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The Willink School

The Willink School

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Mr G Read Head of Department
Mr I Jubb 2nd, Mrs L Ellams, Miss S Hoskins, Mr M Leach, Miss D Lyons,
Mrs R Vaughan

The PE Department aims to develop a wide range of skills. The teaching material develops the individual’s ability to perform physical tasks and enables them to play sports more competently, but also to enjoy physical activity so the chances of them continuing after school are increased. 

Related pagesImportant Notice

If your child suffers a head injury away from school that results in actual or suspected concussion, please ensure that you contact the school as they should have limited PE/physical activities for a period of time after the incident. Sports clubs should also be made aware of such an injury.

Year 10-13 PE revision/coursework - Monday lunchtime and Wednesday after school (3.15 to 4.15).

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The PE department welcome all exam level students (PE, AS and A2) for additional support at the times above. The computers are available for Internet access and for coursework.

The following websites will help aid revision: (useful for all GCSE students) (useful for more greater depth at GCSE and for AS/A2/BTEC)

All exam students for GCSE and A Level now have log-in access to the website which can support their learning and their revision programme.

The key areas for revision are:

• Social/mental/physical reasons for participation
• Influences on participation
• Health related and skill related exercise
• Principles and methods of training
• Diet and nutrition
• Cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and skeletal system
• Body composition and optimum weight
• Effects of smoking/alcohol/drugs on sport
• Risks in participation

 Curriculum Outline

During Years Seven and Eight, the students follow a progressive curriculum with the second year building on the skills of the first. Activities include football, rugby, and cricket for boys, netball, hockey and rounders for girls and badminton, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, fitness, athletics, tennis and cross-country for both.

In Year Nine many of activities remain, but the students now also undertake volleyball, table tennis, orienteering and problem solving.

In Years Ten and Eleven (Key Stage Four), the core activities continue with additional team games and a scheme of lessons based in the weights room.

In accordance with the National Curriculum for Physical Education, the students are taught the implications of physical activity upon their health and are assessed on their ability to understand the whole subject as well as performing specific physical skills.

GCSE Physical Education for the current Year 11 only

The course offered for our students in Key Stage Four encompasses a blend of theoretical and physical skills. Forty percent of the final grade is based on a written paper, fifty from four practical activities and the remaining ten from their ability to analyse and develop a sport of their choice.

GCSE Physical Education from 2016 onwards

Nationally all of the GCSE PE courses are changing from September 2016. The Year Ten students who have just begun on the GCSE course will follow the new syllabus. The biggest change in the new specification is the weighting of the assessment with 60% now coming from two separate exam papers, 10% from written coursework and 30% from three practical assessments.

A Level Physical Education for the current Year 13 students only

Using the same examination board as for the new GCSE studies, the A2 Level course develops upon the topics at Key Stage Four and in far greater depth. More emphasis is placed upon analysis of the subject and the student’s own research. New areas include the learning of the sociology and psychology of sport.

A Level Physical Education from 2016 onwards

There are national changes to A Level PE as well as GCSE PE from September 2016. As with GCSE PE, this represents a change in the weighting of the award with 70% now assessed through the three written papers, 15% through verbal coursework and 15% through one practical activity.

Interhouse activities

At key times in the year, students also have the opportunity to compete for their allocated houses. The activities are rugby, netball, cross country, football, hockey, cricket, rounders, swimming and of course the athletics events on the Sports Day.

 Extra-curricular programme

The department runs a very extensive range of extra-curricular activities. There are some clubs that run throughout the year and some that are seasonal and reflect the focus activities in lessons. The teams enter a wide range of competitions enabling participation in a number of different activities and ability levels.