PE Department

The department aims to provide an enjoyable and satisfying programme, which should afford opportunities for every pupil to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The curriculum offers a comprehensive range of learning experiences to meet the needs of individual pupils and tries to encourage active involvement by all as performers, observers and officials.

Through a sympathetic and structured selection of learning experience appropriate to individual needs we aim to support all pupils in the development of physical competence and promote the skills necessary to effectively plan and evaluate movement related activities, safely and with confidence.

Competition, patience, tolerance a sense of fair play and good sporting behaviour are essential elements of any learning process. Through a variety of roles and with shared experiences, pupils will be encouraged to appreciate their own strengths and weaknesses and respond appropriately to the needs of individuals and groups.

It is hoped that the programmes offered across the Key Stages, together with an awareness of leisure opportunities within the community, will develop these skills and abilities required for the pupils to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

KS3 Overview

Across this Key Stage pupils are introduced to key skills and concepts through modified games and play. Emphasis through years 7, 8 and 9 is the development of basic cores skills, how to apply them, and a basic understanding of rules, tactics and strategies. Units are split into half term blocks with rotations in activities every 4 or 5 weeks with 4 lessons a fortnight. 

Activities studied at Key Stage 3 include:

–Football, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Fitness, Gymnastics, Dance, Badminton, Hockey and Table Tennis, Athletics, Rounder's, Tennis, Cricket and Rugby League

KS4 Overview

Across this Key Stage the focus in lessons is lifelong learning and the ability of students to make informed choices about the activities they would like to participate in post education. Students take greater responsibility for their learning as well as developing roles as player, coach, organiser and official across all of the activities studied. Activities are studied over 5 or 6 week blocks and are a mixture of traditional competitive sports and fitness based activities.

Activities studied at Key Stage 4 are:

–Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, CV Exercise, Fitness, Football, Hockey, Netball, Power Walking, Rounder's, Rugby, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Yoga.

GCSE Physical Education

We are very lucky to have our own PE classroom with computers attached to the sportshall and fitness suite which aids the delivery of excellent teaching and learning across a full range of examination courses.  In years 10 and 11 we successfully run GCSE Physical Education course with over 60 students following these courses in each year group. The course is a mixture of practical coursework (40%) and written examinations (60%). Last year we achieved 92% A*-C success at GCSE.

Topics covered include:

KS5 Overview

BTEC Sport

At Churchdown School 6th form we run Btec Sport Level 3 National.

This is equivalent to A levels.

In year 12 students take 3 units worth 30 credits which is equivalent to an A/S qualification and in year 13 another 30 credits equivalent to the full A level.

Work is all coursework based.

There are 3 compulsory units – Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in sport, The Physiology of fitness and Assessing Risk in Sport, following from these further units are selected to best meet the needs of the learner.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

There is an extensive extra-curricular and enrichment programme available at the school. Clubs and teams run at lunch and after schools. We have regular fixtures and compete at a local, district, county and national level in a variety of sports. A full list of activities is available on the link below as well as a link to current pupil and team successes.

In addition to out of school fixtures we also run termly inter-house matches which are hugely enjoyed by the students and extremely competitive.

Additional enrichment activities also occur with our links to external clubs who offer additional activities for our students as well as the opportunity for students to work with local feeder schools, gain national coaching qualifications and improve they own skills through an integrated Gifted and Talented programme.  We also run a sixth form games programme on a Wednesday afternoon and regular curriculum days in which pupils experience a variety of linked subject  activities. Finally we organise a school camp at the end of Year 8, water sports days and annual sporting trips to local and national sporting events.

Next steps or Where the subject leads

As well as the ideal preparation for A level PE, GCSE PE allows progression to vocational qualifications such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry and armed forces.


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