PE and Games at Sir Thomas Rich's

Physical Education and Games are at the heart of life at Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Physical Education at Sir Thomas Rich’s involves students learning about anatomy and participating in a variety of activities. Students are encouraged to not only learn how to stay fit and healthy, but to embed those principles into their everyday lives. All students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own and others' learning, through repeated peer assessment tasks.

Games at Sir Thomas Rich’s provides an opportunity for all students to experience both team and individual sports, which can help to develop fitness levels and develops traits such as teamwork, commitment and endeavour. This complements our extensive extracurricular sporting program.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Physical Education
Year 7, 8 and 9: 2 periods a fortnight.

Games
Year 7, 8 and 9: 2 periods a fortnight.
Homework Guidance: Pupils are required to supplement their conditioning outside of lessons.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
  • Physical Education
    • Gymnastics
    • Swimming
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Athletics
  • Games
    • Rugby
    • Cross Country
    • Cricket
Year 8
  • Physical Education
    • Gymnastics
    • Swimming
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Athletics
  • Games
    • Rugby
    • Cross Country
    • Cricket
Year 9
  • Physical Education
    • Football
    • Swimming
    • Basketball
    • Badminton
    • Athletics
    • Health-related fitness
  • Games
    • Rugby
    • Cross Country
    • Cricket
Assessment Arrangements: Pupils are assessed at the end of each half term for their Order Grades.

Teaching Arrangements: GCSE Physical Education:
5 periods a fortnight

Games:
2 periods a fortnight
Homework Guidance: Homework is given each week and typically involves independent learning and revision.
Exam Specification: AQA GCSE PE Topics Covered:
Year 10
  • GCSE Physical Education
    • Applied anatomy and physiology
    • Movement analysis
    • Physical training
    • Use of data
    • Sports psychology
    • Socio-cultural influences
    • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Games
    • Rugby
    • Cross country
    • Basketball
    • Badminton
    • Health-related fitness
    • Football
    • Athletics
    • Cricket
    • Tennis
Year 11
  • GCSE Physical Education
    • Applied anatomy and physiology
    • Movement analysis
    • Physical training
    • Use of data
    • Sports psychology
    • Socio-cultural influences
    • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Games
    • Rugby
    • Cross country
    • Basketball
    • Badminton
    • Health-related fitness
    • Football
    • Athletics
    • Cricket
    • Tennis
Assessment Arrangements: Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport
What's assessed
Applied anatomy and physiology
Movement analysis
Physical training
Use of data
How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
78 marks
30% of GCSE
Questions
Answer all questions.
A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.
Paper 2: Socio-cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity and Sport
What's assessed
Sports psychology
Socio-cultural influences
Health, fitness and well-being
Use of data
How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
78 marks
30% of GCSE
Questions
Answer all questions.
A mixture of multiple choice/objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answer questions.
Non-Examined Assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport
What's assessed
Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer - one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity.
Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
How it's assessed
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA
100 marks
40% of GCSE
Questions
For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).
Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
Entry Requirements: GCSE Level 6 in Biology or Physical Education is required to study this course.
Teaching Arrangements: A Level Physical Education
A Level students are taught over a number of periods in Years 12 and 13.

Games
2 periods a fortnight.
Homework Guidance: Homework is given each week and typically involves independent learning and revision.
Topics Covered:
Year 12
  • A Level Physical Education
    • Applied anatomy and physiology
    • Skill acquisition
    • Sport and society
    • Exercise physiology
  • Games
    • Rugby
    • Cross Country
    • Hockey
    • Basketball
    • Badminton
    • Health-related fitness
    • Football
    • Athletics
    • Cricket
    • Tennis
    • Netball
    • Zumba
    • Yoga
    • Rounders
Year 13
  • A Level Physical Education
    • Biomechanical movement
    • Sport psychology
    • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • Games
    • Rugby
    • Cross Country
    • Hockey
    • Basketball
    • Badminton
    • Health-related fitness
    • Football
    • Athletics
    • Cricket
    • Tennis
    • Netball
    • Zumba
    • Yoga
    • Rounders
Assessment Arrangements: Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
What's assessed
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology.
Section B: Skill acquisition.
Section C: Sport and society.
How it's assessed
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A Level
Questions
Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks).
Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks).
Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks).
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
What's assessed
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics.
Section B: Sport psychology.
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport.
How it's assessed
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A Level
Questions
Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks).
Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks).
Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks).
Non-Examined Assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport.
What's assessed
Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity.
Plus written/verbal analysis of performance.
How it's assessed
Internal assessment, external moderation
90 marks
30% of A Level
University courses this subject may be required for or lead onto:
  • Sport and Physical Education
  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Management
  • Medicine
Careers that PE and Games may lead onto:
  • Physiotherapy
  • Teaching
  • Sports Science
  • Medicine
“Physical Education at A Level is my favourite subject.”
Emily Durham, student
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying PE at A Level and I am sure it will help me enormously in my future career”.
Luke Carr, Sports Science student at Exeter University
Associated Clubs / Societies / Trips: See the extensive extracurricular sporting program at Sir Thomas Rich’s.