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Mrs H Callan - Head of PE - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs R Calcutt - Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of PE - email@example.com
Miss C Easter - Teacher of PE - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs E Owen - Teacher of PE - email@example.com
PE is a compulsory element of the Key Stage 4 curriculum and in today’s climate it is important in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and should not be underestimated. We aim to provide our students with knowledge of a range of sports and enthuse pupils for lifelong learning in physical education.
Year 10 and 11 pupils receive one hour of core PE per week, where we aim to educate pupils on the importance of fitness for life and the need to participate in physical activity once they leave compulsory education. As in Key Stage 3, pupils are expected to wear school PE kit; pale blue polo shirt with school logo, (GCSE PE pupils may wear their polo shirt which they have the opportunity to buy at the start of year 10) navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms and suitable training shoes (not pumps/converse).
All pupils will be given the opportunity to be an official or leader in their PE lessons which will build on confidence and develop communication skills for the future. Year 10 will participate in the interhouse timetable and Year 11 may be asked to umpire for other year groups.
GCSE PE is an ideal course for pupils with good practical ability and a keen interest in the way we exercise and its impact on the body, as it comprises of both a practical and theory element. Throughout both Years 10 and 11 pupils are taught in one practical and one theory lesson per week. It is also expected that GCSE PE pupils attend extra-curricular activities to reinforce their practical skill development.
The practical element makes up 40% of the final GCSE grade (Performance and Analysis of Performance)
Performance (30%): Pupils will cover a range of activities, within lesson time, for which they will be assessed. The pupils’ best three practical grades will be used for their final assessment. Club level, and out of school activities may also be used for practical assessment with video evidence and external coach verification. Pupils have to choose a team activity, an individual activity and the third can be a free choice from a set list provided by the exam board. Pupils are also moderated by an external examiner in their best three practical areas; it is this final moderation mark that is submitted to the exam board prior to the theory examination.
Analysing and Evaluating performance (AEP) (10%):
Within this aspect, pupils are required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own practical performance or that of a peer. This includes analysing the aspects of performance in a practical activity, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the performance and producing an action plan which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of the performance.
The theory element makes up 60% of the final GCSE grade:
This is assessed through two one hour written examinations at the end of year 11. The theory element covers a wide variety of issues including Applied anatomy and physiology (i.e. Skeletal, Muscular, Respiratory and Circulatory systems) Physical Training (i.e. principles and methods of training and components of fitness) Socio-cultural influences (i.e. the relationship between media and sport) Sport psychology (i.e. mental preparation for performance) and Health, fitness and wellbeing (i.e. diet and nutrition, physical, social and mental well-being) Pupils will be set regular theory based homework.
Pupils considering this course should consult with their PE teacher to establish their suitability; they MUST participate in an extra-curricular activity either outside of school at club level, or be committed to a school sports team. A good standard and varied practical ability is required.
All pupils will have the opportunity to buy a GCSE PE top in Navy for their lessons at the start of the course. This will have their own unique identity number on the back in preparation for GCSE PE moderation at the end of the course.
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