PE and Sport
Health and Wellbeing
PE Teaching and Learning at Cardiff West Community High School
Key Stage 3 – Physical Education
Pupils develop skills, knowledge and understanding of Physical Education through involvement in activities from four areas: health, fitness and well-being; creative activities; adventurous activities and competitive activities e.g. rugby, hockey, netball, football, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, cricket and rounders. Through tasks in lessons, progress is assessed in acquiring and developing skills (learning), selecting and applying skills (doing), knowledge and understanding, plus evaluating and improving performance.
The pupils' performance thus improves so that they enjoy being able to perform consistently well. As their confidence grows, so does their ability to participate in more technically demanding activities. They learn the benefits of working with others and understand that engaging in activity is beneficial to their health and fitness, thus being more active. Pupils, therefore, take greater responsibility for their own well-being.
Key Stage 4 – Core Physical Education
Building on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 3, the Key stage 4 programme, fosters a growing sense of personal responsibility for a healthy and active lifestyle; through developing activities that can be enjoyed and sustained in school and the community. There are opportunities to act collaboratively and refine skills, to develop leadership skills, make informed judgements and develop advanced technical skills.
GCSE Physical Education – WJEC
The practical areas covered include competitive games, athletics and exercise activities such as circuit training and use of fitness training equipment. In theory, they study factors affecting performance, such as health and fitness components, skill related fitness components, evaluating fitness and training programmes including methods of training: Plus factors affecting participation, and, physical and psychological influences on health, lifestyle and performance.
All areas are covered through class and practical tasks including producing a log book of a personal training plan. Students are assessed internally on all practical work, with the best three providing 50% of their final grade. The practical element is externally moderated. The remaining 50% is assessed through a 2 hour examination. The exam is in 2 sections with a variety of short answer, multiple choice and extended writing questions. The PE exam takes place at the end of the course in Year 11