Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School

Physical Education

About

Cardinal Allen is committed to providing a high quality PE and sports programme. It is seen as being a central and essential part of the school curriculum.

As a PE Department, our role is to contribute to the overall education of our young people by helping them lead full, valuable, safe and healthy lives. We aim to develop not only physical competence and enjoyment of physical activity, with a view of promoting lifelong participation, alongside qualities such as confidence, perseverence, initiative, ability to work with others, leadership, independence and concern for others. This is achieved through a wide and varied curriculum and extra-curricular programme.

Physical Education

At KS3 students will study a variety of activities including Netball, Handball, Football, Rugby, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Fitness, Rounders, Athletics, Tennis, Badminton and Cricket. Students will be set based on their ability to enable lessons to be tailored to individual needs, however these sets will be regularly reviewed allowing students the opportunity to move between groups.

At the beginning of KS3 the curriculum seeks to develop student's physical literacy skills, enhancing their ability to link generic skills through different activities. As the key stage progresses students seek to refine core skills and enhance complex movements. Throughout the key stage students are provided with every opportunity to evaluate and improve their own and others work enabling them to provide a detailed analysis on performance by the end of Year 9. During KS3 there is a consistent focus on independent learning allowing students to develop their leadership capabilities enabling them to develop confidence and resilience.

Key Stage 3 Girls Curriculum

Netball

Handball

Football

Tag-Rugby

Badminton

Tennis

Gymnastics

Cricket

Athletics

Health and Fitness.

Key Stage 3 Boys Curriculum

Football

Handball

Basketball

Rugby

Badminton

Tennis

Cricket

Athletics

Health and Fitness.

GCSE Physical Education

In Key Stage 4, all pupils will continue to participate in Core Physical Education lessons.

The Physical Education curriculum at Cardinal Allen aims to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It aims to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities are provided for pupils to compete in sport, build character and to develop values such as fairness and respect.

Pupils will have the option of taking the Sports Leader UK course, developing their communication, organisational, problem solving and evaluating skills.

In addition to Core PE, pupils have the opportunity to study GCSE PE or BTEC Sport.

Course Components

GCSE Physical Education

This is an AQA academic course and as much time is spent on the theoretical aspects of sport (60%) as on practical performances of sport (40%). It is aimed at pupils who are strong sporting performers i.e. at least school team performers. It is also aimed at those pupils who have an interest in: The physiological effects of exercise on the body; How the body biomechanically produces movements, and; the impact sport has on society as a whole both nationally and internationally.

Theory Assessment (60%)

Pupils knowledge and understanding is assessed the form of two written exams.

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. This includes; Applied anatomy and physiology, Movement analysis, Physical training and the use of data.

Paper 2: Socio - cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. This includes; Sports psychology Socio-cultural influences, Health, fitness and well-being.

Practical Assessment (40%)

These are internal assessments completed. Pupils will be required to be assessed in three different activities in the role of player/performer.

BTEC First Award in Sport

This qualification is a two year course equivalent to 1 GCSE at grades A*- C. The course provides work-related vocational training, which guides students through practical and written work to explore a wide variety of approaches to a career pathway in sport, building a range of skills and understanding in the sport sector.

This course is 75% coursework and 25% computer based theory examination on fitness.

Enrichment

After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Netball Club KS3/4 Tue/Thur 3.15 - 4.30pm
  • Handball Club KS3
  • Rugby Training
  • Trampolining Club Fri 3.05 - 4.30pm
  • Fitness Club Fri 3.05 - 4.00pm
  • Recreational Badminton - Lunchtime
  • Dance Club
  • Early-bird football 8.00 - 8.45am tbc
  • Early-bird Girls Handball
  • GCSE PE / Btec Sport support Mon 3.05pm

Learning

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Courses

    The links below will take you to subject specific information outlining the current Key Stage 3 and 4 Course Guide.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

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