Physical Edcuation

Welcome to Physical Education

Physical Education

CURRICULUM PROGRESSION PATHWAY: Our course is delivered to reflect the objectives of our Trust’s knowledge-rich curriculum ensuring its intent is specific so that content is clearly stated and delivered in varied ways, across different timeframes and allocations to be appropriate to student age related needs, capabilities, interests and aspirations. Its implementation is cumulative taking into account the diversity and differing needs of learners; offering regular points of choice and flexibility to match students’ growth, development and changing interests. The course provision is enriching so as to be well-rounded assisting all, regardless of ability, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, socio-economic circumstance etc. whilst promoting the love of physical activity and sport. Study, be it to up to examination level or beyond, aids the development of physical competence, enhances knowledge of tactics and strategies whilst developing analytical and evaluative skills. Physical Education aims for students to foster a passion and desire to lead a healthy and active lifestyle during their school years and beyond. Our course’s preparatory design constantly seeks to prepare and encourage students to access further studies relevant to students’ current and future lives, experiences, environments and aspirations aiding a socially and economically prosperous future while respecting our country’s past, culture, values and traditions. Our PE curriculum is impactful because it is rigorous ensuring content is suitably demanding, well sequenced and regularly revisited to coherently balance breadth and depth of study making learning meaningful for learners with regard to their age, interest and ability. Physical Education has a rightful place in our curriculum and is worthy of study and we aim to encourage students to select it for further study.


Miss S Libbey – Head of PE and Associate Assistant Principal –
Mr L Chapman – Teacher of PE

Why is the study of Physical Education important?

Physical Education should inspire all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for our students to become more physically competent in ways which supports their health, fitness and wellbeing. Our curriculum offers all students the chance to compete in sport and other activities which build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Students should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.
Across the study students will be taught to:
Explore and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games
Develop technique and improve performance in competitive sports and physical activities
Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
Analyse and evaluate their own and others’ performances and demonstrate improvements
Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

How does your study of Physical Education support your study in other subjects?

The study of any subject in our curriculum takes full advantage of links with other subject areas – we term these as interdisciplinary links and we make the most of them because we know that deep learning requires the transference of knowledge and skills from one topic of learning to another. Once you can transfer your learning across topics and subject areas then you are really mastering what you know and how to apply your understanding and skills.
Physical Education touches on so many other subjects such as mathematics, literacy, biology, music, geography and life. You will learn methods of analysis and evaluation that are widely applicable to other subject areas helping your thinking in all subjects. You will develop an array of skills comprising of how to outwit an opponent, how to work as a team and problem solve whilst instilling a resilience and self-confidence to persevere. Through developing these skills and qualities you will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to overcome adversity and succeed.
Research suggests that being physically activity generates a whole host of benefits including;
Reducing the risk of diabetes, asthma, sleep disorders and other illnesses
Increasing academic performance through increased concentration levels and more directed, composed behaviour
Enhancing social assimilation. Activities in PE help students develop social interactions and explore the benefits of working with a variety of different students in an array of different situations
Improving mental health and wellbeing
Developing self-discipline as well as stretching students beyond their perceived physical capabilities.

How can you deepen your understanding of Physical Education?

The Physical Education department offers lots of great opportunities for you to really engage with this fabulous subject. Throughout all year groups, a variety of enrichment activities are offered to further enhance sporting opportunities at all levels. You have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity after school either for recreation, health and fitness or to represent the school competitively.
You can compete in intra-school and inter-school fixtures, area and county events, sports days and Outwood Family of Schools’ competitions.

Curriculum Pathway for Year 7 & Year 8 in Physical Education

Students will participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities throughout the academic year. Revisiting these sports yearly will deepen their knowledge, understanding and improve their performance and competence

Assessment Framework Year 7

Students will explore a variety of sports:

Football, Badminton, Netball, Rugby, Fitness, Table Tennis, Handball, Volleyball, Athletics, Rounders Cricket & Softball

As a minimum expectation students will:
Year 8

Students will explore a variety of sports:

Football, Badminton, Netball, Rugby, Fitness, Table Tennis, Handball, Volleyball, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket & Softball

As a minimum expectation students will:
Lead healthy, active lifestyles - Understand how to exercise safely
- Describe how their body feels during an activity
- Give reasons why warming up is important
- Give reasons why physical activity is good for health
- Explain and apply basic safety principles in preparing for exercise
- Describe what effects exercise has on their bodies and why it is important to health
Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities - Copy, remember and repeat simple skills and actions with control and coordination
- Link actions that suit activities
- Select and use basic skills, actions and ideas
- Link and apply basic skills, techniques and ideas accurately and appropriately
- Attempt some complex skills and use them successfully on occasion
- Show some precision, control and fluency
Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition - Identify the difference between attack and defence in different activities
- Begin to show some understanding of simple tactics and basic compositional ideas
- Understand tactics and composition
- Vary their response in defence and attack
Analyse and evaluate own performance and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve personal best - Describe and comment on their own and others actions
- Use this understanding to improve theirs and others performance
- Compare and comment on skills, techniques and ideas used in their own and others work
- Understand how to improve their performance

Curriculum Pathway for Key Stage 4 in Physical Education

All students will participate in weekly core PE lessons in years 9, 10 and 11 and be provided with an effort grade during the 6 assessment windows.

Those students opting for an exam subject within Physical Education will be assessed through the criteria outlined below.

  • BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport ~
  • BTEC Tech Award- from September 2019

~ Qualification due to end in the next Academic year

Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness

Content to be covered

Assessment Method

Component 1- Understanding the Body and the Supporting Technology for Sport and Activity

*Investigate the impact of sport and activity on body systems
*Explore common injuries in sport and activity and methods of rehabilitation
*Understand how technological advances have impacted sport and activity.

Internally assessed assignments = 30% of the total course:

*Throughout this component students will be assessed through a variety of methods. This could include a written report containing an opportunity for extended writing, a blog, leaflet or a PowerPoint® presentation.

Component 2- The Principles of Training, Nutrition and Psychology for Sport and Activity

*Investigate how training can improve fitness for sport and activity
*Explore how a healthy diet, macro and micronutrients, and hydration are beneficial for sport and activity
*Understand how psychological factors such as motivation, self-confidence and anxiety can influence sport and activity.

External assessment = 40% of the total course:

*This component is assessed through a written assessment set and marked by Pearson. The external assessment will be 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. The number of marks for the assessment is 70. The paper will contain a number of short and extended answer questions that will assess learners’ understanding of the training, nutrition and psychological factors that contribute to participant engagement in sport and activity.

Component 3- Applying the Principles of Sport and Activity

*Understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership
*Plan activity sessions for target groups
*Understand how to plan for health, fitness and diet.

Internally assessed (synoptic) assignment = 30% of the total course:

*Students will use their knowledge and understanding to plan and lead an engaging activity session.
*This component is designed to be synoptic (drawing together knowledge from the previous components) and taken near the end of the course.