Physical Education at Newtownhamilton High School  
The Physical Education department boosts a wide range of activities to stimulate and interest pupils - athletics, badminton, basketball, football, gymnastic, health related fitness, hockey, netball. rugby league, rugby union, tennis, unihoc and volleyball. All pupils will follow a PE programme while pupils in Year 10 will have the opportunity to select the subject as a GCSE option. Year 8 and 9 pupils have 3 periods per week while Year 10-12 pupils have 2 periods. 
Over the next few years the main aim of the department is to raise the profile of general fitness throughout the school. To do this we encourage the pupils to perform to their maximum ability within the Physical Education lessons, also to try to involve themselves in at least one extra curricular activity. Directly related to these fundamental issues, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet, both in school and at home to ensure that all pupils in Newtownhamilton High School live a healthy lifestyle. 
Pupils who select GCSE PE as an option choice will cover the new AQA specification (first teaching in 2010) however the breakdown is still similar to the previous specification: 
Practical element = 60% of the final grade 
Theory element = 40% of the final grade 
Practical Element 
The practical side involves a variety of roles and activities to choose from and participate in: 
Player/Performer - developing the ability to make effective plans to improve performance 
Organiser - bringing together all the main ingredients at the right time, in the right place, in order to maximise promotion, participation and high quality performance 
Leader/Coach - an important influence on individuals or groups towards set goals, or on behaviour in sport a specialist in an activity, responsible for preparing a performer in skill acquisition, correct technique, correct physical state or correct mental state 
Choreographer - the designer or arranger of a ballet or other staged dance/performance 
Official - someone who controls the activity; interprets the rules, laws or regulations of the activity including checking the equipment 
Students must choose 4 different activities to be assessed on throughout the two year course. Activities are split into six groups and include: 
Candidates may choose to be assessed in their preferred roles from any of the activities listed below: 
Group 1 – Outwitting opponents as in Game Activities 
Group 2 – Accurate replication of actions, phrases and sequences as in Gymnastic Activities 
Group 3 – Exploring and communicating ideas, concepts and emotions as in Dance Activities 
Group 4 – Performing at maximum levels in relation to speed, height, distance, strength or accuracy as in Athletic Activities 
Group 5 – Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature, as in life saving, personal 
survival in swimming and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 
Group 6 – Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being, as in fitness and health activities 
Theory Element - Main Topics 
Factors Affecting Performance 
Students will need to understand that people are individuals with different needs according to the following factors: 
Risk and challenge 
Activity levels 
Developing physical and mental capacity to respond to the demands of performance. 
Rules/codes of conduct 
The difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise 
Characteristics and benefits of leisure and recreation 
Lifetime sports 
Health, Fitness and a Healthy Active Lifestyle 
Fitness capability in terms of the components that serve the body in different degrees, at different times to meet 
different demands 
Skeletal and muscular systems 
Aspects of training 
The training 
Through a balanced diet the body receives the nourishment it needs to maintain physical health, limited to: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, water/fluids and fibre/roughage 
Factors Affecting Participation 
Cultural and Social factors 
Leisure Time 
Fairness and personal/social responsibility 
Social groupings 
Roles – provision, choice and pathway opportunities 
Careers such as PE teacher, coach, trainer, physiotherapist, sports management. 
International and other factors 
The media 
Olympic Games and other high profile events. 
Role models 
Science and ICT 
Technological innovations 
Career Possibilities 
Community Sports Coach  
Health Promotion Officer  
School Sports Coordinator  
Competition Manager  
Skiing Instructor  
Dance Instructor  
Sports Development Manager  
Disability Sports Dev Manager  
Sports Therapist  
Events Management  
Outdoor Adventure Leader  
Strength & Conditioning Coach  
Extreme Sports Instructor  
Performance Analyst  
Talent Project Coordinator  
Fitness Professional  
PE Teacher  
Travel and Tourism Manager  
Football Coach  
Women's Sports Development Officer  
Football Development Manager  
Year 11 GCSE PE 
With the current changes in GCSE grading in UK, the department has decided to switch examination board from AQA to CCEA. This may need to be evaluated at the end of the year as there is a Specification change coming to CCEA in 2017-18. 
• Practical element = 60% of the final grade 
• Theory element = 40% of the final grade 
Pupils will have 4 periods a week of this subject and will divided into theory and practical classes. Depending on the time of year sometimes classes will focus solely on theory as practical assessment can take place on an extra-curricular basis. Pupils will undergo the full course element of the subject which entails: 
Component 1: Developing knowledge, understanding and skills for balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities; 
Component 2: Developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle; and 
Component 3: Individual performance in physical activities. 
Students study the following: 
• Concepts of health, physical fitness and skilled performance; 
• Key influences that impact on balanced, healthy lifestyles and participation in physical activities; 
• The impact of exercise and training on balanced, healthy lifestyles and physical fitness; 
• Types of exercise and methods of training; 
• Principles for developing physical well-being and physical fitness; 
• Assessing and monitoring the development of physical health/well-being and peak physical performance; 
• The effects of exercise, training and physical activity on the body; 
• Health and safety issues; 
• Exercise and training sessions; and 
• Exercise and training programmes. 
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