Physical Education

BGE Course Outline

Pupils are timetabled for 3 periods of PE per week. During their time in the PE department they will encounter a variety of challenging practical experiences including working on their own, with a partner and in small and large groups both indoors and outdoors. We strive to provide pupils with an engaging experience throughout a variety of activities where they can build physical competences, improve aspects of fitness, and develop personal and interpersonal skills and attributes.

Included in our PE curriculum are activities such as Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Orienteering, Rugby, Swimming, Social Dance, Volleyball and Water Polo. Pupils in S1-S3 will have an increasing input to their course design with greater personalisation and choice. This culminates at the end of S2 with pupils electing into a Team Games, Individual Sports or Aesthetics programme.

In addition to this, pupils in S1-S3 work through an Active Health block where the benefits of pursuing an active lifestyle for their Health and Wellbeing are promoted. The pupils are equipped with the knowledge and understanding to establish a positive pattern of physical activity and make informed decisions that will have a beneficial impact on their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing. In addition to this, pupils undertake a Sport Education block that supports the development of key leadership skills which align with skills for life, learning and work.

Pupils will also be given the opportunity to refine their skills and strategies with creativity, accuracy and control.  They will also develop fundamental analytical skills that will allow them to discuss elements of their own and others work, recognising strengths and identifying where improvements can be made.

 

National 4/5 Course Outline

Pupils undertaking a National Qualification at Level 4/5 can expect to gain the following skills from the course:

  • Develop approaches to enhance physical performance in a range of skills across a number of activities
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of factors that impact on performance
  • Develop the capacity to monitor, record and evaluate their own performance development

Experiences that the pupils will encounter:

Pupils will develop and refine their performance within a number of activities.  Within these activities pupils will also have the opportunity to identify their own performance development requirements using including ICT.  This will aid with the creation and implementation of personal training programmes. Throughout this process pupils will be responsible for investigating, enhancing and reviewing their progress, developing key skills in observation, analysis and evaluation.

Pupils will continue to enhance their movement competencies and physical fitness within all activities, working both co-operatively and competitively within more challenging settings.  They will build on skills acquired through the BGE in S1-S3 in order to promote confident, successful, responsible and effective contributors as well as skills for learning, life and work.

Skills that the pupils need:

Pupils should have a keen interest in sport and physical activity as the course is practically based. Their ability to work in groups and give constructive feedback should be well developed as pupils will regularly be required to complete peer/self-observations.  Pupils should also be able to write extended descriptive and explanatory answers and be prepared to invest time at home in order to complete their Portfolio work.

Career Options:

Physical Education Teaching           Sports Coaching                Sports Management

Sports Leadership                        Sports Development           Uniformed Services

Sports Science                            Health and Fitness             Elite Performers

Sports Psychology                       Physiotherapy

UCAS points gained through all NQ awards can be used to help secure a place on a huge variety of college and university courses. Some courses may have specific subject requirements and should therefore be checked prior to making your option choices.

Assessments

Performance:

The candidates will develop their ability to plan, prepare for, effectively perform and evaluate personal performance in one physical activity. At National 5 this performance will constitute 60% of the total mark.

Graded Portfolio:

The portfolio will assess the pupil’s ability to integrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills from across the units. Evidence will be collated by the pupil on an ongoing basis during the course. At National 5 the portfolio will carry 40% of the total mark.

Added Value:

At National 4 candidates will complete a value added unit where they must prepare for carry out and review a performance in a physical activity.

 

Higher

Pupils undertaking the Higher Qualification can expect to gain the following skills from the course:

  • Develop a broad and comprehensive range of complex movement and performance skills. Demonstrate these safely and effectively across a range of challenging contexts
  • Analyse mental, emotional, social and physical factors that impact on performance
  • Understand how skills, techniques and strategies combine to produce an effective performance
  • Analyse and evaluate performance to enhance personal effectiveness

Experiences that the pupils will encounter:

Pupils will be able to develop and demonstrate a broad and comprehensive range of complex skills in challenging contexts. Learners will also develop the ability to use strategies to make appropriate decisions for effective performance. In addition to this they will analyse performance, looking specifically at the impact of mental, emotional, social and physical factors and how to develop any weaknesses identified.

By actively participating in physical activities, learners will demonstrate initiative, decision-making and problem-solving. They will experience a range of roles and responsibilities that will enable them to develop their interpersonal skills.

Skills that the pupils need:

Entry onto the Higher course in S5 will be subject to the pupil having demonstrated a comfortable pass in the internal Factors Impacting Performance unit and Portfolio at National 5.  Pupils are also required to have a sound pass at National 5 English.

Career Options:

Physical Education Teaching                        Sports Coaching                    Sports Management

Sports Leadership                             Sports Development             Uniformed Services

Sports Science                                  Health and Fitness                Elite Performers

Sports Psychology                             Physiotherapy

UCAS points gained through all National awards can be used to help secure a place on a huge variety of college and university courses. Some courses may have specific subject requirements and should therefore be checked prior to making your option choices.

Assessments

Physical Education Performance:

The candidates will develop their ability to plan, prepare for, effectively perform and evaluate personal performance in one physical activity. At Higher this performance will constitute 60% of the total mark.

Final SQA exam in May/June of S5:

This final exam will assess the pupil’s ability to integrate and apply knowledge, understanding and skills from across the units. Evidence will be collated by the pupil on an ongoing basis during the course. At Higher the written exam will carry 40% of the total mark.

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