Newstead Wood School

Newstead Wood School

Year 11 PE (GCSE)

Guidance for parents

What will students study in GCSE PE this year?

Students continue to have two hours of GCSE PE a week as well as two hours of curriculum PE.  One of the GCSE lessons is practically based and the other theoretical.

Students will be taught, supported and given individual guidance to ensure they are fully prepared for the external moderation.  Students will work on a variety of sports during lesson time and will continue to work towards their own individual sports plan to give them the best possible opportunity to score highly.

Lessons are tailored towards the student’s needs and follow on from year 10. Lessons often include: circuit training, rounders, table tennis officiating, netball, badminton, personal survival and athletics.  Each student will select their four highest scoring activities (from inside or outside of school) for the final moderation.

During the autumn term students will also complete a written controlled assessment analysing their strengths and weakness of their first chosen individual sport.

Students will continue to study a number of theory aspects to broaden their knowledge in order to answer questions set in the written examination and also to be more competent in the assessed practical work.  The later part of the year will be exam preparation and revision lessons.

What are the major assessments this year?

Throughout their practical work students are continually assessed and a formal grade is given to them at the end of each unit of work. Students are encouraged to video any sports which are unable to be assessed in school and hand this video evidence in to their teacher at the start of the autumn term. By January students will be entered for the practical exam with the four sports that they have scored most highly on.

What will the current performance grade be based on, and what do the levels mean?

The current performance grades are based on all the work students’ have completed from year 10 and year 11combined.  This includes all theoretical work and practical work that has been assessed.  The practical grades are broken down so that students understand which sport has achieved which grades and they are able to make informed decisions on which four sports to put forward for the moderation.  This will be highlighted on their year 11 reports.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

Your daughter should speak to her teacher as soon as she realises she is struggling.  Extra help, guidance and advice will be provided for your daughter to ensure she gains the highest grades possible.  If necessary your daughter should also attend extra sports clubs to improve her skill level.

How can I support my daughter in Year 11?

Please support your daughter by enabling her to get video evidence of any sports that are unable to be assessed in school.  Look at the criteria on the AQA specification to ensure that all the relevant components of the sport are being videoed.  Please continue to support her with any outside school activities, especially the sports that she is electing to use as part of her GCSE exam.  Encourage your daughter to revise thoroughly for end of unit tests.

What kind of independent work should my daughter complete?

Students should regularly attend sports clubs.  The more practice your daughter does in each sport, the more skilled she will become.  Your daughter may be internally assessed during a school club and /or a match.  Your daughter should help coach younger years during lunchtime clubs to consolidate her knowledge and enhance her confidence.  Students should also read sport related articles and be up to date with sporting current affairs.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the Head of PE, Mrs Shue, on