Physical Education

“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.” – John F. Kennedy

Welcome & Ethos

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.  Active enjoyment is at the forefront of everything we do, we believe that to learn, students must enjoy their lessons by getting fully involved, being physically active and highly engaged. We believe in:

  • Promoting the intrinsic satisfaction that is essential for future participation.
  • Maximum participation. The curriculum, lessons and clubs are all tailored to incorporate maximum participation.
  • The curriculum and extra-curricular clubs 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.
  • Preparation for a healthy active lifestyle. We offer an extensive and diverse range of activities in lessons and extra-curricular clubs to give the students varied opportunities.
  • Providing opportunities to build self-esteem and confidence. PE provides the perfect vehicle to build a student’s self-esteem. There are lots of opportunities for pupils to succeed in group work or individual challenge, emphasis is placed on achieving your ‘personal best’.

Context of the Subject

Our Aim in PE is to ensure that all students:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.
  • enjoy participating in physical activity.

Staffing Structure

Curriculum Leader
Mr T Kempster
Phone: 01905 363634

Team Structure
Curriculum Leader
1 Assistant curriculum leader
6 full time teachers
3 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:
o Athletics
o Badminton
o Basketball
o Cricket
o Cycling
o Fitness
o Football
o Gymnastics
o Hockey
o Netball
o Problem Solving / outdoor adventurous activities
o Rounders
o Rugby
o Softball
o Tennis
o 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 Overview -repeated for each GCSE in the department and each year
From September 2017
Please be clear if there is a different course for year 10 and year 11

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.


KS4 Overview -repeated for each GCSE in the department and each year
From September 2017
Please be clear if there is a different course for year 10 and year 11

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: