Physical Education

Welcome to Physical Education

In Physical Education we aim to teach students about how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and encourage them to remain physically active into adulthood.

The Physical Education curriculum is broad and allows students opportunities to learn the key skills, strategies and tactics in a wide variety of sports for example football, rugby, athletics, netball and climbing. These are practiced in an noncompetitive situation and then applied to a competitive one.

This prepares students for one of our examination subjects at Key Stage 4 which include GCSE PE and the Cambridge National level 1 / 2 in Sport Science.

Our key stage 4 core curriculum has a strong emphasis on continuing to develop practical skills as well as an opportunity for improved health and well-being. Students are able to opt into sports and activities of their own choosing making the curriculum more personal.

We offer an extensive enrichment programme which leads to students representing the Academy in fixtures locally, regionally and nationally.


Mr K Loftus – Head of faculty
Mr M Campbell – Second in department
Mr S Arnold – Teacher of PE
Mr M McVay – Teacher of PE
Mr J Sumner – Teacher of PE
Miss K Tyrrell – Teacher of PE
Miss K Wells – Teacher of PE
Mr A Fraser – Teacher of PE & Cover supervisor

Key Stage 3

The Physical Education course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE PE or Sports Science courses in Key Stage 4.

In Year 7 students start the year with a fitness testing block followed by a unit of fitness training. Students are then introduced to a range of activities where they learn the key techniques of each sport and how to apply them in a competitive situation. This is further built upon in Year 8 where complex skills are introduced in preparation for the selection of an examination course or as core PE in Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 4

OCR (1-9) GCSE Physical Education

Content overview

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

Students explore how parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They also develop skills in data analysis, and an understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.

There are two topics:

• Applied anatomy and physiology
• Physical training.

Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

Students develop their knowledge of the social-cultural and psychological influences on levels of participation in sport, and also how sport impacts on society more broadly. This includes the individual benefits to health, fitness and well-being of participating in physical activity, as well as the influences of commercialisation, sponsorship and the media.

There are three topics:

• Socio-cultural influences
• Sports psychology
• Health, fitness and well-being.

Component 03: Performance in physical education

Students are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. They are also required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance to produce an action plan for improvement.

OCR Cambridge National in Sports Studies

There are two mandatory units which the students study:

Reducing the risk of sports injuries

Students learn how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries. They also learn how to respond to common sporting injuries and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.

Applying principles of training

Students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition. They apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.

There are two further optional units which we as a department have chosen to study.
Sports nutrition

Students explore the role that diet plays in different sports and activities and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet that includes essential nutrients in the correct quantities. They use the knowledge they gain to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.

Technology in sport

Students consider how various technologies are used in sport to enhance performance and the experience of sport both for performers and for spectators, as well as the career opportunities that the use of technology presents. They also explore arguments both for and against the increasing use of technology in sport.

Key Stage 5

Content overview

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

Students gain a deeper understanding of key systems in the body and how they react to changes in diet and exercise. They also study the effects of force and motion on the body and how they can be used to our advantage.
There are three topics:
• Applied anatomy and physiology
• Exercise physiology
• Biomechanics

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance

Students study the models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities, how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person. They also explore the psychological factors that affect group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress.

There are two topics:
• Skill acquisition
• Sports psychology

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

This component focuses on the social and cultural factors that have shaped sports over time, and their influences on physical activity. Students consider the impact of hosting a global sporting event such as the Olympic Games, and the influence of modern technology on both the performer and the spectator of contemporary sport.

There are two topics:
• Sport and society
• Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Component 04: Performance in physical education

Students are assessed in the role of either performer or coach in one practical activity. They are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions.

Students are also assessed in the Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI). They observe a live or recorded performance by a peer and provide an oral analysis and critical evaluation of their peer’s performance.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr M Campbell Head of PE

Enrichment Opportunities for Physical Education

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.