The Physical Education Department aims to provide young people with an appreciation of the value of regular physical exercise and the resulting health and fitness benefits. There is an emphasis on team sports, within a competitive framework, where teamwork, leadership and friendly rivalry are promoted and where the lessons of how to win and to lose well are valued. Pupils are encouraged to develop a life-long interest in sport.
‘To inspire young people to enjoy and participate in physical activity and to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which continues into adulthood’
During Key Stage 3, pupils have 2 periods of PE per week. At this level pupils will increase fitness levels, develop skills and acquire an overall knowledge of different sporting activities. PE activities include swimming, netball, basketball, badminton, tennis, athletics, football, gymnastics, HRPE, fundamental movement skills and a wide variety of ball games.
Pupils also have 2 games periods per week where our traditional major sports are played. These activities include hockey, rugby, netball, tennis, athletics and cricket. For games sessions the entire year group comes together so the greater number of participants required for these team sports is available.
Year 11 – Depending on subject selection most students have 1 X 35 minute PE session and 1 X 65 minute Games session per week. During Games sessions our traditional major sports, rugby and hockey, are played on a Tuesday afternoon.
Year 12 – These students have one session of Physical Education a week, a 65-minute session on a Wednesday afternoon, when a variety of activities are available. Participants in our major sports, rugby and hockey, use this session for training and fixtures, while students who do not participate in our major sports have the opportunity to avail of a variety of sports and fitness options. These include swimming, gym, badminton, shooting, netball, running club, tennis, athletics, football and golf. Our excellent facilities on site and Dungannon Leisure Centre are both used during senior games, giving our students the best possible opportunities.
Our GCSE Physical Education CCEA specification develops students’ understanding of health, physical fitness and the role of the active leisure industry in improving health and fitness. Students learn about how the body works, the factors that can affect health, and how to plan and lead a healthier lifestyle.
The course has a large physical component. Students are required to participate in and are assessed in 3 different sports – so students must be fit and healthy and able to participate actively in strenuous physical activity. The course is divided into 3 components.
Component 1: Written paper 1 hr 15 minutes = 25%
Factors Underpinning Health and Performance:
- The Body at Work
- Health and Lifestyle Decisions
- The Active Leisure Industry
Component 2: Written paper 1 hr 15 minutes = 25%
- Developing Physical Fitness for Performance; and
- Developing Skilled Performance.
Components 1 & 2 combine to give 50%
Component 3: Perform 3 activities and analyse one = 50%
- a) Pupils are assessed on the consistent quality, efficiency and effectiveness of their performances in physical activities and/or sports. Pupils perform three physical activities and/or sports from the list that CCEA supplies. (3 × 50 = 150 marks)
- b) Pupils are assessed on the consistent quality of their analysis and evaluation of their own and others’ performances. (50 marks)
Years 13 & 14 – As with Year 12, these have one session of Physical Education a week, a 65-minute session on a Wednesday afternoon, when a variety of activities are available. Participants in our major sports, rugby and hockey, use this session for training and fixtures, while students who do not participate in our major sports have the opportunity to avail of a variety of sports and fitness options.
These include swimming, gym, badminton, shooting, netball, running club, tennis, athletics, football and golf. Our excellent facilities on site and Dungannon Leisure Centre are both used during senior games, giving our students the best possible opportunities.
Pupils have the option to select PE at AS and A2 Level. They follow the WJEC GCE AS and A Level in Physical Education. The course is made up of two parts: AS and A2. Pupils may take the AS as a stand-alone qualification if they wish. To achieve the full GCE pupils must complete both AS and A2. AS and A2 each comprise two units. There are four units in total.
Unit 1 – develops pupils’ theoretical knowledge and understanding of exercise physiology, performance analysis and training, sports psychology, skill acquisition and sport in society. Pupils are assessed on this material through a written examination.
Unit 2 – is a practical element linked to improving pupils’ performance in physical education. Pupils are assessed in one chosen activity as a player/performer and as a coach or official. Pupils will also complete a personal performance profile. This personal performance analysis must be of the chosen practical activity. It must be underpinned by appropriate theoretical subject content and provide pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate quantitative skills.
|AS||Course Content||Assessment||% Weighting|
|Unit 1||Exploring Physical Education. |
To assess all AS subject content
Contextualised questions to include multiple choice, data response, short and extended answers.
|External written examination|
1 ¾ hours
|60% of AS
24% of A Level
|Unit 2||Improving personal performance in physical education. To assess:|
• practical performance in one activity as a player/performer
• practical performance as a coach or official
• Personal Performance Profile
|Non – exam assessment|
|40% of AS
16% of A Level
Unit 3 is designed to develop pupils’ theoretical knowledge and understanding of exercise physiology, performance analysis and training, sports psychology, skill acquisition and sport in society. Pupils are assessed on this material through a written examination.
Unit 4 concentrates on refining personal performance in physical education. It involves being assessed in one practical performance as a player/performer, coach or official. Pupils will also undertake some Investigative Research. This research should help the pupil to improve personal performance as a player/performer, coach or official. It must be linked to the chosen practical activity and contain research into appropriate theoretical subject content.
|A2||Course Content||Assessment||% Weighting|
|Unit 3||Evaluating Physical Education|
To assess all A level subject content.
A range of questions to include data response, short and extended answers.
|External written examination|
2 hour exam
|36% of A Level|
|Unit 4||Refining personal performance in physical education.|
• practical performance in one activity as a player/performer, coach or official
• Investigative Research
|Non – exam assessment.|
|24% of A Level|
AS will be assessed at the end of Year 13 and A2 at the end of Year 14.
Physical Education News Articles
Well done to our Girls’ Football teams who competed in the Ambassadors Football Girls’ School Cup. A special mention goes to Lily Gallagher (Year 9) who was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for her age category and to Jessica McClung (Year 11) who was also awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for her age group. This was a superb achievement for the girls.
Congratulations to the RSD Show Jumping Team for being placed 3rd in the Schools’ Show Jumping Championship, held at Balmoral Show on Saturday. The team consisted of Erin Mathieson (Year 8), Emma-Jane Orr and Bethany Robinson-Smith (both Year 11) and Tori Showkum (Year 14).
We are delighted to announce that our team of seven U13 girls won the All Ireland Table Tennis championship on Thursday in Dublin. The Year 8 team consisted of Lois Carson, Miriam Carson, Kristen Fenton, Hannah Herron, Erin Matheson, Emily Stinson and Sophia Watt.
Congratulations go to our RSD table tennis players, who excelled at the Ulster Schools’ Individual Championship in Lisburn just before Easter. Brothers Daniel Irwin (Year 12) and Tom Irwin (Year 8) won the titles of U16 Ulster Schools’ Champion and U12 Ulster Schools’ Champion.
Congratulations to the RSD Show Jumping team; Erin Mathieson, Emma-Jane Orr and Bethany Robinson-Smith took first place in a recent competition at Lusk Equestrian Centre, as well as a coveted qualifying position for the Schools’ Show Jumping Championship at the Balmoral Show in May.
Emma Chambers (Year 8) competed in the Irish Minor Schools Swimming Championship in Dublin National Aquatic Centre on Sunday 10th February, representing RSD.
Congratulations to the U13 Girls’ Table Tennis team who won the Ulster Schools Team Championships, securing a place at the Irish Championships later this term.
Emma-Jane Orr was named the Premier Individual Champion of the MEC Interschools Open Individual 1m 10 Show Jumping League, on her pony Jazzy Susie, representing Royal School Dungannon.