Curriculum Intent

In Physical Education all learners are presented with a wealth of sporting, lifestyle and contemporary opportunities to evoke a lifelong love for physical activity and good health. We intend to build this curriculum on the foundations of Key Stage 1 and 2.

The ambition is to provide all learners, no matter their background, with sporting opportunities which reach beyond the classroom and open their eyes and minds to the wealth of sports, careers and enjoyment they can gain from leading a healthy and active lifestyle.



Students will be taught a broad range of activities in half termly blocks in mixed sex ability groups. Students will build upon and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key stages 1 and 2. This should enable our students to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques and to be able to apply them across different sports and activities. Students will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. Students will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Students will use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis.

Students will develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics.]

Students will perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms.

Students will take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual 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.

Students will analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Students will take part in competitive sports and activities representing the academy and outside school through community links or sports clubs.


Core PE

Students will continue to develop the core principles identified in the KS3 programme. In KS4 students will be allowed to choose their own Core PE pathway where each term they will choose their preferred choice of sporting activity for the term from a choice of 4 different activities each term. Each term a new set of sports will be offered and students can make a new choice of activity for that term.

Qualification PE

At the start of Y10, students will have been given the opportunity to choose some of their GCSE qualifications in 3 different option blocks. We currently offer the OCR Level 2 Cambridge National in Sport Studies which equates to a full GCSE qualification. The units taught are as follows:


RO51 Contemporary issues in sport (Examined unit 1st attempt)

R052 Developing sport skills


RO53 Sports leadership

R056 Developing skills and knowledge in outdoor and adventurous activities.

RO51 Contemporary issues in sport (Examined unit 2nd attempt)

Each Unit is worth 60 marks so the total mark to be achieved is out of 240 marks and this will equate to a grade from the following table:

Sports Studies
Raw scores GCSE  Grade
L1P 72 1.5
L1M 96 2.25
L1D 120 3
L2P >144 4
L2 M >168 5.5
L2 D >192 7
L2 D* >216 8.5



At KS5 we offer the Level 3 follow on qualification to what students will have completed in KS4 at GCSE level when completing the level 2 qualification. The course title is as follows: OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical award in Sport and Physical Activity. The qualification we offer is the extended certificate which equates to a full A Level and necessary UCAS tariff points to apply to university.

The 5 units of work we teach are as follows:

Unit 1- Body Systems and the effects of Physical Activity (Mandatory unit, examined in Y12).

Unit 2- Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership (Mandatory unit, coursework completed in Y12).

Unit 3- Sports Organisation and Development  (Mandatory unit, examined in Y13).

Unit 17- Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation (Optional unit, coursework completed in Y13).

Unit 18- Practical Skills in Sport and Physical Activity (Optional unit, coursework completed in Y12 and Y13).


The qualification aims to develop our students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of Sport and Physical Activity. Our students will gain an insight into the sports sector as they investigate opportunities for delivering sport and physical activity to a wide range of participants, whether it is to develop the ability to coach and lead sports performers or to support regular participants to improve their performance and fitness, all done in a safe and professional environment. In doing so, students will also gain core skills required for employment or further study in the sector such as communication, analysis, organisation and adaptation. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity focuses on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand. Our students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

Careers this qualification can lead to: PE Teacher, Physiotherapist, Sports therapist, Sports coaching, Sports analyst, Media in Sport, Sports management, Leisure industry and Sports finance.


Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum aim in PE is to ensure our curriculum sequence is smooth, consistent and students can transition from one key stage to the next and be able to build on the knowledge and understanding previously learnt. All students whether they are most able, pupil premium, non-pupil premium, SEND or EAL will be given the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of sport and being physically active. Our desire and passion in our PE department is to contribute to the next generation of sportsmen and sportswomen and to also give students the opportunity to be physically active later in life.

We have designed a curriculum that is broad in the range of sports activities we offer across the key stages and we use an assessment framework in KS3 that is relevant to our KS4 GCSE PE qualification so students can understand the assessment language we use as early as possible.


End of Course Assessment

This has been mentioned above in the KS4 and KS5 qualification information.


Career Links


St Thomas More has its very own dedicated careers team.  To find out more about careers at St Thomas More, please click here. 


Tips and Advice

OCR Level 2 Cambridge National in Sport Studies:

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity:

The above text books are the official text books used for both qualifications.


Further Information


2018 -specification.pdf

Activity list.pdf





Subject Leader Information

For more information or if you have any questions please use the contact details below.

Mr A. Stonier – Subject Leader

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