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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Physical Education

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 also 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 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

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 peers performance. It is our aim to ensure each pupil reaches their full potential in either individual or team competition.

Years 7-9 students receive one double (2 Hours) lesson of PE per week.All PE periods are in half-year groups. In Year 7 Students are thought in single sex house groups before being put into and  taught in grouped ability classes (Sets) in Year 8/9 so that each pupil receives the best possible personalised learning.

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
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities 

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, Hockey and Netball.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

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 and they are then thought in mixed groups for the rest of that half term. 

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:

Theory Content



Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Musculoskeletal System, Cardio-Respiratory System, Effects of Exercise

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

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

Success and Achievements

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.