Philosophy and Vision

PE teachers at Wellfield aim to inspire all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities through following a high-quality physical education curriculum. The PE curriculum also aims to provide opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We also recognise the importance of providing opportunities to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

In response to the National Curriculum (2014) and through our schemes of work we aim to ensure all students:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

Curriculum overview

All students participate in at least one hour of physical education every week. In Y7 and Y8 students develop a range of skills in various sports emphasising the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. In years 9, 10 and 11, students will get the opportunity to follow a personalised pathway in PE. Students will further develop their skills and knowledge across a range of activities in their chosen pathway. These activities will encourage students to engage in frequent and regular physical activity that is beneficial to their health, fitness and well being. Students will also be encouraged to find ways to incorporate exercise into their lifestyles through a range of daily activity opportunities at school, home and in the local community. In Y9 students are also given the opportunity to gain further accreditation in Core PE though the Sports Leaders Level 1 award. All students will have the opportunity to study PE as either GCSE PE or OCR Sport Studies from Year 9 depending on their performance in KS3.

KS4 Curriculum (Y9-11) – links to GCSE specifications

In GCSE PE students will develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of key factors that underpin physical activity and sport. Students will study a range of topics such as the human body and movement, socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. Students will also develop skills and techniques and select and use tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas to perform effectively in different physical activities.

In Y9 GCSE PE is focused on developing students’ theoretical knowledge of key topics based on Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. In Y10 GCSE PE is focused on developing students’ theoretical knowledge of key topics in Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. In Y11 students’ knowledge will be consolidated to embed and ensure a deeper understanding of key topics. Throughout GCSE PE students will be assessed on their practical performance in three chosen sports. Students will be assessed in at least one team and one individual sport, with the third sport being either team or individual. They will be assessed in two parts: part 1 – skills and part 2 – full context. Students will also be assessed on their analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one of their three chosen activities.

In OCR Sport Studies students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. Students will also learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.

In Y9 OCR Sport Studies will focus on completing two units (R052: Developing sport skills and R053: Sports leadership) through both written assignments and practical performance. In Y10 and Y11 OCR Sport Studies will focus on completing two further units (R051: Contemporary issues in sport and R054: Sport and the media) through both completing written assignments and an exam.

KS3 Curriculum (Y7-8)

In Y7-8 Students are taught in both single gender and mixed classes. All students follow a two-year set curriculum in Y7-8 designed to maximise enjoyment focusing on a broad range of sports in more depth, with emphasis placed on developing key skills and gaining knowledge and understanding of each activity. This will successfully prepare students for GCSE PE / OCR Sport Studies.


In PE students are continuously assessed throughout the year on both their practical ability and theoretical knowledge in order to prepare them for GCSE PE or OCR Sport Studies. In Y9-11