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PE (Academic)


The importance of regular physical education and sporting opportunity is recognised at Aston. The PE curriculum provides opportunity for all pupils to develop mentally, physically and socially. Students grow in confidence, acquire leadership skills and learn lifelong healthy lifestyles and habits. The PE department aims to ensure all students enjoy a range of physical activities and provide opportunity for all students of all abilities to represent the school in a variety of competitive sports. 

We want all students to enjoy and succeed in participating in physical activity. In a subject such as PE that success is dependent upon students’ own abilities, personalities, motivation and passion. Through experiencing a wide range of physical activities it is hoped that students will find an activity that they will hopefully continue to participate in regularly when they have left Aston – a ‘life sport.’ Students in PE and games will have developed the skills of perseverance, reflection, teamwork, communication and sport specific skills. Most importantly, they will have the confidence to go into other environments after Aston and thrive. 


Staff:

  • N.Ibbetson, Head of Department, i/c cricket and badminton 
  • M. Downing, Assistant Head, i/c basketball 
  • D.Smart, Assistant Head & i/c athletics 
  • S.Wright Smith, i/c rugby and GCSE PE 

 

Year 10

Summary of curriculum:

GCSE PE is an exciting and vibrant course aimed at students who can show high levels of both; theory of sport and practical ability. Students cover a whole range of different areas including human biology, social cultural, and psychology.  Students are taught four theory lessons a fortnight and one additional practical lesson. Students are also assessed for the non-examination assessment (NEA) during PE,  games and extra-curricular lessons.

We follow the AQA syllabus.

Main topics:

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport 

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

 

Assessment throughout the year:  
How parents can support their son's learning:  
Able and inspired opportunities:  
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Year 11

Summary of curriculum:

GCSE PE is an exciting and vibrant course aimed at students who can show high levels of both; theory of sport and practical ability. Students cover a whole range of different areas including human biology, social cultural, and psychology.  Students are taught four theory lessons a fortnight and one additional practical lesson. Students are also assessed for the non-exam assessment (NEA) during PE,  games and extra-curricular lessons.

We follow the AQA syllabus.

Main topics:

Paper 2: socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport  

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Non-exam assessment: practical performance in physical activity and sport

  • Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
Assessment throughout the year:

NEA: how it is assessed

  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
  • For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).
  • Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
How parents can support their son's learning:  
Able and inspired opportunities:  
Useful websites: