PE is taught by

Mr J Denham Curriculum Team Leader
Ms S Maguire Assistant Curriculum Team Leader
Ms S Dennis Pastoral Achievement Leader & PE Teacher
Ms H Thomas PE Teacher & Healthy Schools Coordinator
Mr A Brahim PE Teacher
Mr C Taylor PE Teacher
Mr J Pattison PE Teacher


Curriculum Content & Aims:

  • To encourage and motivate all students to develop their full potential through a range of purposeful, yet enjoyable activities within a challenging environment.
  • To develop an understanding of the benefits gained when participating in physical activity now and in later life.
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to physical education.
  • To develop an appreciation of skilful and creative performances in a variety of sports activities.
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students to have equal access to physical education, and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • To show equality in developing opportunities for all students and foster the culture of inclusion.
  • To promote the development of interpersonal skills (organisation, co-operation, initiative and responsibility) and to heighten self-esteem, whilst encouraging respect for other groups and individuals.
  • To provide the necessary stimuli to encourage the development of decision making, imaginative thinking and problem solving.
  • To encourage students to develop personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm and an appreciation of honest competition and good sportsmanship.
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them using reasonable arguments.
  • To provide students with the opportunities to work with others in the wider community.
  • To make students aware of local community sports clubs where they can build upon skills learned and further develop their social skills.

At KS3 students take part in activities on a half-term cycle giving them the opportunity to perform a number of sports that will enable them to find an activity that they can engage in outside curriculum time. Following a broad curriculum allows the opportunity for maximum exposure to a variety of sports and exercises. Each week, a student will have 100 minutes of lessons for them to follow the closely monitored curriculum and be guided by their class teacher through the individualised schemes of work for each sport and activity.

How are they assessed

Students are assessed on their physical literacy within different sports and exercises in three areas:

  • Communication
  • Skills performed in isolation
  • Skills performed in game application

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Students are encouraged to lead active lifestyles outside of their school lives. To achieve this, the physical education department have strong links to local sports clubs and Newham Borough sporting initiatives in order for students to further enhance their sporting prowess and ensure they are participating in physical activity. The extra-curricular clubs on offer allow students to use outside school learning hours to improve the frequency of participating in sport and exercise. The department expectation is for each student to attend at least one extra-curricular club per week.

How parents/carers can support their child

This can be achieved through parents being willing to support their child in joining a local sports club, playing fixtures, attending club practice and encouraging them to develop a love for sport and exercise.

KS4 Physical Education

Courses offered:

At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to study Edexcel GCSE PE. This pathway is suited to those who partake in a large amount of extra-curricular activity or participate in regular sport outside of school. There is a large theory content where topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, physical training, health, fitness and well-being and sport psychology.

For those who don’t wish to study GCSE PE, our core programme enables students to pick a pathway that suits their interest within PE. There are a number of options students have open to them including a competitive pathway where highly competitive sports are frequent on the calendar; an individual pathway suited to those who prefer individual sports; or a sports leader’s pathway suited to those who wish to be involved with running sports competitions.

Curriculum content & aims

Core Physical Education (non-examined)

Students tackle complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle. Students are taught to:

  • use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team
  • evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
  • continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links and sports clubs

GCSE Physical Education

GCSE specifications in physical education should equip students with 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. This will require them to:

  • 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

Details of studies per year

Students receive 150 minutes of GCSE Physical Education lessons per week - this is broken down into practical and theory lessons as these elements of the course contribute to the assessment methods used. GCSE Physical Education students are role models for the subject and should perform at their best throughout each lesson. Alongside this, students will have opportunities to attend elite sporting events, residential trips and access to more sport and exercise throughout their participation in the course. These events can take place inside and outside of school, depending on the arising opportunities.

How they are assessed

Written examination (1 hour 45 minutes) - Fitness and Body Systems (36% of qualification)

Written examination (1 hour 15 minutes) - Health and Performance (24% of qualification)

Practical Performance (3 activities) - 1 team activity, 1 individual activity, 1 free choice (30% of qualification)

Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) - (10% of qualification)

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Students are expected to spend a minimum of two hours per week outside of lesson time completing home learning for the theoretical examinations.

For the practical performance, students are encouraged to be regular sports performers outside of school - this could be at a local sports club, for a sports team, or from making use of the extensive extra-curricular clubs organised by the PE department.

How parents/carers can support their child

This can be achieved through parents being willing to support their child in joining a local sports club, playing fixtures, attending club practice and encouraging them to develop a love for sport and exercise.

For theory lessons and homework, parents can support their child in completing homework that is individualised for each student. This will challenge them as much as possible with support provided for students where the teacher sees necessary.

Possible careers

Sports scientist Physical education teacher
Physiotherapist Professional sportsperson
Sports coach/consultant Sports policy at local and national level
Diet and fitness instructor Personal trainer

Useful websites - A GCSE PE revision website built by LIS student Anesa

Planet PE - iOs and Android App

How parents or other members of the public can find out more about the PE curriculum/syllabus:

Using the examination board website, this provides the full details of the course being studied and the requirements of each student. This also provides further information regarding the subject contribution to the holistic development of each child.

Name of person in the PE department who parents can contact if they need more information about the syllabus: Mr. J. Denham

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