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The Meridian School • Garden Walk • Royston • Hertfordshire • SG8 7JH

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Physical Education


Core Education

All students are required to participate in Physical Education at Key Stage 4 as part of the requirements of the National Curriculum and of a broad and balanced school experience.

The aim of the programme is to develop skills and physical competence, to encourage students to continue physical activity out of school and later in life.

During Key Stage 4 all students participate in a range of activities which require the application of their developing knowledge, skills and competence. This can be undertaken through competition and performance, the promotion of health and well-being, or the development of their personal fitness. Opportunities are provided for all students to coach, officiate and choreograph as well as to compete and perform.

The programme includes opportunities to participate in the following elements:
Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Personal Fitness, Trampolining, Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Tennis, Rounders, Softball, Cricket, Basketball, Athletics.


Physical Education OCR (9-1) (www.ocr.org.uk)

This GCSE course is open to all Year 10 students, but individuals should discuss their suitability with PE staff before selecting Physical Education as one of their options. It will be expected that students on the GCSE course attend a minimum of one extra-curricular activity per week.

What will I study?

The course is divided into 4 components:
1. Fitness and body systems
2. Health and Performance
3. Practical Performance
4. Personal Exercise Programme

Written Examination

Students will be assessed through 2 written examinations focusing on components 1 & 2. They account for 60% of the total marks available.

Components 1 & 2 include the following areas of study:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physical training
  • Health, fitness & well-being
  • Sport psychology

Component 3 - Practical Skills Examination

Students are assessed in 3 practical activities from a set list. This accounts for 30% of the total marks. They must include a team activity, an individual activity and a third activity from either group.

Team Activities

Individual Activities

Association football
Badminton (doubles)
Field hockey
Rugby union
Table tennis (doubles)
Tennis (doubles)

Athletics (one event)
Badminton (singles)
Table Tennis (singles)
Tennis (singles)

N.B. It will not be possible to run all the activities listed above. The activities covered will depend upon the group and staffing.

Students will be required to produce a Personal Exercise Plan which requires them to apply their understanding of principles and methods of training. This accounts for 10% of the total marks.

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