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Charles Darwin School

Physical Education

Course Overview

Physical Education is delivered across all three key stages. The yearly teaching programmes for years 7 & 8 are organised into 6 half term teaching blocks which consist of 4 winter sports and 4 summer sports. They each provide strong links with the key stage Physical Education National Curriculum teaching students fundamental skills and developing a range of analytical skills which will help students improve their own performance.

Physical Education is delivered, successfully, at both GCSE and A level. Within both courses high quality teaching, access to a wide range of resources, strong subject knowledge and a passionate delivery ensures we are able to facilitate a high level of learning though practical performance, sports analysis and training for improvement in fitness and sports performance.

Year 7, 8 and 9 core sports
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is based around the development of basic skills. Students will learn how to warm up and cool down properly. They will be able to transfer skills they have learnt from one sport to another.
Football / Rugby / Table Tennis / Basketball / Cross Country / Netball / Gymnastics / Dance / Trampolining / Badminton
Tennis / Athletics / Rounders / Cricket / Softball

Year 10 and 11 core sports
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is based around application of skills within games and competitions. Students will have the knowledge and experience to organise their own teams, training and tournaments. Students are given more of a choice to select the sports that they have enjoyed in years 7, 8 and 9.
Football / Rugby / Table Tennis / Basketball / Cross Country / Netball / Gymnastics / Dance / Trampolining / Badminton
Tennis / Athletics / Rounders / Cricket / Softball

GCSE Courses/Topics
The GCSE course is both theory and practical based. Students learn about how the body works, how to train the body to improve performance, reasons for participation, factors that influence performance. The Practical is based on assessment of performance in four sports.

A level Courses/Topics
Year 12 – Anatomy & Physiology, Development of skills, Socio-cultural Issues in sport
Year 13 - Exercise Physiology, History of sport, Sports Psychology

BTEC in Sport level 2 / Level 3
The BTEC course is mainly non examination based. Students will be required to complete several different Units, producing a folder of evidence that demonstrate their skills in communication, analysis, reporting and investigating.

Why choose the subject? 

  • Develop communication / leadership / cooperation skills
  • Learn how to keep fit and eat healthier
  • Develop your fitness and general health
  • Try out new sports and experience different emotions
  • Develop your creative skills
  • Improve skills for sport and general life
  • Develop your confidence

Common Questions 

Q. When do I do PE?
A. Every year group has a double PE lesson each week

Q. What is the difference between BTEC Sport and GCSE?
A. BTEC Sport is a mainly coursework based course that covers the same topics as the GCSE course that is examinations based at the end of year 11. Both include practical elements.

Q. What sports will I play?
A. At Key Stage 3 you will play several sports from the list above. At GCSE you will be assessed in four sports of your choice. At AS / A2 Level you will be assessed in two sports of your choice.

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