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Physical Education

Course description 

Physical Education is a core part of the curriculum for all students throughout their time at Wayland Academy. In addition to curriculum PE, a wide range of practical extra-curricular activities and clubs are available at lunchtime and after school.

Key Stage 3 

In Year 7 and 8 students have four lessons per fortnight to follow a broad and balanced curriculum aimed at developing a wide range of physical and social skills such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship.  This is typically delivered through 4/5 week blocks of work covering some of the following activities (depending on gender and ability):

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Team building & orienteering
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country running
  • Fitness & training methods
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
Key Stage 4 

Physical Education continues to be a compulsory subject throughout KS4.  All students will continue with practical lessons and this ‘core’ experience aims to foster an enjoyment of being physically active and an appreciation of the benefits of exercise to health and well-being. We hope that every student leaves Wayland Academy with the skills, understanding and confidence to continue participating in at least one activity as they move into adulthood.

The exam course option in KS4 from 2017 is the BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Sport.  Those students who choose this option will receive additional PE lessons (both theory and practical) in addition to the core provision.

BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Sport

Involves ongoing assessment over the three year course.  Regular written and practical assignments must be completed meeting certain grading criteria.  Students can complete these using knowledge and notes gained through taught lessons.  There is also one online examination.

All four units need to be completed successfully to gain the award:

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise (online test) - Components of fitness, fitness testing and training.
  • Practical Sports Performance - Knowledge of rules, regulations & officiating, development of performance and analysis and evaluation in team & individual sports.
  • The Sports Performer in Action - Knowledge of the effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems.
  • Training for Personal Fitness - Plan, conduct and evaluation of a six week fitness training programme.


In Year 7 and 8 pupils will be assessed against ‘Doddle’ steps for each practical activity covered.  These will average out to an overall level as the year progresses and will be published to parents in termly snapshot reports.

In Year 9, 10 and 11 core PE pupils will be given an Attitude to Learning (ATL) grade which will be published to parents in termly snapshot reports.

The assessment requirements for BTEC L1/2 Award in Sport are described above.


In Year 7 and 8 students will be set one Home Learning Project for the year.

In Year 9, 10 and 11 those students opting for BTEC Sport will receive theory homework to consolidate and extend class work.  Students are also expected to regularly take part in sport and exercise in their own time.

Books, equipment, materials and resources recommended/needed 

Correct and appropriate PE kit is mandatory throughout all years.

The purchase of revision/study guides is recommended for BTEC Sport.

Opportunities for study beyond Key Stage 4 

AS/A2 PE at local Sixth Form Centres and BTEC Level 3 courses at City College Norwich and Easton College.

Career opportunities supported by this subject 

GCSE PE and BTEC Sport are suited to future careers in Sports Coaching, Fitness Instructing, PE Teaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Development, Health Promotion and Leisure Management.