Physical Education

Physical Education has an important role in the life of Thomas More Catholic School. The PE department offers a broad and balanced curriculum where students are given a range of sporting opportunities both in curriculum time and as part of our extra-curricular provision.

The school makes excellent use of its sporting facilities which includes a sports hall, swimming pool, small gymnasium, outdoor netball courts, and a large grass field including the Edge Hill playing fields where our football fixtures are played. The PE department are dedicated to enhancing the experience of PE, allowing full development of skills throughout each year at Thomas More Catholic School. We aim to encourage our students to build a lifetime habit of healthy activity through promoting a range of opportunities and a positive attitude to exercise.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students will take part in a number of different practical activities throughout the year. Each sporting activity runs for approximately 5 weeks which enables all learners to develop competence and confidence in a variety of skills. Students will learn to make decisions and apply both skills and tactics to competitive situations. Students will also receive swimming lessons where they will develop technique in each of the four swimming stroke disciplines.

Our current KS3 curriculum includes topics on:

  • Year 7 – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Fitness, Football, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby, Sports Hall Athletics and Swimming.
  • Year 8 – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Fitness, Football, Netball, Rugby, Sports Hall Athletics,and Swimming.

Key Stage 4

All KS4 students participate in core PE lessons. Students will refine techniques, gain further knowledge of competitive situations and experience of officiating roles.

Year 9 students complete a lifesaving unit where they will focus on learning key skills for ‘Personal Survival’ when swimming. Students will also be taught CPR and will have the opportunity to gain a certificate for their participation in this activity.

In year 10 and 11, PE lessons are focused on participation and preparation for future involvement in physical activity. Students have the opportunity to complete the Sports Leadership Award (level 1) in year 10 where they will gain a range of skills in preparation for delivering a sports session to younger students.

An example of activities included in our KS4 core PE curriculum:

  • Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing Fit, Cricket, Fitness, Football, Handball, Netball, Personal Survival & lifesaving, Trampolining, Yoga/Pilates and Volleyball

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Physical Education

Students are given the opportunity to study GCSE Physical Education as part of their options and study the AQA GCSE Physical Education specification. Assessment takes place by external examination and internally for practical performance.

  1. Paper 1 – The human body and movement in physical activity and sports – (30%)
  2. Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport– (30%)
  3. Practical performance in physical activity and sport – (40%)

Extra-Curricular Programme

The PE department provides an extensive range of activities that can be attended at lunch time and after school. Clubs are suitable for all abilities, ages and gender to attend. Please see the termly timetable updated on the website.

Those who excel, in particular sporting activities, will be selected to represent the school (a full range of clubs, teams, fixtures and results can be viewed in the enrichment section of this website). The department run a Sport Awards Evening in July to recognise the sporting achievement of Thomas More students.

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Department Members

  • Mrs Rowden (Head of department)
  • Ms Ogbonnaya
  • Mr Roberts
  • Mr Okoroafor