Year 7 Curriculum Map

Year 8 Curriculum Map

Year 9 Curriculum Map

Year 10 Curriculum Map

Year 11 Curriculum Map

Curriculum Intent

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students have four lessons per fortnight to follow a broad and balanced curriculum aimed at developing a wide range of physical and social skills such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. 

This is typically delivered through four/five week blocks of work. Across the Key Stage pupils will have experience of a range of sporting activities.

Key Stage 4 (KS4)

Compulsory Physical Education

Physical Education continues to be a compulsory subject throughout KS4.  All students will continue with practical lessons and this ‘core’ experience aims to foster an enjoyment of being physically active and an appreciation of the benefits of exercise to health and wellbeing. We hope that every student leaves Wayland Academy with the skills, understanding and confidence to continue participating in at least one activity as they move into adulthood.

The exam course option in KS4 is the BTEC Level 1 and 2 First Award in Sport.  Those students who choose this option will receive additional PE lessons (both theory and practical) in addition to the core provision.

Physical Education (OCR)

60% Theory Exam – two 1 hour exams at the end of Year 11 based on the information learnt in classroom lessons.

Paper 1: Physical factors affecting performance 

Paper 2: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

10% Controlled Assessment – a written coursework tasks completed in exam conditions in school.

30% Practical Performance – pupils are assessed on their practical performance in just 3 sports at least one individual (e.g. athletics or badminton singles) and at least one team sport (e.g. football or netball). 

Theory Topics

The structure and function of the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory system 

Movement analysis 

Effects of exercise and training 

Components of fitness, fitness testing and training principles 

Safety in sport. 

Factors affecting participation 

Commercialisation of sport 

Ethics in sport 

Classification & characteristics of skill 

Goal setting, mental preparation and types of feedback 

Benefits of health, fitness and well-being 

Diet & Nutrition 

Practical Performance Activities in lessons may include: Football Netball Ideally pupils need to competitively play at least one sport outside of school. Pupils can also be assessed in other activities outside of GCSE PE lesson time. All activities will be required to be filmed for assessmen


In Years 7, 8 and 9, students will be assessed for each practical activity covered.  These will average out to an overall level as the year progresses and their attitude to learning will be published to parents in termly snapshot reports.

In Year 10 and 11, core PE pupils will be given an Attitude to Learning (ATL) grade which will be published to parents in termly snapshot reports.


In Year 10 and 11 will receive theory homework to consolidate and extend class work.  Students are also expected to regularly take part in sport and exercise in their own time.

Books, equipment, materials and resources recommended/needed:

Correct and appropriate PE kit is mandatory throughout all years.

Opportunities for study beyond KS4

This qualification can lead to further study in the area of Physical Education and Sports Studies. It gives a good grounding for anyone interested in sports science, teaching and coaching and for anyone who wishes to understand how to improve their own and others' participation and performance. It will also develop valuable leadership and social skills needed in all areas of life and build an understanding of the benefits to health, fitness and well being, showing how sport plays such a major role in our society. 

It is a mainly a theory based course 70%. Pupils are assessed on their theoretical knowledge in written exams and in their own practical performance. Pupils need to enjoy learning about both the physical factors that affect performance and the socio-cultural issues and sports psychology. Pupils will also be assessed on their practical performance, they must be well organised with kit and be able to revise independently for exams and controlled assessments. It is suited to pupils who are considering 'A' level PE in the future. What can I achieve? Depending on the quality of work produced in exams and the quality of practical performance pupils can achieve a GCSE grade 9-1 

Career opportunities supported by this subject 

BTEC sport is suited to future careers in sports coaching, fitness instructing, PE teaching, physiotherapy, sports development, health promotion and leisure management.

The Curriculum Lead is Mrs Rachael Kittell.