Physical Education

Key Stage 3


In Year 7 students are introduced to a wide variety of activities. Students have two PE lessons per week, one individual lesson which is mixed ability and mixed sex, and one which is a games lessons which is single sex and is set. Individual lessons include trampolining, gymnastics, orienteering, dance and fitness and athletics. Games activities include football, netball (girls), rugby (boys), swimming, basketball, athletics and cricket/softball (boys) and rounders (girls)


In Year 8 students develop the skills that they learnt in year 7. The game activities are the same as Year 7, but in individual lessons orienteering is replaced with a problem solving unit of work


Most students have learnt basic game play and rules in Year 7 and 8, year 9 focuses on more strategies and tactics of how to be successful. The curriculum differs slightly, gymnastics becomes vaulting, fitness is light weight training, a leadership unit of work is completed by all studenst and trampolining is tailored towards paired sequences. In games lessons students are introduced to volleyball. Girls also participate in 6 weeks of rugby.

Key Stage 4


All students continue to participate in three hours of PE over a fortnight. Both lessons are single sex, lessons are a combination of performance and recreational activities.


GCSE Physical Education


Head of PE:

Mrs Keith


Exam Specification:

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education (1PE0)

QN Code:




Summary of course content


Competent 1: Fitness and body systems

Applied anatomy and physiology

1.1 The structure and functions of the musculo-skeletal system

  1. The structure and functions of the cardio-respiratory system

1.3 Anaerobic and aerobic exercise

1.4 The short and long term effects of exercise

Movement analysis

2.1 Lever systems, examples of their use in activity and mechanical advantage and mechanical advantage they provide in movement.

2.2 Planes and axes of movement

Physical training

3.1 The relationship between health and fitness and the role that exercise plays in both

3.2 The components of fitness, benefits for sport and how fitness is measured and improved

3.3 The principles of training and their application to personal exercise/training programmes

3.4 The long term effects of exercise

3.5 How to optimise training and prevent injury

3.6 Effective use of warm up and cool down

Use of data

4.1 Use of data


Component 2

Health, fitness and well being

  1. Physical, emotional and social health, fitness and well being
  2. The consequences of a sedentary lifestyle
  3. Energy use, diet, nutrition and hydration.

Sport psychology

2.1 Classification of skills (basic/complex/open/closed)

2.2 The use of goal setting and SMART  targets to improve and/or optimise performance

2.3 Guidance and feedback on performance

2.4 mental preparation for performance

Socio – cultural influences

3.1 Engagements patterns of different social groups in physical activity and sport

3.2 Commercialisation of physical activity sport

3.3 Ethical and socio – cultural issues in physical activity and sport

Use of data

4.1 Use of data


Component 3 - Practical performance

One team activity

One individual activity

One of your choice, either team/individual

Component 4 - Personal Exercise Programme (PEP)


Examinations: Component 1 Exam (1 hour 45 minutes) and Component 2 (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Practical Moderation Day (Spring 2020)

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Practical work and theory

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Exam based questions

Linking the current topic to sports specific examples

How will it help me in the future?

Careers in:




Gym instructor

Personal Trainer

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

Students will continue to develop their practical skills in a variety of sports which will contribute towards 30% of their final grade

Students will develop their understanding of the theory behind the human body, types of skill and socio cultural groupings.

What skills will I develop?

Practical skills in a variety of sports.