Physical Education

At Saint Bede’s we commit a lot of time, staffing and resources to deliver a high quality programme of study in which all students thrive. We provide a wide variety of sporting activities for all ages and abilities. The involvement of pupils in PE - both in the classroom and through the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities - helps boost confidence and self-esteem, encourages teamwork, whilst at the same time developing pupils’ physical and mental skills.

Key Stage 4

We aim to develop every student’s physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these qualities to perform in a range of activities that promote physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Opportunities are provided for students to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. Perhaps one of our most important tasks at present is to develop positive attitudes towards an active and healthy lifestyle. In PE, pupils learn to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process, students discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. As well as extensive team practice sessions, there are also lunchtime and after school clubs for extra-curricular activities.

Our main aim for the upper school curriculum is to offer all students the opportunity to enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject so that by the time they leave they will be able to make an informed judgement as to why they should and how they could embark on a lifelong involvement in physical activity.

GCSE Physical Education
  • 2 year course
  • 2 lessons in Week A and 3 lessons in Week B
Assessment

Theory = 60%

Practical = 40% (30% practical performance, 10% analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity- written work).

Practical 

Pupils will be expected to be in their full PE kit in all practical lessons.

What's assessed

Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity) and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity. 

The activities we will be teaching: 

Games Activities

  • Handball 
  • Volleyball
  • Netball, Football – these activities may not be taught during their PE lessons.  Assessments may take place during extra-curricular activities.

These activities may be carried out through extra-curricular as well as curriculum time. Pupils would be expected to attend an extra-curricular session during at least one lunchtime or in an after-school session on a weekly basis. 

Individual Activities

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Trampolining

These activities may be carried out through extra-curricular as well as curriculum time. Pupils would be expected to attend an extra-curricular session during at least one lunchtime or in an after-school session on a weekly basis. 

Pupils are encouraged to play sport outside school, whether it be recreationally or competitively.

Regular assessment of practical activities will take place and they will be videoed for evidence of attainment.

The practical course is assessed by the teaching staff and moderated by AQA (the examination board).  All work whether seen by the moderator or not will be recorded.  This a requirement of the examination board.
100 marks
40% of GCSE.

Theory

Subject Content includes:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and wellbeing

Paper 1 – The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport
Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes
78 marks
30% of GCSE

Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences
Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes
78 marks
30% of GCSE

Attitude

Students will be expected to have shown a positive attitude to PE over the last three years in terms of arriving at lessons with a complete kit and making a determined effort.

GCSE results 2015
  • 82% A* - C
REWARDS

The PE Department encourage all pupils to do their best and work with in positive and enthusiastic manner.  We also try and provide opportunities both in and out of school for pupils to participate in a variety of physical activities.

Rewards are given in the ways outlined below: -

PUPIL OF THE MONTH

A boy and girl from each year group will receive a nomination for ‘Pupil of the Month’ from their teacher. This will be agreed within the PE department and the pupils selected will receive a ‘Pupil of the Month’ certificate. 

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

A pupil will be chosen as 'Player of the Match' by the opposition at the end of a school fixture.

PLAYERS’ PLAYER 

At the end of each season, all team players will decide on a ‘Players’ Player Award’.  They will receive a small trophy at the Sports Awards Assembly.

PLAYERS’ AWARD

Pupils will receive a medal at the Sports Achievement Assembly at the end of the school year.

COLOURS (EXTRA-CURRICULAR)

Coloured badges are awarded to pupils who have demonstrated exceptional performance and/or commitment whilst representing the school.

SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD AND SPECIAL ACHIEVERS' AWARD (EXTRA-CURRICULAR) 

The P.E. Department will discuss nominations for ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ and ‘Special Achievers’ Award’. Trophies are given out in the Sports Achievement Assembly to those pupils who have excelled in P.E. or shown considerable commitment to sport throughout the year.

SPORTS DAY

Pupils will receive a certificate if they come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their event.  This will be handed out on the day itself.