Welcome to the Physical Education Department

Our aim is to teach students the important role physical activity plays in a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

By providing the students with the extra opportunities to experience a range of activities and develop their skills, competence and confidence, students can make informed choices about how they want to get involved in physical activity both at school and in the community.

Departmental Courses

  • GCSE PE
  • GCE PE
  • BTEC PE

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs N Wilkins (n.wilkins@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk)

At Key Stage 3 we aim to provide a series of stimulating projects which provide our students with opportunities to explore new materials and techniques, whilst developing knowledge and understanding. In Year 7 they build the foundation skills in the formal elements of line, tone, colour, shape, texture and form.

There is an emphasis on developing a range of drawing techniques that underpin visual communication. In Year 8 students increase their 3D skills through Pop Art, sculpture and environmental art units. They also develop animation techniques in a unit that features stop motion and ‘claymation’. Year 9 students complete a project entitled ‘Life Events’ which explores how artists can tell stories, express emotions and document the things that happen in the world around them.

This unit leads to printing, illustrative and mixed media outcomes. The final unit allows students to diversify their sculptural skills and eventually leads to collaborative 3D outcomes which are based upon a given theme.

Sport & Exercise

We wish for all students to feel they belong as part of a team, believe in their healthy potential and become as physically, socially and emotionally well as they can be. We achieve this by developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge required and provide memorable experiences throughout a student’s journey within Physical Education, through extra-curricular opportunities in and beyond the classroom.

In addition, students develop knowledge of leadership, practical sports performance, psychology of sport and the bodies’ response to exercise. This is all achieved through high quality practical lessons, where theoretical content is taught and experienced by all as part of our core programme.

Physical Education – GCSE Physical Education

Why study Physical Education?

This course is the ideal preparation for ‘A’ level Physical Education course and also allows progression to vocational qualifications such as the BTEC National in Sport.  The course also develops transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry and the armed forces.

The course will give you exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, you will also gain knowledge and understanding of the healthy active body and why we want a healthy and active lifestyle.

Topics include:

  • Healthy, Active Lifestyles which requires you to develop an understanding of physical activity in relation to a healthy active lifestyle, focusing on involvement, fitness, training and diet.
  • Your Healthy, Active Body which focuses on the body systems and structures and how they are developed through exercise.

Assessment

  • There is an increased emphasis on the theoretical content now worth 60% of the qualification assessed through examination
  • The requirements for carrying out and assessing non-examined assessment (practical and coursework) have changed: Non-examined assessment is worth 40% of the qualification. This comprises the practical performance and performance analysis, both of which will be internally assessed and externally moderated
  • Practical ability is now 30% of the qualification and must be three activities – one team activity, one individual activity and a free choice
  • Students will be assessed in the role of player/performer only
  • Performance analysis is worth 10%of the qualification

Which students do well at Physical Education?

  • …those who have a keen interest in sport and recreation
  • …those who take part in sport and recreation out of school
  • …those who wish to develop knowledge and understanding of the benefits of exercise
  • …those who wish to improve your performance in a range of sporting roles

 

Physical Education – BTEC Sport

Why study Sport?

Our Vocational sport course has been designed for students who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. It has been developed to:

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities
  • give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units
  • encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life

Topics include:

  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise Exam.
  • Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport.
  • Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training.
  • Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities.

Which students do well at Sport?

  • …those who have a keen interest in sport and recreation
  • …those who take part in sport and recreation out of school
  • …those who wish to develop knowledge and understanding of the benefits of exercise
  • …those who wish to improve your performance in a range of sporting roles

 

A-Level PE builds upon prior learning at GCSE level with a 60% theory and 40% practical work-load. The focus of the two-year course is to develop students knowledge and skills in three key areas; the coach, the performer and the official. These roles form the foundations for the practical aspects of the course and provide the focus for the delivery of the theory content.

We also offer the National Extended Diploma in Sport is a two-year, full-time programme validated by BTEC. The course combines practical sports activity with academic study giving you the opportunity to combine sport and fitness and development units with elements of outdoor pursuits. It has the same equivalency as 3 A levels and is studied for 15 lessons a week.

In addition to our PE and Sport qualifications, we also offer a National Subsidiary Diploma in Sport Development Coaching and Fitness. This is a two-year programme validated by BTEC. The course combines practical sports activity with academic study giving you the opportunity to combine sport and fitness and development units with elements of outdoor pursuits. It has the same equivalency as 1 A level and is studied for 5 lessons a week.