“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Physical Education makes a valuable contribution to the education of every student at LPGS. It is unique in the way that students learn and refine new skills either individually or in groups through an appreciation of how the body works and adapts to new situations. Such knowledge is obtained not only through participation but also through observing and analysing the development of oneself and others. Through a sound knowledge base students are encouraged to plan safe and effective exercise programmes to promote healthy lifestyles for the future.
What we expect from our students
During Physical Education lessons, students are expected to be well prepared, and willing to try their best. They will have many opportunities to work individually as well as in pairs and in small groups whereby building communication and leadership skills. There are many opportunities for students to take part in extra-curricular clubs and represent the school in fixtures and tournaments. We hope that students at LPGS are able to make positive choices about their personal health and fitness that will last a lifetime.
Throughout the year students take part in a wide range of matches, competitions and tournaments; to keep up to date with their achievements please check out our twitter account:
Key Stage 3
The KS3 PE curriculum is split into two distinct phases which are designed to offer all students the opportunity to experience a broad range of activities which allows them to then make a choice, at KS4, about the learning pathway that suits their preferences.
Year 7 and Year 8
Year 7 and 8 will be set based on ability following an initial three week assessment period. All groups will then be taught the same range of activities as detailed in the table below. They will also compete in three inter-form competitions throughout the year in order to contribute to their house points total and receive a one week sports day practise block.
|Year||Curriculum aims||Pathways / Activities|
|7||Develop a range of basic practical skills, tactical concepts and sporting knowledge to utilise in sporting competition at varying levels. Begin to feel physically confident in their ability and understand the importance of being physically active.||Multisports||Hockey||Gymnastics||Netball|
|Rounders||Athletics||Inter-form competitions x 3|
|Football||Athletics||Striking & fielding||Inter-form competitions x 3|
N.B - Dance is delivered as a separate lesson, once a fortnight, in the Year 8 curriculum by specialist dance teachers
Year 9 students will be allocated (via discussions between students and staff) a learning pathway:
- Performance pathway – potential GCSE PE students, those who represent the school or compete in sport outside of school. Our highest achievers and those with potential to achieve highly.
- Participation pathway – those who may consider GCSE PE, like competition and may make B teams. May be involved in sports outside of school and have a solid all round ability.
- Well-being pathway – focus on engagement and exercise for life rather than performance for competition.
- Creative pathway – potential GCSE Dance students, a tailored program of activities to suit those more interested in the individual and creative sports/performance arts with a real focus on preparation for GCSE Dance study.
The activities included have been selected to suit the majority of the pupils within that pathway whilst ensuring a range is still experienced.
Develop more sophisticated and accurate practical skills and tactical concepts that can be applied consistently and appropriately in varying levels of sporting competition. Be clear about the value of PE/Sport/ Dance/Physical activity in their lifestyles. At the end of this stage they must be able to make an informed choice about a preferred pathway of study.
|Inter-form competitions x 3|
Students will spend 5 weeks on the activities listed above. At the end of the block, students will be graded on attainment for that activity, but their overall reported grade will be a reflection of their all-round ability in PE.
Key Stage 4: GCSE PE and alternative learning pathways
At Key Stage 4 students will get to choose their learning pathway:
- Performance - predominantly GCSE students, they should be in this area unless choosing leadership - those who want competitive activities with the focus on improvement
- Participation - those who are keen on PE/Sport but want to try other sports/activities not previously offered in lessons
- Leadership - those wanting to gain an extra qualification in SPORT or DANCE leadership - these courses should be completed by May half term leaving those students to enjoy the last half term of other activities.
- Well-being - those wanting to remain physically active without competition or a focus on quality of performance but rather a focus on remaining active and healthy
Develop the depth of skill and knowledge to be able to continue independently in their chosen pathway. Make informed and conscious decisions about how sport/physical activity will be present in their lives now and in the future. Recognise the positive contribution that can be made to their life and community through healthy living.
*sports listed here are subject to change
|10||Badmin-ton||Cycling||Sports Leadership||Table Tennis||Basketball||Cycling||Boxercise|
|11||Netball||Table Tennis||Outdoor Games||Yoga||Street Dance||Basketball||Cycling||Volleyball|
|Boxercise||Aerobics||Rounders||Tennis||Ultimate Frisbee||Circuits||Zumba||Ultimate Frisbee|
If students wish to develop their performing skills then they can attend extra-curricular practices in the following sports: netball, hockey, badminton, athletics, rounders, gymnastics, tennis, dance, football, trampoline
Key Stage 5
Level of Study
- A-Level Physical Education
Description of Course
A Level PE is a course for students who have a genuine interest in understanding the mechanics and science behind elite sports performance.
This course builds on the student’s experience from GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in sport.
The course is aimed at those looking to study for the full 2 years and complete the full A level course.
A good standard of written English will enable students to meet the demands of the exams.
A strong ability in Science, particularly Biology.
Current participation in competitive sport either as a player or coach.
Grade 6 in GCSE PE
Grade 5 in English and Science (BTEC science is not sufficient), grade 6 is preferred.
Regular performance and competition at a school team or local club for their selected activity is compulsory.
Method of Assessment
70% of the overall grade is based on theoretical content, assessed via 2 examinations in June of the second year of study.
30% of the overall grade is based on sports performance and analysis.
Contact Name: Miss T McGovern (Acting Head of PE)
Educational Progression and Career Opportunities
Wide including Fitness Instruction, Professional Athlete, Leisure and Tourism, Sports Development, Sports Coaching, Sports Journalist, Sports Manager, Sports Administration, Teaching and Sports Therapy/Massage.