Welcome to the Physical Education Faculty

Director: Mr Dhiman Contact details: jdhi2167@johnmason.oxon.sch.uk

Teachers in this Faculty: Louise Gibson (Deputy Director of Physical Education), Mr Davies, Mrs Marriott, and Mr Sissons.

Our passion is to stimulate and maintain student interest and enjoyment in Physical Education and to promote health and fitness for current and future lifestyles.

The Faculty is always demanding the best from all our students, allowing them to reach their full potential, both physically and mentally. The teaching in the faculty is creative and well-planned taking into account all different types and abilities of learners. The faculty supports all students from all types of backgrounds ensuring all students get the same opportunities.

Students get the opportunity to try new sports, be involved in officiating, leading, coaching, and team management. Students get to work in teams and work on their own. Students get to teach younger students from the local primary school and they get to take part in The John Mason School Sports Leaders.

Students get the opportunities to work with outside agency such as Abingdon Rugby Club, Oxford Rugby League, and The Rugby Football Union. John Mason students also get to work with sports mentors from the Sky Sports for Living Programme, which allows them to understand what it takes to get to the top and for students to reach their full potential.

Extra Curricular Activities and the House System

Extra-curricular is a big part of the PE Department and we pride ourselves on the time and effort we put into developing the students sporting talent. Over the past number of years we have become one of the most successful schools in the area, achieving Vale, and County successes in a number of sports. We run a wide variety of extra-curricular activities at lunch time and after school. As a school we have been very successful in sport. We have been placed near to or at the top in local and national competitions, especially in Netball, Football, Cross Country and Athletics - winning Vale and County tournaments.

House system: Each student wears a PE polo top in their House colour: Stert House Red, Thames House blue and Ock House green. This allows students to contribute to their house for the yearly competition and to feel part of a team even if they are not skilled at sports. The students take part against each other in a number of different sports covered in the PE curriculum, and they are; rugby, netball, football, badminton, dodgeball, cross county, rounders, athletics, and basketball. At the end of the Year the Bainbridge House cup is awarded to the winning house that has accumulated the most points in all competitions across school.

Key Stage 3

In Core PE we have a very broad curriculum. Students have four hours of PE a fortnight. In Key Stage Three the students will take part in a number of sports/physical activities from the following selection:

Country dancing
Cross country
Fitness testing
Short Tennis
Tag Rugby
Touch Rugby
Team games
Ultimate frisbee

Year 7 students are baseline tested when they first arrive at John Mason School from their primary school, which allows the PE department to understand all the student’s needs, and therefore develop them to their full potential. KS3 students study the above curriculum which offers them many different experiences and develops their understanding of physical activity in a variety of ways. They become team workers, resilient, improve their decision making and understand the importance of sportsmanship.

Students are assessed in PE using an Assessment Grid which has been carefully designed by the PE department over the past three years. This allows students to self-assess and then set new targets to work on to develop their physical, mental and coaching ability.

Key Stage 4 Core PE:

All students follow a learning programme which gives them enough information to allow them to decide if they want to complete the John Mason School Sports Leaders Programme. This programme allows the students to coach younger students. Students also complete a Sports Education programme in Year 11, which allows them to further understand what is meant by team work, leadership, fair play, and sportsmanship.

Key Stage 4 GCSE PE: Syllabus: AQA

GCSE PE students have five hours of lessons per fortnight, three theory lessons and two practical lessons. They are required to be assessed in three different sports, and they also complete a six week training/exercise programme, which is a part of their coursework. Students will learn the theoretical aspects of Physical Education, e.g. what makes people do physical activities and how the body works.

Subject content:

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 are two papers that students have to complete and this is 60% of the course:

Paper 1: the human body and movement in physical activity and sport. It is assessed in the following way; applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training and use of data.
Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport. It is assessed in the following way; sports psychology, socio-cultural influences, health, fitness and well-being, and the use of data.

Non-exam assessment:

Practical performance in physical activity and sport: 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.

Key Stage 5 Syllabus: AQA A Level Physical Education

Subject content:

1. Applied anatomy and physiology
2. Skill acquisition
3. Sport and society
4. Exercise physiology
5. Biomechanical movement
6. Sport psychology
7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport:

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill Acquisition
Section C: Sport and Society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport:

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Practical performance in physical activity and sport: students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity, plus they have to produce a written or verbal analysis of performance.


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