Health and Fitness – Promotion and education of a Healthy Lifestyle

Physical Education at De La Salle School is regarded as an important subject. It is not simply about ‘letting off steam’, but a subject that can educate a child through a variety of physical activities.

Research has shown that young people today are becoming increasingly unfit, overweight and far more likely to get degenerative diseases in adult life because of their inactivity as children.

Poor diet, endless hours in front of the television or home computer and being transported around by car, bus and train, all underline the necessity for regular physical activity in schools.

Physical Activity – Key stage 3 students participate in 2 hours of timetabled PE a week and Ks4 students have core PE once a week. GCSE PE students have an extra 5 hours of PE a fortnight, including theory lessons.

All students have the opportunity to participate in an extensive extra-curricular programme consisting of morning, lunchtime and afterschool clubs.
Within the curriculum students develop various types of fitness needed for most sports from cardiovascular endurance to hand eye co-ordination. There is also a block of Health related fitness sessions and cross- country.

Students are taught all aspects of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and this is delivered within the PE curriculum at KS3 and KS4. The PE department work closely with the healthy Schools co-ordinator to ensure that all students can work towards being educated and achieve an all-round healthy lifestyle, by developing their social, physical and mental well-being.

Social well being

By maintaining a basic level of fitness and good health, the students not only gain huge physical benefits, but also learn important social skills that can be used in everyday real life situations. They learn resilience, team work, build on confidence and self-esteem, develop Independent learning, co-operation, respect, communication, sportsmanship, etiquette, how to accept and hold responsibility and how to win and lose gracefully, to name a few. PE will also teach students how to control their emotions in order to perform to the best of their ability in all situations and not just sport. These skills are developed within the PE curriculum and extra curriculum. PE also encourages competitiveness, which helps give students the determination to achieve their full potential once they leave school. The current economy means there is a large number of applicants for job vacancies, so drive and competitiveness is essential to enable students to succeed. Competition is accessed through Inter house competitions, extra-curricular clubs, Sports days, Basildon School sport competitions and county/national competitions.

Gifted, talented and sporting stars programme

The department recognises students who are talented within PE and celebrates and strives to nurture and encourage their talent within PE. Pupils attend a weekly session to develop their fitness, skill level and knowledge within the Sports Industry.

Term 1 – Fitness testing

Term 2 – Nutritional bake off for an elite athlete.

Term 3 – Sports leaders

Students also are involved in charity weeks, coaching and assisting of students and much more.

De La School Teams

De La Salle PE Department enter every District Schools competition at every age group for boys and girls. School teams also compete in county competitions, cup competitions and regional tournaments. These are the following sports that De La Salle school teams compete in:

Girls Teams – Netball, Basketball, Football, Cross Country, Athletics, Rounders, Rugby, Gymnastics, Swimming and Handball.

Boys Teams – Rugby, Basketball, Football, Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming and Handball.

Captains Programme

De La Salle enter teams in all leagues and competitions from District level through to National level.

Each team has a captain who has been selected by the department. Our captains have excellent motivation and commitment and demonstrate great leadership qualities.

De La Salle have recognised sport captains for every sport and every year group who are given responsibility to assist manage their team. They have been selected because of their leadership and commitment.

Extra-curricular activities

The department offers a vast and wide range of training and recreational clubs.

Fitness: HiiT sessions, circuits, interval, continuous and fartlek training , weight, kettlebells, agility sessions, plyometric training, step aerobics, table tennis, basketball, football, rugby, zumba, aerobics, health and fitness, cross country, gymnastics, swimming, rounders, netball, badminton, dance, GCSE booster sessions, interhouse, athletics, dodgeball, handball, circuit training and gifted and talented programme.

The timetable is updated every ½ term, it is sent out via an email and is displayed in the department,

Breakfast Club

The department has a breakfast club that starts at 7.45am and focuses purely on aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Its aim is to improve student’s fitness for team and individual performance in competition but also for students who just want to get fit. Students are served breakfast after the session.

PE Educational visits and enrichment

The PE Department organise numerous trips each year and every two years there is a Ski Trip.
The trips that have been organised are:

  • Mavericks Netball matches – Super league Netball.
  • International Rugby matches – Twickenham.
  • Football matches – Premiership.
  • FA cup final women’s.
  • BBL Men’s and Women’s basketball play-off finals.
  • Lee valley white water rafting.
  • Stubbers outdoor activity Centre.
  • Arsenal FC stadium tour.
  • English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.
  • Rock Climbing.
  • South Essex College – Fitness testing.
  • Ice Hockey.
  • GCSE AQA revision seminars.

Trips are an important tool to educate students about a range of sports and also develop pupil’s social skills, independence and confidence.

Club links

The PE Department have numerous links to sports clubs in the area and regularly take students over to them so students can have a taster session and then affiliate to the club. Also students are provided with the experience of also watching professional teams within the Clubs play at local matches. These are the clubs that De La Salle work closely with:

  • Basildon Athletics Club
  • Basildon Running Club
  • Flames Netball club
  • Basildon, Stamford and Thurrock Rugby Club
  • Knights Basketball Club
  • Auto Dynamics Netball Club
  • South Essex Gymnastics Club

The KS3 PE Curriculum

Students are taught to:

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, Football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis).
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (for example, athletics and gymnastics)
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities, which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Key stage 4 – Core PE

Students tackle complex and demanding physical activities and get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. Students are taught to:

Term 1 – Intersport. Students will compete in a variety of sports in their house teams.

Term 2 – Practical sport:

  • Use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games (for example. badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis.
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (for example, athletics and gymnastics), or other physical activities (for example, dance)
  • Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.
  • Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.

Term 3 – Students will participate and assessed in a module of sports leadership.

KS3 and KS4 students at De La Salle will develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engage in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives


GCSE PE  – AQA Exam Board

The Theory topics are as follows:

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Movement analysis
  3. Physical training
  4. Use of data
  5. Sports psychology
  6. Socio-cultural influences
  7. Health, fitness and well-being

There will be two papers for the theory exam:

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport
What’s assessed?

Applied anatomy and physiology
Movement analysis
Physical training
Use of data
How it’s assessed


Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
78 marks
30% of GCSE

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport
What’s assessed?

Sports psychology
Socio-cultural influences
Health, fitness and well-being
Use of data
How it’s assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
78 marks
30% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport
What’s assessed?

Practical performance in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).
Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
How it’s assessed

For each of their three activities, students will be assessed in skills in progressive drills (10 marks per activity) and in the full context (15 marks per activity).
Students will be assessed on their analysis (15 marks) and evaluation (10 marks) of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

OCR Sports Studies Level ½ Certificate

Programme of Study

Year 10

RO52 – Developing Sports Skills – Mandatory

Assignment based

Practical module which is centre assessed

·         Assessed in a team and individual sport.

·         To officiate in a sporting activity.

·         To produce a training programme to support improvement in a training programme.

RO51 – Contemporary issues – Mandatory


Exam – 2 attempts and your highest score counts

·         User groups who participate in sport.

·         Barriers that affect participation in sport.

·         How sport promotes values.

·         The importance of hosting a sporting event.


Year 11

Sports studies unit Assessment Method
RO56 – Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities

Assignment based

Centre assessed tasks

·         To know about the different types of outdoor activities.

·         To understand the benefits of participating in outdoor activities.

·         To plan and participate in an outdoor activity – orienteering at Danbury and Rock climbing.

RO53 – Sports leadership – optional

Assignment based

Centre assessed tasks

·         To know what makes a good leader.

·         To plan and deliver a sports activity to Primary pupils.

·         To evaluate your own performance in delivering a sports activity.

What you need to know:

  • You are awarded a pass, merit or distinction for each unit.

A pass = 36 points

A merit = 42 points

A distinction = 48 points

Distinction* = 54 points

  • At the end of the two years the points for each unit get added together and you are awarded an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
  • This is equivalent to a GCSE grade of 1 to 9.

Pass = Grade 4

Merit = Grade 5 and 6

Distinction = Grade 7

Distinction* = 8 and above.

  • Further education – you can go on and take A levels if you have completed this qualification successfully.
  • You get to submit work twice, which means you get another chance at getting a higher grade for each unit.
  • Ii is practical and theory based.
  • The PE department will choose what pathway you take. Either GCSE PE or Sport Studies, this will depend on your progress at KS3.