Year 10
Curriculum Content: In year 10 all students continue to participate in core PE. In addition to the sports studied in previous years these students will experience Health Related Fitness (HRF) and tennis during the summer term. HRF provides students with a knowledge and understanding of healthy, active lifestyles. Pupils will plan and carry out exercise programmes utilising a range of training methods. Those students taking GCSE will continue their both their practical and theory studies in preparation for their final assessments.
More Information: AQA Website
Year 11
Curriculum Content: In year 11 all students continue to participate in core PE. The range of activities covered is the same of that in year 10; however at the stage the students are encouraged to take on leadership roles. Students will learn about the different roles adopted within sport, whether this is through officiating a game or organising and coaching a sports team. Within their core PE lessons students will work together to organise, run and officiate mini tournaments alongside their peers. Those students taking GCSE will continue both their practical and theory studies in preparation for their final assessments.
More Information: AQA Website
Year 12
Curriculum Content: In year 12 students can study the A Level Physical Education option. It offers the students the ability to build and develop their experience and knowledge from Key Stage 4 to enhance their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in PE.

The course is aimed to develop the students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work. The A level course is (70%) theory and (30%) practical. The theory aspect of the course is very challenging and its classification is Science. In depth aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are learnt in relation to the human body and the world of sport. Pupils will need to have achieved a grade B in GCSE Physical Education or grade B in GCSE Science to be accepted onto the course. Practically to obtain a good grade pupil will need to be competing externally to school in their chosen sport.

The content of the course includes:

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Skill acquisition
  3. Sport and society
  4. Exercise physiology
  5. Biomechanical movement
  6. Sport psychology
  7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

The examination is split into two papers which the pupils sit at the end of year 13.

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology

Section B: Skill acquisition

Section C: Sport and society

Written exam: 2 hours

35% of A-level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

Section A: Excercise physiology and biomechanics

Section B: Sport psychology

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Written exam: 2 hours

35% of A-level

The Non-examined aspect of the course is worth 30% and the content is as follows:

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.

Plus:

Written/verbal analysis of performance.

Internal assessment, external moderation

30% of A-level

There are extracurricular opportunities available to the A Level students; this includes the school’s annual involvement in volunteering at the London Marathon.

More Information: AQA Website
Year 13
Curriculum Content: Students in Year 13 will begin the second year of their A Level in Physical Education. For details please see the Year 12 section above.
IB
Curriculum Content: Examination 76%/IA: 24%

The SEHS course incorporates the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sport, exercise and health.

A combination of syllabus content and experimental work provides the opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and analyse human performance.

The SEHS course has strong international dimensions such as international sporting competition and the international bodies that regulate them. Ethical issues that exist within sporting competitions are considered.

The comprehensive curriculum provides excellent preparation for university courses including those specifically related to Sport, Sports Science or Physical Education.