What students will learn?
Physical Education is taught for 2 hours a week, there is also an extensive Extra-curricular Programme to allow students to participate in a range of physical activities before school, at lunch time and after school. These activities take the form of clubs, training and competitive matches.
Students are taught in both mixed gender groups and single-sex groups.
The Physical Education curriculum enables students to,
- Enjoy and succeed in a range of physical activities
- Develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully
- Analyse and reflect on their own and others performance and find ways to improve
- Develop the confidence to participate in different activities and learn about the values of healthy, active lifestyles
- Develop personally and socially
- Take on different roles and responsibilities including leadership, coaching and officiating
- Develop decision making skills
- Learn how to be effective in challenging, creative and competitive situations
- Develop their likes and aptitudes for physical activity at school, discover how and where to get involved in physical activity outside of school, and make informed choices about lifelong physical activity
Physical Activities taught at KS3
Gymnastics, Dance, netball, rugby, football, handball, basketball, volleyball, hockey, athletics, indoor athletics, badminton, tennis, table-tennis, trampolining, cricket, rounders, orienteering, outdoor education, cross-country, a variety of fitness based activities
How will they be assessed?
Students are assessed at the end of each activity block. At the end of each year students are given an overall assessment on their general progress in their
- Level of motor skill
- Sporting techniques and skills in specific sports
- Effective use of skills in game situations
- Body management skills
- Creativity and performance in artistic aspects of movement
- Tactical understanding
- Understanding and knowledge of sport and physical activity
Students are also tested in their levels of fitness, participating in a set of specific fitness tests 4 times each year.
How can parents support?
Parents can support students by
Ensuring students have correct and appropriate kit for each lesson
Encouraging students to join a school physical education extra-curricular club
Encouraging students to participate in some form of physical activity out of school time
Investigate what opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity in the local area (information can be found on the Redbridge Council Website, or students can gain information from the PE department)
Participate in physical activity as a family
Encourage students to view sport in the media
Discuss with students what they are doing in PE lessons
Exam Board: OCR
The Structure of the Course
The GCSE Physical Education course is made up of 30% practical activities, 10% analysis of performance and 60% written paper (2 exam papers).
The course overview is as follows,
Applied anatomy and physiology 1 hour written exam 30% of overall GCSE
Socio-cultural influences 1 hour written exam 30% of overall GCSE
Health, fitness and wellbeing
Practical activity assessments
Evaluation and analysis of performance 3 practical activities 40% of overall GCSE
- 1 individual activity
- 1 team activity
- 1 other activity (from a prescribed list)
Students will also complete a Personal Exercise Programme incorporating a 6-week training schedule. Homework will be set for both theory and practical lessons.
Students will be expected to attend lunchtime and after-school clubs. We also strongly advise students to take part in sporting activities at representative level, for either school or club.
Students will be issued with GCSE textbooks and folders. It is vital to the course that students’ written work is presented well and folders are kept up to date. Loss of the GCSE textbook will result in a charge. Written homework is set weekly and written tests and assessments are set regularly throughout the course.
Students will need to purchase a new PE kit for the course. This comprises:
- Polo shirt with their individual candidate number on it
- Tracksuit top and bottoms
All of the kit will have the student’s name, school name, logo and GCSE embroidered on it. The cost will be approximately £60.
Further Education routes: BTEC National in Sport; BTEC National in Recreation; AS/A2 Physical Education & Sport; AS/A2 Dance.
Jobs that use GCSE PE:
PE Teacher; Fitness Instructor; Sports Coach; Recreational Manager; Dietician: Physiotherapist; Sports Journalist; Sports Psychologist; Sport and Health Promotion; Armed Services; Police Force; Paramedic: Nursing; Medicine.