Physical Education


About the Faculty

The Physical Education Faculty deliver a variety of courses at all Key Stages, developing knowledge and skills in a variety of sports and physical activities.  The faculty has dedicated teaching staff, various sports fields and gymnasia and are committed to delivering excellent learning for all students.

PE Assessment And Marking Procedures
PE Assessment Plan

To find out what is delivered at each Key Stage, please click the title below:

Years 7 to 9 – Key Stage 3

Physical Education in Key Stage 3 at Belper School aims to provide students with a broad range of physical and sporting experiences which will form the foundation of a lifelong interest in physical activity.

In Key Stage 3, students develop a wide range of physical skills and undertake a range of activities to challenge and develop their physical fitness.

The over-riding aims of PE at Belper School are…

* to develop students’ competence in a range of skills and activities
* to develop students’ confidence in themselves and their abilities
* to encourage students to be thoughtful in their performances
* to encourage students to take responsibility for their own progress
* to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Year 7 PE Overview

In Year 7, students are taught in mixed- ability, single sex classes.   There are 4 PE lessons per fortnight.  Curriculum coverage focuses on introducing the core skills, actions and rules of a variety of activities, enabling students to take part in simplified games or performances.  Activities covered in year 7 (5 lessons on each) include: rugby union (touch), gymnastics (floor), basketball, netball, swimming (stroke development), hockey, table tennis, football, tennis, track athletics, field athletics, striking activities.

Year 8 PE Overview

In Year 8, students are taught in single-sex sets based on ability.  There are 4 PE lessons per fortnight. Curriculum coverage builds on the year 7 work and aims to develop student competence and confidence across the range of activities, moving towards the full version of the various activities.  Activities covered in year 8 (5 lessons on each) include: rugby union (boys), gymnastics (flight), basketball, netball (girls), swimming (water polo & personal survival), hockey, table tennis, football, tennis, track athletics, field athletics, striking activities.

Year 9 PE Overview

In Year 9, students continue to be taught in single-sex sets based on ability.  There are 3 PE lessons per fortnight. Curriculum coverage continues to develop technical and tactical aspects of the various activities with officiating and leadership also being explored.  Activities covered in year 9 (5 lessons on each) : rugby union (boys), gymnastics (partner and group work), basketball, netball (girls), badminton, hockey, volleyball, table tennis, health and fitness, tennis, track athletics, field athletics, striking activities.

Inter-Tutor games

All Year 7, 8 and 9 students take part in the annual inter-tutor games festival in the two weeks before Easter.  Inter-tutor competitions include team games, gymnastics competitions, team cross-country and a swimming gala.

Cross-Country

Students in Key Stage 3 all run the ‘cross-country’ twice per year.  Performances are recorded and used to help the students monitor their fitness.  Students are guided on how to set realistic targets for future performances.  The cross-country course for Key Stage 3 is 2200m.

Competence and Confidence

Students will engage in progressive activities to develop their competence and confidence in the following activities during Key Stage 3 PE: gymnastics, athletics, cross-country, dance, tennis, cricket, rounders, hockey, swimming, personal survival, water polo, football, netball, rugby union, table tennis, badminton, fitness training, volleyball.

Thoughtful

A considerable emphasis is placed on developing students’ ability to apply themselves mentally as well as physically in PE activities. Examples include: Students will develop an understanding of the rules and tactics of various sports; they will be involved in creating their own performances in dance and gym; in cross-country, they will reflect on the times they achieve and set achievable targets for future performances.

Responsibility

Students are encouraged to reflect on their performances in all lessons and identify areas for improvement in their work. Often they will work with partners to give each other constructive feedback on their performances. They are encouraged to work both co- operatively and independently. As they progress through the Key Stage, the more able students will start to take on leadership roles and use their own expertise to assist others. Students will also take on officiating roles at times in their lessons.

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Healthy Active Lifestyle

To improve students’ understanding of how the body works, they learn the effects of exercise on the body, the names of the major muscles and look at various ways to improve their physical well-being.

Lessons

Students will experience mixed and setted ability teaching at various points through the Key Stage. Activities are mostly taught in single sex groups. Students are required to be smartly dressed in Belper School PE kit.

Enrichment

To support student development, a wide variety of sports activities is provided for students at lunchtimes and after school. Activities are open to students of all abilities. The most committed and most able students can go on to represent the school in one of its many teams. Belper School has a proud reputation of fielding competitive and successful teams in a range of sports at both local and county level.

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Years 10 to 11 – Key Stage 4

Please click a link below to find out more about the courses offered at Key Stage 4.

Compulsory Subject: Core PE

Optional Subject:
GCSE Physical Education (current Year 10)
GCSE Physical Education (current Year 11 only)

Core PE

Participation in PE is a compulsory part of the Belper School Curriculum until the end of Year 11. At Belper, students in Years 10 and 11 will take part in ‘core’ PE for two hours per fortnight.

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Some of the main aims of core PE include:

  • giving students the chance to make choices about which activities to pursue
  • developing students’ understanding and practical performance in their preferred activities
  • engaging students in a variety of roles, other than participant, in their chosen activities; for example, referee or coach

Activities on offer

Students will opt for activities of their choice and will study each activity for six weeks.

The activities on offer include:

Netball Volleyball
Swimming Table Tennis
Football Hockey
Athletics Basketball
Squash Rounders
Rugby Fitness Activities
Water Polo Aerobics
Badminton Cricket
Softball Dance
Tennis

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Qualification Opportunities

Through Core PE, students will have the opportunity to gain a variety of sports qualifications. The courses offered will vary subject to demand. Recently, students have had the opportunity to gain the Junior Sports Leaders Award (JSLA) (20 hours), The Junior Football Organiser Award (5 hours) and the Level 1 Netball Coaching Award (5 hours). These courses have proved very popular with our young sports players.

 

GCSE Physical Education (current Year 10)

September 2016 sees the launch of a revised GCSE course in Physical Education. 

Students opting for PE will need to have shown a commitment to PE and sport during their time at Belper School.  They will need to bring PE kit nearly every day and they will be expected to be involved in extra-curricular sports activities.  It is essential that students who opt onto a PE course are keen to join in with and develop in a wide range of sports.  Outstanding ability in just one sport will not bring success in GCSE PE.

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This two-year course is nationally recognised alongside all other GCSEs.  It is by no means a ‘soft option’!

Students will develop their sporting ability in a wide variety of activities, while also undertaking class-based theory work on a number of sports-related topics.

 

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The assessment breakdown is as follows:

60% of the marks will be available in two written theory papers.  These will both be taken at the end of Year 11.  (1 x 1hr30 and 1 x 1hr15)

30% will be available for practical performance in 3 sports from the list of permitted activities.  The 3 sports have to include one individual sport, one team sport and then one more sport of the student’s choice.

10% of the marks will be for planning, performing and evaluating a 6 week personal exercise programme.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Code: 1PE0
GCSE Physical Education (current Year 11 only)

Students opting for PE will need to have shown a commitment to PE and sport during their time at Belper School.  They will need to bring PE kit nearly every day and they will be expected to be involved in extra-curricular sports activities.  It is essential that students who opt onto a PE course are keen to join in with and develop in a wide range of sports.  Outstanding ability in just one sport will not bring success in GCSE PE.

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This two-year course is nationally recognised alongside all other GCSEs.  It is by no means a ‘soft option’!

Students will develop their sporting ability in a wide variety of activities, while also undertaking class-based theory work on a number of sports-related topics.

Coursework   (This counts for 10% of the final grade)

Students are required to demonstrate their detailed knowledge of ONE SPORT through a variety of tasks.

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These include –

  • A mini-project about the rules, skills and tactics of their chosen activity
  • Planning, performing and evaluating a six-week fitness programme

Examinations

50% of the marks are awarded for students’ practical performances in their preferred 4 sports.

40% of the marks come from a 1.5 hour written paper on various aspects of the theory of PE.

Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Code: 2PE01

Years 12 and 13 – Sixth Form

A Level Physical Education (current Year 12)
A Level Physical Education (current Year 13 only)

A Level PE (current Year 12)

September 2016 sees the launch of a revised A Level course in Physical Education.

AS Level PE

The AS Level PE specification is divided into THREE compulsory components.  Each component is further sub-divided into topic areas.  The three components are as follows:

  1. Physiological Factors Affecting Performance  (Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology)
  2. Psychological and Socio-cultural themes in Physical Education (Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology and Sport & Society)
  3. Performance in Physical Activity (Practical performance in ONE activity and a performance analysis task)

Assessment

Components 1 & 2 will be assessed through TWO written theory papers (2 x 75 minPEutes) and is worth 70% of the total marks.

Component 3 is internally assessed, but externally moderated and is worth 30% of the total marks.

The length of the course is 1 year.

Exam Board: OCR

Course Code: H155

 

A Level PE

The A Level PE specification is divided into FOUR compulsory components.  Each component is further sub-divided into topic areas.  The four components are as follows:

  1. Physiological Factors Affecting Performance (Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology)
  2. Psychological Factors Affecting Performance (Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology)
  3. Socio-cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport (Sport & Society and Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity & Sport
  4. Performance in Physical Activity (Practical performance in ONE activity and a performance analysis task)

AssessmentPE 2

Components 1, 2 & 3 will be assessed through THREE written theory papers (1 x 2 hr and 2 x 1 hr) and is worth 70% of the total marks.

Component 4 is internally assessed, but externally moderated and is worth 30% of the total marks.

The length of the course is 2 years.

Exam Board: OCR

Course Code: H555

 

A Level PE (current Year 13 only)
Sport is an undisputable major part of modern life.  This course provides an exciting opportunity to explore reasons why it remains so integral.

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An introduction to Physical Education
– Acquiring Movement Skills
– Anatomy and Physiology
– Socio-Cultural  studies relating to participation in physical activity

Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education
– Assessment in TWO practical activities
– Evaluate performance and plan for improvement

AS Assessment PE 2

60% (AS)
30% (A2)
2 hr written paper

40% (AS)
20% (A2)
Internally assessed and externally moderated

A2 

Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education (Unit G453)
– Exercise & Sport Physiology
– Biomechanics
– Historical Studies

The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education
– Assessment in ONE practical activity
– Evaluate performance and plan for improvement incorporating theory application from Unit G453.

A2 Assessment

35% (A2)
2½ hr written paper

15% (A2)
Internally assessed and externally moderated

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