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Hatcham College

Physical Education

Head of department Miss J Edwards



subject overview

At Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, students enjoy good facilities and open space at our Nunhead playing fields, which are approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Pepys site and 20 minutes’ walk from the Jerningham site. For most lessons, students are taught in separate gender groups. We ensure that all practical lessons provide skill acquisition development and theoretical knowledge and understanding.  This is reinforced with weekly homework focusing on skill technique, rules, umpiring signals and tactics. We have a large extracurricular provision where many of our students train weekly and attend fixtures. We compete in a number of tournaments in and outside the borough of Lewisham. In addition to the compulsory core Physical Education lessons we now offer GCSE PE and BTEC Sport at Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 3 Overview

Students will lead their own warm-ups (pulse raiser and stretches) safely, be able to assess their own and others’ performance, referee using rules and hand signals learnt and have an increasing knowledge of the basic muscles of the body whilst developing their skills, technique and tactics. In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed-ability groups, acquiring skills and developing technique through isolated skill-based drills and implementing these in increasingly competitive situations i.e: drill progression (passive and active defenders), conditioned practices and match play. In Year 9 students may be grouped increasingly by ability so that the more able and enthusiastic are encouraged to take either GCSE PE or BTEC Sport.


Year 7 topics

6 sports

Minimum of 2 individual and 3 team sports

All Year 7 students will study the same 6 sports but not necessarily at the same time.

Year 8 topics

6 sports

Minimum of 2 individual and 3 team sports

All Year 8 students will study the same 6 sports but not necessarily at the same time.

Year 9 topics

6 sports

Minimum of 2 individual and 3 team sports

All Year 9 students will study the same 6 sports but not necessarily at the same time.


Key Stage 3 Homework

There are weekly quizzes based on skills, techniques and tactics taught, with additional homework such as watching a video of the technique to be taught next lesson.


Key Stage 4 Overview

All students will continue to have a double period of PE each week, where they will have a choice of four sports each half term. Students will begin to take on a greater role in their learning with the main focus to promote lifelong participation in sports and physical activity and encourage a healthy lifestyle.


We understand that not all students learn the same and so in our Key Stage 4 provision we have two courses available, one more suited to the type of learner that is assessed in a modular fashion via predominantly coursework with one short exam (BTEC Sport) and another that is predominantly assessed by exam: two exams at the end of Year 11 with one short piece of coursework (GCSE). Both courses have a practical element.


Year 10 topics

BTEC Sport:

(Elements of unit 1,2&6)

Sports leadership essay/planning, justifying and executing a session plan/ rules, regulations and scoring systems essay/Review essay of session plan/Fitness for exercise -exam content.


Physical training/coursework/applied anatomy and physiology/movement analysis/aerobic and anaerobic exercise/cardiorespiratory system/health and fitness

Year 11 topics

BTEC Sport:

(Elements of unit 2,3 & possibly 1 – only if a resit is needed)

Practical sport footage/review of practical sports performance/bones and muscles of the body/respiratory system/planning a 6-week programme and justification/review of programme


Sport psychology/sociocultural influences/commercialisation of physical activity and sport/ethical issues/use of data


How is this qualification assessed?

Course: BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel

Exam paper (onscreen) (50mins): Unit 1-Fitness for exercise (Physical training: fitness testing/components of fitness/types of training/principles of training/training thresholds)

Coursework: 3 units/ 10 assignments in total (75%) practical is a component of both unit 6&2


Course: GCSE PE

Exam board: AQA

Exam paper(s):

Paper 1(30%): 1 hour 15mins – The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (Applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis [ biomechanics], physical training, use of data)

Paper 2 (30%): 1 hour 15mins – Socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being in physical activity and sport (sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being, use of data)


NEA – Non-examination assessment (40% - 100 marks)

Practical (30%): 3 sports (75marks) – Must have at least 1 team and 1 individual sport

For each sport:

10 marks –Skills in progressive drills/15marks-skills in match play (25marks per sport)

Coursework (10%): Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity (has to be 1 of their 3 practical sports). (25marks)


Key Stage 4 Homework

GCSE PE: Predominantly application through 9-mark questions, practice papers, drawing labelled diagrams e.g. the three types of lever and applying them to a sporting action. Linking e.g. discussing the link between the agonist, the joint movement and the plane and axes of the body/revision tasks.

Coursework based: completion of elements of the assignment.

BTEC Sport: Practice questions/creating revision cards for the exam and completion of elements of assignments for coursework.


How is this subject assessed?

For core PE for each sport studied there is a standardised end-of-unit test set on Show My Homework (20%) and a practical assessment (80%). For BTEC Sport, assessment is ongoing through a range of coursework assignments (10 in total over the course of the two years) there are also practical elements of the course – footage is needed to evidence this. One modular exam is sat and students are allowed to resit this exam, although this isn’t necessary for the majority. For GCSE PE, assessment is ongoing with application of knowledge taught evident in every lesson and do now tasks and homework to reinforce learning. End-of-unit tests and Pre-Public Examinations are used to see what elements need to be revisited after results analysis. Footage is taken for practical, particularly for sports not taught in a school setting e.g. skiing, rock climbing, kayaking etc. Footage is also taken for those sports that can be done in school as a back-up in case students have a bad day or are absent or injured on moderation day when an external moderator visits.


For the qualifications, the marking policy operates on a 2-week cycle or every 6 theory lessons where practical elements of the course are also being delivered. If coursework is due - this takes priority – students to respond to teacher feedback in a different colour (not red). Students have 5-10mins of the next lesson to respond to feedback to create a clear dialogue between teacher and student.


How does this subject fulfil SMSC needs?

Social: In PE students learn independence and interdependence and learn to realise that working as a team to achieve a shared goal is more efficient than trying to do it alone.

Moral: Students take on the roles of officials to assist them in learning and understanding the rules and the consequences if broken, this also allows them to develop a respect for those in these roles when they are playing. We also instil the concept of sportsmanship and helping those in your team to develop. Students are then able to respond to both success and defeat with dignity and have the commitment to continue trying.

Spiritual: Students learn to cope with their emotions in a socially acceptable way during competitive situations.

Cultural: Students learn that different ethnicities and genders are more likely to participate in sports hugely linked with the role models and the media coverage they see in these sports.


How does the subject challenge more able pupils?

Schemes of work include advanced skills, techniques and tactics not necessarily in the National Curriculum to push students to achieve their full potential. There is a Year 9 top set studying the practical GCSE PE criteria and enjoying an early start to theory content. We recommend to outside clubs for students to take up the sport at club level. All teachers use data to inform planning and differentiate questions.


What provision is made for pupils with SEND?

Quality first teaching in all of our lessons places an emphasis on high-quality inclusive teaching that utilises a range of strategies to support the learning of pupils with SEND. There might be differentiation by task, for example, using a passive defender (shadowing- not able to make a steal or tackle) rather than an active defender (working at full capacity); templates for assignments to achieve criteria; use of modelling and scaffolding.


Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities

We run a variety of sports clubs, with training once a week and teams are entered to local competitions and leagues with the chance to win trophies. Fixtures include those in inner London and outer London and we run trips, such as a ski trip to Switzerland and reward trips at the end of the year which are sport based e.g. water sports. There is also rock climbing trip for GCSE PE students. In addition, we run GCSE PE/BTEC Sport targeted interventions.


Useful websites

BTEC Sport: https://www.topendsports.com/testing/

GCSE PE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zp49cwx