Welcome to the PE Department
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Key Stage 3
Your child will study 4 compulsory strands over the Key Stage:
Games – Football/Netball
Creative Activities – Gymnastics/Dance
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Health, Fitness and Well-being
Through these activities your child can plan, practice and improve their performance and become more consistent in their skills. As confidence grows, so will their ability to take part in more technically demanding skills and activities. They will learn the benefits of working with others and engage in activities that develop a positive attitude towards their health and fitness.
GCSE Yr 10
In Yr 10 students will study two areas of the course. PHYSICAL FITNESS and FACTORS AFFECTING PARTICIPATION, PROVISION AND PERFORMANCE. Students will be expected to complete a Personal Exercise Plan during Yr 10 and also keep a detailed account of any external activity that they wish to be assessed
practically by an external coach.
GCSE Yr 11
In Yr 11 students will study the EFFECTS OF EXERCISE, TRAINING/NUTRITION/HYDRATION ON THE BODY'S SYSTEMS
Also they study the SKILL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS INFLUENCING PERFORMANCE.
Unit 1 PHED1
Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active
The course is taught in 4 modules with one 2 hour examination at the end of
the year. The modules are:
Applied Exercise Physiology
This section focuses on how understanding the body and its systems can help
lead to a healthy and active lifestyle and is limited to the following
Health, exercise and fitness; Nutrition; Pulmonary function; Transport of
blood gases; Cardiac function; Analysis of movement in specified sporting
actions; Levers and Applied Exercise Physiology in practical situations.
This section focuses on how skill is acquired and the impact of
psychological factors on their performance. In this module topics such as
Characteristics and definitions of skill; Information Processing; Learning
and Performance and Skill acquisition in practical situations.
Opportunities for participation
Section 1 introduces some of the concepts, categorisations and benefits of
physical activity to both the individual and society. Section 2 focuses on
the current provision for active leisure; Section 3 considers the role of
schools and national governing bodies in creating opportunities for
increasing participation and Section 4 considers the potential barriers to
participation and possible solutions for various target groups.
Unit 2 PHED2 Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer
and/or in an adopted role/s
The coursework component is based upon the principles of acquiring and
applying knowledge, skills and understanding from the learning of the
theoretical aspects covered in this unit, in order to develop and improve
performance in a minimum of two sport related roles. Candidates will be
given the opportunity to analyse the performance of themselves and others,
facilitating a refining of skills via an analysis of techniques and their
application in isolation and modified conditions or conditioned practices.
The course is taught in 3 modules and is examined in two 1½ hour
The A2 modules of learning provide candidates with the opportunity to
develop and extend their knowledge, skills and understanding gained at AS
to enable them to identify the factors which lead to the optimisation of
their own or others’ performance. The assessment objectives of Module 4
require a deeper understanding of the physiological and psychological
processes studied at AS and their effects on the ability of performers to
optimise their performance. It reinforces the interaction of the cognitive
and the physiological as a necessary pre-requisite for elite performance.
In Module 5 candidates should be able to analyse, through physical
education, the effects of Global Trends on participation. They should also
be able to critically evaluate the socio-cultural and contemporary issues,
which influence trends of participation in sport in the UK, France and the
USA. The unit, which assesses this module, will also include, as a separate
section, some of the required synoptic assessment.
Module 6 provides candidates with the opportunity, through coursework, to
evaluate their own or others’ performance. Candidates will be required,
through demonstration in a competition/ performance situation or by written
report, to extend the application of their knowledge to identify the
factors which promote optimisation of performance. This module of learning
also requires candidates to undertake a written Synoptic Assignment. This
piece of externally assessed coursework will enable candidates to
demonstrate their knowledge of the principles and concepts of connections
across areas of the subject. The specification comprises modules of
learning which at AS provide a coherent area of study that considers many
of the aspects across a broad range of topics. These can either
individually or collectively affect the quality of a performance and are
influential in bringing about an improvement of it. The modules of learning
at A Level progress from those at AS to develop skills and understanding of
the factors that optimise performance in the development of excellence.