Approach to Teaching
In PE we aim to provide pupils with an exciting and fulfilling curriculum in which many different teaching styles are used. We love the idea of pupils taking responsibility and roles within PE lessons which allows them to develop respect, maturity, leadership skills and social interactions. Our teaching prides itself on pupil discovery, and we feel as a Department; methods such as trial and error, whole-part-whole and guided discovery are key for pupil development. In lessons pupils will experience pupil-led warm ups, exciting and innovative drills and lots of conditioned games which allow them to apply and evaluate the skills learnt.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)
All pupils in Year 7 will undergo a baseline assessment in the first few weeks which allows us to identify ability. Then throughout Year 7 pupils will perform the following sports; Teambuilding, Handball, Football, Swimming, Athletics, STA Swimming Awards and Rounder’s.
Pupils in Year 8 will take part in the following sports throughout the year; Basketball, Touch Rugby, OAA, Swimming, Athletics, Short Tennis and STA Swimming Awards.
Pupils in Year 9 will participating in a roundabout of sports up until Easter. After Easter they will be grouped into GCSE/BTEC and Core PE. This allows us to assess pupils in preparation for Key Stage 4. The sports prior to Easter in which pupils will participate in are; Health Related Fitness, Gymnastics (Providing the Gym is available), Swimming, Rugby or Netball, Athletics.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)
GCSE, BTEC, Core PE / GCSE Full Course (Optional)
Core PE – All pupils in Key Stage will participate in 3 core PE lessons a fortnight even if they have chosen PE as an option. Core PE in St Edmund's Catholic School is Sports Leader Level 1 Award. This is with Sports Leader UK, who are a recognised exam board. Pupils will be working on improving their social skills, leadership skill and overall fitness throughout the two years. This course is a PASS/FAIL course. Pupils must pass all modules to ensure they pass overall.
GCSE PE – Pupils who take the Full course GCSE in PE have to opportunity to enhance their sporting knowledge and ability, and their theoretical understanding of the course.
The EDEXCEL GCSE is made up of three elements; Practical, Theory and Coursework.
The Practical element is worth 30% of the course and consists of the pupils being assessed in 3 sports. These sports are chosen from a variety of sports taught in lesson time at St Edmunds and sports that pupils can offer outside of curriculum time. Pupils must be assessed in 1 team sport, 1 individual sport and then 1 of either team or individual. Each sport is assessed out of 35 marks and must be videoed for evidence purposes. All sports can be found in the Practical Specification on this page. If you are planning on videoing your child outside of the PE department, they must be seen in both isolated skill footage, and competitive game footage.
The theory element of the GCSE consists of a full Edexcel syllabus with 2 exams:
Exam Paper 1 Fitness and Body System 36% of qualification, 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Exam Paper 2 Health and Performance 24% of qualification, 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The Coursework is 10% of the qualification and is marked by an external moderator. The coursework is worth 20 marks and pupils must carry out and monitor a Personal Exercise Programme with an evaluation. Pupils will perform the PEP practically and complete the project in a computer room.