Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

Through the study of PE we aim to enable students to:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of health and fitness and ways to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • Contribute to the holistic development of students, including their mental, physical & social well-being.
  • Be resilient learners and develop an ability to evaluate one’s own performances.
  • Instill the desire and capability to engage in lifelong participation in sport and physical activity.

Key Stage 3

Physical activity plays a significant role in the lives of students at Holcombe Grammar School and, in addition to weekly PE lessons, there are regular opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities in a range of activities, including football, rugby, hockey, cricket and athletics to name but a few. Extra-curricular activities are open to students of all experiences and abilities, with selected students being given the opportunity to engage in a range of inter-school fixtures and competitions.

Pupils receive 1 x 120 minute lesson per week covering a range of sporting activities from table tennis to softball over the course of each year. Emphasis is on improvement & enjoyment and pupils are encouraged to become analytical thinkers as well as accomplished performers. Students are given the opportunity to work both independently and interdependently and are encouraged to develop a range of inter-personal skills, including leadership and communication.

 

Year 7

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6

Rugby

Fitness

Table Tennis

 

Badminton

Rugby

Gymnastics

Hockey

Handball

Basketball

 

Hockey

Handball

 

Athletics

Softball

 

Short Tennis

Cricket

 

 


 

Year 8

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Rugby

Badminton

Football

Handball

OAA

Rugby

Badminton

Football

Handball

OAA

Table Tennis

Fitness

Hockey

Basketball

Table Tennis

Fitness

Hockey

Basketball

Athletics

 

 

Softball

Short Tennis

Cricket

 

 


 

Year 9

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6

Rugby

Badminton

OAA

Football

Handball

Fitness

Badminton

OAA

Football 

Handball

Table Tennis

Fitness

Hockey

Basketball

Table Tennis

Fitness

Hockey

Basketball

Athletics

Softball

 

 

 

Softball

Cricket

Key Stage 4

What makes Usain Bolt the fastest man on the planet? How does what you eat for breakfast influence your sporting performance? Why might playing on my X Box all day be bad for my health? These are the sorts of issues that are tackled on the GCSE PE course, which has been updated to reflect the ever-evolving world of sport.

High expectations are set of pupils as we aim for you to become familiar with many of the complex terminology and issues related with PE and sporting activity. Throughout the two year AQA course students will receive 2 x 60 minute lessons per week, one of which will be classroom based while the other involves practical performance. Assessment in GCSE PE is comprised of 30% non-exam assessment (NEA) and 70% theory.

If students choose not to study GCSE PE they will continue to receive two hours per week of core PE lessons, with the emphasis on physical activity and application of core skills & decision making into competitive situations.

Theory

This unit is externally assessed through two written examinations, each lasting 75 minutes. Topics assessed include Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis, Sport Psychology, and Physical Training.

NEA

Pupils undertake a range of practical activities, offering three for assessment in the role of either performer or coach. In doing so it is an expectation that pupils taking this course will be participating on a regular basis in competitive sporting activity, either inside or outside of school. One piece of written coursework will involve an analysis of students’ own performance in one practical activity, as well as the identification of the weaknesses in their performance and the planning of appropriate strategies to improve upon these areas.

Taking GCSE Physical Education will be your initial building block to an ever increasing range of degree and sporting career possibilities and the reformed structure facilitates a smooth transition for those students who choose to progress on to study the subject at A-Level.

“Lessons were always engaging and helpful. All topics were covered thoroughly.” (2020 GCSE PE student)

“The teacher was always available to support us and focused on how to answer questions in detail to reach our target grade.” (2020 GCSE PE student)

 

Year 10

GCSE

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Components of Fitness

Fitness Testing

Methods of Training

Calculating Intensities

Health and Fitness

Sedentary Lifestyles

Obesity

Principles of Training

Seasonal Aspects

Warm up and Cool down

Somatotypes

Nutrition and Hydration

Skill and Ability

Skill Classification

Goal Setting

Engagement Patterns of Different Social Groups and Commercialisation

Types of Sponsorship and Impacts

Basic Information Procession Model

Guidance

Feedback

Types of Media and Impacts

Types of Technology and Impacts

Conduct of Performers

Arousal

Aggression

Personality                                       

Motivation

PEDs

Hooliganism

NEA (written coursework)

Prelims

 

 

Core

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Rugby

Badminton

Football

Handball

Fitness

Badminton

Football

Handball

Table Tennis

Fitness

Hockey

Basketball

Table Tennis

Fitness

Hockey

Basketball

Athletics

Softball

Softball

Short Tennis

Cricket

 


 

Year 11

GCSE

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Written NEA (continued)

Assessment Preparation

Skeletal System

Joints

Cardio - Respiratory System : The Pathway of Air

Gaseous Exchange

Mechanics of Breathing

Interpretation of Spirometer Trace

Muscular System

Blood Vessels

Heart/Cardiac System

The Recovery Process

Effects of Exercise (during exercise) short term (24-36hours) and long term (months)

Levers 

Planes and Axes                                        

Examination Preparation                                       GCSE Examinations                           

 

Core

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4
Futsal

Fitness

Handball

Fitness

Handball

Fitness

Futsal

Fitness

Years 12 and 13

Students will explore contemporary issues in modern sport and recreation as well as examining the effects of exercise and the relationships between training and performance. Students will enhance their understanding of how elite performers prepare for sports competition as well as finding ways to improve their own performance in selected roles through their greater understanding of the subject.

 

Year 12

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Cardiovascular system; Skill, skill continuums and transfer of skills; Impact of skill classification on structure of practice for learning; pre-industrial societyRespiratory system; Principles and theories of learning & performance; pre-industrial (pre-1780); industrial and post-industrial (1780-1900)Neuromuscular System; Impact of skill classification of structure of practice for learning; industrial and post-industrial (1780-1900)Energy Transfer; Energy Continuum; use of guidance and feedback;; post World War II (1950-present)Factors affecting VO2 max/aerobic power; general information processing model; post World War II (1950 to present); sociological theory applied to equal opportunities Measurements of energy expenditure; impact of specialist training methods on energy systems; efficiency of information processing; sociological theory applied to equal opportunities 

 


 

Year 13

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4
Diet & nutrition; preparation & training methods; personality; 
attitudes; arousal; anxiety; concepts of physical activity and sport; developments of elite performers in sport
Types of injury; injury prevention, rehabilitation & recovery; aggression; motivation; achievement motivation theory; ethics in sport; violence in sportBiomechanical principles; levers; linear motion; self efficacy & confidence; leadership; drugs in sport; sport & the lawAngular motion; projectile motion; fluid mechanics; social facilitation; group dynamics; goal setting; impact of commercialisation on physical activity & sport and the relationship between sport and the media; the role of technology in physical activity and sport 

Online Learning Support

There are a range of on-line resources that students can access in order to further their understanding and interest in the subject, including:

  • GCSE bitesize
  • GCSE pod
  • Seneca learning
  • Alevelpe.com
  • Teachpe.com

Careers

Students have progressed onto careers in teaching, sports coaching, sport development, leisure management, physiotherapy and sports psychology, among other things. The GCSE and A-level specifications have an emphasis on the application of knowledge to contemporary sport, as well as the requirement for students to be able to analyse & evaluate ideas. These are skills that prepare students well for Further Education and the wider word of work. The diverse nature of these courses also equip students with skills and knowledge that are transferable to a variety of contexts and job opportunities.

British Values

The study of physical education supports and encourages a range of British Values:

Democracy – Pupils are taught about the need for different roles and different responsibilities, including team work and decision making. Pupils know how to behave in PE in a way that is acceptable socially.

Pupils understand and accept the roles of the captain and team players.

Pupils can work individually and in teams and make informed choices.

Pupils are fully engaged in all lessons.

The extra-curricular programme is inclusive and activities are well attended.