Senior PE

“To provide each student with a physical education experience based on active participation and enjoyment.” and “To develop an appreciation of the relationship between physical activity, health and quality of life and so encourage pupils to improve their own level of fitness and to participate in physical exercise in leisure time and after leaving school”.


At Trinity School, Physical Education is delivered to all Key Stages via PE lessons during the school day. Key Stage 3 pupils develop skills in a wide variety of sports; both in team games and individual activities. Each individual progresses during the academic year and targets are set for future development. In Key Stage 4 and 5, pupils have the opportunity to specialise with ‘options’ in the lessons, designed to allow further refinement of skills and develop an understanding of health and fitness.


GCSE PE is also a popular choice for many pupils, combining theoretical knowledge with sporting prowess and results in recent years have been very good, particularly when taking into account the ‘value added’ for each pupil. Many of the pupils find that this more theoretical approach to sport particularly appeals and they follow this on to A Level and university.




Year 7 and 8 PE lessons 5 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight.

Year 9, 10 and 11 PE lessons 4 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight.

Year 12 and 13 PE lessons 2 x 100 minute lessons per fortnight.


Outdoor 25m Heated Swimming Pool, Small Gymnasium, Small multi gym, 3 tennis courts (1 indoor and 2 floodlit), one pitch and one hardcourt playing surface.


Other local facilities which are used include Broadmeadow and Dawlish Sports Hall, Dawlish Swimming Pool and Dawlish Astro turf.




 The department is led by Mrs Couch who teaches all aspects of curriculum and examination PE. Mr Larkman, Head of KS4 also teaches all aspects of PE. Mrs Sinden, Head of KS3 teaches curriculum and A Level PE. Mr Coen, Senior Deputy Head teaches A Level PE and Miss Farr teaches curriculum PE.



KS3 Curriculum


Games: Pupils will experience a range of the following games: rugby, football, netball, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, rounders and cricket. In each game pupils will be assisted to further develop their technical performance, tactical awareness and knowledge of the rules governing the game.

Gymnastics: Pupils will be taught to develop specific gymnastic techniques and to perform them consistently. They will be required to create, plan, perform and evaluate increasingly challenging sequences on both the floor and using apparatus.

Dance: Pupils will experience a number of set dances and will further develop their creative, with an emphasis on quality of movements and composition.

Swimming: Pupils will be taught to develop their technical proficiency in the three main strokes – front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. They will also be introduced to the basic rules of competitive swimming and personal survival skills.

Athletics: Pupils will be taught a range of running, jumping and throwing techniques and the competition rules governing each event and to improve on previous performance.

In all activities pupils' awareness of health, fitness and safety will be developed.


Courses at GCSE


OCR GCSE Physical Education (J586)

The GCSE course is split into 4 components:

Unit B451: An Introduction to Physical Education

Unit B452: Practical Performance and Analysing Lifestyle Task

Unit B453: Developing Knowledge in Physical Education

Unit B454: Practical Performance and Analysing Performance Task


GCSE PE is taught in mixed groups with three 50 minute lessons per week; one ‘single’ of 50 minutes and a ‘double’ of 100 minutes. The ‘single’ lesson is predominantly used for theory work and the ‘double’ for practical. Activities tend to centre on the ‘traditional’ school sports (rugby, football, hockey, netball), although other sports have been introduced including personal survival in the pool and orienteering. If pupils have a special interest and participate in a sport not covered in lessons (for example climbing, horse riding etc) they may be given the opportunity to be assessed in this activity although this will have to take place outside the allocated curriculum time. Pupils sit 2 modular GCSE papers at the end of year 11 which, combined with their practical work (4 different sports) gives their overall grade at GCSE. Pupils also complete a ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ controlled assessment which accounts for 5% of their mark and, an ‘Analysis of Performance’ controlled assessment which, likewise, accounts for 5%.


COURSEWORK - GCSE PE - the coursework is 60% of the final grade. The pupils coursework is assessed in terms of their ability to perform effectively under applied conditions in four of their selected activities using tactics or compositional techniques and observing the rules and conventions of the activities. Pupils also complete a ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ task, and an ‘Analysis of Performance’ task for one of their chosen activities which will take the form of an observational/written task.


All of the coursework is internally assessed by the PE Dept and then it is externally moderated by OCR


Courses at A level


AS/A2 PE:OCR GCE Physical Education - Subsidiary level (H154)

                  OCR GCE Physical Education – Advanced level (H554)


Units covered are as follows:


Advanced Subsidiary GCE Physical Education (H154)

Unit G451: An introduction to Physical Education incorporating:

Section A: Anatomy and Physiology

Section B: Acquiring movement skills

Section C: Socio-cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity

Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education


(G452) the coursework is 40% of the final grade. The pupils are assessed in performing two chosen activities and Evaluating and Planning for the improvement of performance. The pupils will observe a live performance and then they will consider the factors that make for an effective and efficient performance in that activity.


Advanced GCE in Physical Education (H554)

Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education incorporating:

Section A: Social-Cultural options: (A1) Historical & (A2) Comparative studies

Section B: Scientific options: (B1) Sports Psychology, (B2) Biomechanical & (B3) Exercise and Sport Physiology

Unit G454: The Improvement of Effective Performance and critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education


(G454) the coursework is 30% of the final grade. The pupils are assessed in performing one of their previously chosen activities and in the Evaluation, Appreciation and Improvement of Performance. The pupils will observe a live performance in their assessed activity and then they will recommend an appropriate strategy to improve performance.


All of the coursework is internally assessed by the PE Dept and then it is externally moderated by OCR.



Courses at BTEC

Sport and Exercise Level 3 Award will be offered from Sept 2015

The Sports Leader Level 1 Award.


Extra-curricular activities in department


A huge range of extra-curricular sports clubs are on offer for those wishing to develop their skills further. In addition to Inter-House and Inter-School competitions, teams are regularly entered in national competitions such as the ISA netball finals, cross country, swimming, athletics and the Rosslyn Park rugby sevens tournaments. Pupils are also encouraged to push their own limits with annual activities on Dartmoor and an Adventure week in West Wales. Links with local clubs are actively developed and many pupils enjoy the benefits of this.

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