Physical Education

Subject overview

Lesson Times

  • At John Kyrle High School every pupil has five hours of PE per fortnight in Year 7 and four hours per fortnight in years 8 and 9. During the winter the boys will do rugby and gymnastics, whilst the girls do hockey and dance.
  • In the Spring Term the boys go to football and Summer preparation, including tennis, athletics and cricket, whilst the girls do netball and gymnastics. They also do health related work.
  • In the Summer Term it is athletics, tennis and cricket for the boys and athletics, rounders and tennis for the girls.
  • Mr M Donoghue – Head of Department, email:
    Mrs S Butler – Second in Department, email, School Sport Co-ordinator, email
    Mr C Elias
    Mrs C Godwin
    Mr C Godwin
    Miss J Davies
    Miss S Johnstone

  • Core PE overview

    Curriculum AreaAutumnSpringSummer
    Girls KS3Dance
    Girls KS4Indoor (various)
    Ross Health & Fitness
    Indoor (Various)
    Ross Health & Fitness
    Boys KS3Rugby
    Health Related Fitness
    Games for understanding
    Summer Preparation
    Boys KS4Hockey
    Indoor (Various)
    Ross Health & Fitness
    Indoor (Various)
    Ross Health & Fitness
  • Key Stage 4 Courses

    BTEC First Award in Sport

    Where is this subject taught?

    Mainly at JKHS, however there are links with outside agencies in most units of study, including Ross Health & Fitness, PGL and Gloucester University.

    In Year 10 two units are covered – the Practical Unit and the ‘Leading Sports Activities Unit.  The Practical unit covers understanding rules, regulations and officials for selected sports, demonstration of a variety of skills, techniques and tactics and reviewing sports performances.  The Leading Sports Activities unit involves undertaking the planning, leading and review of different sports activities.

    In Year 11 a further two units are covered – the Fitness for Sport and Exercise Unit and the Training for Personal Fitness Unit.  Fitness and Sport involves learning about the components of fitness, principles of training, training methods and fitness testing.  The Training for Personal Fitness unit requires students to design and complete a personal training programme with clear goals and objectives, followed by a review of results.

    Are there exams, coursework or both?

    Three units of study are not exam based. Each unit will be split up into 4 or 5 structured tasks with flexible assessments and students are given opportunities to improve work.

    The Fitness for Sport and Exercise Unit will be assessed with an external exam on completion of the Unit.

    GCSE Physical Education

    Topics taught in Year 10 are mainly linked to the Anatomy and Physiological parts of the course, such as various types of fitness, diet and exercise, as well as Psychological areas such as Motivation and Personality.

    Year 11 mainly deals with the Socio-cultural side of the course, such as the role of the Media on sport and how hosting International Sport can have an effect on that country.

    How is the subject taught?

    Two lessons are theory based in the classroom, which involves lots of group and presentation work. The other 2 lessons are practical where students will adopt various roles as a performer, coach, official and organiser in a variety of different activities.

    There is a 2 hour exam at the end of the course, which is worth 40% of the final grade. The coursework is a continuous one where students must select a combination of 4 roles in a variety of different activities, e.g. Performer in Rugby, Performer in Badminton, coach in cricket and organiser of circuit training.

  • Key Stage 5 Courses

    Name of Course:

    AQA ‘A’ Level Physical Education

    What’s it all about?

    All different aspects of PE and Sports. This is split into 2 sections:

    • Practical 40 %
    • Theory 60 %

    What topics are covered for AS?

    • Anatomy and physiology: ( 2 Practical activities & observation and analysis )
    • Contemporary issues in PE
    • Skill acquisition

    What topics are covered for A2?

    • Exercise physiology ( 2 practical activities & observation and analysis )
    • Sports psychology
    • History of Sport and PE linked to theoretical work

    How is the subject taught?

    Superbly! (Mr Donoghue). But seriously – it is taught through note-making, presentations, quizzes, mind-maps, group work, practical sessions, exam-style questions and revision seminars.

  • Clubs and Matches

    The PE Department runs many after School clubs in all the major games, plus girls’ football, boys’ hockey, badminton and basketball. Please visit the Sports News page for details of upcoming events.

    The School runs teams in most sports and has regular matches against other schools. During lunchtimes there are inter-tutor group matches in rugby, netball, football, hockey and tennis. The highlight of the Summer Term is sports day when everyone has a chance of competing in their chosen activity and earning points for their tutor group.

    The department also runs many trips and visits, which have recently included a Rugby/Netball tour to Canada (for years 10/11) and day trips to the Millennium Stadium, Twickenham, Edgbaston and SWALEC Stadium.