Physical Education at Wilsthorpe

Through high quality teaching and learning, our aims are for Wilsthorpe students to:

  • be challenged for success in high quality Physical Education
  • progress holistically, (mentally, physically and socially)
  • build confidence in, and enjoyment of sport promoting lifelong participation in physical activity
  • develop the core traits of the Wilsthorpe’s Tree of Learning; Resilience, Respect, Independence, Curiosity and Aspiration


Students study Physical Education (PE) through units of physical activity and sport, planned both to develop skills and ensure the physical and emotional progress of all students. We value students’ physical ability in all PE lessons, ensuring they are challenged appropriately, in-order-to achieve the greatest success in their learning.

The high-quality PE curriculum at Wilsthorpe has been designed to inspire and motivate.  Through their learning, students are supported to succeed in many kinds of physical activity, excelling in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.

The curriculum is progressive ensuring learning is continuous.  It builds on skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2 in a logical, challenging, yet accessible pathway throughout the Key Stages.  Activities are diverse, including invasion games, striking and fielding, net and wall, gymnastics, dance, fitness, athletics and OAA, as well as a number of alternative sports. Leadership plays a huge role, with ample opportunity to develop these skills both within lessons and as part of our highly successful Leadership Academy.

Beyond the curriculum all students have opportunity to compete in sport and participate in activities that build character, as well as further develop physical skills.  In accordance with this, the Curriculum Area offers a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme of sports and competition.

PE in years 7, 8 and 9 builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding of our students’ Key Stage 2 experience. Students will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned becoming more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. analysing their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Students will be taught to use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games, for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their techniques, improve their performance, leadership and officiating skills. 

Key Stage 4


Physical factors affecting performance = exam 30%

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: Applied anatomy and physiology and Physical training.

Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology = exam 30%

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: Socio-cultural influences, Sports psychology and Health, and well-being.

Performance in physical education (practical sport) 40%

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.

Key Stage 5


  • 360 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
  • Equivalent in size to one A Level.
  • ALL 5 units below.
Unit title Assessment method Learning hours
Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity Exam 90

Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership


Internally assessed tasks 90

Sports Organisation and Development


Exam 60

Organisation of Sports Events


Internally assessed tasks 60

Plus one optional unit


Internally assessed 60