Physical Education (PE)
Key Stage 3 and 4 Core PE
Students in PE follow the new ULT PE curriculum consisting of 9 KPIs across 3 strands: ‘Fit to Perform’, ‘Fit to Lead’ and ‘Fit for Life’. The ‘Fit to Perform’ strand assesses student’s ability to perform certain skills and techniques across a range of sports and activities. It focuses on control, accuracy and precision in isolation and competitive situations. The ‘Fit to Lead’ strand has close links with Sports Leaders UK and assesses the student’s ability to lead, manage and be creative within sporting situations. The final strand ‘Fit for Life’ is about leading a lifelong healthy active lifestyle, and assesses the student’s knowledge and understanding of this. Students are expected to meet the KPIs in team and individual sports across the year to mirror the demands of the GCSE.
Students also receive a termly PE homework project in Years 7 and 8, linking to all three strands and feeding into the GCSE PE criteria to develop knowledge and understanding in preparation for options selection.
KS4 OCR Cambridge National PE Option
Students start their PE option in Year 9, and follow a 3-year scheme of work, which adds additional hours to their weekly core lessons. In the current A*-C specification students are assessed through their practical performance across four sports, and sit a 1hour 30min written theory exam. Students also produce a written personal exercise program and analysis of performance on one of their chosen sports. The weighting for the current specification is 60% practical and 40% written examination.
The new OCR Cambridge National qualification in Sport is underway in PE, and Year 9 to 11 students have begun the new Dinstinction*-Pass specification. Practical assessment has a focus on performance in both individual and team sports, where students are to select 2 sports; one a team sport, one an individual sport. Students are also expected to officiate their specialist sports, and plan, lead and deliver a skills session on their chosen sport. There is also the opportunity for students to evaluate and analyse performance through the completion of a written coursework. Students are also expected to sit a 60 minutes theory examination at the end of Year 11, which forms one of their units. The units for this course include: R051: Contemporary issues in sport (examination unit), R053: Sports leadership (practical unit), R052: Developing sports skills (practical unit) and R054: Sport and the media (coursework unit).
KS5 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity Option
Students can opt to study the Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity at Level 3, either as smaller Extended Certificate or the larger Diploma. Students are assessed through written pieces of coursework, practical performances in a variety of sports, leadership tasks, fitness tests and health scenario tasks.