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Physical Education

PE at St James' develops students’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.

Our high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.

PE helps students to develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Students not opting for PE at Keys Stages 4 and 5 will still have the opportunity to take part in PE activities during their core lessons.

Key Stage 3

For details of PE at Key Stage 3, please click here

For details of PE kit requirements, click here

Examination PE

Years 10 & 11 GCSE

Current Year 10 and 11 students studying GCSE PE are following the AQA specification.

AQA state they have ‘worked closely with teachers and the Youth Sport Trust to develop a new specification with topics that will help all students to develop a well-rounded skill set and progress to further studies. The activity list and the practical weighting will be the same across all exam boards, but we’ve worked hard to ensure that our new specification is engaging and our assessment clearer’.

With this in mind the department made the decision to move to AQA and we firmly believe it is an exciting time to study Physical Education at St James’

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Years 12 & 13 A-Level

This new A-Level qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course in Year 13.

Again the department has taken this opportunity to move to the AQA specification as we believe this offers the most exciting and challenging content.

Students will study the following areas in depth throughout the two years of the course;

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

These two headings cover a wide range of topics including:

1. Applied anatomy and physiology

2. Skill acquisition

3. Sport and society

4. Exercise physiology

5. Biomechanical movement

6. Sport psychology

7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

The department feels this course offers real depth of understanding across a very diverse range of topics.

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Year 12 Level 1/2 Technical Award

This new Level 1/2 Technical Award in Sport is designed around three key areas;

  • Developing player performance
  • Gaining and practicing coaching skills
  • Learning about the sports industry and its related organisations

Learners will have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through a combination of practical tasks and theoretical study.

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Year 12 Community Sports Leader (CSL2)

As part of the new Sixth form enrichment the department has reintroduced the Community Sports Leader (CSL2) award.

This award is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable sport/physical activity, under indirect supervision.

We feel this award will allow our young adults to become active members of the wider community whilst developing some useful, transferable skills.

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