Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

Physical fitness is not only one of the keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

– John F. Kennedy

Physical Education

Our physical education curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to think, speak and perform like an athlete. It instils confidence and introduces students to the best physical and mental human achievments.

Mrs S Morrin

Mrs S Morrin

Head of Physical Education

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as courage, confidence, fairness and respect.

It has been carefully designed and delivered to:

  • encourage all pupils to actively engage in physical activity, showing an understanding of the importance of exercise in leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • encourage core values including independence, resilience, integrity, leadership and cohesion, demonstrating an understanding of how such values can impact on life outside school.
  • develop confidence and self-esteem through the mastery of skill, leading to a positive experience of physical activity.

Assessment in Physical Education is based on three pillars of progression that will develop physical competence in a range of sports and activities:

  • Healthy Hearts: Knowledge of the benefits of pursuing an active lifestyle and engaging in safe and effective physical activities.
  • Tactical Minds: Knowledge of a range of rules, strategies and tactics in different sports.
  • Skilful Bodies: Motor competence in a variety of specific sports and physical activities.


Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content

The content of the PE curriculum has been carefully selected to give a broad experience of a range of different activities to cater for the needs and talents of all students. We recognise that we are all different; introverted, extroverted, competitive or passive. In PE, it is important that all students find an activity that they enjoy and can thrive in. We offer a mixture of competitive team games with individual sports such as orienteering, fitness and trampolining. We take into consideration the activities that are most popular and those which contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle.


Year 7Unit/Topic
Autumn Orienteering, Rugby, Badminton and Netball
Spring Trampolining, Fitness and Football
SummerAthletics and Rounders

Year 7 Curriculum Map

Year 8Unit/Topic
AutumnFootball, Basketball, Badminton, Handball and Rugby
SpringTrampolining, Fitness and Dodgeball
SummerAthletics and Rounders

Year 8 Curriculum Map

Year 9Unit/Topic
Autumn Football, Basketball and Badminton
SpringTrampolining, Fitness, Dodgeball and Volleyball
SummerAthletics and Softball

Year 9 Curriculum Map

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Content


For those students who choose to take Sport Studies as an option in Years 10 and 11, we offer opportunities to advance their skills in one individual and one team sport, develop leadership skills through the planning and delivering a sport session, take part in outdoor pursuits and study contemporary issues in sport.


Year 10 CoreUnit/Topic
AutumnUnit 1: Effective Sports Leadership
AutumnUnit 2: Safety Requirements in a Coaching Session
AutumnUnit 3: Skills and Techniques in a Sporting Activity
AutumnUnit 4: Support Improvement in a Sporting Activity
SpringUnit 5: Exploring a Range of Contemporary Issues in Sport
SpringUnit 6: Planning, Delivering and Analysing a Sports Activity Session
SpringUnit 7: Skills and Techniques in a Sporting Activity: Football and Netball
SummerUnit 8: Exploring a Range of Contemporary Issues in Sport
SummerUnit 9: Knowledge and Skills in Outdoor Activities
Year 11Unit/Topic
AutumnUnit 1: Officiate in a Sporting Activity
AutumnUnit 2: Revision - Contemporary Issues in Sport
SpringUnit 3: Revision - Contemporary Issues in Sport
SummerUnit 4: Revision - Contemporary Issues in Sport

Year 10 Curriculum Map

Year 11 Curriculum Map


In Key Stage 4, we aim to focus on fewer activities to cover them in more depth. We encourage pupils to see PE lessons as a chance to relax and unwind in the stressful environment of school with examinations impending. Choices are given in lessons and focus is mainly on leadership skills, playing and performing.


Year 10 CoreUnit/Topic
AutumnUnit 1: Badminton, Volleyball and Football
SpringUnit 2: Trampolining, Fitness and Football
SummerUnit 3: Striking and Fielding Games
Year 11Unit/Topic
AutumnUnit 1: Badminton, Volleyball and Football
SpringUnit 2: Trampolining, Fitness and Football
SummerUnit 3: Striking and Fielding Games


KS5 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Sport students follow the Cambridge National Sport Studies specification. For further details, please follow the link below.

Download Full PE Specification

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A Student’s View

Studying a level 3 course gave me the skills and confidence I needed to progress into a career within the sports industry. The course enabled me to explore and provide opportunities for a variety of jobs.

Sophie graduated in 2021 and is currently undertaking a PGCE course which will lead to a career as a PE teacher.