Physical Education

Key Stage 3 Core PE

Throughout their learning at Key Stage 3 our students develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and personalised ideas to perform successfully. They are given opportunities to analyse and make decisions as well as reflect upon their own and others’ performances and provide ways in which they can develop and improve upon them.

Throughout the year Students take part in 2, 1 hour lessons each week. They have 8, 1 hour lessons on each activity which are taught on an 8 week rotation.

The areas of activity are:

  • Athletics
  • Health Related Fitness
  • Games (Invasion) – Football, Rugby, Hockey, Handball, Netball and Basketball
  • Games (Net/wall) – Table Tennis and Badminton
  • Games (Striking and Fielding) – Cricket, Rounders and Softball
  • Trampolining
  • Dance

These activities are delivered throughout the school year and after 4 weeks of activity pupils are formally assessed on their practical performance.
Students at Key Stage 3 are taught in grouped ability classes (sets) so that each student receives the best possible personalised learning. The sets are not ‘rigid’ and students move within the groups according to their attainment/performance throughout the year.

Key Stage 4 Core PE

Students in KS4 continue to receive 1 x 50 minute lesson of PE each week. However, Students may choose to opt for the GCSE/BTEC PE course which offers them an additional 2 lessons of PE per week. In the Core PE Curriculum lesson students follow the National Curriculum and have a wide and varied choice of activities to follow. These include:

  • Health Related Fitness
  • Trampolining
  • Games (Net/wall) – Badminton, Basketball, handball, volleyball, table tennis and Volleyball
  • Games (Striking and Fielding) – Cricket, Rounders and Softball


Students will follow the AQA Syllabus. It will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Students will also gain understanding of how physical activities benefit health, fitness and well-being.

Practical Assessment (30%)

The purpose of this component is to test students’ skills in a range of practical performances. Students will be required to perform in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer. They will be required to demonstrate their skills in isolation/unopposed situations and demonstrate their skills in a formal/competitive situation while under pressure.

Students must perform three different physical activities from the exam boards list

  • One team activity
  • One individual activity
  • One activity of their choice, either a team or individual


Personal Exercise Programme (10%)

The purpose of this component is to assess students’ skills in analysing and evaluating performance through a personal exercise programme (PEP) in order to improve/optimise performance in a chosen physical activity. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training, relevant methods of training and use of data in order to analyse and evaluate their PEP. The PEP will cover a six- to eight-week period.


Written Assessment (60%)

Students will have two written examinations, one 1hr 45 minutes, the other 1hr 15minutes. The assessment consists of multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended writing questions.


Paper 1 – 1hr 45

This component assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of the factors underpinning physical activity and sport performance. Students will develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis and physical training so that they can use this knowledge to analyse and evaluate performance and devise informed strategies for improving/optimising their own practical performance.


Paper 2 – 1hr 15

This component assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of the factors underpinning participation and performance in physical activity and sport. Students will develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being and how these can impact on their own performance.



KS4 BTEC Sport First Award

Throughout the 2 year programme pupils will study four units which will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the work place.

Students are expected to produce evidence in either of the following:

  • written reports, graphs, posters
  • projects, project plans
  • time-constrained practical assessments
  • audio-visual recordings of portfolio, sketchbook, a working logbook
  • Presentations

This BTEC First Award has three units that are assessed internally and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks externally. Each unit is worth 25% of the course.

Year 10

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Training for Personal Fitness

Year 11

  • Practical Sports performance
  • Leading Sports Activities

Extra Curricular

Our extra-curricular timetable is extensive and seasonal. We change activities in line with the curriculum, offering pupils further opportunities to develop their learning and physical literacy.


MON GCSE Revision (T3)

Table Tennis


Table Tennis


TUES Y7 & 8 Rounders Dance

All years Girls Rounders


THURS Y9 & 10 Rounders

Table Tennis


GCSE Intervention (T3)

Cycle Maintenance


FRI  Rounders

Table Tennis

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