“In my judgment, physical fitness is basic to all forms of excellence and to a strong, confident nation.”
— Robert Kennedy
All Key Stage 3 (KS3) classes are taught single sex. Students receive typically two hours of curriculum time each week; one hour PE and one hour Games. Students follow a varied curriculum that develops their social, mental and physical well-being. Programmes of study develops physical fitness as well as skill acquisition to prepare students for the demands of the sports that are taught.
The PE curriculum is designed to look at three key areas:
These are underpinned by the aim to:
The sports typically delivered at Key Stage 3 are:
Football, Rugby, Netball, Orienteering, Cross Country, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders, Softball.
Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Fitness, Dodgeball.
All students identify their strengths and weaknesses by completing and recording fitness tests throughout the Key Stage. Their results are recorded by them which enables students to reflect on their own progress. Fitness testing allows students an opportunity to evaluate their own performance and appreciate their physical abilities, how they compare to other students and how they can improve their physical condition.
Students typically follow programmes of study that mirror and extend KS3 provision. Students receive one hour of curriculum time each week. They are able to extend their skills in sports that they have experienced in KS3 and follow a number of sports that are new to them.
Sports typically followed in KS4 also include the following and are also followed on occasions in KS3;
Squash, Yoga, Cycling, Trampolining, Tchoukball, Zumba, Exercise to Music, Bowls, Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Table Tennis, Short Tennis.
Edexcel GCSE Physical Education (PE)
This course is the equivalent of one GCSE and is studied over Years 10 and 11. It combines a practical element with two terminal exams at the end of Year 11. A practical moderation and final performance is conducted in April / May of Year 11. Students follow a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) in the Autumn term of Year 11, which is designed by each student. Due to the practical nature of the course and the strong science components involved it must be stressed that this course is a step up in content and challenge from KS3 core PE. It is nonetheless an involved and interesting extension of work done in KS3. Success in GCSE PE relies upon; a keen interest in sport, a strong desire to ‘be the best you can be’, good practical performance skills and a good record of kit/organisation.
GCSE Physical Education – (Edexcel)
This qualification is optional at Key Stage 4 and studied over Years 10 and 11. It has 4 components;
1. Paper 1 is a theory based unit all about anatomy and physiology of the body with links to physical activity and exercise. This element is worth 36% of the final grade.
2. Paper 2 is also a theory based unit all about health, fitness and well-being. This element is worth 24% of the final grade.
3. Practical Performance. Students are assessed in 3 sports from a set list of sports. One sport is from a list of team games, one is from a list of individual pursuits and the final can be from either list. This element is worth 30% of the final grade.
4. Personal Exercise Programme (PEP). Students plan, design, carry out, monitor and evaluate a 6 week exercise programme. This element is worth 10% of the final grade.
It must be stressed that GCSE PE is not just an extension of core PE. It is a significant step up from the work carried out in Key Stage 3. As 60% of the qualification is theory based learning students will spend two thirds of their time in the classroom preparing for the two exams they have to sit at the end of the course. The final third of lessons will be improving their sporting talents, completing their exercise programme and using practical activities to develop knowledge on the theory of sport.
Success in GCSE PE relies upon; good literacy skills, good organisational skills, a keen interest in sport, good learning conduct and a strong desire to ‘be the best you can be’.
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