Physical Education Curriculum Intent

Physical Education at Larches is designed to engage young people both KS3 and KS4 in physical activity to support both physical and mental health and ensure a long term interest participating in sport. We deliver an engaging, fun and exciting learning environment where the teaching is both challenging, progressive and supportive. Pupils develop key physical attributes, emotional resilience and a number of key social skills by working cooperatively and confidentially in teams. All pupils are expected to work to the very best of their ability at all times.

Pupils are encouraged to analyse their work and understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to maximise progress, experience joy and attain success.

We offer a broad and varied curriculum that will encourage participation and inspire our pupils to lead healthy, active lifestyles and that supports our GCSE course in KS4. Pupils are motivated to be physically active for sustained periods of time and develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life. Further to this, pupils are given the opportunity to participate in competitive sport and other activities beyond the curriculum to build character and cooperation. This help to embed values such as tolerance, fairness and respect.

All pupils take part in Core PE as part of their school curriculum, from Year 7 through to Year 11. Pupils work on sports specific units lasting no more than 6 lessons at a time. Teachers routinely model tasks and use expert questioning techniques to develop pupils understanding. The specific aim is to improve the quality and range of skills across a variety of activities in order to support the sports available.

How will I get a GCSE in Physical Education? (Edexcel Full Course)

Written Examination – This will consist of a mixture of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions and longer-answer questions on the following topics, fitness and body systems and health and performance. This will make up 60% of the qualification.

Practical activities – You will get the chance to learn and develop your skills in a wide variety of sports, building on the core techniques learnt during core PE lessons. The course requires pupils to choose three sports to be practically assessed in. Pupils will choose the three sports in which they will score the highest marks.

If Pupils participate in sport outside of school, then other arrangements can be made for pupils to be assessed at their club. The assessment will consists of students completing three physical activities from a set list. One must be a team activity; one must be an individual activity and the other is your choice. This will make up 30% of the qualification.

Coursework – Pupils will be required to plan and follow a six-week personal exercise programme (PEP) designed by themselves before completing their individual programme. This plan will show progression and work towards an end target or goal. This will make up 10% of the qualification.


Larches Extra Curricular clubs

Each academic term, the PE department will offer a variety of sports running throughout each week. The sports undertaken will be tailored dependant on the time of year and facilities available.

Clubs include:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Rounders
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Boxing
GCSE Physical Education


Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2


Year 10

Physical, Mental and Social Health


Lifestyle Choices


Sedentary lifestyles and consequences


Short-term / Long term effects of exercise.


Fitness Testing



Components of Fitness


Balanced diet and the role of nutrients.


Topic Summary/ PEP


Opportunities for participation in sport.


Influences in sport.


Sports participation pyramid.


Skeletal system – structure of the skeletal system.


Movement possibilities at joints dependent on joint classification.


Sports Injuries



Year 11

Lever systems and their use in physical activity and sport


Planes and axes – generalised movement patterns


Muscular system Cardiovascular system Respiratory system Energy Sources


Ergogenic Aids.(Drugs in sport)


Review specification content.



GCSE Exams
Core Practical Physical Education Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
KS3 Week 1-2 Gym/Fitness


Week 3-4



Week 5-6 Basketball



Week 1-2 Badminton


Week 3-4 Handball


Week 5-6

Health & Fitness

Week 1-3 Basketball


Week 4-6

Table Tennis


Week 1-3 Football


Week 4-6



Week 1-3 Athletics Field


Week 4-6



Rounders 1 week

Week 1-3 Athletics Track


Week 4-5



Rounders 1 week

KS4 Table Tennis x2 Weeks


Gym/ Fitness x2 Weeks


Hockey x2 Weeks

Handball x2 Weeks


Badminton x2 Weeks


Basketball x2 Weeks

Football 2 Weeks


Fitness x2 Weeks

Badminton x1 Week


Basketball x1 Week

Softball x 1 Week


Rounders x3 Weeks


Tennis x2 Weeks

Athletics Track x3 Weeks


Cricket x3 Weeks


Softball x 1 Week


Athletics Field x3 Weeks


Tennis x 1 Week

GCSE Physical Education Practical Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
Year 10 Warm Up x1 Week


Week 2-3 Table Tennis


Week 4-6 Badminton



Week 1-2 Handball


Week 3-4Fitness/Gym


Week 5-6 Football

Week 1-3 Table Tennis


Week 4-6



Week 1-3 Football



Week 4-6 Cricket


Athletics Track x3 Weeks



Tennis x3 Weeks


Athletics Field x3 Weeks



Video recording for pupil GCSE assessments

Year 11 Week 1-3




Week 4-6 Badminton


Week 1-3 Table Tennis


Week 4-6 Fitness/Gym (PEP)



Week 1-2 Handball


Week 3-4 Basketball/PEP


Week 5-6 Hockey


Week 1-3 Football


Week 4-6



Athletics Track x3 Weeks



Tennis x3 Weeks


Athletics Field x3 Weeks


Rounders or softball x3 Weeks