“If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”
Subject Leader: Mr C Iddles
PE Teachers: Mrs Morris, Mr Sapwell & Miss Towson
Physical Education at St Wilfrid’s requires students to think not only about how they perform with regards to the techniques and tactics they employ, but about how their body works and reacts to exercise. What sports might motivate them and will they have the skills and knowledge to continue in a lifelong journey of active participation after their school years?
Key Stage 3
In the lower school years, Physical Education is taught as a ‘core’ subject, in single gender groups. Activities offered are across a range of criteria to reflect National Curriculum requirements as well as logistical and philosophical considerations. We offer a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, major games, net games, aesthetic pursuits, fitness and athletics. Students are assessed on generic criteria such as their ability to outwit opponents and to create innovative sequences of movement. They are encouraged to reflect on activity as part of their lifestyle choices and are assessed on their theoretical understanding working towards GCSE options.
Key Stage 4
In this age bracket we continue as above in core PE but focus increasingly on actually playing sports, including innovative and alternative ones. In the current climate we have moved away from the use of the leisure centre for year 11 and provide a double lesson where the students are offered the opportunity to lead and participate in their chosen activity with guidance and support provided by staff.
We offer both GSCE and Btec option courses at Level 2 (KS4). GCSE follows an academic route, with 60% of marks awarded for a final exam and 40% comprised of 2 different practical sports and a coursework element. Btec pursues a similar body of knowledge but all with a vocational overlay. Four units are taken over the 2 years, including a 2 sport Practical unit. There is a one hour online exam in Year 10 but other units are taught as coursework.
Key Stage 5
Physical Education currently offers A Level PE at this age group. Seven units are taught over 2 years, including Anatomy and Physiology, Sport and Society and Psychology of Sport.