Physical Education

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Within Key stage 3 students will get two lessons of PE a week. This is compulsory for all students.

All year groups take part in a variety of activities across the year, covering different types of activities, from different areas Physical Education, (Games, Gymnastic Activities, Athletic Activities etc). This ensures they get a balanced programme of PE and develop skills that are transferrable from one activity to the next. They study each activity for 6 single lessons (3 weeks) , before moving onto the next one. The order of the activities varies for each year group and there are small differences between the girls and boys curriculum. To do well it is essential that they work hard and develop in all areas.  Timetable information can be found on the PE Department Portal.

They will be assessed like all other subjects across the range of activities they study with Costello’s new “Life Without Levels”. They are not assessed in each individual activity.

The four components are:

  • Developing skills across a range of activities
  • Application of skills
  • Performing at maximum with character & a growth mindset
  • Leading, evaluating and improving using appropriate terminology

Students are expected to make progress in PE as they are in all other subjects and they will also be awarded grades for character too.

In addition to lessons there is a thriving extra curricular programme, where they can take part in a variety of clubs and teams to improve their skills and knowledge, in addition to the opportunity to play in matches and tournaments against other local schools and further afield.


KS4

In Key stage 4 students get one lesson of PE a week. This is compulsory for all students.

All year groups take part in a variety of activities across the year, covering different types of activities, from different areas Physical Education, (Games, Gymnastic Activities, Athletic Activities etc). This ensures they get a balanced programme of PE and continue to develop skills that are transferrable from one activity to the next. They study each activity for 6 single lessons, before moving onto the next one. The order of the activities varies for each year group and there are some differences between the girls and boys curriculum.

The areas they should develop in continue from KS3 (see above), but in addition students should begin to take responsibility for their own learning more regularly and realise that physical activity can contribute to a positive healthy active lifestyle (physically, mentally and socially). Taking part  will help promote teamwork, friendships and help to reduce things like stress which will build up due to exams, so PE continues to be important as the students get older and move into adulthood.

The NFCE Level 1 / 2  Technical Award in Health & Fitness course is a GCSE equivalent qualification that is available to take as an option in addition to your core PE in Year 10/11.

The course is split into 2 units:

  1. Includes: body systems, effects of health and fitness activities on the body, health and fitness and principles of training
  2. Includes: lifestyle factors, test & develop components of fitness, analyse health & fitness / goal setting, the structure of a programme.

Unit 1 content is assessed via an external exam, but Unit 2 is internally assessed via the synoptic project and then moderated by NCFE. The units are graded as either Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit or Distinction and each unit contributes towards a final grade using the same categories.

Students get two opportunities to sit the external exam, and two opportunities to submit the coursework. The exam windows are at a different time to the rest of the GCSEs..