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Djanogly City Academy

Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

PE at Djanogly City Academy aims to provide a broad, engaging and challenging curriculum that allows all scholars to achieve beyond their expectations. As well as improving performance in a range of sports, we also aim to develop the social and emotional well-being of our scholars.


  • Offer a wide variety of sporting opportunities
  • Build strong characters
  • Achieving excellence

The PE curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to suit the specific needs of the pupils. We offer excellent opportunities to develop a healthy life-long love of physical activity through first class teaching and learning, building successful, employable and physically active young people with a skill set that can be used throughout life.

Scholars will develop physical, technical and tactical skills; enhanced by an embedded focus on mental skills such as resilience, respect and confidence.  They will experience a variety of opportunities and experiences that support this vision, challenging them inside and outside the classroom. Scholars will focus on improving their health, fitness and well-being through knowledge and application. Leadership skills also take a strong emphasis throughout, with scholars being able to take on additional roles other than just a performer.  Practical performance, knowledge and character underpin all PE lessons. 

Creating a love for Physical Education

In years 7 and 8, scholars will focus on improving their physical, social and emotional wellbeing through engaging in a wide range of sports and physical activities. They will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. Examples of sports that scholars will take part in include; Football, Hockey, Badminton, Health and Fitness, Table Tennis, Basketball and Cricket.

In years 9, 10 and 11 scholars will continue to develop their character and physical competence as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of the value of life long participation in Sport. This is done through taking part in numerous sports such as Football, Netball, Health and Fitness, Rugby, Badminton and Table Tennis.

Scholars can also opt to complete a GCSE PE or OCR Cambridge national Course in year 10. In GCSE PE the pupils will be assessed in their practical and theoretical knowledge of sports. In OCR Cambridge National students will complete numerous units including Sports Leadership, Contemporary Issues in Sport, Developing Sports Skills and Developing Knowledge and Skills in Outdoor Activities. This is all achieved by teaching theoretical content through and alongside high quality practical PE.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In year 7 scholars explore the basic principles of attack and defence and develop the replication of the core skills necessary to outwit opponents with increasing pressure. They develop components of fitness which are transferrable to different sporting situations. Students begin to accurately score and officiate in a number of sporting games.

Year 8

Scholars develop consistency in replicating core skills through conditioned situations. They develop the ability to target and refine game strategies with the intention of outwitting an opponent. Scholars will develop confidence in movement and demonstrate the ability to score and officiate games. 

Year 9

Scholars develop more advanced techniques and implement and refine strategic play to outwit opponents. Scholars will demonstrate the essential elements of attack and defence in competitive situations. Scholars will independently score and officiate a range of games unassisted.  

Key Stage 4

Core PE

Year 10

Scholars develop advanced techniques and implement and refine strategic play to outwit opponents. Scholars demonstrate knowledge of the essential elements of attack and defence in competitive situations. Scholars undertake a range of roles and responsibilities to help each other improve and independently run games and compete in them. Scholars develop a deeper understanding about healthy lifestyles and fitness.  

Year 11

Scholars build on core skills and apply them in a range of competitive contexts and physically demanding conditional drills. vScholars develop the ability to evaluate performance and provide feedback. Scholars prepare tournaments and both officiate & compete in them competently. To demonstrate a deeper understanding about healthy active lifestyles and fitness.  


GCSE PE (Exam Board: OCR)

Scholars study two different papers as part of their course both papers are 1 hour long and are out of 60 marks. Together they are worth 60% of the scholars overall GCSE grade.

Paper one

‘Physical factors affecting performance’ will include Applied anatomy and physiology and Physical training. Scholars will learn about;

  • The structure and function of the skeletal system
  • The structure and function of the muscular system
  • Movement analysis
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Effects of exercise on body systems
  • Physical training
  • Components of fitness
  • Applying the principles of training
  • Preventing injury in physical activity and training

Paper two

‘Socio- cultural issues in sports psychology’ will include Socio- cultural influences, Sports psychology and Health fitness and wellbeing. Scholars will learn about;

  • Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activities and sports
  • Commercialisation of physical activity and sport
  • Ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Sports psychology
  • Health, fitness and well-being

The practical performance unit of GCSE PE course will consist of assessing a scholars core and advanced skills in three different sports. This is worth 30 % of a scholars overall GCSE grade.

The analysis and evaluation of performance section is coursework based and is worth 10% of the overall grade. It will be a written task in which the scholar will assess and evaluate their own performance in a sport of their choice.

OCR Cambridge National in Sport

Scholars study four different units of work –

  • Contemporary isuues in sport - worth 60 marks and is a one hour written paper.
  • Developing sport skills - worth 60 marks and is centre assessed. The scholar will take part in two sports and be moderated by the teacher.
  • Sports leadership - worth 60 marks and is written coursework that is moderated by the exam board.
  • Sports in the media - worth 60 marks and is written coursework that is moderated by the exam board.

Useful Links

BBC Bitesize - GCSE PE