Physical Education

Key Stage 3

The Cressex PE department offers a high quality physical education curriculum that seeks to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities are provided to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Throughout the Key Stage, students participate in a number of individual and team sports. The intention is to ensure students become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and activities. Activities include:

Athletics (indoor and outdoor), Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Football, Gymnastics, Health Related Exercise, Handball, Netball, Rugby, Volleyball, Orienteering & Problem Solving, Rounders, Short Tennis, Table Tennis, Tennis, Team Building and Trampolining.

Regardless of the activity, the PE department use the National Curriculum for Physical Education key aims as the foci for each lesson and unit of work:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in face-to face competition through team and individual games
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports
  • Perform dances using advanced movement patterns 
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present mental and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
  • Compare their performances with previous ones to achieve their personal best.
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Key Stage 4

Core PE

At Key Stage 4, all students follow the National Curriculum for Physical Education. This expands on that of Key Stage 3 by providing increasingly complex and demanding activities. The key foci is on performing, promoting healthy and active lives, and developing personal fitness. For students wishing to become more specialist or an elite performer in chosen sports, are entered for the OCR Entry Level in Physical Education. In this option, emphasis is placed on the application of skills in game/competition situations and also analysing performance. Across the two years, students are assessed on their practical performance in three sports with a written/oral analysis of performance task on one of these.

In addition, the PE department place an emphasis on ‘a love of sport’, in order to drive Sport England’s aim: ‘Create a sporting habit for life.’ This is achieved by giving students option choices throughout the year and offering activities that students are likely to participate in once they have left school. These activities include: Aerobics, All-girls Fitness, Circuit Training, Dance, Dodgeball, 5 a-side Football, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Vaulting, Volleyball, Weight Training.

In Year 10, students are also given the opportunity to follow the Sports Leaders Award Level 1. The course is a nationally recognised qualification which aims to develop the leadership skills of the students. Across the year, students will develop communication, organisation, planning and delivery and time management skills in order to become an effective sports leader. Students are assessed using various theoretical and practical methods, culminating in an observed session.


The department currently follow the OCR specification for GCSE Physical Education. The course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of sports performance; how and why the body works in physical activity, how to improve your performance, ethical issues in sport including drug use and the consequences of inactivity and poor diet.

The course is assessed both practically (30% of final mark), with performance graded in 3 sports, and theoretically (60% of final mark) in 2 x 60 min written examinations. Additionally, students will also carry out a project where they analyse their performance and fitness in a chosen activity, plan and implement an action plan in order to improve (10% of final mark).

In Year 9, 10 and 11 students will attend 1 practical lesson focusing on individual skills and techniques, and also how they are applied within the game/competition. Students will also attend 2 theoretical lessons in order to develop the knowledge and understanding of the course content.

This specification is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in sport and exercise related career opportunities.

BTEC Sport

The department have reintroduced the BTEC Sport course in Sept 2017 in order to stretch the students who wish to focus more on the Sports Industry. The department are following the BTEC Tech Award in Sport. The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • Processes that underpin effective ways of working in sport such as planning and leading an individual or team sporting activity session, taking into account the needs of the participants.  This also includes an understanding of how body systems respond to participation in sport.
  • Development of the skills required to lead sports activities and improve performance.
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in sport such as roles, responsibilities and leadership styles.
  • Attitudes that are considered most important in sports leadership, including personal management, communication and problem-solving skills.

The course is assessed both practically and theoretically, with internal and external assessment. The course consists of 3 components which are Component 1: An Introduction to Sport and the Sports Industry (30% of final mark), Component 2: Improving own and others sporting performance (30% of final mark), Component 3: Planning and Leading a Sports Activity Session (40% of final mark).

In Year 9, 10 and 11 students will attend 2 practical lessons focusing on application of skills in a sporting context. Students will also attend 1 theoretical lesson in order to develop the knowledge and understanding of the course content in their coursework.

This specification is particularly suitable for students who wish to continue their studies in further education and for those who are interested in sports industry and careers within this sector.