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Physical Education

Team Leader: D Hallam

Subject Description

All learners study core Physical Education at KS3 and have two lessons per week. All learners study core Physical Education at KS4 and have one lesson per week. At KS4, learners can also choose to study GCSE Physical Education.

In Physical Education learners develop practical skills in increasingly complex and competitive situations. Learners also learn to develop a growth mind set through participating in regular problem solving, analysis and leadership tasks.

Department Facilities 

The Physical Education department consists of a sports hall, gym, fitness suite, GCSE PE classroom room, outdoor tennis courts, yard and field. We also have access to ICT facilities that are used for video analysis of performance.

Curriculum Overview

Key stage 3

Learners study a wide range of team and individual sports that are broken down into three week blocks of six lessons. Learners cover the same sports throughout year 7, 8 and 9, with the goal of developing their skills and knowledge of rules to a level where they could be examined at GCSE PE in KS4. The sports covered include football, trampolining, basketball, rugby, badminton, fitness, outdoor adventure activities, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics and soft ball. Learners may also get the opportunity to play rocketball, dodgeball, futsal and handball.

Key stage 4

Core Physical Education:

At KS4 learners have more freedom to select which sports they would like to participate in. There is more emphasis on game play, tactics and competitive situations. Learners are also encouraged to take on leadership roles within the lesson.

AQA GCSE Physical Education

Learners will cover the following in lessons;

Theory lessons on the following topics;

Healthy Active Lifestyle

Your Healthy Active Body

Once the theory has been covered students begin their analysis of performance which is the controlled assessment element of the course. For this learners are required to demonstrate their knowledge of rules and regulations for a sport. Learners then need to analyse and evaluate a performance in a sport and suggest strategies to improve, including the planning of a personal exercise programme.

Learners are also assessed as a player, coach or official in four sports.

Learners it a 1 hour 30 minute external exam which counts towards 40% of the final mark.

The analysis of performance is 10% of the final mark.

Assessment in four sports as a player, coach or official is 50% of the total mark.

Extra Curricula Provision

We use trips and visits to enhance and extend learning.

There are opportunities for learners to go to:

  • Football (all year groups entered in the Spen Valley Cup)
  • Cricket (all year groups play competitive fixtures)
  • Basketball (teams play in the Spen Valley basketball competition at U14 and U16)
  • Athletics (Year 10 and 11, Kirklees Schools Athletics Meet)
  • Futsal (all years, teams compete in school futsal competitions)
  • Boxing (all years, training held at Cleckheaton Boxing Club)
  • Archery (all years)
  • An annual trip to watch an England game at Wembley Stadium
  • An overseas sports tour to a European destination

Resources to support learning

GCSE lesson resources are shared on student shared drive and VLE. The Physical Education Department runs a GCSE catch up class on Mondays.