Physical Education & Games

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
Heywood Broun

Excellent facilities on-site and access to local sports clubs.

Pupils enjoy a range of team games including rugby, cricket and athletics.

Wide range of school teams who compete regularly locally, regionally and nationally.

Outdoor pursuit activities including climbing, walking and sailing.

We aim to promote healthy attitudes to physical activity throughout a pupil’s time at Lincoln Minster School and for life.

Key Stage 3

Physical Education is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum and therefore an entitlement for all pupils.

The aims of Physical Education at Key Stage 3 are:

1. To allow pupils the opportunity to participate in a safe environment and promote health and fitness issues for current and future lifestyles.
2. To enable pupils to be familiar with the principles, knowledge and vocabulary related to Physical Education and Sport.
3. To understand the short and long term effects of exercise on the body, and the benefits of exercise in a fit and healthy lifestyle.

At Key Stage 3 the pupils follow a programme, which consists of one treble games lesson and one double PE lesson. There are also two ‘enrichment’ periods each week where pupils can choose from a range of sporting and non-sporting activities. After school clubs and training sessions are also run throughout the year.

Activities include:

  • Tennis
  • Cross country running
  • Health related fitness
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Cricket
  • Squash
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading (girls)
  • Netball (girls)
  • Dance (girls)
  • Rugby (boys)
Sports day

Key Stage 4 (core)

In Key Stage Four have the opportunity to try sports and activities that may be new to them.

In Key Stages Three and Four (Years 7 to 11) pupils enjoy an entire afternoon of sport. This is to enable mid-week representative matches to take place, in order not to interfere with other subject’s curriculum time. The Physical Education Department encourages pupils to participate in a variety of activities throughout the year, alongside traditional team games, in order to promote health and fitness, values of fair play, sportsmanship, and to develop social interaction.

Pupils are given termly optional activities of:


  • Rugby Union
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Hockey
  • Cross country running
  • Track & Field Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Squash
  • Weight training & fitness
  • Association football
  • Rowing


  • Athletics
  • Squash
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Cross country running
  • Association football
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Rounders
  • Weight training & fitness

Climbing and sailing are available as co-curricular activities.

During this key stage, learning focuses on designing, performing, monitoring and developing safe and effective exercise programmes that meet pupils’ personal needs and preferences. Pupils are also expected to take more responsibility for preparing and recovering from exercise. They also take an effective role as an officiator and coach.
It is important that pupils learn the importance of having an active lifestyle and knowing the risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle, dieting and excessive exercise.
Pupils are also encouraged to take an active role in the community, and there are strong links between the school and clubs.


Physical Education is a popular option choice for Year 10/11 pupils.


The school teaches the AQA syllabus for GCSE PE, in which pupils are continually assessed in a range of activities and sports over the two years of the course. Pupils are allocated one ‘double’ and one ‘single’ theory lesson and one ‘double’ practical lesson per week. However, they are also encouraged to attend normal extra-curricular activities and clubs in order to raise their skill level and knowledge.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Paper 1: The Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport
(written exam, 1 hour 15 minutes, 30% of grade)


  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of Data

Paper 2: Socio-cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity and Sport
(written exam, 1 hour 15 minutes, 30% of grade)


  • Sports Psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

Non-exam assessment: Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport
(40 % of grade)


  • 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.

Practical Coursework Activities

Pupils undertake a broad range of activities throughout the course and select three for their final assessment. However, the three must be from at least two different areas. There follows a list of all activities available, those in italics are not taught in school, but may be submitted with DVD evidence.

Games Activities include:
Fencing, Judo, Basketball, Handball, Indoor Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Association Football, Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Baseball, Rounders, Cricket, Archery and Golf.

Gymnastic Activities include:
Artistic Gymnastics, Educational Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Sports Acrobatics, Artistic Roller Skating, Ice Skating, Springboard Diving and Trampolining.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities include:
Canoeing, Kayaking, Rowing, Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Caving, Potholing, Climbing, Mountain and Moorland Walking (including the Expedition Section of the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’), Orienteering, Cycling, Horse Riding and Skiing.

Swimming Activities and Water Safety include:
Swimming, Life-Saving, Survival and Synchronised Swimming.

Dance Activities:

Athletic Activities:
Track and Field Athletics, Cross Country Running, Fell Running and Olympic Weightlifting.

A Level Sport and Physical education

A-level Physical Education builds on students’ experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education.

The Sport and Physical Education course aims to encourage you to:

  • Develop your understanding of the factors influencing performance and to apply these to a range of physical activities
  • Develop knowledge and skills of selected physical activities
  • Develop the skills necessary to analyse, evaluate and improve performance
  • Develop your appreciation of the social and cultural issues which affect participation and performance in physical activity.

Course content and methodology

The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.
This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach.
The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.
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
(written exam, 2 hours, 35% of grade)


  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society

Paper 2: factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
(written exam, 2 hours, 35% of grade)

Non-exam assessment: practical performance in physical activity and sport
(internal assessed and externally moderated, 30% of grade)

Assessing pupils on performance or coaching in the full-sided version of one activity plus written/verbal analysis of performance.

Supporting Advanced Performance

The Advanced Performance Team, led by our Director of Studies, seeks to advise staff on how we – as a teaching body – can identify, monitor and experientially enhance the educational opportunities of able, gifted and talented pupils at  Lincoln Minster School.

How do we cater for AP students in Physical Education and Games?

  • Nominations for County teams set up (Rugby, Hockey, Netball and Cricket)
  • Football – nominations through membership to English School FA and targets set through professional clubs the pupils are connected to.
  • Umpiring and Coaching of school teams and coaching of pupils.

Encouraging Advanced Performance outside of lessons

  • All of the sports covered in Games lesson (rugby, football, cricket, netball, hockey, rounders) have Period 5 and co-curricular clubs. Fixtures are also run against local schools as well as further afield in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.
  • Further sports such as squash, tennis, athletics, cross country, basketball and polo are all participated in during Period 5 and co-curricular times as well as in competition, regionally and nationally.
  • Football – Football Clubs Yr 7-13 and Lincoln City Football training for KS3 and KS4
  • Hockey – Links to outside clubs for Hockey (Hurricane Sport, Lincoln Roses HC, and Lincoln HC). Host all County Schools Hockey competition.
  • Rugby – Lincoln Rugby Club, Newark, and Market Rasen for the Rugby. With the Leicester Tigers Experience, so pupils can see the overall picture of elite rugby. Rosslyn Park International 7’s Tournament – Tournament and County Cup Competition. Captains and Vice Captains roles of responsibility. International Rugby Tournament Tickets
  • Netball – Netball (Lincoln Netball Club) with Satellite nominated pupils catered for to help their advancement.
  • Cricket – Lincolnshire County Cricket coaching during the winter months. Pupils coached by the Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket.
  • Pupils have access to enhance their sporting genius by participating in their sports during games lessons outside of the school day. Trampolining, Rowing, Tennis, Karting and Swimming (previous years).
  • Other possibilities to extend and foster a child’s interest in PE.
  • Umpiring and coaching courses have been offered to our elite hockey players who have been at Regional and International level.

Sports Tours –

  • Cricket and Netball to Barbados
  • Rugby to Italy
  • Netball to Malta
  • Skiing to Europe, America and Canada
  • Wimbledon Tennis Day Visit every year.

Beyond Lincoln Minster School

Sport at school provides pupils with a great basis on which to build a career in sport as well as supporting a wide range of future careers in other sectors by teaching important lifelong skills including teamwork, organisation and leadership.

Careers vary from sport and fitness roles to teaching, coaching and events.

GCSE and A Level Physical Education prepares pupils well for further study with Higher Education providers across a range of subjects valuing the skills provided.

Studying sport encourages pupils to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

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