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for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
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Physical Education

Year 7 Curriculum

The Year 7 physical education curriculum focuses on progressing and developing skills and knowledge in a range of activities. The pupils learn to see a relationship between the selection and application of skills, tactics, strategies and compositional ideas. They build on stamina, strength and suppleness and are able to apply themselves in a range of competitive, creative and challenging activities. The curriculum opportunities are broad and varied to enable pupils to start to think about specialising in specific activities and roles. The pupils are encouraged to regularly take part in physical activity and have a good understanding of how to stay healthy.

Games – outwitting opponents – netball, hockey, badminton and rounders

  • Good knowledge of basic rules and safety aspects
  • Working as a team and individually
  • Good application of simple skills in a competitive environment
  • Analysis of own performance to effectively improve.

Fitness – exercising safely and effectively

  • Know why we do a warm up and a cool down
  • Understand different methods of how to keep healthy
  • Know what happens to our body during exercise
  • Factors that contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Gymnastics – accurate replication – balance

  • Using appropriate warm-ups associated with balances
  • Working on the different balances and partner work
  • Using apparatus to create balance sequences
  • Have a good understanding of flow, clarity of shape and body tension.

Dance – exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions – creative dance

  • Learning and copying a series of movements
  • Changing the movement pattern by varying levels and speed
  • Partner work
  • Commenting on partner’s ability and giving constructive feedback.

Athletics – performing at maximum levels – jumping, throwing and running

  • Understand how to warm up for the different events
  • Show a good level of performance in one jump, throw and run
  • Be able measure some events
  • Understand how to improve.

Swimming – identifying and solving problems

  • Know how to do an appropriate warm up
  • Have good technique over two strokes
  • Recognise how to improve their own performance
  • Perform a dive, jump and float in the water.

Year 8 Curriculum

The Year 8 physical education curriculum focuses on broadening knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of activity areas. This includes developing skill selection and application and using tactics, strategies and compositional ideas that are relative to specific activities. The key processes within Year 8 encourage pupils to refine and adapt skills, make decisions on what needs practising, understand how to develop physical and mental determination, make decisions on future performances and to identify which activity they are best suited to.

Games – outwitting opponents – netball, hockey, badminton and rounders

  • Good knowledge of rules
  • Developing a good understanding of different roles within specific games
  • Use of both defensive and attacking strategies
  • Analysing performances to identify strengths and weaknesses.

Fitness – exercising safely and effectively

  • Know why we do a warm up and a cool down and the main structure
  • Understanding the components of health related fitness
  • Using different training methods to keep fit and healthy
  • Factors that contribute to staying healthy and active.

Gymnastics – accurate replication – flight movements

  • Using appropriate warm-ups associated with shapes in flight
  • Working on the different phases of flight
  • Using apparatus to assist flight movements
  • Creating and appreciating a gymnastics sequence.

Dance – exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions – jazz and street

  • Learning and copying a set dance motif and style
  • Developing the dance motif using set choreographic tasks
  • Performance skills and musicality
  • Commenting on dances to enable improvement.

Athletics – performing at maximum levels – jumping, throwing and running

  • Know how to do an appropriate warm up
  • Know how to perform in all 3 disciplines
  • Good knowledge of how to measure and time a throw, jump and run.
  • Understand how to improve and the safety aspects of each activity.

Swimming – identifying and solving problems

  • Know how to do an appropriate warm up
  • Have good technique over three strokes
  • Recognise how to improve both own and others’ performance
  • Perform a range of dives and jumps into the pool.

Year 9 Curriculum

The Year 9 Physical Education Curriculum focuses on developing a number of key concepts and key processes within a range of activity areas. The key concepts include competence, performance, creativity and an understanding that physical activity contributes to a healthy, active lifestyle. The key processes are essential skills that pupils need to make progress within an activity. These are facilitated within the content of each subject area. In Year 9 these include: refining and developing a range of skills; selecting appropriate skills to use within competitive situations; developing fitness components; analysing performance to enable improvement and to identify the types of activity pupils are best suited to.

Games – outwitting opponents – netball, hockey, badminton, rounders:

  • In-depth knowledge of rules
  • Developing advanced skills and tactics
  • Applying strategies to a game
  • Umpiring/ refereeing.

Fitness – exercising safely and effectively – components of fitness:

  • Organising and leading appropriate warm-ups
  • Developing and testing components of fitness including muscular strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility
  • Factors that contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Gymnastics – accurate replication – sports acro:

  • Using appropriate warm-up exercises specific to gymnastics
  • Working on counter tension and counter balances
  • Balancing using apparatus and each other
  • Analysing own and others’ work.

Dance – exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions – contemporary dance:

  • Learning a dance motif
  • Using space, action, dynamics and relationships to portray the dance idea
  • Developing dance motifs
  • Appreciating and improving both your own and others’ performances.

Athletics – performing at maximum levels – jumping, throwing and running:

  • Organise and demonstrate appropriate warm-ups
  • Good knowledge of techniques used for running, jumping and throwing
  • Knowing the main rules of each event
  • Knowing how to improve performance.

Swimming – personal survival, stroke development

  • Know how to swim 3 to 4 strokes with good technique
  • Perform starts, turns and finishes
  • Know the rules associated with each stroke
  • Perform head/feet first surface dives.

Years 10 & 11

Pupils can choose to study PE as a GCSE subject in Years 10 and 11. All pupils will also take part in PE as part of the general curriculum.

General Curriculum

All pupils continue to have 1 ½ hours per week of curriculum PE.

We cover a range of activities in Year 10 and in Year 11 girls have the opportunity to gain their RLSS Bronze Medallion Life Saving Award and the CCPR Sports Leader Level 2 Award.

Physical Education GCSE (optional subject)

Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Number: 2PEO1/3PEO1 (Full Course)

Why choose to study Physical Education at GCSE?

Looking for a career in the sport and leisure industry or do you just enjoy taking part in PE? If you are prepared to work hard at both your practical skills and theory, PE is an enjoyable GCSE to choose.

Course Details

Activities – possible options are hockey, netball, athletics, swimming, rounders, badminton, fitness and exercise. There is potential for you to do other sports in which you excel and which are on the list: for example, horse riding, sailing, skiing, gymnastics or trampolining.

The written paper covers:

  • Healthy, active lifestyles and how they could benefit you
  • Influences on your healthy, active lifestyle
  • Exercise and fitness as part of your healthy, active lifestyle
  • Physical activity as part of your healthy, active lifestyle
  • Your personal health and well-being
  • Physical activity and your healthy mind and body
  • A healthy, active lifestyle and your
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Muscular system
  • Skeletal system.

There is a practical moderation day that includes an analysis of performance.

Examination Details

Full Course

Paper 1 Written exam Part 1 Multiple choice 40%
Part 2 Short answers
Paper 2 Practical skills Assessment during course 25% 60%
Analysis of performance 10%
Final practical assessment 25%

A six week personal exercise programme.

Assessment in four activities throughout course.

 

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