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Physical Education - Key Stage 3

All students have two compulsory one-hour lessons in core Physical Education. Students develop their performance and knowledge in a wide range of physical activities, including athletic activities, dance activities, games activities, gymnastic activities and swimming activities. Students work in both mixed and single gender groups.

Fitness and exercise activities and health education are an important element of the PE curriculum and students experience different ways to exercise.

Students learn to develop their ability to undertake different roles within sport and physical activity, such as leader, coach, official and choreographer. Competitive inter-form festivals and special performances of classwork provide all students with the opportunity to produce special performances in a challenging but friendly event.

A host of school clubs, teams and special events provide opportunities for students to extend their participation in physical activity.

Physical Education - Key Stage 4 & GCSE

CORE PE non-examination

All students continue to have two compulsory one-hour lessons in core Physical Education. Students continue to develop their performance and knowledge in a wide range of physical activities, including athletic activities, dance activities, games activities, gymnastic activities, and swimming activities. Students continue to work mainly in single-gender groups.

Fitness and exercise activities and health education remain an important element of the PE curriculum, and students continue to experience different ways to exercise.

Students also continue to develop their ability to undertake different roles within sport and physical activity, such as leader, coach, official, and choreographer. Competitive inter-form festivals and special performances of class work provide all students with the opportunity to produce special performances in a challenging but friendly event.

A host of school clubs, teams and special events continue to provide opportunities for students to extend their participation in physical activity.

Further information is available from the head of department.

GCSE PE - OCR J587

The GCSE PE course requires students to develop their knowledge and understanding of physical education, physical activity and the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, both through classroom study and through practical performance.

Students have two one-hour GCSE PE lessons, in addition to their two compulsory one-hour lessons in core PE. One lesson each week is in a classroom, with written homework set on a weekly basis. Students should already enjoy their PE lessons and have an interest in studying about the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
In GCSE PE students work in mixed-gender groups.

Course content and assessment

Assessment
01-Physical Factors Affecting Performance
A formal written examination (1 hour)
This is worth 30% of the final GCSE grade
Content
Students will learn about the skeletal system; the muscular system; the respiratory system; the cardiovascular system; short and long-term effects of an active, healthy lifestyle; aerobic and anaerobic exercise and training; components of fitness; principles of training and prevention of injury.

Assessment
02- Socio-cultural Issues and Sport Psychology
A formal written examination (1 hour)
This is worth 30% of the final GCSE grade.

Content
Students will learn about participation levels of sport in th UK; commercialisation of sport; ethics in sport; drugs in sport; violence in sport; characteristics of skilful movement; goal setting; Health, fitness and wellbeing; diet and nutrition. ,

Assessment
03- Performance in Physical Education
Three practical performances
One Controlled Assessment – Evaluating and Applying Performance (EAP)
This is worth 40% of the final GCSE Grade

Content
Students will be assessed in three sporting activities. At least one of the performances must be in a team activity and at least one must be an individual activity. You cannot be assessed in the same sport twice e.g. Table Tennis as an individual and as a team performance.  As well as this students will also complete an ‘Evaluating and Applying Performance’ written task.  Here students will need to evaluate the performance of a sportsperson, identify strengths and weaknesses and explain how they would improve the performance level using a range of different techniques.

Physical Education - A Level


Course - OCR (H154, H554)

For more information please see the document downloads on the Sixth Form section of our site

Physical Education - Useful Links
  • BBC Bitesize Revision - A great revision site
  • Basketball - British Basketball website
  • Cricket - Cricket information on the net
  • FIFA - World football site
  • Fitness - Intelligent advice is available here for those who take exercise and keeping healthy seriously, and also those who are looking to take up an outdoor sport
  • LTA - Lawn Tennis Association
  • Netball - English Netball
  • Rugby Union - English Rugby Union
  • U.K.Athletics - British Athletics