PE

Years 7 & 8

The PE curriculum aims to equip learners with necessary life skills that will help them lead a healthy lifestyle. The processes in PE are:

  • Starting to learn small parts of the AQA GCSE syllabus through knowledge organisers and practical’s
  • Developing skills in physical activity
  • Making and applying decisions
  • Developing physical and mental capacity
  • Evaluating and improving performance
  • Making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles

In Years 7 and 8 two lessons a week are devoted to PE where learners take part in a variety of activities. The PE curriculum helps learners to develop practical performance of physical skills in a wide range of activities.   The learners learn and develop their leadership skills through taking on coaching roles in particular activities.  Throughout the units they learn how to evaluate their own and others strengths and weaknesses and use communication skills to suggest ideas for improvement.

Learners are also encouraged to take responsibility for their own and others’ learning by planning small sections of the lesson to lead. In Year 7, this may be a warm up and as the learners progress through school, they learn to plan and lead larger sections of the lessons with guidance.

Our curriculum provides the learners with the following opportunities which are integral to their learning and enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of the subject.

The curriculum provides opportunities for learners to:

  • Get involved in a broad range of different activities that, in combination, develop the whole body
  • Experience a range of roles within a physical activity
  • Specialise in specific activities and roles
  • Follow pathways to other activities in and beyond school
  • Perform as an individual, in a group or as part of a team in formal competitions or performances to audiences beyond the class
  • Use ICT as an aid to improving performance and tracking progress
  • Make links between PE and other subjects and areas of the curriculum

Parents’ support is vital in ensuring that:

  • Learners are fully prepared and equipped for their lessons by ensuring they have the correct PE kit. The Harrow High School PE top, navy tracksuit bottoms/shorts and the navy tracksuit top. All of which can be purchased from Pullens in Stanmore
  • Learners take part in extra curricular activities – the timetable is on display in the sports block, in every classroom, in the Friday letter, as well as on the School’s website
  • Learners lead a healthy active lifestyle outside of school

Years 9, 10 & 11

In Years 9, 10 & 11 all learners have 1 period of Core Physical Education where they continue to develop the skills, techniques and qualities that were introduced in years 7 & 8. The learners experience a range of team and individual sports.

The curriculum provides opportunities for learners to:

  • Get involved in a broad range of different activities that, in combination, develop the whole body
  • Experience a range of roles within a physical activity
  • Specialise in specific activities and roles
  • Follow pathways to other activities in and beyond school
  • Perform as an individual, in a group or as part of a team in formal competitions or performances to audiences beyond the class
  • Use ICT as an aid to improving performance and tracking progress
  • Make links between PE and other subjects and areas of the curriculum

Learners in years 9, 10 & 11 can take GCSE PE as one of their option subjects. They will have 4 periods of GCSE PE each week with 2 practical lessons and 2 theory lessons. GCSE PE students will follow the AQA exam syllabus.

AQA Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse/physical-education-8582

Theory Subject content

How GCSE AQA PE is Assessed

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport                          30%
What’s assessed

·         Applied anatomy and physiology

·         Movement analysis

·         Physical training

·         Use of data

How it’s assessed

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         78 marks

·         30% of GCSE

Questions

·         Answer all questions.

·         A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport             30%
What’s assessed

·         Sports psychology

·         Socio-cultural influences

·         Health, fitness and well-being

·         Use of data

How it’s assessed

·         Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

·         78 marks

·         30% of GCSE

Questions

·         Answer all questions.

·         A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport                       40%
What’s assessed

·         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).

·         Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

How it’s assessed

·         Assessed by teachers

·         Moderated by AQA

·         100 marks

·         40% of GCSE

Questions

·         For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).

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