Physical Education (PE)

What is Physical Education for at Meridian High School?

PE teaches students how to excel in a wide range of physical activities and develops their knowledge of how to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Students also learn the importance of communication, analytical and problem solving skills. At Meridian High School our PE department believes in providing students with a broad curriculum, both practically and theoretically. This enables them to make informed lifestyle choices throughout their school life and beyond.

Why does Physical Education as a subject matter?

Currently the U.K is seeing levels of child obesity soar and it is crucial that our students learn how to make good lifestyle choices in order to live a fulfilling life. PE is also a fantastic way of improving mental and social health; making friends and relieving the stress of studying can contribute highly to ensuring students remain happy and healthy.

Learning about the human body, various exercises and diet are lessons that can be applied for a life time.

What does Physical Education help young people to achieve?

Gaining a qualification in PE demonstrates a wide range of skills to higher education establishments and future employers. Skills such as persistence, resilience, team work, communication and leadership are all developed throughout PE courses. Many of these qualities are transferable in a variety of careers in and out of sport. However, completing a qualification in PE can predominantly open doors to becoming a teacher, physiotherapist, coach, fitness trainer, sports scientist, dietician, sports development officer, sports therapist, management of a sporting facility and many more. 


Topics covered in Year 7:

Practical:
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Fitness
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Trampolining
  • Table Tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Non-contact Boxing
  • Rounders/Softball
  • Athletics
Theory:
  • Diet and Energy
  • Optimum weight
  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Fitness, health, exercise and performance.

Topics covered in Year 8:

Practical:
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Fitness
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Trampolining
  • Table Tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Non-contact Boxing
  • Rounders/Softball
  • Athletics
Theory:
  • Lifestyles and lifestyle choices
  • Sendentary lifestyles
  • Role of nutrients
  • Skeletal system
  • Joints
  • Voluntary/involuntary muscles
  • Fitness testing

Topics covered in Year 9:

Practical:

Football, Table Tennis, Handball, Trampolining, Basketball, Athletics.

Theory:

Lifestyle and diet, optimum weight, skeletal system, tendons and ligaments, muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

 

Topics covered in Year 10:

GCSE PE:

Practical:

Netball, Indoor Climbing, Gymnastics, Badminton, Football and Table Tennis.

Theory:

Lever systems, biomechanics of movement, joints, planes and axes, goal setting, classification of skills, practise and guidance, sport psychology, and personal exercise plan (PEP).

BTEC First Award in Sport:

This is a GCSE equivalent course, any work is graded as a level 2 pass, merit or distinction. Students must achieve a level 2 pass overall for the qualification to be a GCSE equivalent. 
Students will complete 2 compulsory modules; the first is named Fitness for Sport and Exercise and this is assessed through an online exam, the second is a written bit of coursework, named Practical Sports Performance. Both of these modules must be complete in order to pass the award. The qualification involves practical and theory, however, the practical aspect of the course is to aid the students in practising the theory.

Topics covered in Year 11:

Practical:

The main focus will be on the students strongest individual sports, this is dependent on the cohort. Each student must enter 1 team sport, 1 individual sport and 1 other of their choice from a selected list of sports from the exam board. 

Theory:

Musculo-skeletal system, cardio-respiratory system, injuries and treatments, performance enhancing drugs, participation factors, data analysis, commercialisation and the media, sporting behaviours and deviance in sport, revision and mock exams.

BTEC First Award in Sport:

In year 11 the students will complete 2 more pieces of written coursework. The first is named Training for Personal Fitness and the second is named Leading Sports Activities. These are graded using the same system that year 10s follow. This qualification is done in conjunction with a level 2 sports leadership award.


Qualification title:

GCSE Physical Education (full course)

BTEC First Award in Sport

Additional learning resources: