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Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. It is vital for all students to study PE so they can develop an understanding of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle which can provide a positive impact on their health and well-being later in life. Studying PE allows students to develop physically, socially and emotionally. They are able to develop skills such as teamwork and cooperation as well as relieving stress and improving their overall fitness levels. The range of activities we cover will allow them to improve their creativity, decision making, leadership and resilience as well as their performance across numerous sports.

Within lessons students will cover a wider range of sports at Oaks Park High School. This is to cater for the interests of all students and ensure every student is able to enjoy PE to the fullest. Oaks Park High School PE department has first-rate facilities that allow students to participate in a wide range of sports. These facilities include:

  • Sports hall with cricket nets, markings for basketball, netball and 4 badminton courts
  • 2 hard court areas for netball and handball
  • Field with football pitches in the winter and a cricket strip and athletics track markings in the summer
  • 9-a-side 4G football pitch
  • Gymnasium
  • Newly refurbished fitness suite
  • 4 trampolines
  • 12 Table Tennis tables

We offer an extensive extracurricular programme, offering clubs at lunchtime and after school for 12 different sports. We also participate in numerous league and cup competitions where students will have the privilege of representing Oaks Park against other schools both inside and outside of the Borough of Redbridge.


 Students will cover a range of activities throughout year 7 and 8. Below shows an example of the sports that would be done, the order will be different for students so we can fully utilise our facilities and students will be told at the start of each term the order of the activities they will do. 

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

1 - Netball (girls)/Football (boys)

2 - Dance (girls)/Table Tennis (boys)

3 - Fitness

4 - Gymnastics

5 - Basketball/Handball

6 - Athletics - long and short distance running, javelin, discus, shot putt, long jump, high jump

7 - Cricket

Year 8 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

1 - Trampolining

2 - Football

3 - Fitness

4 - Netball (girls)/Basketball (boys)

5 - Dance (girls)/Table Tennis (boys)

6 - Athletics - long and short distance running, javelin, discus, shot putt, long jump, high jump

7 - Cricket

How will they be assessed?
Students are assessed at the end of each activity block. At the end of each year students are given an overall assessment on their general progress in their

  • Level of motor skill

  • Sporting techniques and skills in specific sports

  • Effective use of skills in game situations

  • Body management skills

  • Creativity and performance in artistic aspects of movement

  • Tactical understanding

  • Understanding and knowledge of sport and physical activity

Students are also tested in their levels of fitness, participating in a set of specific fitness tests 4 times each year.

How can parents support?
Parents can support students by:

  • Ensuring students have correct and appropriate kit for each lesson

  • Encouraging students to join a school physical education extra-curricular club

  • Encouraging students to participate in some form of physical activity out of school time

  • Investigate what opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity in the local area (information can be found on the Redbridge Council Website, or students can gain information from the PE department)

  • Participate in physical activity as a family

  • Encourage students to view sport in the media

  • Discuss with students what they are doing in PE lessons


Examining Board OCR
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Why study this subject?

Physical Education will open your eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform in three different sports through the non- exam assessment component, you will also develop wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport. You will be introduced to key sporting ideas and shown how these interact with practical performance, while gaining insights into the relationships they have with each other throughout the course. The course can start you on a career path in Physical Education and Sport through A’ Level and Degree Level Sport and Science based Subjects. You will also benefit from the development of numerous transferable skills including: decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, problem solving and analytical skills as well as thinking, acting and reacting under pressure.

Unit 1

Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Skeletal System
- Muscular System
- Levers, Planes & Axis
- Cardiovascular System
- Respiratory System
- Effects of Exercise

Unit 2

Physical Training
- Components of Fitness
- Fitness Testing
- Principles of Training
- Types of Training
- Injury Prevention

Unit 3

Socio-cultural influences
- Physical Activity and Sport in the UK
- Factors Affecting Participation
- Strategies to Improve Participation
- Commercialisation of Sport
- Sponsorship
- Ethics in Sport

Unit 4

Sports Psychology
- Characteristics of Skill
- Classification of Skill
- Goal Setting
- Mental Preparation
- Types of Guidance and Feedback

Unit 5

Health, Fitness and Well-Being
- Health and Well-being
- Benefits of Physical Activity
- Consequences of a Sedentary Lifestyle
- Diet & Nutrition

  • Applied anatomy and physiology 1 hour written exam 30% of overall GCSE
  • Socio-cultural influences 1 hour written exam 30% of overall GCSE
  • Evaluation and analysis of performance coursework 10% of overall GCSE
  • Practical performance in 3 sports 30% of overall GCSE (must show one team sport, one individual sport and one other)
Next steps - Careers/HE courses

Physical Education is not just an excellent base for the OCR A Level in Physical Education, it can take you much further. For those of you fascinated by the human mind, why not carry on to Psychology? For people into the why of the human race this carries you through to Sociology. This is also an excellent additional qualification for those undertaking the sciences with the intention to move through into medicine or physiotherapy routes.


Beyond A Level, the study of Physical Education can lead on to university degrees in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology, teacher training and many more. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.


Course  A-Level Physical Education
Examining Board OCR
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Why study this subject?

A Level in Physical Education develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to physical education. Students gain understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, and demonstrate their ability as either performer or coach.

Unit 1

Physical factors affecting performance
Students gain a deeper understanding of key systems in the body and how they react to changes in diet and exercise. They also study the effects of force and motion on the body and how they can be used to our advantage.

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
Unit 2

Psychological factors affecting performance
Students study the models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities, how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person. They also explore the psychological factors that affect group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress.

  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology.
Unit 3

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
This component focuses on the social and cultural factors that have shaped sports over time, and their influences on physical activity. Students consider the impact of hosting a global sporting event such as the Olympic Games, and the influence of modern technology on both the performer and the spectator of contemporary sport.

  • Sport and society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport
Unit 4

Performance in physical education
Students are assessed in the role of either performer or coach in one practical activity. They are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or techniques and the ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions.

Students are also assessed in the Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI). They observe a live or recorded performance by a peer and provide an oral analysis and critical evaluation of their peer’s performance.

Assessment AS-

2 Exams 

Performance in Physical Education

Assessment A-Level

3 Exams

Performance in Physical Education

Next steps - Careers/HE courses Teaching, coaching, nutrition, physiotherapy, nursing, medical industries, sports business, data analysis, sports science, sports development roles, national governing bodies, leisure industry, travel industry, sports psychology.
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