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