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Physical Education
KEY STAGE 3.
One of the main aims of the Physical Education Department is to offer all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum which corresponds to the National Curriculum, whilst also giving all pupils the opportunity to achieve their full potential and to relish the enjoyment that comes with an active and healthy lifestyle.
It is intended to offer a variety of opportunities – to develop activities the pupils have studied previously, and to offer new activities.
Physical Education is a statutory subject to be studied by all pupils up to the end of year 11.

Organisation of lessons for key stage 3 (years 7 - 9)
• All pupils have 4 lessons of 60 minutes every fortnight.
• Each class has the same number of lessons in each activity.
• The activities offered reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum firstly and then the excellent facilities available.

Programme of study for key stage 3 (years 7 - 9)
A number of different activities are offered from the National Curriculum’s 4 areas of experience:
• Health, fitness and well-being activities: fitness (work on the cardiovascular machines – rowing/cycling/running …, and the resistance machines); introducing specific training methods gives our pupils the opportunity to create and evaluate their health and performance. Use fitness tests to evaluate their training and health status.
• Creative activities: gymnastics
• Adventurous activities: orienteering; team building activities; outdoor activities, climbing and bouldering
• Competitive activities: football; rugby; netball; hockey; basketball; athletics; rounders; cricket, tennis, badminton,

Pupils are given opportunities to plan, perform and evaluate in the above activities, with the emphasis on performance. We also focus on the continuous development of our pupils’ skills.
In addition to the above, pupils are given opportunities to take part in a variety of competitive and non-competitive extracurricular activities, and 5x60 activities.

Target setting and assessment
The purpose of assessment in the department is to provide a positive and supportive method which helps pupils to improve their learning through the identification of strengths and weaknesses. Pupils’ ability is assessed in line with the National Curriculum.
• In order to ensure the pupil’s active participation in the assessment process, the pupils are given the opportunity to note personal targets (following discussion with the teacher) during the early lessons of each work unit in their contact books.
• The pupil will be encouraged to assess their own level and that of others during each lesson. This will take place verbally due to the practical nature of the subject.
• During the final lesson, the pupil will be given the opportunity to evaluate the work unit and record their self-assessment levels.
• In addition, pupils’ ability is assessed generally in each lesson, and verbal feedback is given regularly.
• Each pupil will receive two levels each term, and then one level for the whole year.

Year 7 - 9 : Boys
Term 1: Unit 1- Rugby and Health & Fitness.
              Unit 2- Team Work and Badminton.
Term 2: Unit 3 - Health & Fitness.
              Unit 4 - Gymnastics and Football
Term 3: Unit 5 - Athletics.
              Unit 6 - Outdoor Activities and Cricket.

Year 7 - 9 : Girls
Term 1: Unit 1- Hockey and Basketball.
              Unit 2- Hockey and Gymnastics.
Term 2: Unit 3 - Football/Rugby and Health & Fitness.
              Unit 4 - Badminton and Health & Fitness.
Term 3: Unit 5 - Athletics.
              Unit 6 - Outdoor Activities and Baseball.



KEY STAGE 4.
Through studying GCSE Physical Education learners will acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. Learners will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance. Learners will perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas. They will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport.

By studying GCSE Physical Education learners will:
• develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
• understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport
• perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
• develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport
• understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being
• understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport in Wales and the wider world.

Assessment Scheme
Unit 1: Introduction to physical education (Written examination: 2 hours)
Learners will be assessed through a range of short and extended questions. The questions will be based on audiovisual stimuli and other sources. 50%
Unit 2: The active participant in physical education (Non-exam assessment)
Learners will be assessed in three different activities in the role of performer in at least one individual sport, one team sport and one other.
One activity will be a major activity which will have a personal fitness programme linked to the activity. 50%

• Team activities include Football, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rounders, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Rugby Sevens, and Volleyball.
• Individual activities include Athletics, Cross-country, Biking, Diving, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Skiing, Squash, Swimming, Weightlifting, and Tampolining.
• Some activities may be considered as individual or team activities, such as Dance, Badminton, Tennis, Table tennis, Sailing and Climbing.

Any other activity that does not appear within the specification needs to be approved by WJEC. Candidates can offer a maximum of two off-site activities for assessment. Off-site activities are those that do not take place at the school campus and where candidates are not supervised, coached and assessed by the schools teacher.
Practical assessment is ongoing during the 2 years of the course, therefore it is essential for candidates to participate regularly in their chosen activities through practice/training sessions, games and competitions.

KEY STAGE 5
Due to the nature of the subject weekly participation in their chosen activity is compulsory in order to develop their performance. A good level of commitment to school sports activities is also expected as well as lessons. The purchase of Physical Education kit is compulsory as it is the mandatory kit for all practical Physical Education activities.

Outline of courses AS and A2:
AS (2 Units):-
PE1:- Improving performance in Physical Education
Internal Assessment (external moderation) –
- Practical Performance (30% of AS)
- Personal Performance Profile (10% of AS)
- Coaching or Officiating (10% of AS)

PE2:- Active lifestyles and Physical Education
The focus in this unit is on:
• Exploring the available lifestyle choices and the factors that affect/influence these choices;
• The opportunities and pathways available to those participating in physical activity;
• What participating in physical activity offers physically, psychologically and technically;
• The role of nutrition in performance and health;
• The lifestyle benefits of leading an active life.
External Assessment (50% of AS) – Compulsory structured questions plus one question requiring extended writing (1 hour 45 minutes)

A2 (2 units):-
PE3:- Refining performance in Physical Education
Internal Assessment – Practical Performance (17.5% of A2)
Investigative Research (7.5% of A2)

PE4:- Performance, Provision and Participation in Physical Education
The focus in this unit is on:
• refining sporting performance and enhancing and maintaining health;
• the opportunities and pathways available for being involved in physical activity;
• the social, economic, cultural and ethical factors that might influence involvement in physical activity;
• commercialisation of sport;
• Scientific and technological developments in physical activity.
External Assessment – Section A – Compulsory structured questions (15%)
Section B – One question requiring extended writing from a choice of two (10%)
(2 hour paper)