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Physical Education

At Wolfreton we believe all students should have the opportunity to experience a curriculum that will provide them with a basis for a lifetime of involvement in healthy, active physical education and sport. We strive to ensure all students, regardless of their ability, achieve their full potential and are provided with a variety of opportunities that will enable them to pursue their sporting interest in the years to come.

These interests may take the form of participant, coach, choreographer, official or organiser. It is through a variety of physical education and sporting contexts that we hope each individual will develop their self-esteem, self-confidence and other personal and social skills and be able to cope with the various challenges they will face throughout the year. It is through this variety of challenges we want all students to develop their ability to work effectively with others in cooperative as well as in competitive situations and to respond in a positive way when they are problem solving, being creative or faced with difficult challenges.

Staff Position
Mr P Rowe Area Improvement Leader (PE, Psychology and Health)
Mr J Bates Leading Teacher of PE
Mrs S Bates Teacher of PE
Miss K Buckley Teacher of PE
Miss L Garnier Teacher of PE
Ms M Kitchen Lead Teacher of PE
Mr K Marshall Leading Teacher SSCO
Mr J Slater Head of House / Teacher of PE

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

 “A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.”


Students study the following in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Team Games
  • Fitness
  • OAA
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Field Striking/ Rounders/ Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Team Games
  • Fitness
  • OAA
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Field Striking/ Rounders/ Cricket

Additional guidance Key Stage 3 PE

Encourage your child to:

  • take part in an extra-curricular physical activity
  • participate in a school team

Key Stage 4 

All students participate in Core PE at Key Stage 4.  In addition to following this course in-line with the Key Stage 4 National Curriculum, students can also study GCSE Physical Education or Sports Studies (the BTEC course currently studied will be replaced by the Technical Award in September 2017).

Core PE

Aims of the course:

To encourage participation in all activities and realise the following targets:

  • to enjoy participating in a variety physical activity
  • to show an increased level of skill in all activities
  • to be more consistent and more effective in sports performance
  • to anticipate what others may do and use this to change performance
  • to undertake different roles in sport e.g. performer, coach, referee
  • to use correct technical terms and accurately assess performance
  • to regularly take part in healthy physical activity
  • to understand how you should prepare and follow an exercise programme for a healthy lifestyle

Course content

All students take part in major games both indoor and outdoor and a range of activities are available in extra-curricular time.

GCSE Physical Education

Aims of the course:

  • To become more physically competent in a range of activities
  • To develop and maintain involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy active lifestyle
  • To understand the different factors that affect participation.

Course content and assessment:

Practical Elements


Students have the opportunity to practise and be assessed in a range of sports. 

The practical assessment focusses on 3 of these





Practical assessment as a performer:

                1 Team Sport

                1 Individual Sport

                +1 from either of the above

Theory Elements


1 controlled assessment





Evaluating and Analysing Performance (EAP)
Written Coursework


Examination based theory units include:
                Applied anatomy
                Physical training
                Socio-cultural influences
                Sports psychology
                Health, fitness and well-                     being




Physical Factors affecting performance
Written Exam 30%


Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology
Written Exam 30%


Students complete practical assessments based on how good they are at the sports performance leading to an external moderation. There will be two exams based on the theory content.

Additional resources GCSE Physical Education 

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • take part in an extra-curricular activity
  • participate in a school team

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

PEARSON BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Sports Leadership

Aims of the course:

  • BTEC Tech Award is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade 9-1
  • Development of the skills required to lead sports activities
  • Planning and leading an individual or team sporting activity session
  • Development of important skills in sports leadership, including personal management, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Prepares young people for careers in the sports sector
  • Provides good progression to more advanced qualifications eg BTEC Level 3 National in Sport.

Course content:

You will study the following topic areas:

  • Component 1: Understanding Sports Leadership (30%)
  • Component 2: Developing Sports Leadership Skills (30%)
  • Component 3: Planning and Leading a Sports Activity (external exam 40%)

Where does this lead?

This course is a stepping stone to working in the sports or leisure industry. It is also an excellent qualification for entry into coaching for a variety of sports

It is a good progression to the BTEC Level 3 National in Sport, offered by Wolfreton Sixth Form College.


Sixth Form Courses 

A Level Physical Education (OCR)

From September 2016, students will follow the OCR A Level Physical Education specification.

Aims of the course:

This course takes and in-depth look at anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and contemporary issues.  It also offers an extensive choice of practice sporting activities.

Course Content:

  • Physical Factors Affecting Performance

Applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics

  • Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

Skill acquisition, sport psychology

  • Socio-cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport

Sport and society, contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

  • Performance in Physical Education

Performance or coaching of an activity, evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement


Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 70% Examination
  • 30% Practical

Students who began year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

Aims of the course:

  • This course takes and in-depth look at anatomy and physiology, fitness and the sports industry.  It takes a vocational approach to prepare learners for careers in the sports sector and progression to more advanced qualifications at degree level.

Course content:

Students complete three mandatory units and one additional optional unit.  Units include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Applications of Fitness Testing


This course is equivalent to one A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 67% External Assessment (1 written examination and 1 set task controlled assessment)
  • 33% Internal Assessment (Assignment based work)

Additional resources Sixth Form Courses

Encourage your son /daughter to:

  • Make use of MyPLC, a mobile-based resource which enables students to self-assess their progress about a specification related learning checklist. 
  • Read around the subject.
  • Take part in an extra-curricular activity (performer, coach or official)
  • Participate in a school team

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

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