What to expect in Y7

In PE in Year 7 pupils experience a range of activities which will bridge and develop the skills learnt in key stage 2. The activities covered are Dance, Gymnastics, Football and Netball, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics and Tennis. In addition to skill based learning in each sporting area, students will develop their wider knowledge and understanding of each sport. Dance and Gymnastics will allow students to develop their technique and learn how to improve their performance. Football and Netball are used to engage students in a range of tactical and strategic methods to overcome opposition. Summer sports focus on hand-eye co-ordination and technique.

The key focus at this stage is to develop student’s confidence and interest to get involved in sport and exercise. Students are encouraged to involve themselves in extracurricular activities which we believe will heighten the likelihood of lifelong participation in physical activity.

What to expect in Y8

In PE in Year 8 pupils experience a range of activities, some of which will develop skills from Year 7, others might be a new sporting challenge. The activities covered are Gymnastics, Badminton, Netball, TAG Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics and Tennis.

In both Gymnastics and Netball students will have the opportunity to develop their skills further, learning more complex skills and being supported to apply these in a game situation. In addition, the curriculum will put an increased emphasis on students understanding of the rules, tactics and ability to self and peer assess.

TAG Rugby and Badminton may be new sports for many and offer the chance to sculpt skills. Both highly tactical and rule bound these sports scaffold students understanding of the theoretical side to Physical Education.

What to expect in Y9

PE in Year 9 pupils experience a range of activities, some of which will develop skills from Year 7 and 8, other activities will introduce them to new opportunities. The activities covered are Dance, Volleyball, Health Related Fitness, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis and Athletics. Pupils are also encouraged to develop their leadership skills. The Health Related Fitness Unit gives pupils an insight into the theory elements of GCSE PE should they wish to pursue this in Year 10. Pupils are encouraged to continue to participate fully in the extra-curricular programme offered in the PE Department.

Why choose PE for GCSE?

Have you ever wondered..

  • Why it is important to eat a balanced diet for your health?

  • Have you had a sports injury? What happened? How could you have prevented the injury?

  • What happens to your heart, lungs and muscles when you run and train?

  • What training helps Mo Farah win the marathon?

If you study GCSE PE these are a few of the questions that you will be asked/find the answers to during the course.


The course is 60% Theory and 40% Practical (currently following the AQA GCSE Specification).

Theory aspects: students will sit two theory examinations in the summer of Year 11. Paper 1) The human body and movement in physical activity and sport. Paper 2) Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport.

Practical aspects: students will be assessed in THREE practical activities for their final examination. At least one activity must be a team sport and one must be an individual activity. The third sport can either be a team or an individual activity.


Students who do well in GCSE PE are those who have a passionate interest in sport and enjoy watching and participating in a wide range of sports and activities. GCSE PE students are expected to have a good range of skills covering many sports. Students will have a better chance of gaining the top grades if they regularly attend extra-curricular clubs and train at a club outside of school.


During the two year GCSE PE course, students will develop numerous skills including teamwork and leadership skills as well as an improvement in their confidence and well-being. Students will develop a good understanding of how the human body works and adapts to practical activities and how it responds to injuries.


Studying GCSE PE could lead to a variety of career routes including Sport Science, Health and Fitness, Sporty Psychology, Sport Rehabilitation, Nutrition, Teaching, Coaching, Professional Sportsperson, Police, Armed Forces and many more!

What to expect in Y10 & Y11


In PE in Year 10 pupils experience a range of activities, each developing on the skills and knowledge of sports that they have learnt in Key Stage 3. The curriculum features traditional sports such as Basketball and Volleyball but also covers Dodgeball, Team Building, Yoga and Fitness and various other summer options including Frisbee and Handball.

At this point, sudents have a certain degree of autonomy and choice in their activities and are encouraged fully to take on organisational, leadership and officiating roles. This is an opportunity for our students to take part in a growing activities curriculum and try new sports and games. Often students are able to share in planning and are able to creatively evolve traditional games in to something new and exciting. Adapted games such as Indoor Rounders, Diamond Cricket and Crossfire Dodgeball are new firm favourites which challenge all students!


In PE in Year 11 pupils experience a wide range of activities, each developing on the skills and knowledge of sports they have learnt in Key Stage 3. In addition, students also participate in the “Year 11 Core PE Options Programme”- allowing them to experience some off site activities such as Ten Pin Bowling as well as onsite activities including Mixed Martial Arts and Tai Chi. All students in Year 11 also complete a six week course on First Aid.

At this stage students are guided in how to compound all the skills, knowledge and understanding that they have accumulated over their time here at Coombe. They apply this practically and are able to demonstrate awareness in a range of sports and in varying roles with in those sports.

Students should be able to identify and then capitalise on transferable skills as well as be able to self-assess constructively to equip them for all future sporting endeavours.