Key Stage 3
Pupils in Year 7 and have three 50 minute long PE lessons a week. During the autumn term all pupils participate in a variety of fitness tests for one lesson a week throughout the first half term. Throughout the autumn, spring and summer terms classes study two different sports a week for approximately six weeks each.
Years 8 and 9
Pupils build upon the skills learnt in Year 7 whilst also being introduced to new sports. During Years 8 and 9 pupils have two 50 minute PE lessons per week and are grouped according to ability for some lessons, however movement between groups often takes place depending upon the sport being taught.
Key Stage 4
Years 10 and 11
Pupils choosing to study PE as an option will have four 50 minute lessons every week for GCSE PE/BTEC sport plus one Core PE lesson. Pupils not selecting PE as an option subject will study core PE for one lesson each week. Please see below and the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for further information:
GCSE PE - AQA
This two year GCSE AQA course will be part of the Option Programme and is in addition to the compulsory Physical Education lesson.
The course, is 60% theory, 30% practical and 10 % coursework (controlled assessment).
The final grade covering the full range of levels 9-1, includes two written papers (Paper 1 - The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport and Paper 2 - Socio-cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity and Sport).
Examples of topics included in the course are anatomy and physiology, principles of training, health and fitness, diet plus issues such as drugs in sport, the leisure industry, sports psychology, media, sponsorship and technology. It is an enjoyable, rewarding subject to study for those pupils who have already displayed enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to participate in a variety of activities.
Pupils who have studied the subject previously have found it an asset when going on to various ‘A’ level courses plus being advantageous for entry to the leisure industry, the armed forces, the police force and a variety of other areas.
BTEC First Award in Sport
This Edexel course is also offered to pupils in Key Stage 4. Much of the content is similar to GCSE PE, however, pupils are assessed throughout the course by submitting various assignments and completing an on-line exam.
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