Physical Education

The curriculum area of Physical Education aims to give all students the desire and ability to be lifelong participants in physical activity. Innovative and exciting lessons will create informed and enthused students who will possess the motor skills, physical fitness and understanding of concepts that foster healthy lifestyles. Leadership and autonomy will be promoted, as will competition with due consideration for fair play and sportsmanship.

Curriculum Overview

  • Year 7 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 8 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 9 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 10 – 2 periods per week
  • Year 11 – 2 periods per week

Course choices offered at the end of Year 9:

  • OCR GCSE Physical Education
  • Cambridge Nationals in Sports Studies L2

Topics Covered:

Years 7, 8 and 9
Within the topics below students will develop sport specific skills, teamwork skills, leadership skills and a range of interpersonal skills that will aid them school and later life.

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Trampolining
  • Leadership
  • Fitness
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Softball
  • Handball
  • Boxing
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities


Students are assessed by PE specialists upon entry to The East Manchester Academy; this gives an accurate baseline from which to show pupil’s progress over time. Pupils are continually assessed by their PE teachers during lessons and clubs; they are formally assessed at the end of every unit. Students are kept informed of how they are working within practical activities through half term reports and regular feedback from their PE teachers. Doddle is the tool used to assess students at KS3, which allows students to know their exact strengths and areas for development in every sport.


Students are actively encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities once a week as a part of their homework, in order to enhance their practical skills and personal physical fitness level. Students will receive written homework in order to enhance their learning if they choose our GCSE and Cambridge National pathways. Clear deadlines will be set.

OCR GCSE Physical Education

Physical factors affecting performance – Weighting 30%
Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology – Weighting 30%
Performance in physical education – Weighting 40%

Content Overview

  • Component 01: Physical factors affecting performance
    Students 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:

    1. Applied anatomy and physiology
    2. Physical training
  • Component 02: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

    Students 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:

    1. Socio-cultural influences
    2. Sports psychology
    3. Health, fitness and well-being
  • Component 03: Performance in physical education
    Students 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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