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COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
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Key Stage 3

In the Physical Education (PE) department, it is our aim to encourage every student to develop a positive attitude towards physical activity and gain a sense of achievement through participation.

Physical Education plays an integral role in developing students physically, socially and morally. Students are expected to KNOW, UNDERSTAND and DO.

Physical competence is developed through a range of team and individual activities. The curriculum is broad and balanced. Activities covered include rugby (boys), netball (girls), gym, fitness, hockey, dance, orienteering and basketball. In the summer months tennis, athletics and cricket are also taught. There is an extensive extra-curricular programme of sport.

Key Stage 4

Students have the opportunity to follow 6-7 sports a year. The activities include: hockey, rugby, football, netball, volleyball, basketball, and fitness. In the summer: tennis, rounders, athletics, cricket and softball are offered.

Students are taught more advanced skills and techniques and are encouraged to take on wider roles. This could be as an umpire, coach, leader or official. The emphasis is very much on developing self-esteem, in the hope that every individual will have the confidence to get involved in exercise out of school and in later life.

School clubs are on offer to everyone and they run to compliment the curriculum being taught each term. Students also have the opportunity to represent their house, the school, the area and the county. Some of our students have also gained territorial and national honours.

The school has a good reputation for sporting success in both local and national competitions and due to its size, a large proportion of students represent the school, either as an individual or as a member of a team.

Students are rewarded for their efforts at the end of the year. The PE department issues certificates for outstanding achievement in a particular sport; this is the Certificate of Performance. There is a bronze, silver and gold ribbon that can be earned and is worn on the blazer as recognition of their achievement.

Key Stage 5

Course Aims

The A-level looks to equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This will require students to:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

Subject content

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Skill acquisition
  3. Sport and society
  4. Exercise physiology
  5. Biomechanical movement
  6. Sport psychology
  7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Assessments

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level
Questions
Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

Section A: Excercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

How it’s assessed

Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level
Questions
Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

Student assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.
Plus:
written/verbal analysis of performance.

How it’s assessed

Internal assessment, external moderation
90 marks
30% of A-level