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Head of Department: Mr James Trueman

Our vision is to ensure that each and every student at Stepney All Saints School enjoys the experience of high quality and inclusive Physical Education. We aim to make our students fully aware of the power and impact that physical activity can have on not only their physical well-being, but also their emotional and mental well-being. We want to ensure that all students gain life skills through physical activity that will aid their development and support them throughout their lives. Through a broad curriculum we recognise the individual needs of our students and celebrate the cultural differences that we are privileged to work with.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)

PE is a compulsory lesson for all students until Year 11:

Year 7 – Four lessons over every two weeks (including one double lesson)

Year 8 & 9 – Four lessons over every two weeks (including one double lesson)

The Curriculum is varied; students follow the National PE Curriculum Programme of study and take part in:

Football                       Table Tennis

Netball                         Handball

Dance                         Badminton

Basketball                   Softball

Rounders                     Athletics

Trampolining             Gymnastics

Cricket                       Swimming

The Curriculum is designed to prepare students for the practical and theoretical challenges of GCSE Physical Education, as well as educating them of the benefits of physical activity. Students have the option to choose GCSE PE at Key Stage 4 (five theory/practical lessons over a two week period) or the Cambridge Nationals Sports Science course.

There are also extra-curricular clubs available to students in football, basketball, handball, swimming, trampolining, athletics, table tennis and badminton.

The School also enters inter-school competitions, such as the Tower Hamlets League and London Cup in football, and a variety of tournaments in most sports mentioned above. The school has a proud record of winning trophies in a range of different competitions.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)

Year 10 & 11 – Two lessons over every two weeks


Exam Board: AQA

This course is suitable for pupils who have an interest in the human body, sport, health and fitness. Pupils should have good to excellent ability in PE (‘secure+’ to ‘advanced’) and should be keen to work hard in all areas of the subject. It will consist of written and practical work to develop your knowledge and performance in sport /physical activity.

Pupils must also have a commitment to extra-curricular PE clubs or a sports club outside of school.

There are seven components to cover for the examination course:

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology

Topic 2: Movement analysis

Topic 3: Physical training

Topic 4: Use of data

Topic 5: Sports psychology

Topic 6: Socio-cultural influences

Topic 7: Health, fitness and wellbeing


Component 1 is an externally assessed written examination that has a range of different types of questions including extended answers. The topic will be ‘the human body and movement in physical activity and sport’. This is 30% of your qualification.

Component 2 is an externally assessed written examination that has a range of different types of questions including extended answers. The topic will be ‘socio-cultural influences and wellbeing in physical activity and sport’. This is 30% of your qualification.

Component 3 focuses on developing and improving your own practical sports performance. This is achieved through your active participation in practical activities and reflection on your own performance and that of other sport performers. You are assessed in only two team and one individual sport or vice versa. This is 30% of your qualification.

For component 4, you will go through the stages of designing a personal fitness training programme, where you will select an appropriate method of training. This is 10% of your qualification.

Topics covered in each year group are,

Year 10: 

– Applied anatomy and physiology

– Structure and function of the cardio-respiratory system

– Anaerobic and aerobic exercise

– Short and long term effects of exercise

– Physical training

– Engagement patterns of different social groups in sport

– Sports psychology

– Health, fitness and well being

Year 11:

– Movement analysis

– Commercialisation of sport

– Use of data

– Ethical issues in sport

– Analysis and Evaluation of performance – Coursework

– Practical performance in physical activity and sport

OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science

Sport Science is a predominantly vocational subject for those interested in working in the Sport and Leisure Industry. It explores a variety of theoretical and practical topics including: Sports Injuries, applying principles of training, the body’s response to physical activity, sports psychology, sports nutrition and technology in sport.

The Sport Science qualification has been designed with practical and engaging ways of teaching in mind, to enable you as a learner to develop a skillset through involvement in sport and physical activities. This is an excellent course to study if you enjoy working with people. You will have an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired in a practical and realistic way, by participating in class discussions and sharing your own experiences. Through this course you will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the sports industry and it will enable you to increase your awareness of different ways of staying involved in sport and physical activity, in addition to different roles and careers in sport.

The course consists of 4 units which can enable you to gain a Level 1 or 2 National Certificate worth 1 GCSE. 2 units will be completed in year 10 and 2 in year 11. All coursework and exam units are internally and externally assessed. All individual units are graded as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

As all units are assessed in writing, as well as through practical work, good literacy skills are highly recommended to undertake this course.

Key Stage 5 (Year 12-13)

Topics Covered Include:

Year 12:

– Applied anatomy and physiology

– Skill acquisition

– Sport and society

​- Written/verbal analysis of performance

– Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Year 13:

– Exercise physiology and biomechanics

– Sport psychology

– Sport and society and technology in sport

What’s assessed?

2 written exam papers

–          2 hours each

–          Worth 35% of marks each

Students are then assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.


Written/verbal analysis of performance.

Internal assessment, external moderation

–          Worth 30% of the marks

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Enrichment Timetable can be viewed on the ‘for students’ section of the website.