Physical Education

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

PE at St Joseph’s Catholic High School aims to provide a broad, engaging and challenging curriculum that allows all students 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 students.


  • 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.

Students 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. Pupils will focus on improving their health, fitness and well-being through knowledge and application. Leadership skills also take a strong emphasis throughout, with students 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 students 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.

Long Term Plan 2019 2020

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

Promoting Life Long Participation and Employability

In years 9, 10 and 11 students 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 by ensuring lessons are both engaging and purposeful as well as additional opportunities for pupils to ‘try something new’ in the form of taster sessions. Students can also opt to study a vocational qualification in sport, equivalent to one GCSE. They are assessed on Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Leadership, Practical Sports Performance, and Applying the Principles of Personal Training. This is all achieved by teaching theoretical content through and alongside high quality practical PE.

BTEC First Award in Sport

Why choose BTEC SPORT?

PE provides pupils with exciting opportunities to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.  The P.E. course that we follow is the Edexcel BTEC First Award in Sport.  This option subject is suitable for those pupils who have a real enthusiasm for physical activity and learning about the theoretical aspects of PE.  Pupils will be required to participate fully in a range of physical activities in order to acquire new skills and develop existing ones.  It is a subject for those pupils who have a genuine desire to learn about theoretical aspects such as physiological, psychological and social issues around sports performance as well as participate in a practical manner.

What will students learn?

    • The Edexcel BTEC course will focus on these 4 individual units:
    • Unit 1 Fitness Testing and Training (Mandatory unit)
    • Unit 2 Practical Performance in Sport (Mandatory unit)
    • Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training (Mandatory unit)
    • Unit 6 Leading Sports Activities (Optional specialist unit)

What abilities, skills and interest will the students need?

    • Excellent organisation in terms of P.E. kit and equipment
    • A real desire to play and be involved in a number of sports
    • Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical skills
    • Desire to understand how the body copes with exercise
    • An interest in the way sport and physical activity is organised in society

btec curriculum topics

GCSE Specification: Edexcel, Spec No. BPGXI

Careers using Physical Education.

    • Careers including physiotherapist, sports coach, dietician, fitness instructor, PE teacher, personal trainer, professional sportsperson, sports development officer, leisure centre/gym manager, sports journalist, sports photographer.