Physical Education

Physical education is an important and compulsory part of the St Bede's curriculum.

All children have core PE lessons from year 7 to 11 encompassing a mixture of team and individual sports as activities. In addition, GCSE PE and Cambridge National Sports Science are popular options and many choose to continue their studies at advanced level.

We encourage all pupils to become involved in our extensive programme of extra curricular sport.

For more information about each key stage, please click on each of the sections below.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

Students cover five curriculum areas of games, gymnastics, dance and athletics. Within these activities students link skills, techniques and apply them accurately and appropriately. When performing they show precision, control and fluency. They show that they understand tactics and composition. They compare and comment on skills, techniques and ideas used in their own and others work.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students gain an understanding of four key concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.

  • Competence: developing physical and mental skills, selecting applying tactics/strategies and compositional ideas.

  • Performance: analysing, evaluation and finding ways to improve performance. 

  • Creativity: experimenting with and expressing ideas through movement.

  • Healthy active lifestyles: understanding the importance of physical activity to well being.

Outdoor and Adventurous activities are carried out during the Year 8 residential trip.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)

GCSE Physical Education (9-1)

The course is part theory, part practical.

  • 60% written examination; content including: anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, health fitness and a healthy active lifestyle, training, diet, social and cultural factors.
  • 30% practical: performing - developing physical skills, being creative and making decisions, and evaluating and improving performance.

10% coursework: Personal exercise programme.

Cambridge National -Sports Science

Students complete four units.

  • R041 Reducing the risk of sports injuries - written examination.
  • R042 Applying principles of training - centre assessed, exam board moderated.
  • R043 The body’s response to physical activity - centre assessed, exam board moderated.
  • R045 Sports nutrition - centre assessed, exam board moderated.

Sixth Form

The content of this course has been designed to allow students to study PE in an academic setting, enabling them to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The course leads onto one of many sports-related degree courses available. However, the real benefit of the PE A level is that it enables you to grasp a wide range of skills – from scientific research through to debate. It also develops an organised well rounded student that can cope with the demands of university life. This wide variety of skill sets will stand you in good stead for most university courses. The same applies to the workplace.


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