Curriculum Overview


Physical Education

Purpose of study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Key Stage 3

Pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2, become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities.

They are taught to understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Pupils are be taught to:  

  • use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis]
  • develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
  • perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs

Key Stage 4

Exam board: Edexcel

Component 1 Fitness and body systems

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2: Movement analysis

Topic 3: Physical Training

Topic 4: Use of data

Written examination:

1 hour 45 minutes

(90 marks)



Component 2 Health and Performance

Topic 1: Health, fitness and wellbeing

Topic 2: Sports Psychology

Topic 3: Socio-cultural Influences

Topic 4: Use of data

Written examination:

1 hour 15 minutes

(70 marks)


Component 3 Practical Performance

One individual activity

One team activity

One of either team or individual ( all from the recommended list )

Internally marked

Externally moderated

(35 marks per activity)


Component 4 Personal exercise programme

Aim and planning

Carrying out and monitoring


Course work

(20 marks)



Menu of available resources/support:

Text books: Pearson (Tony Scott 1-9)

Pearson Revision Guide (£2.99 from PE department)

Websites:  Bitesize, mypeexam

Personalised support programme: Revision session after school on Monday

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