• Whole School PE

Physical Education

At The Urswick School, we have outstanding new facilities. We use these facilities for educating our students and also have a wide range of community clubs.  The new Sports Centre, Activity Studio, MUGA and Astro Turf, along with a PE specific theory room, provide the ideal learning environment for all to have healthy minds and bodies.

At The Urswick School we aim to promote physical activity for all.  We teach a range of physical and analytical skills.  Exploring physical development through an ever growing range of different activities and approaches, offering an extensive variety of lessons and extracurricular clubs.  Opportunities to use ICT, literacy and numeracy are incorporated into the students’ lessons as well as huge focus on developing future leaders.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students follow a skills based curriculum, and learn how to perform at their maximum, accurately replicate skills, outwit an opponent and how to solve a range of problems.  Lessons are taught through a variety of activities including handball, trampolining, athletics and tennis.

In year 8 PE lessons are more sports specific but based around three key processes; Developing Skills, Making and Applying Decisions and Evaluating and Performing.  Activities include basketball, volleyball, cricket and badminton.  Students also complete a fitness testing unit which encourages students to make choices about their involvement in physical activity.

In year 9 students continue to focus on a more sports specific curriculum with an emphasis on preparing for GCSE PE or the BTEC First Sport Extended Certificate at Key Stage 4.  Students continue to develop their physical ability and also their analytical skills, GCSE PE drills are taught in these sessions and student leadership is a key theme.  Students will also produce a mini personal exercise programme. 

Activities offered in the curriculum include:  athletics, handball, basketball, football, tennis, badminton, hockey, tag rugby, fitness, netball, rounders, softball, gymnastics and table tennis.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students have the option of studying the BTEC First Sport Extended Certificate, or opting for GCSE Physical Education. In year 10 BTEC students will study Fitness for Sports and Exercise and Practical Sports Performance.  In year 11 the students will study Leading Sports Activities and Training for Personal Fitness. BTEC is predominantly coursework based with only one exam in year 10 allowing students the opportunity to achieve the award through written assignments.  These assignments are assessed in many ways including Power Points, leaflets and log books. 

GCSE PE allows students to achieve their grade through a combination of physical ability, analytical skills and the understanding of a healthy active lifestyle (we follow the OCR exam board specification). 70% of the grade is achieved through 2 written exams and this is based around what makes up a healthy lifestyle including the influences on participation in sport, components of fitness and the effects of exercise on the bodies systems. Students are also assessed in three practical activities which make up the remaining 30% of the course.

Both courses will help develop the knowledge needed for A Level PE or Cambridge Technicals Level 3 in Sport and Physical Activity. These options within PE are in addition to the Core PE lesson which students receive as their PE requirement. During this lesson they get the opportunity to play a huge range of sports to encourage sportsmanship, leadership, enjoyment and lifetime participation.

Key Stage 5
A Level PE
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport