Salesian School

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Physical Education

Head of Department: Ms Charlotte Gallagher

The Salesian PE Department is committed to providing a balanced and effective PE curriculum, coupled with a full range of extra-curricular clubs. Students are encouraged and expected to participate in a wide range of sports activities, taught and coached by our expert staff.

You can keep track of all of our activities and fixtures at our dedicated sports website: 

Salesian  Sports      

Key Stage 3 PE

Students take PE for 4 lessons per fortnight during Key Stage 3, either in the Hall, the Gym, Netball Courts or on our Astroturf pitch. During key stage 3, pupils develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in physical activity, helping them to be active for life. They start to understand what makes an effective performance and how to apply these principles to their own and others' work. They learn to take the initiative and make decisions for themselves about what to do to improve performance in the future. They also begin to identify which types of activities they prefer and take a variety of roles, such as leader and official.

Activites they will take part in include:

  • Dance activities*
  • Rugby*
  • Hockey*
  • Netball*
  • Cricket*
  • Football*
  • Tennis*
  • Softball
  • Rounders*
  • Basketball*
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Trampolining* and gymnastics
  • Athletic activities* including track and field events
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities

All of the sports indicated with an asterisk* are also available as extra-curricular activities.

Key Stage 4: Core PE

We are committed to helping every student in our care remain physically active and fit, so PE remains a core component of the curriculum in Key Stage 4. We also offer a full course GCSE qualification.

The Core PE course is largely practical, allowing students to improve their skills in a number of sporting activities including Basketball, Dance, Football, Netball, Rounders, Trampolining and Volleyball. There will also be a theoretical aspect to the course that allows students to improve their knowledge of the use of training to develop a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle for the future. 

There is no formal exam for this course but students are continually assessed using the usual attainment and effort grades.

Key Stage 4: PE GCSE

GCSE PE provides an opportunity for those pupils that enjoy and have good ability in PE to deepen their knowledge of the subject and can lead to a number of future careers in the sports industry.

The course has a significant practical element, allowing students to develop a variety of skills in a number of sporting activities including Athletics, Basketball, Dance, Football, Netball, Rugby, Trampolining, Tennis and Volleyball (with the opportunity to be assessed in some activities outside of school.) They will also learn about the specific kinds of training used to improve fitness and performance in different sports and produce a six week Personal Exercise Programme based on a sport of their choice, as part of their theoretical studies.

Other topics include the ways in which the body adapts with exercise, and the influences on participation in physical activity in the UK.

As their studies progress, students develop four activities to a high level of technical ability, which are practically assessed. They will need one individual sport, one team sport and one free choice. Students also develop their skills of observation and analysis, developing action plans for athletes in various sports to improve their performance.

We currently follow the Edexcel syllabus. Learning combines theoretical and practical approaches throughout, with lots of opportunities for students to express their ideas and understanding through active sports participation in our gym or on our all-weather pitch. Assessment is through a combination of examination, a controlled assessment task and assessment of practical sports skills. The weighting in the future will be 40% practical and 60% theory.

Extra-curricular opportunities include after-school clubs and teams in most of our sports.

For more information, see the current GCSE Options Booklet.

Progression opportunities

Students who enjoy music can continue their studies in the Sixth Form with PE A Level. You can find out more on our Sixth Form pages.

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