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Physical Education

Physical Education has an important role in the life of Thomas More Catholic School. We offer 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 4-5 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 participate in a minimum of 8 weeks of swimming each year. In year 7 and 8 students will develop techniques in each of the four stroke disciplines. 

Our current KS3 curriculum includes topics on:

  • Year 7 – Badminton, Netball, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and Cricket
  • Year 8 – Badminton, Netball, Football, Basketball, Swimming, Dance (girls), Table tennis (boys), Athletics & Cricket.

Key Stage 4

All KS4 students participate in core PE lessons. In year 9 students will have the opportunity to refine techniques as well as being introduced to some new activities. Students will gain further knowledge of competitive situations and experience of officiating roles. In swimming lessons there is a focus on learning key skills for ‘Personal Survival’. Students will also be taught CPR for lifesaving and will have the opportunity to gain a certificate for their participation in this activity.

Our current year 9 curriculum includes topics on:

  • Year 7 – Badminton, Netball, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Trampolining, Swimming (personal survival), Athletics and Cricket

In year 10 and 11, PE lessons are focused on participation and preparation for future involvement in physical activity. Students have the opportunity to select a PE pathway each term. This allows our students the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and experience new activities such as Ultimate Frisbee, Boxing and Fitness.

An example of year 10 pathways for term 1:

  • Pathway 1: Netball / Trampolining / Dance
  • Pathway 2: Basketball / Rugby / Football
  • Pathway 3: Table tennis / Volleyball / Badminton

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Physical Education

Students are given the opportunity to study GCSE Physical Education as part of their options. The students will study the AQA GCSE Physical Education specification and be assessed both by external examination and internally for component 3.

  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).

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Department Members

  • Mrs Rowden (Head of department)
  • Mr Pitt (Assistant Head Teacher)
  • Miss Ogbonnaya (Head of Year 7)
  • Mr Skinner (Swimming instructor)