PE 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.
PE enables all students 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 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.
If your son/daughter is unable to participate in PE due to illness or injury, they are still required to change into their PE kit and will be involved in the lesson by undertaking other roles such as official/leader/observer/coach. Please provide a note in your child's planner to outline the reason for non-participation.
The study of PE should include activities that cover at least four of the following:
GCSE Physical Education (AQA- 4890) - The last year group to study this specification are the current Year 11 group
Unit 3: Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant
Written Paper- 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks- 40%
Unit 4: The Active Participant
90 marks- 60%
Four assessments from at least two groups/ways of thinking: at least two as player/performer
GCSE Physical Education (AQA - 8582) - The first cohort to study this is the current Year 10 group
Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
Written Paper - 1 hour 15 minutes (both exams)
78 marks each (both papers combine to make 60% of the GCSE)
Practical Component (Non-exam assessment)
Practical performance in physical activity and sport
100 marks - 40% of GCSE
Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (at least one team and one individual sport).
OCR A Level Physical Education (H554) - The last cohort to study this specification is the current Year 13 group
50% of total A Level is from AS Level PE
Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education
Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education
OCR A Level PE (H555) - The first cohort to study this is current Year 12 group
Physiological factors affecting performance
Psychological factors affecting performance
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
Performance in physical education
Level 3 BTEC National Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
All coursework is internally assessed.
The four units that make up the certificate plus, four units that will be selected depending on the nature of the cohort studying the qualification. Please click here to see a list of possible units.
Richmond Park Academy run an extensive variety of extracurricular clubs throughout the year. Activities include archery, health and fitness, golf, badminton, softcrosse, football, basketball, trampolining, dance, gymnastics, netball, volleyball, hockey, athletics, indoor athletics, tennis, table-tennis, rugby union, rugby league, rowing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, cricket, cross country, boxing, rounders and softball.
We have close links to community sports providers such as Putney Town Rowing Club, The Lensbury Centre, Brentford FC, Harlequins FC, Richmond Volleyball, and Barnes CC. These organisations provide coaches in curriculum time and for after school clubs which increase the opportunities for student participation.
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