Physical Education

The Long Eaton School PE curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. Students will develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When students perform, they are asked to think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also have the opportunity to reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve.

The essential skills and processes in PE that students need to learn to make progress are developing skills in physical activity, making and applying decisions, developing physical and mental capacity, evaluating and improving and making informed choices about healthy active lifestyles.

Year 7

Students focus on developing Core physical movements in a wide variety of sports, including; Football, Rugby, Netball, Dance, Basketball, Athletics, Cricket and Rounders as well as others.

Year 8

Students build on their core knowledge and understanding and perform more intricate and complex skills. Complementing the physical side of the subject, students look to develop their cognitive ability and apply tactics to their performance.

Year 9

Whilst continuing to develop physical, thinking and personal skills, students spend more time developing their leadership and organisational abilities. Differing roles such as officiating, managing and planning PE sessions are part of lessons and students are encouraged to develop this at other times during the school week and beyond.

Year 10

Whilst in Year 10 the curriculum is focused on students leading their own learning and showing creativity in their work. Students are given choices around their Sports and encouraged to create strong lifestyle habits.

Year 11

In Year 11, Students continue to refine their skills and aim to master their physical, thinking and Leadership skills whilst showing creative ability and a healthy mindset. Students are given more choice and are expected to take individual responsibility for their wellbeing in preparation for their life after school.

GCSE PE (Exam Board: OCR)

In GCSE PE learners develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance. Learners are taught how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport.

Learners perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas. They develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport.

Course breakdown:

60% Final Exam
Paper 1 (30%) – Applied anatomy & physiology and physical training (1 hour)
Paper 2 (30%) – Socio-cultural influences, Sports psychology and Health, fitness and well-being (1 hour)

40% Practical Coursework
3 sports (2 team sports and 1 individual sport or visa versa)
Evaluating and Analysing Performance (AEP)

Cambridge Sport

Sport is a key theme in most areas of both education and health policy. The need for people to lead healthy and active rather than sedentary lifestyles is increasingly prominent in respect of government initiatives, and this is reflected in the school curriculum, where physical  education and sport remains core; these qualifications seek to build upon this provision at Key Stages 3 and 4.

These sport qualifications offer learners the chance to develop different types of skills through largely practical means; communication, problem solving, team working, evaluation and analysis, performing under pressure, and formulating written findings from practical investigation are all transferable skills which can be learned and assessed through these qualifications and utilised in many other educational and employment settings.

Units Studied:

R041: Reducing the risk of sports injuries – Students learn how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries. They also learn how to respond to common sporting injuries and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.

R042: Applying principles of training – Students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition. They apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.

R043: The body’s response to physical activity – Students explore how the body changes and responds to physical activity. They develop knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and some of the changes that occur in response to physical activity, both short term and long term.

R044: Sport psychology – Students look at some of the key elements of sport psychology and the strategies and techniques used to help sports performers maintain an effective balance between being relaxed and focused when performing under pressure.


Guide to Non Exam Assessment

Glossary of Terms

GCSE Practical Booklet

Homework and Revision Tips


Revision World


Revision App


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