At St Edward’s, every student is given the opportunity to participate, enjoy, develop and succeed in a broad range of sports and activities.
It is our aim to offer all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum, which has sufficient depth and breadth to enable our pupils to develop their full physical and mental confidence. We aim to contribute to the overall education of young people by helping them to lead full and active lives through engaging in purposeful physical activity and sport. As well as developing core skills and tactical awareness through various sporting activities, we are also concerned with the development of other educational qualities such as leadership, social and communicative skills, character, and morals. We therefore see the variety of physical activity areas as a medium to develop and educate the ‘Whole Child’.
Healthy balanced lifestyles has become a major cross-curricular drive and again plays a major part within the programme of study. Our programme offers our pupils the opportunity to experiment, investigate, observe and to discover for themselves, various principles of training and exercise. This understanding will arm them for when they have to make health related decisions on the future.
- Giving students the physical skills and confidence, knowledge and personal qualities they need for a healthy balanced lifestyle.
- Develop a lifelong love of, and passion for, physical activity and sport.
- Support all students to become confident in being able to lead, persuade and challenge others.
- Provide opportunities for regular competitive physical activity and sport.
- Raise students’ aspirations and equip them with the knowledge and skills to flourish in future careers in physical activity or sport.
- Provide access to external providers of physical activity and sport.
- Provide the facility for leadership and officiating skills to develop.
- Development of students’ character preparing them for the future of physical activity within society.
- Pupils have full access to the Physical Education National Curriculum which is differentiated to meet pupils’ learning needs and styles. Via a variety of physical activities in curricular and extra-curricular programmes.
- Through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging, socially supportive and accessible to all.
- Providing opportunities for repetition to embed knowledge, increasing the chance of information recall and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas.
- Through access to intra and inter-school competition.
- Through leadership and officiating opportunities.
- links with external clubs and organisations.
- Delivery of GCSE and A-Level Physical Education.
- Leave school wanting to be physically active, maintaining a lifetime involvement in sport through participation, officiating and/or leadership.
- A lifelong appreciation of the benefits of regular physical activity and sport, enjoyment through involvement, and the development of transferable physical character traits and skills.
- Has the physical and emotional skills to influence their own lives.
- To motivate students (attitude to learning) to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
- An ability to gain employment within sport or access recognised Universities/Colleges to further study sport related courses.
The PE Journey through the key stages:
Key stage 3
During Key Stage 3 all students will experience 4 hours of high-quality PE per fortnight, which will allow them to experience a wide range of physical skills and core values. Students will be assessed and placed into groups which will rotate around a variety of sports throughout the year. Each sport will develop linking core skills between activities, for example; developing sending and receiving skills within outwitting opponents, or fielding skills within striking activities. This will enable students to build the concept of transferring skills and tactics throughout a wide range of activities.
The groupings in Key stage 3 are designed and allocated so that the learning environment and curriculum can help build the key concepts of enjoyment, confidence, leadership, and communication for each individual child.
In an academic year, every student at St Edward’s school will have participated in a variety of practical areas: outwitting opponents, performing at maximum levels, striking and fielding, aesthetics and net games. During each assessment, students will be assessed across numerous strands which underpin key fundamental knowledge and understanding of sport in technique, and skill application in the sporting environment,
Key stage 4
In years 10 and 11, our main focus is on Sport for Life. Students are given far more flexibility in the sports that they choose to develop and pursue. A student’s well-being and personal desires are at the forefront of the curriculum. Student’s will have the ability to pick the activities that they would like to study and the curriculum is then personalised around their choices.
Within KS4 we also offer a very successful academic PE options process. Students are able to opt onto these courses that run for 2 years (year 10 and 11). We offer 2 pathways, OCR national and GCSE PE (for more information regarding these two courses, please refer to our KS4 options page).
Key stage 5
At KS5 we continue with similar pathways from KS4 where students can continue their studies in A-level PE and OCR technical (single and double award). This allows the students to follow a direct academic pathway that individually suits them.
(For more information, please refer to the course outlines which can be found in the 6th form area of our website).
In addition to the academic pathway, we still pursue our intent of Sport for Life, and we make sure that there is the opportunity for students to attend 6th form sport every week. We continue our options process to allow students to have the freedom to pick sports enabling mass participation from the ages of 16 to 18.
Extra-curricular PE (Yr7 to Yr 13)
We strongly encourage all students from all key stages to partake in extra-curricular clubs from a range of different areas to ensure a range of skills are being developed continually. Our extra-curricular programme is actively part of the whole school community as well as providing students with the opportunity to represent the school in both intra and inter-school fixtures. We firmly believe this enriches and broadens the educational opportunities open to all students. Our extra-curricular programme changes termly to enable students the opportunity to participate in more sports throughout the academic year.
OCR National level 2
Who is this course aimed at?
Cambridge National Certificate Level 1/Level 2 OCR.
Who is this course aimed at?
This is an option subject which caters for all learners who are enthused and motivated by sport! The course is largely non-examined assessment meaning students generate evidence against certain set criteria as they progress through the 2 year course. There is only 1 examination worth just 25% of the overall mark. The course is therefore aimed at those students who prefer project type work rather than exams. If you want to develop your sports performance, be a better sports leader and learn about other aspects of sport such as the Olympics, National Governing Bodies and the relationship with the media, this is the course for you!. This course is relevant if you wish to go on to study a Cambridge Technical in Sport at sixth form.
How will I be assessed?
Exam information: 1 written exam of 1 hour (25%).
Coursework: 3 units worth 25% each. Practical sport (largely assessed via practical lessons and will include you being an official). Leadership in Sport (evidence by you planning, leading and evaluating a session). Media in Sport (assessed with posters, leaflets, presentations and mini-essays). All coursework units are entered to the exam board at a set time however, they can be resubmitted if you wish to better your mark.
Will I enjoy the course?
You are most likely to enjoy this course if…you love PE but may not have the necessary sport performance level to complete the GCSE PE course or you love PE but prefer to be assessed in project-based work rather than via an exam! Your enjoyment of this course will be increased if you are prepared for the fact that some lessons will be classroom based!
What will be expected of me?
Students are expected to… participate in all practical lessons, meet the required deadlines, keep up to date with paperwork and be prepared for practical assessments including leadership sessions.
What will I study?
Unit 1 Contemporary issues in Sport (Written exam) examples of what you will learn about:
- Different user groups in society, the possible barriers that affect their participation and the solutions to these barriers.
- The factors that affect the popularity of sport in the UK, current trends and the growth of emerging sports in the UK.
- The role of sport in promoting values, the Olympic and Paralympic movement and key initiatives and events such as Sport Relief
Unit 2 Developing Sport Skills (Coursework- computer based and practical) You will learn how to: Utilise the key components of performance in individual and team activities. Apply the rules and regulations relevant to a sporting activity and understand the importance of consistency, accuracy and communication. identify areas of improvement in performance.
Unit 3 Sports Leadership (Coursework and Practical) You will develop an understanding of different leadership roles in sport and the responsibilities related to those roles. Look at different leadership styles and the personal qualities of an effective leader. You will evaluate your own performance in delivering sports activity sessions in both planning and delivery stages.
Unit 4 Sport and the Media (Coursework) You will learn how sport is covered by the media across television, radio, written press, and internet and social media. Understand the positive impact of the media on sport, including exposure of minority sports, inspiring participation at a grass-roots level and the creation of positive role models. Explore the negative effects that the media can have on sport, such as the decline of live spectatorship, loss of traditional sporting values, and media coverage of inappropriate behaviour of athletes. Develop an understanding of the relationship between sport and the media through topics such as sport as a commodity, sponsorship and advertising, and the impact of pay-perview. Develop the skills to be able to evaluate how sport is covered in the media and the factors that may affect the accuracy, consistency and depth of how a story is covered
Who is this course aimed at?
This is an option subject. A two year course that runs through year 10 and year 11. The course combines practical sports lessons with theory based lessons.
Who is this course for:
Someone who enjoys all types of Sport/Physical activities and is a strong performer, competing outside of school in sport, ideally at least 1 team and 1 individual sport. Someone who always remembers PE kit so has rarely missed practical lessons in year 7,&8 and who is committed to sports both inside and out of school.
A GCSE PE student must be interested in physiology and human biology (muscles and bones) as well as things like health and fitness, diet, how to train, socio-cultural influences on sport and sports injuries. You must be keen to study the theory side of PE as well as take part in the practical. Someone considering moving onto sixth form on successful completion of the course to study courses like: A level PE, an occupation in the sports industry or teaching/coaching opportunities, Physiotherapy/ Sports nutrition or the Cambridge technical in Sport.
How will I be assessed?
60% Theory and 40% Practical
You will be awarded up to 105 marks for the practical element of this course. You will be assessed in 3 sports including at least 1 team sport and 1 individual sport. (For each of your three activities, you will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (worth a maximum of 10 marks per activity) and in the full context/game/competition (worth up to 25 marks per activity). You will be awarded a maximum of 35 marks for each of the three sports. While your teacher will mark you in each of your sports based upon what you show them during the course or the evidence that you submit, an external moderation of the marks will take place at the end of year 11. You may also be assessed in your core PE lessons in sports that are not taught in the GCSE PE lessons, however you will need to check that the sports that you choose in your core PE lessons are suitable for assessment in GCSE PE. It would be advantageous to attend extracurricular clubs in that Sport/Activity. Examples could be rugby, badminton, Athletics. You may wish to be assessed in Golf, Horse Riding or Skiing. If this is the case you will need to provide video evidence of the level you are performing at.
Theory marks come from 2 GCSE exam papers which are marked externally by the exam board (Edexcel). The exam papers include short and long answer questions which are worth between 1 and 9marks. The exam board will combine your theory and practical scores and provide you with an overall grade for GCSE PE between Grade 1 and Grade 9.
Will I enjoy the course?
You are most likely to enjoy this course if you are enthusiastic about your PE lessons and involve yourself without reservation in all practical situations. Your enjoyment of this course will be optimised by realising the high standards and commitment that is expected during both the theory and practical sessions. You should be willing to fully commit yourself to every practical session even if it’s not your strongest or favourite activity and have a keen interest in human biology, physiology, health and fitness and psychology of sport.
What will be expected of me?
Students are expected to keep a neat, tidy and well organised theory file and bring exercise books, textbook, pens/pencils etc. to every lesson. You will be expected to take part in all practical lessons to the very best of your ability, showing commitment, determination and enthusiasm. You will be expected to work to the best of your ability both as an individual and as part of a wider team to best support the achievements of both yourself and your peers.
What will I study?
In theory lessons you will consider applied anatomy and physiology (specifically the cardio and respiratory systems in addition to muscles, bones and the body in movement), Physical training for sport, sports psychology, sociocultural influences on sports participation , health, fitness and wellbeing. You must be competent to perform and compete in at least 1 individual sport and 1 team sport from the list below. You will be assessed in 3 sports in total. If your sport is not on this list you will not be able to use it towards your GCSE.
GCSE PE SPORTS
Mr Sam Pope