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Physical Education


Subjects Overall Aim


Physical Education at Salvatorian College encourages participation for all during curriculum lessons and facilitates performance opportunities for athletes during the extra curricular programme through high quality delivery. The aims of the subject are for pupils to lead a healthy active lifestyle during their time at school and beyond so that they can make a positive contribution to society. To appreciate the importance of physical activity and fitness and to have the awareness necessary to be sympathetic to the needs of others in a social and sporting context.


KS3 Curriculum (Year 7+8)


Pupils participate in a range of physical activities throughout the year to develop their knowledge and practical skills. Within this pupils begin to learn and examine the effects of exercise and how training can improve performance. They learn ways to improve their own performances in a variety of roles and identify ways to develop and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through participation.

Activities Covered in Year 7+8 include; Rugby, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Table Tennis, Basketball, Athletics, Tennis, Cricket and Cross Country.

KS4 Curriculum (Year 9-11)


The New GCSE (9–1) Physical Education encourages pupils to be inspired, motivated and challenged by the subject and enable them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career pathways. KS4 Physical Education will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities and understand the benefits to health, fitness and well-being. This will require them to:

• develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance

• understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport

• perform effectively in different physical activities 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 in physical activity and sport • understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being

• understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport


In addition to the GCSE Physical Education all pupils participate in a Core element of 2 lessons per week. During this time pupils are focussed on participation, competition and enjoyment leading to maintaining the drive towards leading a healthy active lifestyle. Activities covered include, Rugby, Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Indoor Football, Swimming, Athletics, Cricket, Tennis. In Year 10 +11 pupils are given more responsibility to enable a choice of activities and leadership opportunities within the school.


Year 11 GCSE


Our current Year 11’s will be the last cohort to study the Edexcel specification and will no doubt benefit from the vast experience the department has in delivering it.

The course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in Key Stage 3 Physical Education. It gives exciting opportunities to be involved in a number of different physical activities, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Students are able to perform in one or all of the following roles: player/participant, leader or official. Furthermore, they develop understanding on how the body reacts to sport.

As well as being the ideal preparation for the A Level Physical Education course, GCSE Physical Education allows for progression to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences. The course develops the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. This can include further training in areas such as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry, the armed forces and the Civil Service.

To find out more information on the Edexcel GCSE course visit




Extra Curricular Activities / Parental Support:


Students are encouraged to work hard within their lessons and expand their knowledge and skills in the vast extra-curricular programme. Extra-curricular provision is wide and varied and all students have the opportunity to participate at their own level in both competitive and recreational activities. Successes range from local and regional to national. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the PE Departments extra-curricular activities. The extra-curricular timetable and clubs will change from term to term so keep checking for updates and changes.



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