Physical Education

Curriculum Vision


Physical Education at Heathcote develops the knowledge and skills necessary for emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our pupils, now and for their future. Physical activity is a crucial aspect of leading a healthy lifestyle. Our pupil’s preconceptions of their own limitations are challenged through each PE lesson, where pupils are always required to work hard, show resilience and persevere to be successful.


PE Pathway.


Key Stage 3


Through the broad curriculum offer, pupils have the opportunity to develop and explore multiple roles within a practical activity. This helps pupils develop their soft skills, as well as their confidence and competence to continue to be physically active after they leave Heathcote School and Science College.

PE lessons are taught in same gender groups of mixed ability. Throughout Key stage 3 pupils will also be taught elements of the GCSE PE course in their practical lessons.

Opportunities for competition and enrichment are offered within the curriculum and beyond, in both team and individual activities.


Key Stage 4


Pupils study the OCR course (J587) at GCSE.


Assessment overview


Component - Physical factors affecting performance (01)

  • 60 Marks
  • 1 hour
  • 30%

Component - Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (02)

  • 60 Marks
  • 1 hour
  • 30%

Component - Performance in physical education (03)

  • 80 Marks
  • 40%


Content overview


Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance

Pupils explore how parts of the human body function during physical activity and the physiological adaptations that can occur due to diet and training. They also develop skills in data analysis, and an understanding of the principles of training, why we train in different ways and how training plans can be made to optimise results.

There are two topics:

Applied anatomy and physiology

Physical training.


Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

Pupils develop their knowledge of the social-cultural and psychological influences on levels of participation in sport, and also how sport impacts on society more broadly. This includes the individual benefits to health, fitness and well-being of participating in physical activity, as well as the influences of commercialisation, sponsorship and the media.

There are three topics:

Socio-cultural influences

Sports psychology

Health, fitness and well-being.


Component 03: Performance in physical education

Pupils are assessed in performing three practical activities and one performance analysis task. In the practical performance, they demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. They are also required to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate their own performance to produce an action plan for improvement.


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