PE

BWS has a proud history and tradition of sporting provision, whether it is for our top performers or the beginner. Sport plays a central role in the school's aims to encourage all our pupils to develop their potential by setting themselves the highest standards of excellence and achievement with integrity and confidence.

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The school's broad range of sport activities provides students with a well-rounded, balanced education catering for a wide range of talents and interests and adds great enjoyment to students school life.

We are committed to providing inclusive, challenging and enriching Physical Education and sporting opportunities, which promote high standards of performance and a positive attitude towards sport and physical activity for life, to inspire and motivate all our pupils to lead happy, purposeful and responsible lives.

We strive for national recognition across a wide range of sports and compete on a local, regional and national level, with a multitude of sports available and success achieved across the board. We also encourage our students to compete outside of school in order to gain an invaluable team and social experience. This enables both BWS and the clubs to benefit from a more knowledgeable, experienced and skilled pool of talent.

Sport and physical activity provides an environment where we are able to learn most about ourselves and others. Out on the playing fields, in a cave, out in the woods or half way up a rock face we often find ourselves doing things, thinking things and surprising ourselves like never before. Physical activity and developing a physical literacy stimulates not only the body but also the mind and facilitates a making of bonds with others that are not easily broken. Here lie some of the key reasons why physical activity is central to BWS, the building of skills, the building of friendships and the building of individuals motivated and determined to go out and enrich the world in which we all live.

GCSE Physical Education

Year 11 - Students will follow the OCR Physical Education syllabus.

This course is open to all students and requires a high level of all-round physical competence. GCSE Physical Education is academically rigorous and is not an easy option. Although GCSE PE has a timetable allocation of 4 periods a week, it could also require students to give up their own free time for some aspects of the course, for example helping with the organisation of sporting fixtures or refereeing.

This specification gives candidates opportunities to:

  • Develop and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of physical education through selected practical activities.
  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the different factors that affect participation and performance and demonstrate their relationship.
  • Understand the role of rules and conventions in selected activities.
  • Promote their understanding of health benefits and risks associated with taking part in physical activity.
  • Develop the skills necessary to analyse and improve performance.
  • Support their personal and social development through adopting different roles in selected activities when working with others.

In order to achieve these aims, the course involves an amalgamation of practical and theoretical activities.

These include:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • skill acquisition and fitness
  • training and injury
  • social issues
  • analysis and improvement of practical activities

The assessment of the aforementioned sections of the course takes the form of an examination (40%) and coursework (60%), both with written and practical elements. The coursework consists of 4 practical activities and 2 controlled assessments.

Students may wish to purchase the optional OCR Physical Education syllabus.

Please find coursework information from the GCSE PE Guide to Controlled Assessment

The course specifications can be found in the OCR GCSE PE Specifications Booklet

Year 10 

Students will follow the Cambridge iGCSE Syllabus

This course is open to all students and requires a high level of all-round physical competence. iGCSE Physical Education is academically rigorous and is not an easy option. Although iGCSE PE has a timetable allocation of 4 periods a week, it could also require students to give up their own free time for some aspects of the course, for example helping with the organisation of sporting fixtures or refereeing.

This specification gives candidates opportunities to develop:

  • an ability to plan, perform, analyse and improve, and evaluate physical activities
  • knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of relevant physical activities
  • an understanding of effective and safe performance
  • an understanding of the role of sport and physical activity in society and in the wider world
  • an excellent foundation for advanced study
  • an enjoyment of physical activity.

In order to achieve these aims, the course involves an amalgamation of practical and theoretical activities.

Component 1: Paper 1 (40%)
1 hour 45 minutes, 80 marks

The examination assesses candidates’ knowledge and understanding in relation to the syllabus content. Candidates are required to demonstrate skills of description, interpretation and evaluation. The question paper has a weighting of 40% of the total marks and is divided into two sections:

Section A: Short answer questions on:

Unit 1: Factors affecting performance
Unit 2: Health, safety and training
Unit 3: Reasons and opportunities for participation in physical activity

Section B: Three structured questions and differentiated questions, one on each unit:

Unit 1: Factors affecting performance
Unit 2: Health, safety and training
Unit 3: Reasons and opportunities for participation in physical activity

Component 2: Coursework (60%)

The Coursework component requires candidates to offer a minimum of four practical activities from at least two of the seven categories. Each activity is marked out of 50 marks and the Analysing and Improving out of 10 marks.

The course specifications can be found in the New Cambridge iGCSE Syllabus

The practical activities and further details can be found in the Cambridge Coursework Outline Booklet

There is not currently a specific revision guide for iGCSE, any GCSE PE guide would be a welcome addition, but should be treated with a word of warning as some of the content may not be in the iGCSE or there may be some absent.


Years 7 - 9 Curriculum Plan

Students in years 7-9 have one double lesson of PE per week and one double lesson of Games per week.

Listed below are the activities taught for each year. (numbers in brackets equal the number of weeks a subject is taught)

Year 7

Term PE Games
1 Athletics/XC/Fitness Tests (3)
Basketball (4)
Rugby
2 Basketball (5) Rugby
3 Gymnastics Skills (6) 7s Football
4 Athletics (5) 7s Football
5 Athletics (6) Athletics
Tennis/S+F (during exams)
6 Cricket/Rounders (6) Athletics
Tennis (during exams)

Year 8

Term PE Games
1 Athletics/XC/Fitness Tests (2)
Basketball (5)
Rugby
2 Badminton (5) Rugby
3 Gymnastics Acro (6) 7s Football
4 Athletics (5) 7s Football
5 Athletics (6) Athletics
Tennis/S+F (during exams)
6 Cricket/Rounders (6) Athletics
Tennis (during exams)

Year 9

Term PE Games
1 Athletics/XC/Fitness Tests (2)
Basketball (5)
Rugby
2 Volleyball (5) Rugby
3 Gymnastics Flight (6) 7s Football
4 Athletics (5) 7s Football
5 Athletics (6) Athletics
Tennis/S+F (during exams)
6 Cricket/Rounders (6) Athletics
Tennis (during exams)

Students in years 10 and 11 have one afternoon of Games per week. Currently this is Thursday for Year 10 and Friday for Year 11

Listed below are the activities taught for each year. (numbers in brackets equal the number of weeks a subject is taught)

Term Year 10 Year 11
1 Rugby Rugby
Football
2 Rugby Rugby
Football
3 7s Football 7s Football
4 7s Football 7s Football
5 Athletics
Tennis/S+F (during exams)
N/A
6 Cricket/Rounders (6) N/A