We offer all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, designed to promote positive interest and enjoyment in physical activity. Through a wide range of sports and activities, our curriculum promotes health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. We promote positive opportunities to participate fully introducing pupils to new sports and activities and developing their skills.

COVID-19 Update: Much of what we do in PE is currently affected by restrictions placed on activities in order to keep all of our community safe. Our PE curriculum has therefore had to change, and will be adapted as required.

Key Stage 3 PE

At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught for two hours of core PE every week, which is complemented by our busy and hugely popular extracurricular opportunities. We have a strong ‘sport for all’ ethos and all pupils are encouraged to attend clubs, whatever their level of ability. 

Our indoor facilities include a sports hall and studio. Outdoors we have an all-weather pitch, four netball courts, six tennis courts and fields for football, athletics and rounders.

 

Year 7

In lessons, pupils follow two activities, usually one indoor and one outdoor, per term.

Hockey – Skills taught include: grip and stance in holding a hockey stick; open stick dribbling; push passing; receiving a moving ball; knowledge and understanding of the rules of hockey.

Netball – Footwork (pivoting and landing foot); 3 types of pass; basic marking and evading skills; knowledge and understanding of the rules of netball; and application of skills in games.

Fitness – Individual fitness tests, basic components of fitness including the 4 S’s of fitness (Speed, stamina, strength and Suppleness).

Gymnastics – Individual Skills (balances, rolls, turns, jumps, tumbles); knowledge of how to sequence movements into a routine and choreography of routines. Evaluation of peers’ performances.

Orienteering – Teamwork and problem solving challenges. Orientation of a map and location of control points around the school site. Fitness and endurance in timed challenges.

Dance – Knowledge of 6 dance actions and choreographic devices (levels, canon, dynamics). Use of a motif to apply devices to routine. Evaluation of peers’ performances.

Athletics – Knowledge of correct technique for track and field events. Basic knowledge of rules for no throws/ no jumps.

Rounders – Basic fielding strategies and tactics for fielding positions. Batting technique and targeting batting. Rules for matches including backwards hit and scoring.

Cricket – Basic fielding skills; introduction to bowling; defensive shots; knowledge and understanding of the rules and scoring system.

Tennis – Forehand and backhand technique, serving and rules for singles games. Rules for doubles matches.

Tag Rugby – Basic passing and receiving; development of passing on the move; attacking and defensive line; basic evasion methods; drawing out space within competition situations; basic knowledge and understanding of the rules.

Football – Passing and receiving; turning and stopping with the ball; use of width and depth; basic knowledge and understanding of the rules; shooting techniques; use of support within play.

Year 8

In lessons, pupils follow two activities, usually one indoor and one outdoor, per term.

Hockey – More complex passes and variety of passes to be used including slap and hit. Increased defending and methods to outwit opponent. Skills applied to competitive games with increased rules.

Netball – More complex marking strategies and 3 stages of defending. Attacking principles and team tactics used. Application of skills to games.

Fitness – Methods of training for different fitness components. Knowledge of body systems and effects of training on the body. Advantages and disadvantages of training methods relevant to sports performers.

Gymnastics – Sports Acrobatics. Pair work and balances (counter balance, counter tension, partial and full weight bearing). Knowledge of health and safety for balances and how to set up gymnastics apparatus. Adaptation of balances to equipment and sequencing of routines.

Cheerleading – Basic arm shapes and jumps. Knowledge of roles and responsibilities within a stunt group. Low level stunts and performance within a routine.

Dance – Detailed knowledge of choreographic devices applied to own choreography based on a set theme.

Athletics – Run ups included in throwing events. How to measure run up for high jump and long jump. Tactics for relay teams.

Rounders – Detailed knowledge of rules including misfielding. Discussion and application of tactics to batting and fielding play.

Cricket – Development of bowling; revision of defensive shots; introduction of drive shots depending on ball placement; basic fielding tactics.

Tennis – Detailed knowledge of shots covered in year 7. Introduction to volleying and more competitive shots. Discussion and application of tactics to singles and doubles games.

Tag Rugby – Revision of basic lateral pass; introduction of pop pass; explore more advanced rules; develop more advanced evasion methods such as the swerve; introduce the dummy pass; introduce the loop pass to draw out space.

Year 9

In lessons, pupils follow two activities, usually one indoor and one outdoor, per term.

Hockey – Development of tactics and strategies in set plays. Short and long corner rules and practices. Goal keeping and competitive 7 a side matches.

Netball – Development of tactics and strategies. Discussion and application of set plays to drills and competitive games. Exploration of different positions and knowledge of umpiring rules and signals.

Fitness – Exploration of different fitness classes. Knowledge and development of correct technique with weights.

Gymnastics – Introduction to vaulting. Shoulder strengthening and technique for run up. Squat on, straddle on, squat through, straddle over and side vault. Handspring progressions and safe support for handstands.

Cheerleading – More complex arm actions and jumps. Revision of role of stunt members. More challenging higher level stunts including tossing and catching. Application of skills with own choreography for routines.

Trampolining – Knowledge of health and safety and roles for spotters, performers and coaches. Development of height, control and technique in basic shapes, seat landings, front landings, back landings and somersaults. Sequencing movements for more advanced skills and routines.

Athletics – Knowledge of umpiring events. Skills and training sessions to develop athletes for particular events.

Rounders – Reinforce rules and scoring system; recap basic tactics when batting and fielding; introduce advanced tactics when batting and fielding; take on leadership responsibilities to coach peers. â€‹ 

Cricket – Revision of drive shots; introduction of advanced shots such as the pull or cut; advanced fielding and batting tactics; bigger onus on officiating and coaching; continued revision on bowling technique and application of spin.

Tennis – Knowledge and practice of topspin in forehand shots. Increased speed and power in serving. Tactics and strategies for single and double matches.  

Tag Rugby – Detailed knowledge and understanding of the rules; introduce the gut pass; develop communication and leadership within the attacking and defensive line; develop tactics in defence and attack; introduce the miss pass; introduce the switch pass; develop refereeing skills.

Key Stage 4 Core PE

At Key Stage 4, pupils receive two hours of core PE every fortnight, which is supported by the vast array of extracurricular activities offered to pupils. We have a strong ‘sport for all’ ethos and all pupils are encouraged to attend clubs, whatever their level of ability. 

Our indoor facilities include a sports hall and studio. Outdoors we have an all-weather pitch, four netball courts, six tennis courts and fields for football, athletics and rounders. 

Each half term, pupils are able to select a new physical activity to participate in. A range of options are included in order to cater to individual needs and preferences

Outdoor Games Outdoor games include football, hockey, tag rugby and ultimate frisbee. Within this option, pupils focus on their application of principles of play within competition and analysis of performance within teams.
Indoor Games

Indoor games include netball, basketball, handball, badminton and volleyball. Within this option, pupils focus on their application of principles of play within competition and analysis of performance within teams. 

 
Alternative Activities Alternative activities include table tennis, goal ball, seated volleyball, dodgeball, benchball, longball and a range of unique games such as our interpretation of the ‘crystal maze’ or ‘gymnastics rounders’. This option promotes problem-solving and decision making within a range of alternative activities.
Fitness

Within fitness, pupils will explore a variety of fitness classes and learn how to take responsibility for their own development. They will also learn how to safely use free weights.

Trampolining

Within trampolining, pupils will develop their knowledge of health and safety factors associated with this sport and the roles that spotters, performers and coaches have in order to maintain this. Pupils will develop the height, control and technique of basic shapes, seat, front and back landings, as well as combined movements and somersaults. They will then apply these skills, sequencing movements to create routines. 

Tennis Within tennis, pupils will be able to develop their knowledge and application of a range of skills taught within Key Stage 3. They will focus on game play and consider how tactics and strategies for single and doubles matches can be applied to maximise success.
Striking and Fielding

Striking and fielding includes rounders, cricket and stool ball. Pupils will be able to develop their knowledge and application of a range of skills taught within Key Stage 3. They will focus on game play and consider how tactics and strategies can be applied to maximise success. 

 

 
 

GCSE PE

GCSE Physical Education is a two year course that prepares pupils with the knowledge, skills and values needed to understand how physical activity benefits health, fitness and wellbeing. This course incorporates both theoretical and practical learning that will challenge pupil's ability to be critical when analysing performance. Pupils will draw from a number of strands such as human biology, psychology, performance analysis, biomechanics and personal training. They will be required to apply knowledge to key global influences within the sporting sector as well as their own performance.

GCSE Specification: Edexcel

COMPONENT WEIGHTING ASSESSMENT CONTENT
Component 1: Fitness and Body Systems 36%

1 hour and 45 minutes written examination. Combination of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

90 marks

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2: Movement analysis

Topic 3: Physical training

Topic 4 Use of data

Component 2: Health and Performance 24%

1 hour and 15 minutes written exam

Combination of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

70 marks

Topic 1: Health, fitness and well-being

Topic 2: Sport psychology

Topic 3: Socio-cultural influences

Topic 4: Use of data

Component 3: Practical performance 30%

Internally marked

Externally moderated

105 marks (35 marks per activity)

Pupils must participate in three separate activities:

One must be a team activity.

One must be an individual activity.

The final activity can be a free choice.

Component 4: Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) 10%

Internally marked

Externally moderated

20 marks

Pupils must produce a PEP consisting of:

Aim and planning analysis

Carrying out and monitoring the PEP

Evaluation of the PEP

What are the benefits of this course?

This course is designed to give pupils transferrable skills that allow them to pursue a route within the sporting sector. Whether this be through further education, recreational management, leisure activities or the fitness industry, this course will provide pupils with the underpinning knowledge to excel. 

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