Physical Education

Our aim to instil in pupils a passion for Physical Education through high quality teaching and learning. This is achieved by all pupils having enjoyable experiences in a wide range of sports within school and across the wider community; both participation and attainment are celebrated.

Lessons are not only purposeful but exciting, and that inspires a love for PE and a love for learning. PE is at the heart of Westhoughton High School, with pupils developing skills that can be seen across the wider school community such as resilience, confidence and respect for others. Recent pupil voice surveys show the enthusiasm, respect and love that pupils have for PE:

‘PE is a subject I look forward to and always enjoy, our lessons are fun and exciting’
‘There are always loads of clubs to go to and we enjoy playing against other schools’
‘Our PE teachers are role models’

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to the PE Curriculum, a rich diet of extracurricular activities are delivered to engage pupils’ wider interests. Participation rates at extracurricular clubs are outstanding and pupils are proud to be part of the Westhoughton Team.

Our aim is to provide pupils with the opportunity to get involved in alternative sports alongside traditional sports. It is an opportunity to extend learning, enjoy recreational time with others and to compete against others at the highest possible level. This includes netball, football, swimming, boxing, gymnastics, rugby, dance, and fitness, to name a few… we do it all!

Key Stage 3


What will I learn?
Year 7Pupils will learn
• Basic tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in games type activities.
• Develop a competent level of technique across all sports and improve their performance.

These will be developed across the following sports:
Swimming
Athletics
Badminton
Football/Netball
Dance/gymnastics
+1 others

In addition to the above pupils develop their knowledge in the following areas:
• 3 phases of a warm up and how to lead a warm up.
• The importance of a warm up/cool down.
• The major muscles/bones in the body and how they link to performance.
Year 8Pupils will learn
• More advanced tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in games type activities.
• Develop a good level of technique across all sports and improve their performance.

These will be developed across the following sports:
Swimming
Athletics
Badminton
Football/Netball
OAA
+1 other

In addition to the above pupils develop their knowledge in the following areas:
• The components of fitness and how they link to performance in each sport.
• Heart rates during physical activity and what they say about fitness levels.
Year 9Pupils will learn
• Complex tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in games type activities.
• Develop a very good level of technique across all sports and improve their performance as well as others.

These will be developed across the following sports:
Swimming
Athletics
Badminton
Football/Netball
Fitness
+1 other

In addition to the above pupils develop their knowledge in the following areas:
• Methods of training
• Fitness testing
• Progressive overload (FITT)


Key Stage 4

GCSE PE – Edexcel

GCSE PE is extremely popular at Westgoughton and pupils receive a well-rounded introduction to the world of PE, sport and sport science through the combination of physical performance and academic challenges.


What will I learn?
Year 10Practical (30%)
Pupils will cover a range of sports to assess which three sports are their final three sports for year 11. Sports could include:
• Football
• Netball
• Swimming
• Athletics
• Badminton
• Handball
• Table tennis
• Boxing
• Cricket
• Gymnastics
• OAA

Theory (60% - 2 exams)
• Physical training:
• Health, fitness and well being

Personal exercise plan (10% coursework)
• Pupils will complete a 6-8 week PEP on a sport of their choice and an area of weakness that they have identified through fitness testing done on their own. Interpretation and analysis of fitness test results using appropriate data, justified methods of training and detailed application of SMART targets/principles of training.
Year 11Practical (30%)
Pupils will develop their performance in their three final sports which their teacher will have picked ready for assessment in March. For each sport pupils will be marked in:
• Skills in isolation
• Application of skills to a competitive situation.

Theory (60% - 2 exams)
• Applied anatomy and physiology
• Sport Phycology
• Socio-cultural influences
• Movement analysis
Students will use their theoretical knowledge to analyses and evaluate sporting performance in detail.

Sport Studies - OCR Cambridge Nationals

This is a new qualification to the school that has been introduced to the curriculum in 2018. Sport Studies enables students to develop and apply knowledge of sports-related activities, with a particular focus on officiating.


What will I learn?
Year 10Unit 1: Developing sports skills
By completing this unit, learners will develop their skills, techniques and use of tactics/strategies/ compositional ideas in both an individual and a team sporting activity, as well as their understanding of the rules to allow them to act in a number of officiating roles within an activity.
• Numerous sports will be covered throughout year 10 & 11.
• The officiating element of the course will be done through officiating.

Unit 2: Sport in the media
Students will learn differences in sports coverage across a range of media outlets; the impacts the media has on sport and how this has changed over the years and the effect on public interest and involvement in sport that the media has had.

Unit 3: Contempory issues in sport
By completing this unit, learners will explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, relating to participation levels and barriers, the promotion of values and ethical behaviour through sport and the role of high-profile sporting events and national governing bodies in advancing sports’ attempts to positively impact upon society and showcase their worth beyond providing entertainment.
Year 11Unit 1: Developing sports skills
Continued from year 10. Skills, tactics, strategies and techniques will be developed further to a more advanced level.

Unit 4: Developing knowledge and skills in the outdoor environment
By completing this unit, learners will know about the range of outdoor activities that are available in the UK and be able to identify organisations that provide access to these activities. They will also be able to appreciate the reasons why people become involved in these activities and the risks they face when participating.

Unit 5: Sports Leadership
Students will plan, deliver and evaluate sessions to others across a range of sports.