Physical Education

Wadebridge PE Vision

Work within the Wadebridge Physical Education Department at all Key Stages is designed to support, contribute to and compliment the aims of the school.  We aim to provide an enjoyable, challenging programme, with opportunities for all students to develop their physical, social and cognitive skills. The curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences to meet the needs of the individual students, and encourages active involvement as performers, observers and officials. This experience is complemented and extended through a significant extra-curricular programme designed to allow further development of skills in both competitive and non-competitive environments.  The development of confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of one’s own and others’ strengths and weaknesses are considered to be an important part of the learning process where personalising learning and challenge are integral to success.

Aims - Achievement for All

  1. To increase knowledge and promote positive attitudes to health and fitness.
  2. To develop an ability to adapt and apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a range of physical activities.
  3. To build up self-esteem through the development of physical competence and confidence.
  4. To develop knowledge and understanding of safety procedures and the ability to apply safety principles in different contexts.
  5. To appreciate the benefits of physical exercise and cope with both successes and failures in competitive and co-operative activities and  work at maximal levels.
  6. To evaluate personal performance, identify development needs and experience the enjoyment and satisfaction of success in physical activity.

Welcome to the Wadebridge PE Curriculum

Curriculum Overview Diagram - Physical Education at Wadebridge School on one page!


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 PE curriculum consists of a structured set of activities which allow pupils to develop in the different strands of the National Curriculum. Students have 4 lessons over the 2 week timetable and will alternate between 2 activities across each half term. 

Curriculum Map for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 transition to Key stage 4


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The Key Stage 4 PE Curriculum consists of a core programme which all pupils follow. This is 4 hours over the 2 week timetable and is an option strand based system that allows students to personalise their learning. This starts with some optional activities in Year 9 alongside some compulsory elements and moves to a fully optional strand based programme in Year 10 and 11. The core programme also includes the Sports Leaders Level 1 qualification as one of its strands of learning. In addition to the core programme students can also choose to take the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness. This is a GCSE equivalent examination course and will be an additional 4 hours of lessons over the 2 week timetable. In Year 10 some NCFE pupil may move onto the OCR GCE Physical education course if it is more appropriate and more progress is achievable.

Key Stage 4 Core PE Programme

Key Stage 4 Example Option strands for Year 10 and Year 11

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness Overview


The NCFE Level 2 Certificates in Health and Fitness is a complementary technical award and the vocational equivalent to GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds studying their Key Stage 4 curriculum and interested in any of the health and fitness contexts such as exercise, lifestyles and diet. The qualification focuses on an applied study of the health and fitness sector and learners will gain a broad knowledge and understanding of working in the sector. The qualification have been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects. It is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences. The Level 2 is appropriate for learners who are looking to develop a significant core of knowledge and understanding and apply that knowledge in preparing, planning and developing a health and fitness programme.

What is studied/Skills developed

Pupils follow a programme covered over 4 units. These will be taught through practical and theory based lessons that will work alongside each other. Pupils will study 3 portfolio based units and 1 unit that is external examined. Each unit is worth 25% of the overall grade awarded.




The grading criteria follows a Pass, Merit and Distinction recognising with the following table explaining how it matches up against the new GCSE grading criteria.


Link to NCFE level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness specification



OCR GCSE Physical Education Overview


GCSE PE is a stepping stone to many avenues post-16 and has a focus on leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Many changes have been made to the structure of GCSE PE recently, which have significantly altered the way in which it is assessed. Whilst the course retains a practical element, this has been reduced to 30%, the majority of assessment now comprises coursework (10%) and examination (60%). In addition to these changes, the accepted activities have been greatly reduced in number and the level of practical performance that is required to achieve well, has been vastly increased.
What is studied/Skills developed
Pupils follow a programme of study based on two main elements, practical performance and theory based examination and coursework. Pupils develop their practical ability in selected individual and team-based activities with the focus on high level performance in those limited activities. The theory element focuses on knowledge of anatomy and physiology, factors affecting performance and social influences in sport.


There are 2 theory examinations at the end of Year 11, each worth 30% of the final grade. Coursework for the course has an overall weighting of 10% and is centred round analysing and evaluating performance for a selected activity and producing an action plan for ways to improve performance.
The practical element is worth 30% of the final grade. This element is for practical performance and the better the performer, the higher the marks. Three practical scores make up the final mark for this element. Students must have a practical activity from each of the team and individual lists. The third activity can then be selected from either list.


The links below provide a more detailed insight into the OCR GCSE PE course.

• OCR GCSE PE Specification

• The OCR Practical Activities syllabus

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

The Key Stage 5 PE Curriculum consists of the A Level Physical and the 6th Form Sports Academy.


AQA A Level Physical Education




6th Form Sports Academy

The 6th Form Sports Academy is a Physical Education programme run for 6th form students aimed at keeping pupils active. Activities range from Netball, Yoga and Football to Surfing and Competitive sports fixtures and sports festivals with other post 16 providers. The Wednesday afternoon sports sessions are not compulsory but all pupils will have the time allocated to sport within their curriculum.

Extra Curricular Sports Opportunities

Autumn Term 2018 - NEW Sport for All Programme


Risk Assessment for School Fixtures and Tournaments

Parents' Consent Letter

Fixtures and Tournaments Risk Assessment

Staff Good Practice Document for Sports Teams


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