Nunnery wood high school 5

Physical Education


Welcome to PE at Nunnery Wood, a hub of excitement within the school with so much on offer for students to learn, experience and develop.

Our aim is to offer students an outstanding experience of sport and physical activity with fantastic opportunities for students both in lessons and through a rich and fully inclusive extracurricular offer. The PE department are extremely passionate and motivated about our subject and we would like to share, instil and develop this love for being physically active with our students.  Active enjoyment is at the forefront of everything we do, with the ambition of fully engaging students and ensuring high participation rates. We would like our students to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, knowing that all students, irrespective of experience, confidence and ability will be both challenged and supported. PE provides the perfect vehicle to build a student’s self-esteem and confidence and we aim to provide many opportunities for pupils to experience success.  We view a student’s experience of PE and physical activity to be part of their active journey in life, building upon students KS2 experiences, offering opportunities, breaking down barriers and engaging students in physical activity which will hopefully promote an intrinsic satisfaction that is essential for future participation.

We are very proud of our diverse and exciting curriculum we are able to offer.  Students are able to develop sports and activities of interest as well as being introduced to new and exciting activities. The curriculum has been designed to offer an inclusive experience tailored to incorporate maximum participation with endless opportunities for students to succeed in both group work and individual challenge with the emphasis being about achieving their personal best. A bespoke curriculum offer for SEND students ensures every student has access to a high quality offer in PE.  The curriculum and the extensive extra-curricular programme are also designed to support the development of excellent performance, with opportunities to represent the school in district, county and national competitions in a wide range of activities. In addition, the belief of our clubs and curriculum being open to all, with participation being a key principle behind this, supports the idea of PE removing socio-economic barriers allowing all students the opportunity to enjoy being active. Students efforts and achievements are widely recognised and celebrated through numerous forms such as the prestigious sports award evening, assemblies, Nunnery news and the PE Instagram page to name a few.

We fully believe that every student has the opportunity to enjoy, engage, work hard and live the full Nunnery PE experience in their time here.  Alongside the physical developments, PE will also contribute to the cognitive and social benefits of our students, such as problem solving, decision making, confidence, teamwork, communication and empathy for others. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of being active and experience different ways to be active, leading to students being inspired to live a healthy and active life beyond school. 


Staffing Structure
Curriculum Leader: Mr T Kempster 
Phone: 01905 363634 

Team Structure 
Curriculum Leader 
Assistant curriculum leader 
5 full time teachers 
1 part time teachers 


Curriculum Facilities
The sporting facilities available at Nunnery Wood are outstanding.  We have a fantastic floodlit all-weather astro turf pitch and a full competition athletics track with stadium seating.  We also have a floodlit football pitch, in the centre of the athletics track.  There is plenty of field space for outdoor lessons, with 2 rugby pitches, 1 football pitch, 5 rounders pitches and an artificial cricket wicket as well as lot of training grids available.  Additionally, outside, we have 5 netball courts and 5 tennis courts.  Due to our location, we also have access to Nunnery Wood which we take full advantage of and use for activities such as mountain biking / cycling and orienteering.  Our indoor facilities include a fitness suite and sports hall hosting 4 badminton courts, a basketball court, a netball court, 5-aside football pitch and a volleyball court. Lessons also take place in the school gymnasium and the school hall.


KS3 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS3 teaching in the subject area

Throughout Key Stage 3, students will have the opportunity to develop their personal, learning and thinking skills.  In Physical Education we particularly focus on providing opportunities for students to develop as ‘Effective Participators’ and good ‘Team Workers’.  Students are also encouraged to regularly reflect on their own progress.  As ‘Reflective Learners’ they are also given opportunities to work more independently and develop skills as ‘Independent Enquirers’ and responsible ‘Self managers’.  They will have the opportunity to use technology in the form of computer tablets to analyse performance and accurately describe ways to improve.

Organisation of the KS3 curriculum and how students are assessed (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings.

During Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities. Students will develop their knowledge, refine skills and gain a deeper understanding of physical education through the following activities:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Problem Solving / outdoor adventurous activities
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Students have 2 lesson of PE a week and will participate in 2 different activities each half term. Students are assessed for each activity at the end of the unit of work.

Sources of information that may be useful
BBC Sport:
BBC – Get inspired:
BBC – Raise your game:
Sky Sports:
BT Sport:

KS4 - Core PE

Subject title, board and syllabus code:
Core PE

KS4 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS4 teaching in the subject area

During Key Stage 4, students tackle complex and demanding activities, applying their knowledge of skills, techniques and effective performance. They decide whether to get involved in physical activity that is mainly focused on competing or performing, promoting health and well-being, or developing personal fitness. Promotion of participation in physical activity and taking advantage of the opportunities available are encouraged because the perception they have of their skill and physical competence gives them the confidence to get involved in exercise and activity outside school and in later life.

Ongoing formative assessment in PE helps students understand their own strengths and areas for development to ensure students continue to develop their physical knowledge and skills while making good progress.


Subject title, board and syllabus code
GCSE Physical Education
Exam Board: AQA
Syllabus code: 8582

KS4 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS4 teaching in the subject area

Students studying GCSE PE will:
• Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance.
• Understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance in physical activity and sport.
• Perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas.
• Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance in physical activity and sport.
• Understand the contribution which physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being;.
• Understand key socio-cultural influences which can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport.

Organisation of the KS4 curriculum (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings)

The majority of lessons are based around developing student’s theoretical knowledge and understanding in a classroom environment. However, where possible, opportunities are taken to bring the theoretical work to life through practical methods in order for students to experience and understand the concepts from the specification.

Units of Work:
• Health, fitness and well-being
• Applied anatomy and physiology
• Movement analysis
• Sports psychology
• Socio-cultural influences
• Physical training

Students are assessed at the end of each unit of work.

Written Examination (Theory):  60%

The theoretical component of the subject is worth 60% of the final grade and is related to factors that affect performance and participation in physical activity.  Students will be assessed at the end of Year 11 through 2 exams (papers)

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (1hr 15mins)

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in sport and physical activity (1hr 15mins)

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Practical Assessment: 40%

The practical component of the subject is worth 40% of the final grade.  Students will be assessed in three different activities in the role of player/performer. One of these assessments must be in a team sport/activity, one assessment must be in an individual sport/activity, with the third assessment being from either a team or individual sport/activity.  Students will need to provide recorded evidence of activities not covered in school.  Students will be involved in a practical assessment in Year 11 by an external moderator.

Activity List:

Team Activities:
Association football
Gaelic football
Field hockey
Rugby League
Rugby Union
Table tennis

Individual Activities:
Amateur boxing
Canoeing/kayaking (slalom)
Canoeing/kayaking (sprint)
Cycling Track or road cycling
Platform diving
Gymnastics (artistic)
Rock climbing
Skiing Outdoor/indoor on snow.
Snowboarding Outdoor/indoor on snow.
Table tennis

Specialist Team Activities:
Blind cricket
Powerchair football
Table cricket
Wheelchair basketball
Wheelchair rugby
Goal ball

Specialist Individual Activities: