Physical Education Department

Art Department

PE staff: Mr M Haycocks (Head of Department), Miss T Clark (Head of KS3 and Transition), Miss P Allen

The PE programme of study at Fitzharrys provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that develop successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

PE helps pupils acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to participate successfully in, and enjoy, physical activities both now and in the future. Pupils develop analytical and evaluation skills by deciding how to improve the quality of their own and others' work. By working in a variety of contexts on their own, in groups and in teams, pupils learn to work both independently and collaboratively. Taking on responsible roles like leading, coaching, choreographing, officiating, managing a team or mentoring and being responsible for their own and others' safety also gives pupils confidence. Working in groups and teams in different activities provides opportunities for pupils to learn to work with others and form good relationships. Experiencing a range of activities, roles and contexts helps pupils gain the confidence to try new things, take managed risks and stay safe, make the most of opportunities, recognise their talents and develop ambitions.

For a full list of the extra-curricular sport activities please click here.

PE Key Stage 3

During KS3 pupils are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities listed below:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Fitness
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Short-tennis
  • Rounders/cricket/softball/stoolball
  • Athletics

During KS3 PE, pupils develop the competence and confidence to take part in this full range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. This high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them.

At KS3 pupils are assessed using Level Descriptors. The next link will enable you to view these: Level Descriptors. Throughout KS3 pupils are given the opportunity to analyse both their own and others performance. A self-evaluation booklet is completed at the end of each module and those pupils who have shown a high level of commitment, effort and attainment are rewarded.

PE in Upper School

Exam board: Edexcel

Specification: GCSE Specification

At GCSE, pupils follow the EdExcel syllabus which was renewed in September 2009 and aims to:

  • encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and to develop an awareness and appreciation of their own and others’ cultures in relation to physical education
  • encourage creativity and decision-making skills to enable students to plan effectively for performances and to respond to changing situations
  • prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices
  • enable students to become increasingly physically competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities, and to become increasingly effective in their performance in different types of physical activity and roles such as player/participant, leader and official
  • enable students to develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in different types of physical activity, and to develop and maintain their involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Pupils study the following modules:

Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education

Section 1: Healthy, active lifestyles

1.1.1        Healthy, active lifestyles and how they could benefit you

1.1.2        Influences on your healthy, active lifestyle

1.1.3        Exercise an fitness as a part of your healthy, active lifestyle

1.1.4        Physical activity as a part of your healthy, active lifestyle

1.1.5        Your personal health and well-being

Section 2: Your healthy, active body

1.2.1        Physical activity and your healthy mind and body

1.2.2        A healthy, active lifestyle and your cardiovascular system

1.2.3        A healthy, active lifestyle and your respiratory system

1.2.4        A healthy, active lifestyle and your muscular system

1.2.5        A healthy, active lifestyle and your skeletal system

Unit 2: Performance in Physical Education

2.1              Practical performance

2.2              Analysis of performance

Pupils are informally assessed throughout the two years of the course. The final theory paper is weighted at 40% of the overall mark and the practical element weighing 60%. These two elements are assessed at they end of Year 11 through a theory paper and a controlled practical assessment day.

PE Key Stage 4

PE at KS4 is aimed at continuing pupils participation in physical activity and broadening their understanding of the need to lead a healthy active lifestyle. Activities take on a more competitive aspect with tournaments and competition being large aspect of lessons. pupils have more choice in what they do at KS4 and have the opportunity to participate in some or all of the activities listed below:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Fitness
  • Trampolining
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Rounders/cricket/softball
  • Tennis

There is no formal assessment of pupils at KS4, however pupils are still encouraged to undertake self and peer assessment to enhance their learning and development.

PE Key Stage 5

Sixth Form

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: AQA Physical Education Specification

A Level PE is taught across the Abingdon Consortium with courses being shared between the three schools. Pupils are able to receive teaching from staff within their specialist areas which greatly enhances the delivery of modules and pupils knowledge and understanding. We follow the AQA Syllabus, the specification for which can be found at the top of this section.

This specification is designed to allow candidates to:

  • focus on a single physical activity throughout the course
  • experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles such as performer, official and leader/coach
  • build on their previous experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in sport and physical activity
  • evaluate and discuss contemporary developments in sport, such as the impact of new technology, sport-specific rehabilitation and the use of ergogenic aids.

AS Outline

At AS, the specification develops knowledge and skills to help understand the opportunities for, and effects of, leading a healthy and active lifestyle:

Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle
Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as performer and/or in an adopted role/s.

A2 Outline

At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques:

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport
Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation.