Physical Education

Subject Overview:

The PE Department aims to help develop students physically socially and mentally as individuals, groups, and teams with the hope that pupils will continue to participate in sporting activities after leaving School and lead a healthy active lifestyle. Through the range of activities and experiences offered, students should feel valued, happy, and challenged to perform to the highest standards.

The PE department strive to deliver outstanding lessons on a regular basis and aim to remain at the forefront of developments in PE and introduce new initiatives effectively. Our lessons are designed to encourage a maximum uptake in participation with a focus on ˜Education for all & Achievement for all.

Within lessons, we aim to develop the Catholic ethos of the school. This is achieved by encouraging sportsmanship between pupils, promoting fair play and highlighting the importance of ethics within sport and general life. We recognise the importance of spirituality by developing students' beliefs, values, emotions, principles, and morals.

"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them; a desire, a dream, a vision."

Muhammad Ali

Key Stage 3 Content:

During Key Stage 3 PE pupils will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and apply them across different activities. At Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, the aim is to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum that enables all students to develop a passion for taking part in life long physical activity. Pupils will develop their mental and physical ability during team building and problem solving activities and they will be expected to assess their own and peer’s performance. It is our aim to ensure each pupil reaches their full potential in either individual or team competition.

Me in P.E is the name of the assessment model at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School. It allows us to assess pupils progress and assess pupils without levels after levels were removed from the National Curriculum in 2014. Our intent is to Give pupils improved life chances through a healthier and more active lifestyle. To achieve this, we need to develop Physical Literacy through the development of knowledge, physical competences and character. T

The Me in P.E model allows us to plan, assess and communicate what we see as the most vital elements of physical literacy. Me in P.E consists of 3 Me in P.E strands. 

Thinking ME in PE: Thinking Me is focused on helping pupils understand the activities they participate in. This includes tactics knowledge and performance analysis skills. By understanding more about the activity they can make greater

Social ME in PE: Social Me looks at how pupils interact with each other and are ankle to lead but also work as a member of a team. Are pupils able to communicate effectively and offer feedback to each other for example.

Physical Me in PE: Physical Me is focused on pupil’s ability to coordinate themselves and learn and link skills. Being able to have strong fundamentals are vital in being physically literate and participating or competing in a range of physical activities both during their education and beyond.

Years 7-9 students receive two singles lessons a week (2 Hours). Students are placed into streamed classes, to fit in line with the whole school policy of mixed ability and mixed sex teaching. 

They will take part in a wide range of activities not limited to: 

  • Athletics
  • Health Related Fitness 
  • Invasion Games 
  • Striking and Fielding Games
  • Net/Wall Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities 
  • CrossFit
  • Non- contact boxing 

These activities are delivered throughout the academic year.  In addition to this, pupils are involved in a large range of inter form competition such as Football, Rugby, Softball, Cricket, Basketball and Netball.

Key Stage 4 Content:

In core PE, pupils are given 6 options at the beginning of each half-term. To give them more ownership over their healthy active lifestyle we allow them to choose what they would like to do. There are three pathways students can choose –

GCSE/BTEC & Representative sport for the School Teams •In depth focus and coaching. •Helping to improve exam grade •Representing the school’s Sports Teams.

Competitive Sport and Health and Fitness • Sport against friends •Staying active and healthy •Learning how to train safely.          

Recreational Sport •Individual sports •non- competitive •keeping active •low impact 

Exam Options:

For pupils who opt for GCSE PE/BTEC Sport, they will cover a number of practical including Athletics, Football, Netball, Rugby League/Union, Handball, Table Tennis, Volleyball and many more. If they choose BTEC Sport, they will also have the opportunity to be assessed on their leadership skills and get the chance to work with local primary school students at various events and competitions throughout the year.

The theoretical aspect of the GCSE course is broken down into the following sections:

Content Description: 

Practical Content 

Theory Content 

Team Sports(Must offer at least one, max 2) 

Individual Sports(Must offer at least one, max 2) 




Amateur Boxing 

Applied Anatomy and Physiology 

Musculoskeletal System, Cardio-Respiratory System, Effects of Exercise 


Table Tennis 

Movement Analysis 

Levers, Planes and Axes of Movement 




Physical Training 

Health, Fitness and Exercise, Types of Training, Principles of Training 



Use of Data 

Qualitative and Quantitative, Analysis 

Gaelic Football 


Rock Climbing 

Sports Psychology 

Classification of Skills, Goal Setting, Information Processing, Mental Preparation 





Socio-Cultural Influences 

Social groups, Cultural Issues, Drugs, Hooliganism 





Health Fitness and Wellbeing 

Body Types, Diet, Healthy Lifestyles 



Performer in 3 Sport- 30% 



Exam 1- The human body and movement in physical activity- 30% 

Exam 2- Socio Cultural influences and wellbeing in physical activity- 30% 


Written or Oral presentation on analysis of performance-10% 


BTEC - Content description:

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise 

In this unit you will cover the components of physical and skill-related fitness and the principles of training. You will explore different fitness training methods for developing components of fitness. You will gain knowledge and skills in undertaking and administering fitness tests. This unit is particularly relevant if you would like to progress into qualifications in sports coaching, elite sport or personal training.  Assessment – externally assessed using an onscreen test 

Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport 

This unit focuses on developing and improving your own practical sports performance. This is achieved through your active participation in practical activities and reflection on your own performance and that of other sports performers.  Assessment – internally assessed through three coursework assignments 

Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training 

In this unit you will design and review a personal fitness training programme, learn about the musculoskeletal system and cardiorespiratory system and the effects on the body during fitness training and implement a self-designed personal fitness training programme to achieve your own goals and objectives. Assessment – Internally assessed through one assessment. 

Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities 

In this unit you will learn the attributes associated with successful sports leadership, undertake and review the planning and leading of sports activities.  Assessment – internally assessed through three coursework assignments 

Wider Learning and Enrichment Opportunities:

Students at Cardinal Wiseman are given a full range of opportunities to take part in physical activity, physical education, non-competitive and competitive sports through inter-house & inter-school activities we offer coaching / training sessions; trips/visits; and other out-of-school activities. All students are encouraged to make full use of these opportunities for their own personal benefit and to contribute to our whole school ethos.

We encourage and reward achievement, insist on participation and strive for excellence. We are also involved in the School Sport Partnership programme with links to our Primary Family of Schools where students get the opportunity to act as leaders in the local community.