Physical Education

Every module students will rotate around the different specialised subject areas within GCSE Physical Education, giving them the opportunity to explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.

Year 10 term 1

Students will be able to:
Healthy, active lifestyle (unit 1:1:1)

  • Explain what constitutes a healthy, active lifestyle and classify the reason and benefits for taking part in physical activity.

Influences on your healthy, active lifestyle (unit 1:1:2)

  • Identify and explain the key influences that have and impacted on them, and others to achieve sustained involvement in physical activity.
  • Explain a range of roles available to become and remain involved in physical activity.
  • Describe the common purposes of initiatives developed to provide opportunities for becoming, or remaining, involved in physical activity and the agencies involved.

Exercise and fitness as part of your healthy active lifestyle (unit 1:1:3)

  • Explain the terms health, fitness and exercise.
  • Identify and explaining the components of health related exercise and skill related fitness.
  • Relate each component to physical activity, identifying the relative importance of each to different physical activities.

Year 10 term 2

Students will be able to:
Personal health and wellbeing (unit 1:1:5)

  • Understand the link between exercise, diet, work and rest, and their influence on personal health and wellbeing.
  • Explain the components of a balanced diet.
  • Explain the importance of macro and micro nutrients, water and fibre for personal health and wellbeing.
  • Explain the need to consider the timing of dietary intake when performing due to the redistribution of blood flow.

Physical activity, as your personal active lifestyle (unit 1:1:4)

  • Identify and explain a range of fitness tests to assess their personal fitness levels.
  • Describe, explain and apply the principles of training.
  • Explain the value of goal setting in terms of planning, developing and maintaining involvement in healthy, physical activity.
  • Describe, explain and apply the principles of setting SMART targets.
  • Describe methods of training and explain how they can improve health and fitness for specific physical activities.
  • Understand the purpose of each component of the exercise session.
  • Link methods of training to aerobic and anaerobic activity.
  • Understand what is meant by resting heart rate, working heart rate and recover rates, plotting examples on a graph.
  • Use graphs to demonstrate the use of target zones and training thresholds.

Year 10 term 3

Students will be able to:
Personal Exercise Programme.

  • Plan, perform, monitor and evaluate a personal exercise programme to improve their fitness levels over a 6 week period.

Analysis of Performance

  • Complete an analysis of performance in one physical activity they are undertaking as part of their assessment.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the rules, regulations and terminology in their selected activity.
  • Observe and analyse their performance in physical activity and use this to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Use their analysis to plan strategies, tactics and practices to improve their skills and performances.

Sports/ activities covered in year 10

GCSE PE has a practical component worth 60% of the overall examination grade. An example of some of the practical activities pupils follow are listed below

  • Tennis leadership
  • Fitness
  • Badminton officiating
  • Orienteering
  • Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Weightlifting
  • Individual specialist sport

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Contact the PE department

Phone: 01202 774611
Email: hmiller@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk