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Chaucer Subject Intent - PE & BTEC Sport

Through providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced, physical education compliments and supplements the aims of Chaucer School.

The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable, but at the same time develop and stimulate the students; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide an equal opportunity of learning experiences in a range of activities. Students will be encouraged to take on different roles and enjoy physical activity as performers, coaches and referees/umpires/officials.

Lessons and schemes/units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment. The learning environment is appropriate to the age, maturity and skill level of the students. Expectations are high but realistic in terms of achievement, discipline, behaviour and dress. We aim to ensure the atmosphere of lessons is such that students gain confidence in physical activity in a safe environment where student success is positively reinforced.

Students will regularly work in group situations. In many areas the emphasis is on competition, where students are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goal. In all situations, empathy is paramount with students expected to cater to the needs of their peers. Through performance, students will be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others.

As students’ progress through the school they will be encouraged to adopt a positive attitude to activity and healthy living, motivating them to fulfil their sporting potential both within their school life and through leisure facilities and clubs in the local community. As students enter Year 10 and 11 they are expected to take an active role in their physical education by choosing from various options and courses provided in the curriculum.

Curriculum Description


The emphasis of PE in Key Stage 3 is on inspiring students to excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Students are expected to develop their health and fitness, alongside qualities like teamwork, character and respect through competing in sports. This will help develop student’s confidence to pursue a lifetime of physical activity.


Physical Education remains a compulsory subject in Years 10 and 11 and all students have one hour pf curriculum time dedicated to Physical Education. The emphasis in KS4 ids on participation and enjoyment to promote a prolonged interest in sport and physical activity.

BTEC Sport

This course involves ongoing assessment over two years.  Regular written and practical assignments must be completed meeting certain grading criteria. Students can complete these using knowledge and notes gained through taught lessons. There is also one online exam paper.

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Online Exam) - Know about the components of fitness and the principles of training, explore different fitness training methods, and investigate fitness testing to determine fitness levels.

Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport - Understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports, practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports, be able to review sports performance.

Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training - Design a personal training programme, know about the musculoskeletal system and cardio-respiratory system and the effects on the body during fitness training.

Unit 5: Sports Performer in Action – Know about the short term responses and long term adaptations of the body systems to exercise. In addition, know about the different energy systems used during sports performance.