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Welcome to PE & Health

James Pirie  Head of PE & Health 
Lauren Halliwell  Teacher of PE & Health/Lead Practitioner 
Rachel Wimlett  Teacher of PE & Health 
Nathan Parkinson               Teacher of PE & Health 
John Ashton  Teacher of PE & Health 


Our vision is that United Learning’s values will be brought to life through high quality physical education, sport and health-promoting physical activity so that every young person is:

  • Ambitious – to excel: to be the best they can be in and through PE and sport;
  • Confident – to participate, perform and lead;
  • Creative – in their decision-making and in finding solutions to increasingly complex challenges;
  • Respectful – of themselves, all of their peers and all adults involved in their sporting life, whether they be teachers, coaches, officials, medical staff etc;
  • Enthusiastic – about engaging in physical activity and sport in school, out of school and beyond school life;
  • Determined – to persist in overcoming obstacles, to lead healthy lifestyles and to achieve their best.

Key Stage 3 PE and Health Curriculum

Over the course of key Stage 3 students will take part in a variety of activities that will enable them to learn, develop, and showcase a range of skills in different sporting environments.

Our KS3 Physical Education (PE) and Health curriculum will bring out ‘the best in everyone’ by developing physically skilful young people who have developed the skills, knowledge, understanding, character and confidence to prepare them for KS4 PE.

Our PE and Health curriculum will enable our young people to forge a positive lifelong relationship with physical activity and sport.

Our PE and Health curriculum will prepare students thoroughly for the rigours of accredited courses in KS4 and beyond through a knowledge and understanding of relevant and appropriate elements of sport science.

Key Stage 4 PE and Health Curriculum

In key Stage 4 all students complete vocational qualifications, the BTEC First Award in Sport, OCR Cambridge National in Health & Social Care. This allows students to develop a range of skills such as leadership, understanding of body systems, fitness testing and nutrition for healthy lifestyles. With these qualifications, students can move on to further study in PE, Sport and health, or pursue a career in the sports and health industry.

BTEC First Award in Sport - Mandatory for all students 

Core Units: Both units will be covered.

Fitness for Sport and Exercise

In this unit you will:

A - know about the components of fitness and the principles of training
B - explore different fitness training methods
C - investigate fitness testing to determine fitness levels.

Practical Sports Performance

In this unit you will:

A - understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports
B - practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in selected sports
C - be able to review sports performance.

Optional Specialist Units: Two units will be covered.

  • The Mind and Sports Performance
  • The Sports Performer in Action
  • Training for Personal Fitness
  • Leading Sports Activities

OCR Cambridge National Health & Social Care - Optional qualification

Core Units: Both units will be covered.

Essential Values of care for use with individuals in care settings

In this unit you will:

A - Understand individuals to support their rights
B - Understand the importance of values of care
C - Understand how legislation impacts on care settings
D - Understand how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals

Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care, and early years settings

In this unit you will:

A - Understand how to communicate effecftively
B - Understand personal qualities that contribute to effective care
C - Be able to communicate effectively within a halthy, social care, and early years settings

Optional Specialist Units: Two units will be covered.

  • Understanding body systems and disorders
  • Pathways for providing care in health, social care, and early years settings
  • Understanding life stages
  • Understanding the nutrients needed for good health


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