Physical Education - Subjects - Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

Physical Education

Department vision

The department aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, with equal opportunity and provision for all. The programme over the two Key Stages embraces a wide range of learning experiences, enabling students to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, while encouraging involvement in all activities. The Schemes of Work are progressive in nature, challenging to all pupils by task and outcome, and encourage competence in planning and evaluating skills, their own work and that of their peers.

Within our Key Stage 3 lessons, theoretical knowledge is shared with students to help increase their understanding of the human body and its role in sport.  The work undertaken in lessons feeds appropriately into the GCSE Physical Education course offered at Key Stage 4.  Whilst students have the option to select GCSE Physical Education as one of their subject choices, those that do not opt for the GCSE still partake in compulsory PE lessons.

The Department runs an extensive extra-curricular programme offering a wide variety of sports, ranging from highly competitive teams to non-competitive individual activities. We aim to give all girls experience of a variety of sports and a wide range of skills. We encourage an active lifestyle and endeavour to give every pupil the opportunity to participate in at least one sport which they will continue after their school life.

Pupils are encouraged to represent the school and they benefit enormously from the team skills they develop and the personal achievement of competing well; they also have a great deal of fun! Fixtures are generally scheduled at the end of the school day and pupils are expected to make themselves available for participation.

 

Year 7

The girls are taught a broad range of activities through a fundamentals approach. The activities encourage creativity, resilience and excellence alongside the development of fitness.

  • Multi-skills

  • Gymnastics (individual and partner work)

  • Dance (Cartoon Capers theme)

  • Netball

  • Football

  • Tennis

  • Rounders

  • Athletics

Through these activities and theoretical tasks, students will learn about health and fitness, components of fitness, the importance of warming up and cooling down and the musculoskeletal system, reflecting on bones, joints, antagonistic pairs and movement.

Year 8

Skills are revised and extended from previous activities with an emphasis on independence through self and peer assessment.

  • Gymnastics (paired and group work with apparatus)

  • Dance (through the theme of Bollywood)

  • Netball

  • Football

  • OAA

  • Tennis

  • Rounders

  • Athletics

Through these activities and theoretical tasks, students will learn about the different components of fitness, training methods, the immediate and short term effects of exercise and the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems and their role in sport.

Year 9

In Year 9 students participate in the following sports, where there is an added influence on Fitness and Leadership:

  • Gymnastics (large apparatus and cheerleading)

  • Dance (variety of styles explored)

  • Fitness

  • Netball

  • Table Tennis

  • Rounders

  • Athletics

Through these activities and theoretical tasks, students will learn about aerobic and anaerobic respiration, the short and long term effects of exercise and the structure of the heart and blood.

Year 10

In Year 10 students continue to have compulsory PE lessons and participate in the following core sports:

  • Fitness for Games

  • Rounders

  • Tennis

  • Athletics

They also take part in the following sports on a rotation:

  • Table tennis

  • Trampolining

  • Badminton

GCSE Physical Education (2016 Specification)
There are significant changes to GCSE Physical Education, with the most noteworthy change being the shift to 60% Theory and 40% Practical. The specification is designed to inspire teaching and learning, with students exploring new and contemporary topics, enabling them to develop their skills and prepares them for further study.

  • Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport:

       Written Paper – 1 hour 15mins

       78 marks – 30% of GCSE

  • Paper 2: Socio-Cultural Influences and Well-Being in Physical Activity and Sport:

Written Paper – 1 hour 15mins

 78 marks – 30% of GCSE

  • Non-Exam Assessment: Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport Controlled Assessment:

Assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

100 marks - 40%

Year 11

Year 11 students continue to have compulsory PE lessons and participate in the following core sports:

  • Fitness for Games

  • Rounders

  • Tennis

  • Athletics

They also take part in the following sports on a rotation:

  • Volleyball

  • Trampolining

  • Badminton

GCSE Physical Education (2014 specification)
AQA GCSE PE follows on from the Key Stage 3 Physical Education programme of study by providing students with exciting opportunities to lead a healthy and active lifestyle by choosing from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.  The content of this GCSE Physical Education specification is designed to enable students to enjoy and understand the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle; to provide a route to further study in Further Education awards, such as A levels and to Higher Education in PE as well as to related career opportunities.

  • Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant

        Written Paper – 1 hour 30mins

        80 marks – 40%

  • Unit 4: The Active Participant

 Controlled Assessment: assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

 90 marks – 60%

 

 

Assessment

Assessment

GCSE Physical Education (Specification from September 2016)

  • Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport:

         Written Paper – 1 hour 15mins

         78 marks – worth 30% of GCSE

  • Paper 2: Socio-Cultural Influences and Well-Being in Physical Activity and Sport:

   Written Paper – 1 hour 15mins

   78 marks – worth 30% of GCSE

  • Non-Exam Assessment: Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport Controlled Assessment:

    Practical assessment assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

   100 marks – worth 40% of GCSE

GCSE (2014 Specification)

  • Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant:

         Written Paper – 1 hour 30mins

         80 marks – 40% of GCSE

  • Unit 4: The Active Participant:

    Practical assessment assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

         90 marks – worth 60% of GCSE

POST 16 AT WG6

Post 16 at WG6 (2014 Specification)

AQA A-level PE offers students variety and flexibility. It offers students a large choice of activities and roles and looks at current contemporary topics in sport. This course has a weighting of 60/40 in favour of theory content .The course will motivate students to continue to perform in their sport and analyse their performance. Under the three main titles of Physiology, Psychology and socio-cultural issues, the theoretical aspects of the AQA allow students to build on their knowledge from GCSE and learn about factors that optimise performance.

AS Examinations

  • PHED1: Opportunities for and the Effects of Leading a Healthy and Active Lifestyle:

   Written Paper– 2 hours

   84marks– worth 60% of the AS-level and 30% of the A-level

  • PHED2: Analysis and Evaluation of Physical Activity as a Performer and/or in an Adopted Role/s:

   Practical assessment assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

   100marks – worth 40% of the AS-level and 20% of the A-level

 A2 Examinations

  • PHED3: Optimising Performance and Evaluating Contemporary Issues within Sport:

   Written Paper – 2 hours

   84marks– worth 30% of the A-level

  • PHED4: Optimising Practical Performance in a Competitive Situation:

         Practical assessment assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

   120marks– worth 20% of the A-level

 

RELATED CAREERS

Related Careers

The pathway through Physical Education at WGSG can enhance your employment prospects in specific roles in the sports industry or University. Opportunities include:

  • Physical Education teacher
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Coach
  • Human nutritionist and personal trainer
  • Sports Scientist
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Sports Radiographer
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sports Entrepreneur