Welcome to the Physical Education Department

Meet Our Staff

  • Mrs Zoldan (Head of PE)
  • Mrs Rowland (2nd in PE)
  • Mrs Burke
  • Mr Rowland
  • Mr Gillon
  • Mrs Mulhaney

Our curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides learners with the best opportunities to be successful in their learning. Our principles focus on depth not just breadth by creating a mastery within the curriculum, which stretches learners and accelerates their progress over their 7 year learning journey at our college. In this section of the website you will find the subject intent, implementation and impact.

Alongside this, are our long and medium term plans which enable all stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the content, knowledge and skills taught within this curriculum area. The long term plan also outlines the cultural capital experiences and career opportunities learners have within the subject, as well as our tailored approach to supporting learners' metacognitive processes. Further to these documents, the discrete sequencing of lessons are in the College's bespoke schemes of work that can be accessed through departments.

'Only the best will do!'

What exactly do they learn?

At all Key Stages students will:

Build on and embed physical development and fundamental skills in KS2.

Increase competency and confidence in techniques and apply across a range of sports – netball, basketball, tennis, football, trampolining, dance, cricket, rounders, athletics, fitness, badminton, OAA.

Understand what makes a performance effective applying to own and others work – the use of ICT to peer and self-assess and reciprocal teaching. Use tactics/strategies to overcome opponents through team and individual games.

To participate in competitive sport/ activities outside of school through academies, community and sports clubs.

Develop interest to get involved in sport later on in life – extra-curricular programme, club links and school based academies. The launch of the tennis programme and current work with Phoenix Netball Club and Liverpool Basketball Club.

Understand and apply long term health benefits - fitness taught throughout KS3 and KS4. A Sports nutrition module is completed at year 9 alongside nutrition workshops at Liverpool Hope University.

We have short term, mid-term and long term plans. Schemes of work have been developed to ensure there is progression from Y7-Y11.

Students will study a sport for a 6 week block which totals 11 hours of learning, to allow for progression and mastery of the activity.

What qualifications do students go on to study at KS4/KS5 in your subject?

  • KS4 – Cambridge National in Sports Science
  • KS5 – A Level PE / BTEC National/LLS/David Campbell Soccer/Basketball Academy

What did they learn at primary?

Students experience at Primary School is varied, consequently we have a transition period when they start. We are going to carry out an initial survey at the beginning of year 7 to gain an understanding of the sports/activities and experiences students have had in their primary school.

We are working with LSSP to audit the PE curriculum at our two main feeder Primary Schools HOLY NAME and BLESSED SACRAMENT. We are gaining evidence of the POS at key stage 2, along with medium and short term plans to understand the content of lessons, in order to build upon this at year 7.

Within transition day students participate in two different activities. During open evening the Y5’s and Y6’s are encouraged to participate in different practical activities.  Sport also features during the Transition Camps run prior to Transition from primary to secondary.

We also host many primary events such as indoor athletics, basketball and tennis and work closely with LSSP who are based at Archbishop Beck.

How do you measure attainment and progress?

Students are assessed on a termly basis in line with the whole school policy, grades are given and published for reports to inform parents.

We use a PE `Steps pathway’ which assesses practical skill development, technique, application and theory knowledge in KS3 and 4. Verbal feedback is given regularly by the teacher and students as part of reciprocal teaching and peer assessment. Visual feedback is given to help improve techniques.

In KS4 and 5 feedback is given in books, after specific key activities and on assignment work.  Feedback is used to ensure pupils understand the nest steps in their learning and how to improve.  Assessment is in line with the examining body being studied.

What order do you teach things in and why?

Much of what we teach and when is down to the availability of facilities and the suitability of the weather.  Sports and activities are taught during the traditional sporting seasons.  Strengths of pupils and staff are taken into consideration.

All lessons within each scheme are delivered using the High 5 lesson.  A consolidation period at the start of the lesson allows students to retrieve and embed learning and understanding.  Students will also revisit the same activities as they progress through the school.

What’s the purpose of teaching your subject?

PE at Archbishop Beck enables young people to be physically literate, and to develop confidence, competence, knowledge and understanding and motivation to be physically active for life.

Pupils are involved in regular pupil voice to ascertain the answer to the question and a questionnaire is linked to the PE area.  Regular discussions take place around the purpose of learning in and the benefits of physical education, sport and exercise.

The curriculum is based around our learners and when necessary adapted appropriately.

SEND students have the opportunity to participate fully in all lesson and compete in intra and inter school competitions, whenever possible. Lesson plans are carefully devised to consider all abilities and equality for all.

How do you know that you have a 'good' curriculum?

PE at Archbishop Beck enables young people to be physically literate, for example to develop confidence, competence, knowledge and understanding and motivation to be physically active for life.

We currently have 37 students studying A Level PE and 20 students studying BTEC Sport.

There are 272 students who follow a level 2 course, 232 are studying Cambridge National Sports Science and 40 have completed the BTEC Sport

Level 3 BTEC Sport is a very successful subject in terms of outcomes. Students achieve or exceed their target grades.

How do you enrich your subject outside the classroom?

There is an extensive extra-curricular programme that includes competitive and non-competitive activities.

There are Basketball, Dance and Football Academies available for students.
Level 3 students have the opportunity to visit LJMU University and participate in an open day. Students also get the opportunity to visit private and public facilities locally.
Yr 9 sports nutrition trip to Liverpool Hope University.  Mind, Body and Soul Yr7 trip.
Wimbledon and Ski Trips are planned for 2020 and 2021.

There are career opportunities provided through PE such as a career week when all students will experience opportunities of employment within the sports industry.  KS5 BTEC students study Professional Development in the Sports Industry Unit. Displays and motivational speeches from past students you have reached sporting excellence or work within the sports industry.