Introduction to Physical Education

PE at Plashet is extremely popular and students engage with the lesson with enthusiasm and willingness. Students are always willing to help each other and this helps to increase their independence, skill level and ability.

Curriculum Content

KS3 & KS4
Core Physical Education

At Plashet School all students are required to study core PE throughout KS3 and KS4. Core P.E. is NOT a GCSE examination course

What will you study?

In PE students may select from the following activities. A different range of activities are offered each term.

  • Handball
  • Badminton
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Aero biking
  • Basketball
  • Rounders
  • Trampoline
  • Cricket
  • Aerobics
  • Football
  • Dance
  • Leisure Centre
  • Judo

Exam Board and Syllabus:

Practical:  Pupils choose 4 activities for assessment from numerous sports including basketball, netball, rounder’s, fitness, trekking, trampolining, swimming and a climbing residential at Fairplay House.

Theory: Factors affecting participation and performance, exercise and training, safety aspects and risk assessment in sports and physical activity.

The course has a practical focus and emphasises students’ ability to participate, coach and umpire at an advanced level in 4 sports.  Students will also analyse performance in 1 of their chosen sports. Students will be required to develop a wide knowledge of the benefits of sport for both the mind and body. They will need to apply and demonstrate the relationship between factors that affect participation and performance. They will know how and why people get involved in sport and the importance of leading an active lifestyle.

How students will be assessed

Written paper 40%
Coursework 60% (Practical assessment in 4 performances each marked out of 10 – 48 %/Analysis of Performance – 12 %)

In addition students can take a number of additional exams during their core PE lessons including, Sports Leaders Level 1, Sports Leaders Level 2 and B – TEC.


BTECs are work related qualifications designed to meet the needs of employers and allow progression to University. Students will complete assignments throughout the year which are then assessed.  The assessment process is ongoing which allows the student to analyse and improve her own performance through the course.

How will you be assessed in PE lessons?

On your:

  • Motivation and effort
  • Attitude towards learning new skills
  • Ability to listen and complete instructions
  • Organisation
  • Behaviour
  • Ability to work on your own and in a group
  • Skill level

Students must offer two performances from at least two different activity areas.

Sports Leaders Level 1 Award Assessment

In addition, students can take a number of additional exams during their core PE lessons including, Sports Leaders Level 1, Sports Leaders Level 2 and BTEC.

The Sports leaders Level 1 Award is a recognised qualification that enables students to assist with activities in the junior section of a club.  The Level 2 award allows pupils to increase their leadership capabilities.

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