John Henry Newman Physical Education Department

“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair” 

Nelson Mandela

Department Mission Statement

Every student leaves John Henry Newman Catholic College with the skills, qualifications and personal qualities to enable lifelong success.


In Core PE Year 7 students begin with a rotation block with varied activities and aid transition from primary school. Year 7, 8 and 9 are set based on the totality of their ability. Students are taught in single sex and mixed sex groups across the year groups. 

Year 7, 8 and 9 have three hours of PE a fortnight. This allows for a wide range of activities to be covered following a rotation of activities. Activity areas are covered across the range aligning with the seasonal sports and sportshall availability. Topics covered include; trampolining, fitness, racquet sports, athletics, invasion sports and striking and fielding sports.

Each block of work is four weeks long in order for students to experience a breadth of activities whilst revisiting and building on knowledge in familiar activities throughout the year. This allows activities to be revisited to ensure spaced learning. Some sports are not repeated from year to year to ensure a broad KS3 curriculum and connections are made to the previous covered and relevant activities covered such as finding space in rugby and football. ‘Option’ blocks are implemented to revisit areas of learning where appropriate. Year 9 have two hours of PE and are introduced to fitness and leadership

 through full units in preparation for KS4 PE Options. 

In Key Stage 4 pupils can opt for GCSE PE or OCR Sport Studies as accredited courses. Core PE groups choose one of 4 pathways of Performance (GCSE PE and Sport Studies), Net, Trampolining/Games and Participation.  The key focus is on ensuring engagement and enjoyment for lifelong participation in PE. Enrichment is available for Year 12 to opt for with Football, Badminton, Basketball and Fitness. In Key Stage 5 students can opt for BTEC Sport Level 3 as our Examination PE option..

Physical Education Key Questions

What does the pathway look like throughout my time at JHNCC? - PE CURRICULUM MAP PDF link

What do I need for PE? Boys-PE PDF link and Girls PE kit PDF link

Why study PE? - Why Physical Education PDF link

What careers can i go into after studying PE? - Careers after Studying PE PDF link

What accolades can I aspire to achieve in PE? - Sports Tie PathwayPDF link

How does PE develop me as a whole person? - Cultural Capital Through PE pdf link

Key Stage 5 

What can I study in sixth form? - KS5 Examination PE Course Overview PDF link

What do I need to know in KS5 Examination PE? - KS5 BTEC Sport Knowledge Organiser link pdf

What can i do to extend my knowledge? - KS5 BTEC Sport Reading List pdf

Key Stage 4

What can I study in PE for GCSE? - KS4 Examination PE Course Overview PDF link

What do I need to know in KS4 Examination PE? - Sport Studies Knowledge Organiser pdf Sport Studies Quiz booklet pdf GCSE PE Knowledge Organiser Quiz Booklets - OCR GCSE PE knowledge Organisers x3, OCR GCSE PE Quiz Booklet 

What can i do to extend my knowledge? - KS4 Sport Studies Reading List pdf

Key Stage 3

How will I be assessed in PE? - KS3 Core PE Assessment Bands PDF link

What do I need to know in PE? - KS3 Knowledge Organisers PDF link

What key articles do i need to read for PE? - KS3 Key Reading links x3