Physical Education

Physical Education Department

HoD: Mr G McClintock & Mrs D Robb/Miss S Colgan

Subjects Offered

Physical Education GCSE
Physical Education A Level (WJEC, Modular)

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’

Curriculum

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 Performance:

  • 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%

  1. 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)
  2. 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.

AS Level

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.

 Course Content/Assessment

ASCourse ContentAssessment% Weighting
Unit 1Exploring Physical Education.
To assess all AS subject content
Question types
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 2Improving 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
Practical Moderation
40% of AS
16% of A Level

A2 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.

A2Course ContentAssessment% Weighting
Unit 3Evaluating Physical Education
To assess all A level subject content.
Question types:
A range of questions to include data response, short and extended answers.
External written examination
2 hour exam
36% of A Level
Unit 4Refining personal performance in physical education.
To assess:
• practical performance in one activity as a player/performer, coach or official
• Investigative Research
Non – exam assessment.
Practical Moderation
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

Celebrating Success | Irish National Championships

Congratulations to the three RSD pupils who firstly qualified and then competed in Irish Level Swimming over the summer, July 2022.

Report : Under 14 Hockey Report

The U14 Hockey team have had an extremely busy and successful season. During the season RSD have played against various schools such as Down High, Royal School Armagh and Omagh Academy.

Celebrating Success : Achievements in Swimming

Wow! Congratulations to the following RSD pupils who have achieved Division 2 and Division 1 times in a variety of strokes in Swimming. No mean feat! This means that these swimmers have now qualified to compete in the Irish Nationals Championships in the Division 1 and Division 2 competitions as appropriate in July.

Report: Under 13 A&B XI Hockey Reports

This has been an excellent season for the Under 13A squad. Having missed out on the experience of Year 8 hockey, the girls were raring to go in September and their enthusiasm for training a fixtures continued right through until May

Highlight : Junior Hockey Dinner

To celebrate the very successful seasons for both the U13 and U14 Hockey squads, their coaches organised an awards...

Highlight: Under 13 Hockey Tour 2022

On the weekend of 20th – 22nd May the Under 13A Hockey squad took part in an end of season mini tour to the north coast.

Sports Day 2022

On Wednesday, we held our annual Sports Day, with students from Years 8-11 competing in a range of track and field events. We were very fortunate with the weather, meaning that our athletes and spectators were able to enjoy the activities and support their House.

Table Tennis Success!

Congratulations to Tom Irwin (Year 11) who was crowned Ulster Schools U16 Champion at the recent Ulster Schools’ Individual Championships at Lisburn Racquets Club.

A promising performance from the Girls’ Junior Tennis team!

Well done to the girls’ Junior Tennis team (Erin May McCready, Gabrielle Mischook, Grace Smyth and Soraia Monteiro) who competed in the cup competition last week. The girls played well, beating Wallace High School and Banbridge Academy, drawing with Killicomaine JHS and losing out to a strong Friends School Lisburn.

Showjumping Success at Balmoral Show

On Saturday 14th May, our Showjumping team was representing the school at Balmoral Show. The team consisted of Bethany Smith, Erin Mathieson, Emma Jane Orr and Lucy Orr (unfortunately Emma Jane had to withdraw from the competition before Saturday’s event).

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