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Physical Education

We believe that through a varied programme of activities that are enjoyable, fulfilling, demanding and challenging, students can see the benefit of a healthy active lifestyle. The curriculum will engage all learners so that they have a desire to succeed and achieve their potential whilst inspiring them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Prospect School’s Physical Education department is a lively and welcoming place. We have a fitness suite, large sports hall, a gymnasium, a dance studio, 3G artificial pitch, tennis courts, netball courts, basketball courts,  purpose built athletics jumping area and outdoor playing fields including rugby and football pitches in the winter and cricket strips, rounder’s/softball pitches and a 400m athletics track and throwing areas in the summer.

There are many extra-curricular opportunities for students to get involved in with the sporting year at Prospect School. Every child has access to a vast range of sports clubs every day at lunch time and after school. Whether that be competitive invasion games, improving personal performance within athletic and gymnastic activities or contributing to a healthy active lifestyle in the fitness suite, there is much on offer. Each term the activities on offer change to reflect the seasons and competitions taking place in that term.

Teaching Staff

Mr A Dorliac – Head of Physical Education
Mr S Davey - Second in charge of Physical Education
Mr R Gerrard - Teacher of Physical Education/Head of Year
Mrs C Schofield - Teacher of Physical Education
Mrs S Edwards – Teacher of Physical Education/Schools Direct Co-Ordinator
Mr S Alexander – Teacher of Physical Education/Head of Year
Miss S Peeters - Maternity Cover Teacher of Physical Education

Core Physical Education

The Physical Education Department offers a broad and varied curriculum, covering sports within a range of topics. Students are taught in either single sex or mixed sex groups of mixed ability.

The range and content of the curriculum encompasses:

  • Outwitting opponents.
  • Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences.
  • Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength and accuracy.
  • Exercise safely and effectively to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature.

Students will learn about the skills listed above by completing rotations in Games (invasion, net and wall, striking), Gymnastics, Athletic Activities. Health Related Exercise Activities and Orienteering.

Key Stage 3 receives four lessons a fortnight and Key Stage 4 receives 2-4 hours depending on their learning band. At the end of each term they will be given an attainment level. They are assessed in the five key processes:

Key Stage 4 and 5 Courses offered

 Key Stage 4

(Year 9-11)

Key Stage 5

(Year 12-13)

 GCSE Physical Education  
VCert in Health and Fitness A-Level Physical Education

GCSE Physical Education

This course is taught over five periods a fortnight. The course comprises 3 units over Year 9, 10 and 11, with 2 units assessed through 1hr 15minute exam papers at the end of year 11 which will assess all of the theoretical aspects of the course. This counts towards 60% of the final grade.  The final unit will  be  assessed  through practical  ability  in  three different  sports  by  an external moderator. This makes up 40% of your final grade.

The GCSE course is divided into three units.

Unit 1: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport

Unit 2 – Socio-cultural Influences and Wellbeing in Physical Activity and Sport

Unit 3 – Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport

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VCert in Health and Fitness

This course is taught over five periods a fortnight, and is equivalent to one GCSE grade. The course comprises four units over Year 9, 10 and 11, three of which are assessed by coursework and one being assessed through a 2hr exam paper.

The VCert course is divided into 4 units:

Unit 1: Principles of health and fitness
Unit 2: Healthy lifestyles
Unit 3: Preparing and planning for health and fitness
Unit 4: Develop a personal health and fitness programme.

Students are responsible for investigating and producing their own work using a variety of sources and presentation methods to an appropriate level and depth to meet the assessment criteria.

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A-level Physical Education

A-level Physical Education builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

The content of OCR’s A Level in Physical Education is divided into four components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics.

Component 1 (30%) – 2hour exam - Physiological factors affecting performance (Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics)

Component 2 (20%) – 1hour exam – Psychological factors affecting performance (Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology)

Component 3 (20%) – 1hour exam – (Sport and Society, Contemporary Issues in Sport)

Component 4 (30%) – Practical assessment – (performance or Coaching, Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement)

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