Physical Education

Years 7&8

The Key Stage 3 Physical Education programme offers a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges all students, irrespective of an individual’s sporting ability.  We believe that sport and physical exercise is for all and the curriculum should enable all students to achieve in a supportive and rigorous environment.  Our objective as a department will be to encourage a positive mindset that ensures all students develop competence, resilience, confidence and self-belief in a way that supports their health, fitness and future development, promoting a lifelong love of physical exercise and participation in sport.

Additionally, it is essential for all students to experience a level of competition and the sporting values this promotes.  This will be achieved through further development of the extensive extra-curricular sports programme that is currently offered to students at Oakwood Park Grammar School.

Subject Content

All students will undertake a carousel of the following activities:

Football, Rugby, Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Badminton, Health Related Fitness, Orienteering and Rounders.

The school prides itself on the large amount of curriculum time given to Physical Education. The early promotion of physical education and sport is essential to achieve a lifelong love of physical exercise and participation in sport. As such students receive above the government recommendation of Physical Education at OPGS.

Extension & Enrichment

A wide range of lunchtime and afterschool sports clubs are offered to students throughout the year. Many of these activities are different to those offered within the Key Stage 3 Physical Education curriculum. The school also has an extensive fixture list providing students the opportunity to experience competitive sport and the values this promotes in district, county and national competitions. Information regarding school sports competitions and fixtures can be found on the school’s sport website.  Please select the ‘school sports’ link on the main Oakwood Park website (www.opgs.org).

Our enrichment programme sees all students take part in a number of Inter house competitions throughout the year. These competitions play a key part in development of the House Ethos we have in the school. All students are involved in these days, be that as players, coaches, managers, journalists or photographers, allowing students to experience all aspects of the sporting environment.

Years 9,10,11

All students in Key Stage 4 follow a Physical Education programme that aims to develop the student’s health and promote a lifelong love of physical exercise and participation in sport.

Subject Content

During year 9 students undertake a carousel of the following activities:

September-April:

Football, Rugby, Badminton, Table Tennis, Handball and Leadership through Fitness.

April-July:

Cricket, Athletics, Tennis, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee and Rounders.

In years 10&11 students are offered an options programme where they will change activities on a half-termly basis. At the start of each year the students will select a number of activities they would like to complete to produce an individual programme of study for each student. The following activities are available to students in years 10&11:

Football, Rugby, Badminton, Table Tennis, Handball, Fitness, Basketball, Cricket, Athletics, Tennis, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Rounders, Kayaking, Sailing, Swimming, Boxing, Squash & Rock Climbing.

Extension & Enrichment

Students are offered a comprehensive range of lunchtime and afterschool clubs in addition to an extensive fixture list in many of the curriculum sports. Students in year 11 also have the opportunity to train with and represent senior teams in football, rugby, cricket & rowing. Information regarding school sports competitions and fixtures can be found on the school’s sport website.  Please select the ‘school sports’ link on the main Oakwood Park website (www.opgs.org).

The Key Stage 4 enrichment programme also incorporates inter-house sports competitions throughout the year. Multi-sports days and competitions are also run to mirror the options Physical Education programme in Year 10 and 11. An upper school sports day is held prior to the students leaving to undertake their examinations. This involves a mixture of athletics events and less traditional activities.

GCSE

Exam Board & Subject Content

GCSE Physical Education will 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. The course 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

Students follow the AQA exam board specification, consisting of the following theoretical content:

Unit 1- The Theory of Physical Education (60% of the overall grade)

This unit comprises of two externally marked written examination papers.

Paper 1 (1 hour 15 minutes, 78 marks- 30% of the GCSE):

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology – Musculo-Skeletal System/Cardio-Respiratory System, long term and short term effects of exercise and anaerobic/aerobic exercise
  • Movement analysis – Lever systems, Planes and Axes of movement
  • Physical Training – Health and Fitness, Components of Fitness, Testing, Training Principles, Training methods, Training sessions, Injuries
  • Use of Data – Data Collection, Presentation of Data, Analysis and Evaluation of Data

Paper 2 (1 hour 15 minutes, 78 marks- 30% of the GCSE):

  • Sports Psychology- Classification of Skills, Goal Setting & SMART Targets, Basic Information Processing, Guidance and Feedback on Performance, Mental Preparation for Performance.
  • Socio-Cultural Influences – Social Groups, Commercialisation, Ethical Issues
  • Health, Fitness and Well-Being – Why we do exercise, Sedentary Lifestyles, Energy, Diet

Unit 2- Performance in Physical Education (40% of the overall grade)

Students are assessed in:

Practical Sports Performance (30% of the GCSE)

  • Practical performance in THREE different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
  • Part 1- 5 core skills assessed in conditioned practices
  • Part 2- Application of these skills to a fully competitive performance.

Analysis of Performance (10% of the GCSE)

  • Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
Extension & Enrichment

To achieve a high practical grade (Unit 2- Performance in Physical Education) students must be participating in their three chosen sports on a weekly basis, at a minimum of school/club level. Although some activities can be offered within school (e.g. table tennis), the vast majority of sports will require students to join a club outside of school. This and core PE lessons will also give students the opportunity to apply the theory concepts taught throughout the course.

To view A-Level course content, please click here.

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