Physical Education

Curriculum Overviews

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Subject:  Physical Education

Faculty Leader:  Mrs E Holland and Miss L Quartey-Papafio

Deputy Faculty Leader: Mr A Greenlees


School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say.'

Faculty Vision

"The aim of the PE department is to inspire, encourage and equip pupils to live a healthy mental and physically active lifestyle; developing skill sets to help improve their ability to cope not only in education but in life."

Inspirational Quote

'Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.'

John F. Kennedy

Curriculum Intent

The rationale of the current PE curriculum at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is:

·         To inspire in pupils the basic requirements to live a healthy active lifestyle

·         To encourage positivity and respect for oneself and that of others

·         To develop teamwork

·         To help alleviate the stresses pupils encounter in todays' education

To develop competency in PE skills needed to:

·         Develop practical skills through repetition and analysis of skill using a variety of different methods (video analysis, verbal and visual feedback)

·         Collect and analyse a range of data gathered through testing then use this to improve performance

·         Interoperate data provided in graph format

·         To have the ability to both self and peer assess


KS4 Course Rationale

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physical Education

·         The qualification allows for a wide breadth of study, covering applied anatomy and physiology; physical training; movement analysis; health, fitness and well-being, sports psychology and socio-cultural issues.

·         Students will develop their practical performance skills in three different physical activities.

·         Students will complete a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) in a chosen sports. This will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate personal fitness to improve/optimise performance in physical activity and sport.

·         The components offer a good balance of practical and theoretical Physical Education which encourage students to learn about the world of Sport and Physical Education; keep up to date with sporting issues, perform and develop own practical performances, communicate and explain ideas, think independently, learn reflectively and solve problems.

·         Assessment is varied and therefore plays to the different strengths of individual students. There is a range of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions as well as practical assessment and coursework.

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