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Physical Education




The Aim of Physical Education

At Glan-y-Môr we strive to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to become ‘Physically Literate’ by the time they leave school.

Physical literacy can be described as having the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”

Sport plays an important part in the life of the school. Glan y Môr School  seeks to enable each student to pursue their chosen sport to the highest level whilst providing all members of the school with the opportunity to enjoy and experience a variety of physical activities.

The aim of Physical Education is to provide appropriate opportunities and experiences for individuals to achieve their optimum potential. Physical Education is primarily concerned with physical capabilities but the associated aspects of knowledge and understanding are also vital components for all children. Additionally the development of personal skills within a social setting can be enhanced by participating in an appropriate and sensitively designed Physical Education programme.

The ethos of the department is epitomised by the dedication of the staff within it.  Staff are consistently willing to commit their own time to extend the opportunities for students beyond the curriculum.  Examples of extra-curricular opportunities ran by the PE department staff throughout the year include; Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Basketball, Gymnastics, Health Fitness and Wellbeing, Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Volleyball, Athletics, Rounders, Baseball. Dance and Adventurous Activities.

It is to be acknowledged that the aim of Physical Education is to encompass enjoyment and satisfaction and thereby encourage a lifelong commitment to an active and healthy lifestyle.

Fundamental Aims of the Department:

  • To encourage and motivate all students to develop their full potential through a range of purposeful, yet enjoyable activities within a challenging environment.
  • To develop an understanding of the benefits of participation in physical activity now and in later life.
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to P.E.
  • To develop an appreciation of skilful and creative performances in a variety of sports activities.
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to P.E, and to experience success and enjoyment in their P.E. work.
  • To show equality in developing opportunities for all students and foster the culture of inclusion.
  • To promote the development of interpersonal skills (organisation, co-operation, initiative and responsibility) and to heighten self esteem, whilst encouraging tolerance of and respect for other groups and individuals.
  • To provide the necessary stimuli to encourage the development of decision making, imaginative thinking and problem solving.
  • To encourage students to develop personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm and an appreciation of honest competition and good sportsmanship.
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
  • To provide students with the opportunities to work with others in the wider community.
  • To make students aware of local community sports clubs where they can build upon skills learnt in school and further develop their social skills.


OVERVIEW: Pupils will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Physical Education through four areas of experience:

• Health Fitness and Well being

• Competitive Activities

• Creative Activities

• Adventurous Activities

SKILLS: Physical Education encourages pupils to build a platform on which future activity choices can be made. Through their creative, adventurous and competitive activities pupils will plan, practise and improve their performance. Physical Education aims to provide an enjoyable and satisfying programme with opportunities for every pupil to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The curriculum offers a full range of learning experiences to meet the needs of individual pupils and encourage active involvement as performers, observers and officials.

Year 7 and 8 have two hours of PE per week.

In Year 7 and 8 students gain expertise in skills and techniques and learn how to apply them in different activities. Students start to understand what makes a performance effective. They are encouraged to develop their understanding of health and fitness, together with developing a deeper appreciation of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, by applying evaluative comments.  An extensive range of after school sport is offered, to help develop students’ skills and confidence in a more competitive environment. Students also start to identify the types of activity they prefer and take on roles such as leader and official.

Year 9 have three hours of PE per fortnight.

The main focus during Year 9 is on learning and developing specific sports, continuing to apply evaluative comments to their own and others’ work. Students are  encouraged to develop their understanding of health and fitness together with developing a deeper appreciation of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Lessons encourage students to take ownership of their learning and their lessons.  Students plan, teach and deliver mini lessons to each other as well as developing physical competencies in a range of activities. They put into context skills learned in Years 7 and 8 and transfer them to new situations, e.g. full game. Physical Education lessons promote co-operation, teamwork and leadership as well as encouraging a positive attitude towards life-long physical activity.

Activities for boys’ classes include: rugby, basketball, football, gymnastics, health fitness and wellbeing, athletics, baseball, tennis, adventurous activities and cricket.

Activities for girls’ classes include: netball, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, dance, health fitness and wellbeing, tennis, athletics, volleyball, adventurous activities and rounders.

An extensive range of after-school sport is also offered as mentioned earlier.


There are two key parts to the Physical Education Programme offered to students in Years 10 and 11.

All students will have the choice in the option process to study GCSE Physical Education. (5 hours a fortnight).

Students that do not take GCSE PE as an option will have core PE lessons. (1 hour a week).

Core lessons in Physical Education is for those students in Year 10/11 that have not chosen Physical Education as a GCSE subject. The lessons develop the student’s enjoyment of Physical Education in relation to preparing them for lifelong activity through the participation of a broad range of practical sports. In conjunction with acquiring a broad range of practical skills, students have to make evaluative comments in relation to practical performance and learn the rules and etiquette associated with each activity. They have the opportunity to participate in sports they will not of done at Key Stage 3, e.g. badminton and boys hockey. In addition to this external agencies are involved and the pupils have the opportunity to experience new activities e.g. Zumba/boxercise.

In Key Stage 4, in order to support the GCSE assignments, pupils visit local organisations e.g. private and public health clubs and leisure centres, Pembrey country park, Llanelli swimming pool, Pembrey ski slope, local beaches/sand dunes to cover methods of fitness training, Parc y Scarlets.

The PE Department continually review the provision offered.  This ensures that pupils are fully equipped to meet the needs of the WJEC GCSE PE syllabus.

Please click on the link below for our options information.

PE Options


The following websites are of particular benefit:


The awarding body for the GCSE PE qualification.

The WJEC GCSE PE syllabus is also on the network on the school computer system.


A revision site primarily used for Key Stage 4 pupils to prepare them for the GCSE written examinations.  Also used by our Key Stage 3 pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects of the subject.


A revision site for our Key Stage 4 pupils to prepare them for the GCSE written examinations.


A bilingual all Wales virtual learning environment that allows teachers and learners to access online resources anywhere, at any time, and from any internet enabled device. Teachers and learners are able to create and share their own resources, to work collaboratively, and to have access to tools and content hosted across the web.

Contact us via twitter at glanymorpe  


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