PE Intent

In Physical Education, you will develop an understanding of how to actively engage in lifelong physical activity. This is not only as a participant but also in roles such as a leader, coach or official. Throughout our wide and varied curriculum you will be inspired to lead a healthy active lifestyle and how to be healthy but more importantly what it means to be healthy.

The curriculum has been designed to help you develop a holistic approach to Physical Education, one which encourages you to develop your; physical skills, literacy skills, leadership, mindset development and theory knowledge and understanding. This consequently enhances your understanding of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) awareness in every lesson.

Throughout your learning journey, you will have the opportunity to develop your physical health, fitness and wellbeing. You will promote independence through problem-solving physical challenges, evaluating, modifying techniques and consolidating skills through practice and repetition. You also will instill a sense of good sportsmanship, and encourage recognition of other pupils’ contributions. Your self-esteem will be supported and developed through helping you improve your physical confidence and to cope with both success and failure in competitive and co-operative activities.

Ultimately the skills you learn will enable you to enter the world beyond Chellaston Academy with the knowledge and understanding of how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

If you require any further information, please contact the Head of Subject via the link on our Contact Us page.

Introduction to our curriculum design

Please View our PE Curriculum Tour Guide Below

Through a broad, balanced and comprehensive programme of physical activities and learning experiences, the PE department fully support the strong ethos within Chellaston Academy where we expect all students, regardless of ability, to maximise their progress. We do this by running a personalised PE programme that aims to provide a challenging, purposeful, enjoyable and safe experience. Our holistic approach to PE is designed to develop physical, mental and social health, whilst also instilling our six key values through a culture of respect, integrity, tenacity, resilience, learning and excellence. Our KS3 and 4 core curriculum is designed to equip learners with the physical, academic and emotional skills to allow them to lead informed healthy, active lifestyles. Our KS4 and 5 academic pathways provide an inclusive learning environment to allow students who have a love for sport to develop their knowledge and understanding to give our students the opportunity to continue to study sport at University or in the world of work.

Year 7 11 Core PE

The key stage 3 PE curriculum has been designed to split into six teaching blocks. Pupil’s in year 7 and 8 participate in two activities a fortnight. These are generally split into week A & B, with lesson one and two of the fortnight being one activity and lesson three and four being the second activity. Pupil’s in year 9 participate in one activity within three lessons a fortnight. Each teaching block changes at the end of each half term.


The lessons have been planned and are delivered based upon the OCR GCSE practical PE criteria. This ensures for a purposeful curriculum that will allow all students to achieve. The KS3 assessment is therefore, also against OCR GCSE PE criteria, and allows pupils from year 7 through to year 9 to work towards attaining a GCSE practical grade. For those wishing to choose GCSE PE as one of their option subjects they will already have attained a base line grade for 30% of their final GCSE grade 1-9 which would be examined in the May of year 11. During year 9 options, the students can select CNAT (Cambridge National) which is worth a GCSE and contains 4 units. There will be an exam for one of the units and course work for the other 3 units.


Click here to see the key stage 3 timetables.

The key stage 4 core PE curriculum has been designed to develop students desire to enjoy physical activity beyond their time at Chellaston Academy and therefore has a focus on lifelong participation. Lifelong participation is all about personal choice, therefore the key stage 4 curriculum is designed by the students through an options system. Pupils are offered a list of 25 activities, this is whittled down to a selection of eight for pupils to make their final choice from. The six most popular activities run and staff are assigned according to their specialisms. The pupils participate in their chosen activity throughout their three lessons a fortnight and each options block changes at the end of each half term.


Pupils who have chosen PE as a GCSE subject have the additional benefit of being able to use their three hours of core PE to enhance their practical scores which they attained at the end of key stage 3. This is achieved by ensuring all GCSE PE pupils are grouped together in one option choice to participate in an OCR GCSE PE activity.


See below for the OCR GCSE PE choices.


• 60% theory

• 40% practical

The theory is split into two, one hour written exams comprised of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and long answer questions. Each exam is worth 60 marks and equates to 30% of the overall result. Due to the heavy weighting of 60% of the final grade coming from the two exam papers all five allocated lessons on the two-week timetable are based in the classroom and focus on the theory. The practical scores are developed through key stage 3 core PE and are finally assessed during the key stage 4 core PE timetable.

Paper one: ‘Physical Factors Affecting Performance’, this is broken down into two topics. ‘Applied Anatomy and Physiology’, containing; the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular system, movement analysis, the cardiovascular and respiratory system and the effects of exercise on the body. ‘Physical Training’, containing; components of fitness, applying principles of training and preventing injury in physical activity and training.

Paper two: ‘Socio-cultural Issues and Sports Psychology’, this is broken down into three topics.  ‘Socio-cultural Influences’, containing; Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activity and sport, commercialization of physical activity and sport and ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport. ‘Sports Psychology’, and Health Fitness and Well-being’, containing; health, fitness and well-being, diet and nutrition.

The practical assessment is worth 40% with 80 marks available. 60 marks come from the assessment of the pupil’s performance in three different physical activities in the role of player or performer. One activity must be playing or performing within a team, one as an individual and a further one from either or. The final 20 marks are awarded from a written piece of coursework of an analysis and evaluation of their performance in one of their assessed activities.

OCR level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sports Science

The assessment is 75% assignment and 25% examination taught through four units over the two years.

The units taught in year 10 are reducing the risk of sports injuries (examination unit) and applying principles of training. These are the mandatory units.  There are two further units taught in year 11.

Click here to view the new KS4 curriculum.

A-Level – OCR Linear syllabus, 2016

• 70% theory

• 30% practical

The theory is split into two three written exams, paper one is two hours long and is worth 90 marks which equates to 30% of the overall result. Paper two and three are both one hour long and are both worth 60 marks with each equating to 20% of the final result.  The pupils will receive ten hours of classroom based theory over the two-week timetable. In accordance with the weighting of each exam and the quantity of content to be taught, 5 hours are given to paper one, three hours to paper two and two hours to paper three.

Paper one: ‘Physiological Factors Affecting Performance’, this is broken down into three topics; Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics.

Paper two: ‘Psychological Factors Affecting Performance’, this is broken down into two topics; Skill acquisition and Sports Psychology.

Paper three: ‘Socio-Cultural and Contemporary Issues’, this is broken down into three topics; Sport, Society and Technological Advances.

The practical assessment is worth 60 marks which equates to 30% of the final result. This is split into two sections, the first being an assessment in practical performance or coaching in one activity and is worth 30 marks. The second section is an oral evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement, this is also worth 30 marks.

Due to the variation in pupil’s expertise in sporting ability, the practical’s are assessed out of school and in the pupils natural playing environment. All the assessments must take place within a competitive environment and so to keep this as natural as possible all pupils will be, when realistically possible, externally visited by staff to record and assess their performance.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity


• 360 (guided learning hours) GLH – equivalent to one A level in terms of size


This qualification is modular in terms of assessment and is assessed using a combination of external examinations and internal coursework assessments. Each module is assessed using a pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.


Unit 1 – Body systems and the effects of physical activity: Exam (90GLH)

Unit 2 – Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership: Course work (90GLH)

Unit 3 – Sports Organisation and Development: Exam (60GLH)

Unit 8 – Organisation of Sports Events: Course work (60GLH)

Unit 17 – Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation: Course work (60GLH)


The pupils will receive ten hours of classroom-based theory over the two-week timetable. Units 1 and 2 will be completed in year 12 with units 3, 8 and 9 being completed in year 13.

Extra curricular activities play a vital role in any good school and exercise a tremendous influence on the general attitude and well-being of pupils who participate. The school regularly provides opportunities for pupils to develop their talent and interests in clubs and societies. We hope parents will encourage their children to take full advantage of the opportunities, which are offered.

We have an excellent reputation for school sport and have many successful teams in both local and regional competitions. Many pupils have the opportunity to develop their talent through clubs and practices within school and also through specialized coaching in external clubs, with whom we have links.

The P.E. department also organizes Sports Leader courses for pupils to develop their coaching ability and to use their skills in local junior school and sports clubs.

Outline of Competitions:

September – April

Boys – Derby School Football League and Cup Years 7 — 11

Boys – Year 8 County Cup Football competition

City, County and National Cup competition Yr 7 — 13

Girls — City Football League Years 7-9

Girls — City and County Netball fixtures Yr 7 — 13

We also compete against local schools in friendly fixtures Yr 7 — 13

April – July

Boys/Girls — City, County and National Athletics Yr 7 — 10

Boy’s — City and County  Cricket fixtures Yr 7 — 10

Girl’s — City and County Rounders competitions Years 7 — 10

All these fixtures are supplemented by lunchtime and after school club practices.

Throughout the academic year students in Key stage 3 also take part in both winter and summer ‘Chello games’, consisting of form groups competing in a range of sporting activities within upper and lower half year groups.  Each year we also hold an annual whole school Sports day .

Summer Term 1 Extra Curricular Timetable 

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PE Kit

The following PE kit will be required by Boys and Girls:

  • Green games shirt (with school logo)
  • Black shorts
  • Black and green hooped socks
  • Football boots and training shoes
  • White polo shirts (with school logo)
  • White ankle socks
  • Gum shield for rugby and shin pads for football (compulsory)

A BLACK tracksuit can be worn in the winter months.

School Uniform and PE Kit Suppliers


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