The Physical Education department aims to support the whole school’s curriculum vision to deliver a high quality, rigorous and coherent curriculum with a range of pathways that provide a stimulating and demanding education for pupils of all abilities.  In addition, we aim to enable pupils to become confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners in sport. 

The Physical Education curriculum at Churchmead School helps pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to live healthy and physically active lives at school and for the rest of their life. 

Pupils are empowered to participate in physical activity and understand how this influences their own well-being and that of others. By demonstrating the benefits of an active lifestyle, they encourage others to participate in sport, dance, exercise, recreation, and outdoor adventurous pursuits. 


Physical Education at Churchmead School operates a five-year GCSE (or BTEC) flight path. Our Physical Education Curriculum throughout both key stages explicitly teach the necessary knowledge and skills to enable pupils to become confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners in sport. We use a variety of teaching methods so pupils can develop a range of learning styles. This allows students to make informed decisions on the next steps in their learning journeys as they move towards Key stage 4 and 5.  Lessons are always differentiated to ensure that all pupils are challenged and make effective progress.  Through sport, pupils are encouraged to be creative, ask questions and have high expectations of themselves. 


The PE department strives to ensure that all our pupils’ attainment in core PE shows an understanding of what it is to be physically active. This is enforced through our HOPES acronym, this looks at the individual in sport through understanding what it is to be healthy, able to officiate, physically active, engaged within sport and finally develop their social skills through sports activities in PE lessons. Therefore, we offer both GCSE PE and BTEC Sport courses with the option of further studies in sport through BTEC level 3 at key stage 5 to ensure pupils are given the tools and resources to succeed. 

Our Physical Education Curriculum provides a solid foundation for further studies relating to movement and the body, including the social and health sciences, recreation, and tourism. It provides a pathway into many careers in different sectors of the port and leisure industry such as, working with people, education, health, justice, and the social services. 

We currently have sole use of a large sports hall. We are in a fortunate position with our outdoor facilities as we have 5 Tennis Courts, 5 Netball Courts, 1 outdoor Basketball courts, a 3 bay Cricket nets area, a large field where we have 2 Football pitches, a Rugby pitch and areas marked for grids. In addition to these outstanding facilities, we also have sole use of 3 Squash courts, a Dance studio, and fully equipped Fitness Suite. 

We are a department developed in ICT use, we use iPads and analysis packages for instant performance playback and slow-motion replay. This allows pupils to have instant feedback about their performance. 


Courses/ Qualifications 

The department runs a number of courses these include: 

GCSE PE full course OCR 

The GCSE in Physical Education will equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values they need to be able to develop and maintain their performance in physical activities. Pupils will also get the opportunity to delve into the impact both social and cultural influences have on the world of sport and exercise.  

Qualification aims and objectives 

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable pupils to: 

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge and understanding 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 that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being. 

  • Understand the key socio-cultural influences that can affect people’s involvement in physical activity and sport. 

BTEC Sport Level 1/2 Edexcel 

BTEC Level 2 tech Award in Sport has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. It has been developed to: 

  • Encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities. 

  • Give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units. 

  • Encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by selecting from optional units available in the qualification structure. 

  • Provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees. 

  • Give opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 vocationally specific qualification. 

  • Give full-time learners the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences, or on to A level or further BTEC study, and, in due course, to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector. 

  • Give learners the opportunity to investigate the different forms of technology which are currently used in sports from elite to grass roots levels.  

  • Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. 

BTEC Sport has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of sport. The qualification builds on learning from Key Stage 3 for those who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4. It also provides a good introduction to Sport for learners in post-16 education and brings together learning at levels 1 and 2 to ensure that every learner taking the qualification completes it with a level of understanding and skill on which to build at a later date. The qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop the communication skills needed for working in the sport sector, as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions. The qualification provides opportunities for learners to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills, and English and mathematics knowledge and skills, in a sport-related context. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Lesson 

At Churchmead School we teach lessons in line with the current National Curriculum. Pupils will study all of the below topics throughout the key stage: 

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games. 

  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in individual competitive sports. 

  • Perform and choreograph dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms. 

  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group. 

  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best 

  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs

‘Non-Participant’ Policy 

If a pupil is injured or ill, the PE Department needs to be informed of this with a letter from a parent or carer; this letter should be presented at the start of the lesson or before. 

At Churchmead School PE Department, we like to think that there is actually no such term as ‘non-Participant’, as we feel all pupils can be given some form of PE related work to do at an appropriate level to their injury or illness. This can include observation and analysis of peers, scoring, umpiring / refereeing, peer coaching, flexibility / stretching work or participating at a level they feel comfortable with. 

For the reasons listed above, all pupils are required to bring an appropriate PE kit to suit the activity at the time. 

This policy has been put in place so that all pupils are able to receive the best Physical Education provision possible which also ensures inclusion. 

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