The Physical Education Faculty delivers a programme of study in agreement with the National Curriculum. Within this framework, the faculty aims to develop the students physically, intellectually and socially. Lessons and extra-curricular activities provide students with the opportunity of participating in, and understanding, a variety of physical activities.
The faculty also aims to promote a positive attitude towards exercise and to provide students with the knowledge required to allow them to make the decisions which will lead to a full and healthy lif
Through physical education, students experience how to:
- Solve problems and make decisions
- Exchange and develop ideas
- Develop inventive and creative thought
- Work in different sized groups
- Compromise and co-operate
- Help those who require it and be sensitive towards others’ abilities
- Have a healthy competitive attitude, but not at the expense of ’fair play’ and ‘good sportsmanship’
- Win and lose, and how to deal with each
It also provides students with the opportunity to:
- Develop a variety of physical skills
- Learn how to enjoy sporting activities
- Develop good self-discipline and a sense of pride and self-confidence in themselves and their work
- Develop an understanding of the benefits of exercise and the importance of physical fitness in the maintenance of good health
It is important that students have a sense of enjoyment and achievement in this subject and can see a place for it in their future lifestyles.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum provides a range of challenging and meaningful opportunities for students of all abilities. Students will be encouraged to achieve their potential in a caring and supportive environment.
It covers six areas:
- Outwitting opponents; for example in games activities.
- Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences; for example in gymnastic activities.
- Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions; for example in dance activities.
- Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy; for example in athletic activities.
- Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature; for example in lifesaving and personal survival, in swimming and in outdoor activities.
- Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being; for example in fitness and health activities.
Opportunities are provided for an individual to fill the roles of performer, observer and official.
Key Stage 4
These are the essential skills and processes in Physical Education that students need to learn to make progress:
Developing skills in physical activity
- Improve the range, difficulty and quality of their skills and techniques
- Develop the consistency with which they use and perform skills with precision, control and fluency
Making and applying decisions
- Select and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas imaginatively; in complex and demanding creative, competitive and challenge-type contexts
- Design original and effective plans that improve their own and others’ performance
- Respond effectively and imaginatively to changing circumstances as they arise during a performance
- Organise and manage the environment they are working in, to ensure the health, safety and well-being of themselves and others
Developing physical and mental capacity
- Analyse how mental and physical capacity affects performance
- Maintain and develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibility to cope with the demands of different activities and active lifestyles
- Prepare mentally for successful involvement in physical activity, performance and engagement in healthy, active lifestyles
Evaluating and improving
- Critically evaluate, analyse and judge the quality and effectiveness of performances
- Make informed decisions about how to improve the quality and effectiveness of their own and others’ performances
- Develop and implement imaginative action plans to improve the quality and effectiveness of performances
- Design original and effective plans that improve the quality of their own and others’ involvement in healthy, active lifestyles
Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles
- Identify the types of physical activity available to them and the roles they would like to take on
- Link physical activity with diet, work and rest, for personal health and well-being
- Make informed decisions about getting involved in a lifetime of healthy physical activities that suit their needs
GCSE Physical Education
The GCSE Physical Education course aims to enable students to:
- Develop a knowledge and understanding of human performance, through participating in a range of selected physical activities and to develop acquired skills related to them
- Develop an appreciation of the relationship between physical activity and general health
- Develop an enjoyment of participating in physical activity by adopting acceptable sporting attitudes and an awareness of aesthetics, education for leisure and the relevance of co-operation/competition
Students should acquire a suitable basis for further study of experience in Physical Education or a related activity – the practical assessment is continuous and based on four activities for a single award and eight activities for a double award.
Group 1: Outwitting opponents; for example in course activities.
Group 2: Accurate replication of activities, phrases and sequences; for example in gymnastic activities.
Group 3: Exploring and communicating ideas and emotions; for example in dance activities.
Group 4: Performing at maximum levels in speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy; for example in athletics activities.
Group 5: Identifying and solving problems, to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature; for example in lifesaving, personal survival, swimming and outdoor adventure activities.
Group 6: Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being; for example in fitness and health activities.
The overall single award examination is structured as follows:
Practical Course work – 60%
Four activities, fifteen marks each
Two hour examination – 40%
SECTION A - Health Related Exercises - 24%
Four compulsory structured questions each worth fifteen marks
SECTION B - Sport and Society - 16%
Two compulsory structured questions each worth twenty marks
1/ The participant as an individual
2/ Physical and mental demands of performance
3/ Leisure and recreation
5/ Health, fitness and a healthy active lifestyle
7/ School and physical education
8/ Social and cultural factors
9/ Opportunities for further involvement
10/ International factors
11/ Social factors
12/ Specific roles within the course
13/ Practical moderation
Link to specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse/physical-education-4890