Gable Hall School

Physical Education

The Physical Education Department is an enthusiastic team dedicated to developing the performance skills and knowledge of pupils at Gable Hall, whilst stimulating a life-long involvement with physical activity.  Our curriculum is designed to equip pupils with all of the skills they will need to both succeed at GCSE, A Level and beyond. Pupils will develop skills through teaching of many different activity areas; from Trampolining to Rock climbing.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils receive three lessons per fortnight and they progress from learning basic technical skills in Games Activities, Fitness, Gymnastics and Athletics. Pupils will develop specific skills for each activity area whilst building an understanding of tactics and strategies in all lessons. Through watching their peers’ pupils, will develop their ability to appreciate and highlight where skills have been used and set targets for improvement.  Activities covered include;

Athletics, Badminton, Table Tennis, Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Handball, Trampolining, Fitness Training, Volleyball.


Key Stage 4

At Key stage 4 pupils will study the OCR specification for GCSE Physical Education.  This follows 3 main areas:

Written papers 60% 
Pupils will study topics related to; 

Physical factors affecting performance (01)  
Students explore how parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They also develop skills in data analysis, and an understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.
There are two topics:

Applied anatomy and physiology
Physical training

Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (02)
Students develop their knowledge of the social-cultural and psychological influences on levels of participation in sport, and also how sport impacts on society more broadly. This includes the individual benefits to health, fitness and well-being of participating in physical activity, as well as the influences of commercialisation, sponsorship and the media.
There are three topics:

Socio-cultural influences
Sports psychology
Health, fitness and well-being.

Practical Performance 30%
The performance of 3 sports is assessed and moderated by a visiting moderator.
Students are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. 

Analysis of Performance 10%
Students are required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance to produce an action plan for improvement.

Students will also have the option to study Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport 

This course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills. The qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a GCSE, is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the sport industry. 

You will study three mandatory units, covering the underpinning knowledge and skills required for the sports sector: 

● fitness for sport and exercise 
● practical performance in sport 
● applying the principles of personal training. 

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by choosing one further unit, covering areas such as: 

● the mind and sports performance 
● the sports performer in action 
● leading sports activities.


Key Stage 5

At key stage 5 pupils will study the OCR specification in A level Physical Education this follows four units:

Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance - Written paper 30%
Students gain a deeper understanding of key systems in the body and how they react to changes in diet and exercise. They also study the effects of force and motion on the body and how they can be used to our advantage.
There are three topics:

Applied anatomy and physiology
Exercise physiology

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance – Written paper 20%
Students study the models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities, how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person. They also explore the psychological factors that affect group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress.
There are two topics:

Skill acquisition
Sports psychology.

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – Written paper 20%
This component focuses on the social and cultural factors that have shaped sports over time, and their influences on physical activity. Students consider the impact of hosting a global sporting event such as the Olympic Games, and the influence of modern technology on both the performer and the spectator of contemporary sport.
There are two topics:

Sport and society
Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

Component 04: Performance in physical education – Non exam 30%
Students are assessed in the role of either performer or coach in one practical activity. They are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions.

Students are also assessed in the Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI). They observe a live or recorded performance by a peer and provide an oral analysis and critical evaluation of their peer’s performance.

We also have the option of Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (3 A level equivalent), 2 and 1 A level equivalent are also available. 
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector. The qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that allow learners to gain experience of the sport sector that will prepare them for further study or training. Learners will study mandatory units: 

• Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology 
• Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being 
• Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry 
• Unit 4: Sports Leadership 
• Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance 
• Unit 8: Coaching for Performance 
• Unit 9: Research Methods in Sport 
• Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity 
• Unit 22: Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry 
• Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport. 
Learners will also choose six optional units that have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas. 



Mr G Holt – Head of Physical Education
Miss D. Karkocki – Head of KS4 Physical Education  
Mr T. Limpenny – Head of KS3 Physical Education 
Mrs E. Dobson – Head of Dance 
Mrs A. Marks – Student voice co-ordinator
Miss L. Nancolas – Vice principle in charge of behaviour
Mr B. Rungay – Teacher in charge of Football Academy.
Miss C. Upston
Mr C. Wilson – Head of Yr13