Physical Education


Physical Education

Physical education (PE) develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

A high-quality PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. It leads to the development of a wide range of skills including the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. In an ambitious Physical Education Department, students learn to perform in a variety of sports activities; to analyse their performance, as well as that of their team; and to make conscious decisions about how to improve based upon their analysis. This process empowers young people to develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and to learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Actively discovering a sport to enjoy, and developing an aptitude for it helps teenagers make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

“PE helps students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.”

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What would I learn in PE?

Participation in Physical Education enables young people to learn through movement so that they develop, extend and refine their skills in a range of movement contexts. Physical Education should also help young people to develop positive attitudes towards participation in physical activities in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Active, enjoyable and challenging learning experiences in this area aim to help young people to develop:

Positive attitudes to and enjoyment of physical activity; an awareness of the positive impact of physical activity on health and wellbeing; and positive relationships, sportsmanship, fair play and respect for differing capabilities.

What would I learn in PE?

In Years 7 & 8 students develop competence in a broad range of physical activities. The sports covered here are football, basketball, netball, trampolining, fitness, climbing and athletics. These activities are broadened by judo, handball, dance and table tennis. Through these sports they will also learn to develop relationships, tactics and strategic awareness


How would I learn in PE?

Teaching will begin as teacher lead, progressing on to students developing and leading warm ups. During class work and Homework pupils will gain an understanding of the science behind the subject. At the end of each unit of work there will be test.


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Why study PE?

Acquire technique and improve their creativity in other competitive sports
Demonstrate resilience and have the ability to make meaning in a range of environments in outdoor and adventurous activities which present both intellectual and physical challenges
Evaluate performance and be expected to change an learn to achieve their personal best through a range of sporting opportunities
Assessment is linked to motivation levels and Learning Powers..

What would I learn in PE?

Develop learning relationships, tactics and strategically awareness through team and individual games, such as netball, football, basketball, rugby, rounders, cricket, dance, trampolining and climbing.

How would I learn in PE?

Progression from being teacher-dependent for participation and organisation to assuming responsibility for planning, carrying out and reviewing their own programmes of activity.

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

OCR Nationals

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 25% 25%
  • Coursework 75% 75%

Course Makeup:

  • R051: Contemporary issues in sport Written paper – OCR set and marked 1 hour – 60 marks
  • R052: Developing sports skills – Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated 60 marks
  • R053: Sports leadership – Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated 60 marks
  • R056: Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities – Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated 60 marks and skills in outdoor activities

Exam Structure:

  • Written paper OCR set and marked

  • 1 hour – 60 marks

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

GCSE OCR (1-9)

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 60% 60%
  • Non-exam assessment 40% 40%

Course Makeup:

  • Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance
    1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology 1.2 Physical training
  • Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
    2.1 Socio-cultural influences 2.2 Sports psychology 2.3 Health, fitness and well-being
  • Component 03: Performance in physical education (Non Examination Assessment: NEA)
    3.1 Performance of three activities taken from the two approved lists:
    one from the individual list
    one from the team list
    one other from either list
    3.2 Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP), task- based non-exam assessment (NEA)

Exam Structure:

  • Physical factors affecting performance (01)
    1 hour written paper – worth 60 marks, 30% of total GCSE.

  • Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (02)
    1 hour written paper is worth 60 marks, 30% of total GCSE.

  • Performance in physical education (03)
    80 marks non-exam assessment (NEA) and worth 40% of the final grade.

Staff in Department

Head of Department:

Mrs Meadows / Allen

Mr Ebourne

Mr Allen

Mr Parekh

Mr Atterbury

Miss Thomas

Mr Ebourne

Useful Website Links:

Sport England –

Sport and development –

Sports Coach UK –

Olympic Committee –

BBC Bitesize – GCSE – Health, fitness and training –

Top End Sports – Fitness –

OCR Spec –

Deviance In Sport (Prezi) –

Contact PE Department

Please use the form bellow to contact the English department or alternatively please email

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