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Physical Education

Introduction to the Department

The mission of Aldworth Physical Education Department is to educate minds, develop physically literate bodies, provide opportunities to succeed and promote positive attitudes towards lifetime physical activity, fitness and sports skills.

KS3 Core Physical Education

Physical Education is the planned, progressive learning that takes place in school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both ‘learning to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’ (e.g. learning through movement, a range of skills and understandings beyond physical activity, such as co-operating with others). The context for the learning is physical activity, with children experiencing a broad range of activities, including sport and dance.

Students have two periods of P.E. a week and will study a different topic every 3 weeks across the autumn, spring and summer terms meaning that they experience 13 different activities across the year. Year 7 & 8 students experience 6 lessons of Food & Nutrition across the year to develop students understanding of how having a healthy diet can contribute to physical health and living a healthy lifestyle. Students also learn the specific dietary requirements of Athletes in different sports and how their diet fuels their performance.

Students are assessed across four strands in Years 7-9: Leadership, Knowledge & Understanding, Analysis & Evaluation and Performance. Students are placed on one of three pathways for each of the 4 concepts: Foundation, Good & Outstanding. You can see what is considered as Good in a student in each year group below. A student who is of District, County, Regional or National level in any activity will be expected to be performing to an Outstanding pathway across all areas.

KS4 Core Physical Education

Year 10 students study a pedagogy called Sport Education. The goal of Sports Education is to educate students to be players in the fullest sense and to help them develop as competent, literate and enthusiastic sportspersons. Students take an active coaching role in developing practices and drills in a range of sports for their class to perform. They then seek to apply the skills they have developed from the practices into match play. Each class will have its own league format for the academic year. As well as gaining points for winning, teams also gain points if the individuals perform their individual roles well. Each team will have a coach, captain, equipment manager, fitness leader, journalist and statistician.

Year 11 students choose what they study in Physical Education by selecting one of four pathways: Boy’s Competitive, Girl’s Competitive, Health & Leisure and Alternative. Students are provided with the list of topics each pathway consists of at the end of Year 10 so they are able to select the perfect pathway for them.  

It is the expectation that all students bring kit to all lessons, even if they are not practically able to take part in the lesson due to illness or injury. Students still get changed and take part as a coach, official or performing observation and analysis.

Extra-Curricular – School Sport

School Sport is the structured learning that takes place beyond the curriculum within school settings; this is sometimes referred to as out-of-school-hours learning. Again, the context for the learning is physical activity. The School Sport programme has the potential to develop and broaden the foundation learning that takes place in physical education. It also forms a vital link with community sport and activity. We run teams in basketball, football, netball, tennis, rugby, badminton, athletics, cricket and rounders. We also compete in dance and trampolining. Activities run before school, at break, at lunch and after school in order to cater for as many students wishing to participate as possible. We encourage all students to attend the clubs to ensure that they maintain a healthy active lifestyle, whereby they acquire new skills, have the ability to challenge themselves within a competitive situation through fixtures and to make new friends.

We have a School Sport programme which is updated every half-time to ensure students can access a full range of sports and activities. We also share the “P.E. Sports Bulletin” in the School’s weekly news letter to inform parents of what clubs and fixtures are taking place the week ahead.

GCSE Physical Education

Syllabus: Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

Course Content:

Students will study 4 units of work throughout two years:

  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport & Exercise (Exam)
  • Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport (Practical Assessment & Coursework)
  • Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training (Practical Assessment & Coursework)
  • Unit 5: The Sports Performer in Action (Coursework)


Two units will be delivered and assessed each year of the course. Each unit consists of 30 teaching hours and then students are expected to be assessed by coursework, practical performance and an exam. All assessment is carried out in exam conditions.

Each unit will be assessed and graded as a Pass, Merit and Distinction. All work is moderated internally before the final grade being given to students with the exception of Unit 1 where the students sit an online exam and this is marked externally. The grades from each unit are weighted and contribute to an overall course grade. Overall course grades can be Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
For more detailed curriculum information, please see the documents below.