Physical education

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Core PE
Physical Education KS3 Curriculum
Physical Education KS4 Curriculum
TA in Health and Social Care

Core PE

Core PE – Non examined

For more information about studying Core PE see Miss Hobson,Miss Jones, Mr Smith.

The PE curriculum provides a balanced and varied physical activity programme and, where possible, gives equal opportunity to boys and girls. At KS4 the curriculum is broadened so pupils experience activities other than the major sports. Students are encouraged to experience the different roles that sport offers:

  • Performer
  • Official
  • Coach

When practically participating the PE Department seeks to encourage the learning process to take place through action, sensation and observation.

The department encourages all students to be physically active, to plan and evaluate their performances across the curriculum.

Therefore, each student should not only be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding mainly through physical actions, but also through written and verbal forms.

In turn they will improve their skill acquisition, knowledge, personal achievement (by goal setting) and terminology of the activities studied.

Students will get the opportunity to take a Sports Leadership qualification.

Physical Education KS3 Curriculum

Year 7

Content / Topics

During Year 7 the main focus is to introduce the basic skills needed for the activities listed below.


Students will be given the opportunity to become players and officials when the situation arises.

Opportunities to practice their skills further will be available at lunchtime and after school clubs.


For the first three weeks of the year, all Year 7 students will be put through a battery of tests.


These will range from measuring fitness levels through to individual skill level tests in a number of different scenarios. Once the tests are completed, each student will be given a baseline assessment level together with a SMART target.


Students will then move on to their activities, which will be Football, Netball, Hockey, Fitness, Rugby, Basketball, Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Handball, Badminton, Gymnastics.

Skills Taught

Students will be taught a variety of skills during their first year at Park Lane.

These skills will range from individual body management to team skills.

Students will perform their skills in isolation as well as in competitive situations, giving them the opportunity to develop the skills before putting them into a pressured situation.


The main skills that will be taught are passing, dribbling, shooting, creating space, shapes, travelling, balances, shot selection, technique, fielding, striking, bowling, components of fitness, training methods, heart rate, attacking, defending, running technique, throwing technique.

Year 8

Content / Topics

Students will be performing and applying the basic skills of different sports during their Physical Education lessons.


In year 8 these will become more consistently whilst acquiring more complex skills.

They will begin to acquire the skills needed to be able to analyse and evaluate performance.

Pupils will be given the opportunity to become players and officials when the situation arises.

They will perform their skills in isolation as well as in competitive situations.

Opportunities to further practice their skills will be available at lunchtime and after school clubs.


Activities to be studied are Football, Netball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Table Tennis, Trampolining, Fitness, Volleyball, Badminton, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket, Handball.

Skills Taught

Students will be taught a variety of different skills whilst taking part in the activities listed above.


These will include: dribbling, passing, shooting, creating space, dodging, shapes, twists, landings, shot selection, decision making, components of fitness, training methods, bowling, fielding, striking, running technique, throwing technique.


Students will also be taught the rules of the different activities, whilst partaking and show they understand the rules by officiating during the lesson.

Physical Education KS4 Curriculum

Exam Board :OCR Cambridge National Physical Education (PE)

Exam Board :OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies/ Sports Science

For more information about studying Cambridge National Physical Education see Miss Hobson

Why should a student study this subject?

These sport qualifications offer learners a fantastic chance to develop different types of skills through largely practical means; communication, problem solving, team working, evaluation and analysis, performing under pressure, and formulating written findings from practical investigation are all transferable skills which can be learned and assessed through these qualifications and utilised in many other educational and employment settings.

Both qualifications have been designed with practical and engaging ways of teaching in mind and enable learners to:

  • develop a range of skills through involvement in sport and physical activity in different contexts and roles
  • develop their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations
  • gain a better understanding of the complexity of different areas of sport and the sports industry increase their awareness of different ways to stay involved in sport and physical activity and of different careers and roles within sport.

What skills are developed?

Sports Studies: The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Studies take a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/Physical Education themes. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance.

They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.

Sports Science: Elite sport has embraced sport science disciplines wholeheartedly in the past few decades, moving from a perspective which assumed the primacy of natural talent in producing outstanding performance, to one which considers every minute detail of an athlete’s training programme, rest time, environment and psychology in the pursuit of excellence.

The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offer students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.

Students will complete the two mandatory units which are worth 60 credits and then two optional units worth 60 credits. Once completed students will achieve a level 2 in the chosen course.

Sports Studies

Sports Science


Mandatory Units

Contemporary issues in sport

(1 hour exam)

Reducing the risk of sports injuries

(1 hour exam)

30 credits

Developing Sports Skills

Applying principles of training

30 credits

Optional Units

Sports Leadership

The body’s response to physical activity

30 credits

Sport and the media

Sport Psychology

30 credits

Working in the sports industry

Sports nutrition

30 credits

Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities

Technology in sport

30 credits

There is one level of entry, there is no foundation paper.

Key websites

Career opportunities in Physical Education include: Teacher; Activities Director; Ski Instructor; Athletic Coach; Fitness Instructor; Personal Trainer; Scout; Referee; Umpire; College Professor; Occupational Therapist; Nutritionist; Chiropractor.


TA in Health and Social Care

Exam Board :Pearson BTEC Technical Award in Health and Social Care

For more information about studying BTEC Technical Award in Health and Social Care see Miss Jones

What Is Health and Social Care?

About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors,

pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include

care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.

The BTEC in Health and Social Care will give you knowledge in health care environments as well as social care environments. On top of this, it will equip you with the necessary interpersonal skills to work with people i.e. communication etc.

The range of job opportunities is extensive, from nursery nursing and teaching to nursing and health care jobs such as occupational therapy. The qualification will open up the opportunity to work in many caring roles.

What will I be able to do after?

You will either be able to go and work in health or social care or go on to further education. If you decide to go on to further education, you will be able to take the BTEC at level 3 or go on to do A-Levels and other courses.

After college, you will be able to go on to university. The level 3 BTEC National can be transformed into UCAS points for university entrance in the same way as A-Levels.

Health and Social Care of three components; one controlled assessment and two pieces of coursework:

  • Unit 1: Human Life Span Development (30% of overall mark)
  • Unit 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values (30% of overall mark)
  • Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing (40% of overall mark)

Career opportunities in Catering include: Doctor; Pharmacist; Nurse; Healthcare assistant; Care assistant; Occupational therapist; Counsellor; Administrator; Support worker; Learning advisor; Team leader; Social worker; Manager; Mental health worker.